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Knight Cap: Women’s Tennis Celebrates Another AAC Title

Plus: Gianna Mancha nearly pulls off a Johnny Vander Meer

UCF Women’s Tennis 2021 Champions Photo Courtesy: UCF Athletics

We review all the action from this weekend in UCF Knights sports, and name the Knights of the Week in your latest Knight Cap:


No. 8 UCF Women Tennis Wins AAC Championship Over Tulsa

The No. 8 UCF women’s tennis team won the AAC Championship for the second straight full season, beating Tulsa 4-1 at the USTA National Campus.

The championship got moved indoors due to weather issues on Sunday morning. Evgeniya Levashova clinch the title winning her match in 3 sets. She would go on to win the tournament’s most outstanding player award.

This is the Knights’ second title in The American (2019, 2021) and the seventh in program history. It is the first time the Knights have won back-to-back titles since the team won four straight A-Sun titles from 1997-2000.

Up Next: NCAA Tournament


UCF Men Tennis Wins AAC Championship Over South Florida

Check out our recap here:


No. 25 UCF Softball Sweeps Memphis

UCF dominated Memphis, outscoring the Tigers 29-3 in the four game series.

The headliner of weekend was Friday’s 2nd game of the series, when Gianna Mancha threw the program’s 18th no-hitter and her first career no hitter with 13 strikeouts in a 8-0 win in six innings.

Mancha then carried another No-Hitter into the 7th inning of Sunday’s game before it broken up with a homer. Still Mancha and Alea White shut down the Tigers’ bats while the UCF offense took out its recent frustrations on Memphis pitching, as they hit eight homers in the series and set the school record for most homers in a season with 52 when Jada Cody hit a 2-run homer in Sunday’s game.

The Knights now stand at 34-12-1 and will head to Oxford next weekend for a series with Ole Miss, which could end up being another top-25 matchup for Knights.


UCF Baseball Splits with East Carolina

UCF Baseball got an important split with East Carolina. How important? UCF’s RPI improved from 137 to 88 as a result of the split against the Pirates. Bryson Turner has more on the split in series:


UCF Track & Field Wins Three Events Led by Rayniah Jones Record Day

UCF picked up event titles in the 100 meter hurdles, discus, and triple jump at their home UCF Invite this past weekend.

Adrienne Adams started the day off with a throw of 153 feet, 4 inches to take the top spot in the discus. Jacquelyn Wagner and Nicole Whitaker also finished in the top six.

In the Triple Jump, Asherah Collins won with a jump of 41 feet, 7 34 inches. Teammate Kiara Lee finished second at 41 feet, 3 34 inches.

But the story of the event was Rayniah Jones in the 100 meter hurdles.

Jones smashed Jackie Coward’s overall school record with a 12.73, which is the second-fastest time in the nation. It was also a U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Time, and is a conference record.


UCF Women Golf Finish 4th In AAC Championships

Pat Piddon finished tied for fourth overall, helping the Knights to a 4th place overall finish in the AAC Championships. Freshman Camille Banzet finished tied for 13th in her first conference tournament.

Tulsa won the tournament with a final-round score of 6-over to finish +24. Houston finished second and ECU landed third.

Up Next: UCF finds out their fate on the Selection Show Wedneday at 2 p.m. on the Golf Channel. UCF should get in with a current GolfStat ranking of 33.


UCF Men Golf Finishes 5th in AAC Championships

UCF’s Clement Charmasson finished tied for fifth after shooting under par in two of three rounds, finishing the AAC Championship at a season-best -5. The Knights finished 5th in the tournament. South Florida won the team event.


Knights of the Week

Rayniah Jones, Track and Field


Gianna Mancha, Softball


Evgeniya Levashova, Tennis


Juan Pablo Grassi Mazzuchi, Tennis