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Top 80 UCF Knights Female Athletes Of All-Time: #70-61

#UCF250 carries on with softball and soccer stars

UCF Softball Complex
UCF Softball Complex
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We continue our with our Top 80 female UCF Knights athletes of all-time with #70:

#70 - Stephanie Serna (Volleyball)

Stephanie Serna played volleyball at UCF from 2006-2008
UCF Athletics

Stephanie Serna was the first UCF player to earn All-Conference USA honors, Serna was a Second Team All-C-USA pick as a senior in 2008 and received Honorable Mention All- Region from the AVCA after ranking among the conference’s leaders in hitting percentage and kills per set. She finished her career with two straight 300-plus kill seasons and 896 total kills in three seasons at UCF after transferring from Birmingham Southern. She also added 199 blocks, 160 digs, 37 assists and 19 service aces in her career, and went on to have a pro career overseas.

#69 - Dottie Cupp (Softball)

Dottie Cupp played softball at UCF from 2002-2003
UCF Athletics

Dottie Cupp helped start the UCF Softball program off on a great foot, as she was the ace pitcher for the first two seasons of the program. She was a two-time First Team All-A-Sun Conference selection in 2002 and 2003 and was named All-Region in 2002.

Cupp was an excellent two-way player, as she still ranks fifth all-time in slugging pct (.477), and is tied for 10th in homers (13). As a pitcher, Cupp still ranks second all-time in ERA (1.49), fourth in lowest batting average against (.200), seventh in wins (44), appearances (75), and games started (59), and fourth in shutouts (20). Cupp went on to have a successful coaching career after her time at UCF.

#68 - Chelsie Wiley (Basketball)

A South Florida native, Wiley was a two-time All-C-USA selection (3rd team in ‘09, 2nd team in ‘11). Wiley ranks 5th all-time at UCF in points scored (1,531), 4th all-time in 3’s made (134), 3rd all-time in 3-point percentage (.363), Two NCAA Tournament appearances (2009, 2011), Two-time C-USA Champion (2009, 2011).

#67 - Ashleigh Cole (Softball)

Ashleigh Cole played at UCF from 2007-2010
Ashleigh Paschal

Ashleigh Cole was part of two NCAA Tournament teams (2008, 2010) and a C-USA Championship team in 2008. She was a C-USA First Teamer and 2nd team All-Region performer in 2010, leading UCF to the C-USA Championship Game.

Cole finished 6th all-time at UCF in career ERA (2.01) and opponent batting average allowed (.221), 5th in wins (62), tied for 4th in appearances (125), and 5th in starts (93).

#66 - Jennifer Manis (Soccer)

Jennifer Manis played soccer at UCF from 2005-2007
UCF Athletics

Manis was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, All-C-USA First Team, and Soccer Buzz All-Southeast Region Second Team in 2007, as she led UCF to the C-USA Championship and trip to 2nd round of NCAA Tournament that year. She posted a 0.87 goals-against average, 10 shutouts and 126 saves, which ranked second in UCF single-season history.

For her career, Manis ranks tied for 4th all-time in saves (208), 7th in goals against average (1.02), and is tied for 9th in shutouts (15). Manis was also a Second Team All-C-USA performer in 2006.

#65- Alyssa O’Brien (Soccer)

Alyssa O’Brien is UCF’s all-time leader in saves (424) and is 2nd in shutouts (30). O’Brien was a 4-time 1st Team All-ASUN selection (1995-1998) to go along with a All-Region performer in 1998. O’Brien help lead UCF to three TAAC/ASUN Conference championships (1995-1996,1998) and NCAA Tournament appearance in 1998.

#64 - Lindsay Enders (Softball)

Lindsay Enders led UCF Softball to 1st ever Conference championship (05-ASUN) & trip to NCAA Tournament.
UCF Athletics

Lindsay Enders played two seasons at UCF from 2004-2005 as star pitcher and hitter. She won 46 games and was All-Conference and All-Region. Enders was also named A-Sun Tournament MVP in 2005, as she pitched almost every inning in the tournament, including the Knights’ doubleheader win over Troy on Championship Day to give UCF its first Conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth in program history.

#63 - Jale Hervey (Volleyball)

Jale Hervey transferred from MTSU and became a two-time First Team All-AAC member (2014, 2015) and a two-time All-Region performer during her three seasons at UCF.

Hervey is 3rd all-time in kills per set (3.93) and 7th all-time in kills (1,317) despite only playing three seasons, and is part of the exclusive 1,000 kill club at UCF. She was part of the Knights’ AAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014.

#62 - Valeriya Zeleva (Women Tennis)

Valeriya Zeleva was the first player in UCF Tennis history to appear in both the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships in the same season. She made it all the way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Doubles Championships with partner Ksenia Kuznetsova.

Zeleva has the Knights’ record for highest ranking by a singles player, being ranked 27th in ITA rankings at one point in 2019.

Zeleva helped lead UCF to the program’s first conference championship in 2019. She was the AAC Most Outstanding Player of Year award winner in 2019.

T-#61 - Mary Varas (Soccer)

Mary Varas played from 1981-1984, and helped UCF reach the 1982 National Championship game against North Carolina in the inaugural Women’s College Cup. She was the 1982 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Offensive Player, despite UCF losing to North Carolina 2-0. Varas was an All-American in 1983, and was voted team MVP three straight seasons (1981-1983).

T-#61 - Jean Varas (Soccer)

Jean Varas in white UCF photo with sun glasses on along with UCF Soccer alums and fans at Gainesville for 2011 NCAA Elite 8 round supporting the Knights
Courtney Whidden

Jean Varas was part of UCF’s 1987 Women’s College Cup Final Four team. She was an All-American in 1987 and played with UCF Athletic Hall of Famers Michelle Akers, Amy Allman and Karen Richter during her time at UCF.

Varas was also part UCF’s NCAA Tournament team in 1984 that reached the quarterfinals. Varas scored 29 goals which still ranks 11th all-time at UCF.