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Top 80 UCF Knights Female Athletes of All-Time: #60-51

Volleyball greats dot the list as we move toward the top 50

UCF Knights Volleyball Photo: Derek Warden

We continue our series of the Top 80 female UCF athletes of all-time:

#60 - Tanya Jarvis-Starrett (Volleyball)

Tanya Jarvis played at UCF from 2001-2004
Tanya Starrett

Tanya Jarvis was a four-year starter for the UCF Knights, and was part of UCF’s three consecutive A-Sun championships and NCAA tournament appearances from 2001-03. She was a second team All-A-Sun performer in 2003.

UCF Volleyball 2003 A-SUN Championship team was honored in 2013 as the team was inducted into UCF Volleyball Ring of Honor
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Jarvis played at UCF from 2001-2004 finishing with 1,049 kills and 891 digs. Jarvis also ranks 8th all-time in aces per set (0.31). Jarvis was part of UCF’s 3 A-ASUN Championships & NCAA Tournament appearances (2001-2003).

Tanya Jarvis-Starrett has won 4 state Volleyball Championships as Head Coach at Bishop Moore High School
Tanya Starrett

Jarvis has become one of the most decorated high school volleyball coaches in the state as Jarvis-Starrett has been Head Coach at Bishop Moore since 2008, winning four state titles (12,13,15,16), along with two state runner ups (14.17), An additional Final Four appearance (2010) and a national #1 ranking with a overall record of 292-68. Jarvis-Starrett has also been the Director at the Orlando Tampa Volleyball academy for the past 4 years and will be going into her 5th next year. Jarvis have been coaching for them ever since she graduated from UCF.

#59 - Zykira Lewis (Women’s Basketball)

Zykira Lewis is the all-time leader in 3 pointers made with 271
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Zy Lewis played from 2013-2017 and finished as the Knights’ 2nd leading scorer all-time with 1,883 points. She is also:

  • 1st all-time at UCF in threes made (271)
  • 3rd in steals (257)
  • 2nd in field goals made (694 - 2nd)
  • 6th in scoring average (15.4 ppg)
  • 9th in free throws made (224)

She made 3rd Team All-AAC in 2017 and 2nd team in 2015. Lewis was part of UCF’s WNIT team in her senior season in 2017, and set the tone for the Coach Abe Era at UCF.

#58 - Saga Fredriksson (Soccer)

Saga Fredriksson was part of UCF’s AAC regular season championship in 2014 and 2017
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A native of Sweden, Fredriksson was part of UCF’s two AAC regular season championship and NCAA Tournament teams in 2014 and 2017, highlighted by their Sweet 16 run in 2014. She was the American Athletic Conference’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and team captain on the Knights’ 2017 team that was a national seed in NCAA Tournament. Fredriksson played professionally in the Italian Serie A league after UCF.

#57 - Piper Morgan (Volleyball)

Piper Morgan # 15 pictured here with 2001 A-SUN Championship team
Tanya Starrett

Nicknamed the “Tower of Terror,” Morgan was part of two regular season A-Sun Championships (1999 and 2001) as well as the 2001 A-Sun Tournament Champions. Morgan was a three-time First Team All-A-Sun performer (1999-2001) and had 1,103 kills along with 75 solo blocks, ranking 5th all-time. Morgan was also 3rd in block assists (364) and total blocks (439), and 5th in blocks per set (1.15) in UCF history.

#56- Samantha McCloskey (Softball)

Samantha McCloskey hit walk off Game winning HR in Bottom of 7th of the 2015 AAC Championship game vs Tulsa
Samantha McCloskey

McCloskey finished her UCF career ranked in the top ten in home runs (23), walks (81), on-base percentage (.385), doubles (31) and RBI (89). She was first team All-AAC in 2016 and was All-AAC Tournament three straight years (2014-2016)

She’s best known for winning Most Outstanding Player in the 2015 AAC Championship, when she hit a walk off homer in the bottom of 7th to win the championship.

McCloskey had brief run in NPF, playing with the Chicago Bandits following her career at UCF.

T-#55 - Julie Poulsen (Rowing)

Julie Poulsen is part of UCF Rowing success in American as Poulsen has been part winning 3 AAC Championships (2017-2019)
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Poulsen was CRCA All-American twice (‘18 & ‘19), just the second UCF rower in program history to do that. Poulsen is a 3-time All-AAC performer and won three American Championships (‘17-’19).

T-#55 - Krystina Sarff (Rowing)

Krystina Sarff (fourth rower behind the coxswain in a white hat behind the rower in the black hat
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Krystina Sarff was the first UCF rower to become a three-time All-American CRCA All-American (06-08) in program history. She led UCF to the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history in 2007 and their highest ranking in polls (#9) during her time at UCF (2004-2008).

#54- Tiffany Lane (Softball)

A California native, Lane holds the school and C-USA record for most triples in a career with 23. She was All-Conference USA first team twice (2009, 2010) and 2011 All-Conference USA Second Team.

Lane was the C-USA Tournament MVP in 2008 when she hit a 2-run homer in top of the 6th off Houston’s All American Angel Shamblin to preserve the Knights’ 4-2 win in the C-USA Championship.

Lane scored 60 runs in 2008 which tied UCF Athletic Hall of Famer Stephanie Best’s 2005 record for most runs scored in a single season. Lane holds the top three single season records for most triples in a season.

She ranks 1st all-time at UCF in triples (23), 4th all-time in batting average (.322), 9th in slugging (.448), 3rd in on base (.403), 3rd in runs scored (145), 6th in hits (216), 4th in total bases (300), and 6th in steals (58). She also played with Mexican National team back in 2016.

#53 - Leyre Santaella Sante (Volleyball)

Leyre Santaella Sante played at UCF from 2000-2002
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Leyra Santaella Sante was the A-Sun Player of Year and an All-Region Honrable mention in 2002. She made the All-A-Sun First Team twice (2001-2002) and made second team in 2000. Sante was also the A-Sun Tournament MVP in 2001 and 2002, helping UCF win back-to-back A-Sun Championships and trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Sante ranks 4th all-time in kills with 1,497, 2nd in kills per set (4.52), and is tied for 5th in aces (149). She currently lives and works in her native Puerto Rico.

#52 - Abby McClain (Softball)

Abby McClain played softball at UCF from 2008-2011
Abby McClain

Abby McClain was one of the most versatile softball players in program history. She was a two time All-C-USA 2nd team selection (2009 & 2010) and was part of UCF’s 2010 C-USA Championship All-Tournament team.

McClain won a C-USA Championship and NCAA Tournament in 2008 with the Knights and also part of UCF’s 2010 NCAA Tournament team.

Abby McClain is one of greatest catchers in program history.
Abby McClain

McClain ranks 8th all-time at UCF in runs scored (102), 6th in homers (17), 8th in doubles (36), 10th in runs batted in (90), and she also threw out 15 base runners trying to steal, which is 2nd-most by a UCF catcher in program history.

McClain is the only UCF player to have ever started behind the plate, in the infield and in the outfield. In her career, she started at catcher, 2nd base, 1st base, Left and Center Field. After UCF, McClain played for the United States Women’s National Baseball team.

T-#51 - Miriam Metzcus (Volleyball)

Metzcus ranks 3rd all-time at UCF in kills (1,811), 5th in kills per set (3.55), 1st in aces (235), and 3rd in digs (1,644). She was a First Team All-A-Sun performer, and A-Sun (the TAAC) champ and went to the NCAA Tournamen three times, from 1992-1994.

Metzcus was also an assistant coach under Laura Smith, and served as interim head coach to finish the 1998 season.

T-#51 - Emily Queisser (Volleyball)

Queisser is the UCF Volleyball program’s all-time leader in games played (156) and assists (5,923), and is 2nd in aces (201), 7th in digs (1,155), and 9th in total blocks (292). She was part of UCF’s three NCAA Tournament teams (1993-1995) and 4 A-Sun Conference championships (1992-1995).

Queisser was a 4-time All-A-Sun performer, being named 1st team in 1995 and 2nd team the other years. She’s also one of three players in program history to win both A-Sun Player of Year (1995) and A-Sun Tournament MVP (1994).