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Top 80 UCF Knights Female Athletes of All-Time: #40-31

Basketball, Soccer and Volleyball legends take center stage

#40 - Carleigh Williams (Soccer)

Carleigh Williams was the 31st draft pick by Houston Dash in the 2015 NWSL Draft
Houston Dash

Carleigh Williams was a key part of UCF’s 2011 Elite 8 and their Sweet 16 run in 2014. She was AAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, and won a C-USA Championship (2012), two AAC Championships (2013-2014), and four NCAA Tournament appearances.

Williams went to the Houston Dash in the fourth round (31st overall) of the 2015 NWSL College Draft, and went on to play in Norway and France.


#39 - Carolin Pinneger (Golf)

Carolin Pinneger participated in Golf Channel’s “Big Break : Myrtle Beach” in 2014
Cy Cyr/Golf Channel

Originally from Austria, Carolin Pinegger was an All C-USA performer all four years she played at UCF, from 2010-2013. She was part of two NCAA Tournament teams (12,13) and in her first season, she helped the Knights win a tournament for the first time in a season since 2002.

Pinegger finished in the top 10 five times during her time at UCF, and was a team captain in her senior season of 2013. Her career scoring average of 76.14 ranks fourth all-time at UCF. Pinegger played professionally on the Symetra Tour and was a contestant for Golf Channel’s “Big Break: Myrtle Beach” in 2014. She now works for David Leadbetter’s Golf Academy.


#38 - Courtney Baines (Soccer)

Courtney Baines played soccer from 2002-2005
UCF Athletics

Satellite High product Courtney Baines was the A-Sun Defensive Player of Year in 2004 and followed it up with C-USA Defensive Player of the Year award and all-region selection in 2005. She ranks 5th all-time at UCF in assists with 29, and was part of three NCAA Tournament teams (2002-2004) and 2 A-Sun titles (2002 and 2003).


T-#37 - Breanne Javier (Softball)

Breanne Javier was part of UCF’s 2008 C-USA Championship team and holds program record with most base hits in a single season with 85 hits in 2008.
Breanne Javier

Breanne Javier was a two-time First Team All-C-USA pick in 2007 and 2008, Second Team in 2009, and Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Southeast Region First Team in 2009. She ranks in UCF’s top ten in 15 different hitting categories, including third in hits (245), fourth in RBI (122), third in total bases (305), third in batting average (.322), fifth in games played (243), second in at bats (761), and eighth in doubles (36).

In 2008, Javier set two UCF single-season records with 85 hits and a 15-game hitting streak. She was part of UCF’s 2008 C-USA Championship team.

Javier played in NPF with USSSA Pride in 2009, and went to the championship series before losing to the Rockford Thunder and her former UCF teammate, Allison Kime.


T-#37 - Farrah Sullivan (Softball)

Farrah Sullivan
UCF Athletics

Sullivan was part of three NCAA Tournament teams in 2012, 2014 and 2015, and two AAC Championship teams (‘14 and ‘15). She was the 2014 AAC Player of the Year, First Team all-AAC in 2014 and 2015, and All-C-USA Second Team in 2012.

Sullivan’s name dots the UCF record books, as she ranks in the top ten all-time at UCF in batting average (.304), slugging (.472), on-base percentage (.392), hits (193), doubles (38), home runs (23), RBI (136), total bases (300), and walks (82).


#36 - Vera Varis (Soccer)

UCF goalkeeper Vera Varis stood on her head in UCF's last two matches of 2015, only to come up short in extra time and PKs. (Photo: UCF Athletics)
UCF goalkeeper Vera Varis stood on her head in UCF’s last two matches of 2015, only to come up short in extra time and PKs. (Photo: UCF Athletics)
UCF Athletics

Varis was a two-time AAC Goalkeeper of the Tear (2017 and 2018), and was an All-American in 2017, helping UCF to the 2017 AAC regular season championship. She finished fourth all-time at UCF with 231 saves, and her 21 shutouts ranks sixth all-time. Varis also averaged just 1.07 career goals against, which ranks ninth all-time at UCF.


#35 - Kristen Putman (Golf)

Kristen Putman is the all-time leader at UCF (1993-1996) in career college tournament wins with eight, including winning the Atlantic Sun Championship in 1996. She was part of UCF’s first team to advance past the regionals and into to the NCAA Finals in 1996 .

In her freshman year of 1993, Putman eareds All-Atlantic Sun Conference honors, qualified for the NCAA East Regional, and also qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open that year, along with teammate Connie Masterson and UCF alumna Liz Earley. She was All-A-Sun all four years, and in 1996, she won medalist honors at the A-Sun Tournament.

Putman would help UCF to the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Finals in LaQuinta, California, where they would finish 15th.


#34 - Tatiana Coleman (Soccer)

Coleman dominated the pitch in her two seasons at UCF, from 2013 to 2014). In her final year, she was an NSCAA Second Team All-American and NSCAA First Team All-Region, American Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year, and a unanimous selection to The American’s All-Conference First Team.

Coleman was part of two American regular season championships (2013, 2014) and an AAC Tournament title in 2013. She was part of the Knights’ run into the Sweet 16 in 2014, and tied a school record by having a point in nine straight matches in 2014. Coleman scored 24 goals in her two seasons for the Knights, and was selected with the 18th pick in 2014 NWSL Draft by the WNY Flash.


#33 - Tari Phillips (Basketball)

2000 WNBA Finals - Game One: Houston Comets v New York Liberty
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Tari Phillips (1990-91) played one season at UCF after transferring from Georgia, and in that one season, set several individual season and single-game records, including one for most points in a game. After sitting out the fall semester due to NCAA transfer rules, she scored a school record 45 points in a game against Lamar, in her seventh game as a Knight.

Phillips was selected by the Orlando Miracle in the first round (8th overall) of the 1999 WNBA Draft. She played with the New York Liberty from 2000 to 2004, and the Houston Comets from 2005-2007. Phillips also won a gold medal with USA Basketball during the Basketball World Championship in 2002, and was inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.


T-#32 - Jennifer Montgomery (Soccer)

Jennifer Montgomery help lead UCF Soccer to 3 NCAA Tournament appearances (02-04) and two A-SUN Conference titles (02-03)
UCF Athletics

Jennifer Montgomery ended her career tied for fourth all-time at UCF in goals (38), eighth in assists (27), fourth in total points (103) and fifth in game-winning goals (8). She also tied the single season records for points (46 in 2002), second in goals (17 in 2002), fourth in assists (12 in 2002), and eighth in game-winning goals (4 in 2004).

Montgomery was part of two A-Sun regular season and tournament championships (2002 and 2003) as well as a C-USA regular season championship in 2005, and three NCAA Tournament teams (2002-2004), including advancing to 2nd round in 2004.

Montgomery was First Team All-A-Sun in 2002 and was named A-Sun Freshman of the Year.


T-#32 - Amy Jones (Soccer)

Amy Jones is all over the UCF Soccer record books. She ranks tied for 4th all-time in goals (38), 7th in assists (28), 3rd in points (104), and 2nd in shots on goal (229).

Jones was an All-American in 1995 and an All-Region performer twice (1995-1996). She was the A-Sun Player of the Year in 1995 when she set the school record for goals in a season with 20. She also still has the record of scoring a point in nine straight games in 1995.

Jones is one of four UCF Soccer players to have over 100 points in a career, along with Michelle Akers, Kelly Kochevar, and Jennifer Montgomery.


#31 - Kia Bright (Volleyball)

A transfer from Auburn, Kia Bright was the top hitter for UCF’s 2014 AAC Championship team. She was an AVCA All-American honorable mention in her first year at UCF, and was a three-time First Team All-AAC pick (2014, 2016, 2017).

An outstanding two-way player, Bright ranks 6th all-time in kills (1,368), 5th in digs (1,221), 6th in digs per set (2.97), and 7th in kills per set (3.33). She is one of five UCF Volleyball players all-time to have more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs, along with Renata Menchikova, Tyra Harper, Miriam Metzcus, and Erin Campbell.

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