The UCF Knights Volleyball program has a new all-time leader in total kills.
McKenna Melville collected her 2,152nd career kill during the first set of the UCF Knights’ sweep of Lipscomb in Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday. In doing so, she passed Renata Menchikova atop UCF’s career kills list:
It was her sixth of the first set. She would finish with ten overall as the Knights disposed of Lipscomb in three to finish their run in the Jayhawk Classic 3-0.
The Knights are now 8-0, and have finished non-conference play undefeated for the first time in program history. They now begin conference play with road matches at Memphis and SMU.
UCF’s biggest win of the weekend was Friday night against the host Kansas Jayhawks, who entered the match ranked 23rd in the AVCA Coaches’ Poll.
Melville led the way with 23 kills in that match. It was also the Knights’ second win over a Big 12 opponent this season.
But the cap of the weekend was about Melville breaking Menchikova’s record, which stood for 25 years.
What They’re Saying
We reached out to several UCF Volleyball figures to get their reaction to McKenna breaking the record.
Anne-Marie Watson (Right side, 2017-2021, played with Melville for four seasons):
“Mac is a one-of-a-kind player. No one knows the game or loves the game as much as she does. I remember her coming in her freshman year and just knew right away that she was going to do big things at UCF. I’m so proud of her for breaking the all-time kills record (even though it’s not surprising because she’s Mac). She’s going to leave UCF as one of the best to play here.”
Erin Campbell (Outside hitter, 2006-2009, 10th all-time in kills at UCF):
“What McKenna has been able to accomplish is nothing short of extraordinary. She’s a true competitor and deserves every award and accolade she receives. Congrats to her on this amazing feat!”
Jordan Pingel (Libero, 2015-2018, UCF’s all-time leader in digs):
“It’s about time! Haha — totally kidding, but I’m not surprised one bit by her success. Everyone could tell she was a special talent the first day she stepped on the court at UCF. She’s the type of player that continues to build and shape the championship culture we strive for each and every day and she will leave quite the legacy when she’s done. I loved competing on the court with Mac for my final year, but watching her continue to raise the bar and lead this team by example is something truly special for me to witness. I’m so proud of her accomplishments on and off the court and can’t wait to see where she leads this team in her final season!”
Former UCF head coach and current TV analyst Meg Fitzgerald:
“This is an incredible record to beat. She is a great outside hitter for UCF and for women’s volleyball.”
Melville is now 344 kills from 2,500 for her career which would make her just the tenth player in NCAA history to reach that magical mark. But regardless of if she makes it or not, she stands alone in UCF history as the program’s greatest player.