Sept. 15, 2012
By Andrew Jennette
Match One: Box Score
Match Two: Box Score
AUSTIN, Texas (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF volleyball team was unable to come away with a victory on day two of the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational. The Knights were topped by No. 6 Texas, (25-14, 25-15, 25-12), and No. 23 Illinois, (25-17, 25-15, 25-12), by 3-0 margins on Saturday.
Gregory Gymnasium is one of those really special venues to be able to play. It was huge for our Austin kids and our Texas kids to be able to play in the same gym where they watched volleyball growing up, head coach Todd Dagenais said. At times I wished we were more competitive, but at no time did I wish we competed harder.
I thought the energy was there. The passion was there. I just think we found ourselves in a situation where we were outmatched physically, Dagenais added. I'm proud of the way we battled. We never gave up and we did a very good job of focusing forward into the next point and letting the last point go.
The Knights return home on Friday in The Venue as they will play their first Conference USA opponent, UTEP, in VolleyBowl V. The fifth installment of VolleyBowl aims for another rowdy group of fans as the Knights have hosted the three largest crowds in program history in prior years at the event.
In match one of the day, the Black and Gold were topped by last year's NCAA championship runner-up Illinois in three sets. UCF was led by sophomore DeLaina Sarden who picked up six kills, three blocks and hit .250 for the match. Illinois showed off their offensive chops by out-killing the Knights, 41-25, and hitting a strong .348 for the match.
In the final game of the tournament, UCF took on perennial national-power Texas and was defeated again by a 3-0 margin. The Knights got an 11 assist, 11 dig double-double from redshirt sophomore Marie Reiterova in the contest. Texas showed off impressive defense with 51 digs on the evening.
Senior Meredith Murphy, who came into the day needing 20 digs to tie the program record, finished the day with 13 leaving her just seven away from the mark.