ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF Volleyball opened the spring season on Wednesday evening, facing Florida State for a five-set match on the Sante Fe College campus in Gainesville.
I was very happy with the balance of our new offense, head coach Todd Dagenais said. I thought both setters kept the Seminoles off-balance by mixing up the primary hitters in each rotation.
Florida State captured the first two sets with matching 25-17 scores. The Knights bounced back to earn a 25-22 win in the third set. The teams played close down the stretch, but the Seminoles edged the Black and Gold, 25-22, 15-14, in the final two sets to pull off the 4-1 win.
Coach Dagenais was pleased by the overall play from his hitters for the Knights.
Brooke Imirie began to step out in the way we knew she could, Dagenais said. Whitney Turner showed that she can play among the elite players in the country as she gets more consistent. I really enjoyed Jale Hervey stepping up to be an emotional part of our team.
The Knights also learned of some areas of improvement as they head back to the gym.
We need to continue to work on the serve and pass game as it continues to be a source of difficulty, especially in critical situations, Dagenais said. We are still waiting to see who can be that rock solid passer in the tightest situations. I was happy that all four liberos played roughly an equal amount of time in the match. I thought this first match was a very important step in diagnosing the areas that we need to work on most in the next three weeks before we play Florida.
I think the team understands the difficulty and the hard work that lies ahead of them if they want to reach the lofty goals they set for themselves this season. Now we'll spend the next three weeks watching video, working on our individual skill and growing more as a team.
The Knights are back in action on March 20, facing Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.