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Outlasted the Owls
September 09, 2016
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com)--The UCF volleyball team defeated Florida Atlantic 3-1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 25-23) in the first match of the Holiday Inn Orlando East UCF Area Classic on Friday morning at The Venue.

"I thought that they (the Knights) adjusted really well for what we were trying to do and I thought we had a very specific gameplan," said head coach Todd Dagenais. "Once we settled down I thought we served really well, blocked really well and I thought we attacked really well. A lot of the things that they did to us, we haven't seen or experienced that yet."

The Knights rallied the Owls back and forth in the first set, until UCF went on a 13-6 run to clinch the set 25-17. The second set continued the tight battle between the teams, with neither team leading by more than three points. The Owls took the second, 25-23. The Black and Gold started the third set a little slow before taking the lead 15-14. The teams went back and forth before the Knights won four consecutive points to clinch the third set. UCF went into the fourth swinging as they took an early 5-3 lead. FAU came back and took the lead forcing the Knights to fight back. The Black and Gold took the lead at 10-9 and never lost it to seal the deal.

  • Multiple Knights recorded double-doubles in the match.
  • Jalé Hervey (22 kills, 11 digs), Kia Bright (11 kills, 13 digs) each recorded their fourth double-double, while Miranda Watkins (27 assists, 11 digs) tallied her first of the season.
Hooray for Hervey
  • Hervey logged her second match this season with more than 20 kills.
  • Earlier this year, the senior recorded 24 kills in a five-set loss to Southern Illinois.
Allegiant Alli
  • Freshman Alli Sabol recorded her second match with double-digit kills.
  • The Dublin, Ohio native recorded 11 kills, and hit .286.
  • The Outside Hitter also contributed two digs, an assist and a block solo.
Block Party
  • The 13 team blocks that the Knights recorded, were the most in 42 matches.
  • The last time UCF tallied 13 kills or more was November 28, 2014 against Memphis.
Up Next
  • The Knights who are presented by Holiday Inn Orlando East UCF Area take on the Tigers of LSU on Friday evening.

General admission adult season tickets are now available for $30, and youth tickets (ages 2-17 years) are $15 and good for one-general admission seat to all 2016 regular season home matches. General admission single game tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for youth, seniors (55+) and UCF Faculty Staff. Admission is free for UCF students. For more information on how to purchase tickets, visit UCFKnights.com or call 407-UCF-1000.

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