Aug. 31, 2005
JACKSONVILLE - Despite a career-high 16 kills from junior middle blocker Jana Mitchell, the UCF volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (24-30, 30-23, 30-23, 30-22) non-conference match to host Jacksonville on Wednesday evening at Swisher Gym. The Golden Knights fall to 0-2 on the season while Jacksonville improves to 1-4.
UCF came out strong in the first game, hitting .325 as a team compared to just .095 for the Dolphins to win the game, 30-24. The Golden Knights would struggle the rest of the way, finishing with a .185 attack percentage for the match.
Junior outside hitter Maina Heming was the only other UCF player to finish with double-figures in kills, ending the match with 14. For the second consecutive contest, junior setter Leah Alexander tallied at least 30 kills, finishing with 43. Freshman libero Lindsay Randazzo totaled a match-high 19 digs.
UCF was playing the second of seven consecutive matches away from home to start the season. Led by senior middle blocker Chaz Arah, who registered a career-high six blocks, the squad finished with 11 total team blocks.
Eva Stoilova paced the Dolphins with 15 kills and also added 14 digs for the double-double. Erin Donivan recorded 52 assists and Lindsay Ward and Petya Borisova both finished with 12 kills.
UCF returns to action on Friday, competing in the Diet Coke Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. To open play on Friday, the Golden Knights will face Xavier at 5 p.m. The team concludes the event on Saturday with two matches, playing host Minnesota (currently ranked sixth nationally) at 1:30 p.m. and North Dakota State at 6 p.m.