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Golden Knights Host UAB for C-USA Contest
September 28, 2005
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ORLANDO - The UCF volleyball team will look to record its second consecutive Conference USA victory on Friday when the team hosts UAB at UCF Arena. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.

The Golden Knights (3-5, 1-0) will be appearing at home for only the second time this season. UAB enters the match with a 9-1 overall record. The Blazers will be making their 2005 C-USA debut.

Tickets for the match are available at the arena. UCF students with a valid school ID are admitted free. Fans attending the match should park on the third, fourth and fifth floors of the Convocation Center Housing garage next to the arena.

Prior to the match, UCF officials will be collecting donations to aid those in need after Hurricane Katrina. All proceeds will be given to the United Way.

ABOUT UCF Playing its first home match of the season, the Golden Knights won their inaugural Conference USA match on Wednesday, beating Southern Miss, 3-1 (27-30, 30-20, 30-19, 30-19). UCF was playing for the first time since Sept. 16. On the season, junior outside hitter Maina Heming leads the squad with 2.97 kills per game, followed by junior middle blocker Jana Mitchell (2.96). Junior setter Leah Alexander totaled 42 assists versus Southern Miss and is averaging 7.68 per game. She shares time with sophomore Kim Clonan, who is averaging a team-best 9.50 assists per game. Senior Katie Kohnen is UCF's top libero and has recorded 95 digs in 2005.

Head coach Meg Colado is in her seventh season at UCF. She has a 129-87 (.597) overall coaching mark and is 114-71 (.616) with the Golden Knights.

ABOUT UAB UAB is coming off of a 3-1 (30-16, 33-31, 32-34, 30-22) victory over UNC-Greensboro on Sept. 17 at the Nike Invitational in Richmond, Ky. Freshman outside hitter Ivana Bozic leads the team and is third in the league with 4.74 kills per game. Bozic had totaled 100 digs on the year and is has a .315 hitting percentage. Fellow freshman Nevena Stefanov is averaging 13.03 assists per game, good for third among C-USA leaders. Allison Magner and Nikola Petrovic are serving as co-interim head coaches for the Blazers this season.

UCF AGAINST THE BLAZERS The Golden Knights hold a 3-1 edge in the all-time series. The squads last met as non-conference foes in Orlando in 2002, where UCF claimed a 3-2 (31-29, 27-30, 30-18, 25-30, 15-8) victory. UCF went 22-13 that season, claiming the Atlantic Sun title and advancing to the NCAA Championship. That contest marked the only series meeting in Orlando. The teams met at tournaments on neutral courts in 1980 and 1998. In 1984, the Golden Knights competed in a tournament hosted by the Blazers in Birmingham, Ala.

SCHEDULE ISSUES All three of UCF's matches that were postponed due to Hurricane Rita have been rescheduled. The Golden Knights will now travel to Dallas, Texas to face SMU on Oct. 4. UCF will face Tulsa on Oct. 18 at the UCF Arena. That match was originally slated for Sept. 25 at the Education Gym. The squad's home match with Florida Atlantic will be played on Nov. 13.

DOUBLE-UP Junior outside hitter Maina Heming leads UCF in 2005 with three double-doubles. The junior-college transfer has recorded at least 10 kills and 10 digs in three of UCF's last four matches. She posted her first career double-dip on Sept. 3, tallying 12 kills and 12 digs versus South Dakota State.

HEAVY HITTING Against Southern Miss on Sept. 27, junior middle blocker Jana Mitchell hit .722 for the match, one of the best performances in school history. Mitchell had 18 total attempts and recorded 13 kills. The .722 hitting percentage marked a career-high for Mitchell.

HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF EFFORT Prior to each UCF home match, school officials will collect donations to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina. All donations will be given to the United Way and directed to those in need following the storm. Members of the volleyball team also collected donations prior to UCF's football game with Marshall on Sept. 24 at the Florida Citrus Bowl. UCF head coach Meg Colado is a New Orleans native and freshman libero Lindsay Randazzo hails from Metairie, La.

ON DECK The Golden Knights close out a three-match homestand on Sunday, hosting C-USA foe Memphis... The all-time series is tied at three victories each... Last season, the Tigers and UCF met at the BYU Mizuno Invitational in Provo, Utah on Sept. 11. Memphis claimed a 3-1 (27-30, 30-25, 30-27, 30-18) behind 20 kills and 13 digs from Tiara Gilkey. Ashley Liford totaled a match-high 54 assists in the win. Tanya Jarvis and Emily Watts each had 12 kills for UCF. Katie Kohnen recorded 18 assists and 10 digs in the losing effort... The Tigers will be making their second appearance in Orlando. The team last played at UCF in 1995, participating in a tournament. UCF claimed a 3-1 win against Memphis in that event.

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