Aug. 24, 2007
Atlanta, Ga. (www.ucfathletics.com) - Despite getting 12 kills and six blocks from junior Jenny Heppert (Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State), the UCF volleyball team fell just short in its season opening match against Fordham, 3-1 (26-30, 30-27, 29-31, 24-30), Friday morning at the Georgia State Invitational.
The Knights (0-1, 0-0 Conference USA) also got big numbers from their setter, Blaire Brueggemeyer (Burleson, Texas/Arlington Grace Prep). In her collegiate debut, the freshman totaled 20 assists, seven digs, five kills and three blocks.
"Our youth shined through today, but Cassie Ramaekers and Heppert were consistent and aggressive throughout the match," said head coach Meg Colado. "Our passing was very good today, which helped our struggling hitters. We look forward to making improvements and progressing later today when we face Georgia State."
Stephanie Serna (San Antonio, Texas/Birmingham-Southern) and Schanell Neiderworder (Aurora, Colo./Grandview) registered 10 kills and 9 kills, respectively, and libero Ramaekers (Blue Grass, Iowa/Indian Hills CC) excelled in the back row with 27 digs and three service aces.
The event was part of the four-match, two-day Georgia State Invitational that continues through Aug. 25.
UCF will face former Atlantic Sun Conference foe, host Georgia State tonight at 6 p.m., before taking on East Tennessee State and Chattanooga tomorrow.
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