Nov. 2, 2012
By Andrew Jennette
HOUSTON, Texas (UCFAthletics.com) -For the first time in program history, the UCF volleyball team defeated host Houston, 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-14, 25-15), in the Houston Athletics/Alumni Center Friday evening. The Knights (12-13, 9-4 Conference USA) extended their overall winning streak to five and have won eight of their last 10 matches.
The Black and Gold out-hit and out-killed the Cougars, .283 to .191 and 58-43, respectively. Defensively, UCF dug-out 71 shots in just four sets, which was the second best total for the season in a four-set match. Senior Meredith Murphy recorded her seventh 20+ dig effort of the year and her 13th consecutive double digit dig performance with 23.
This is one of the places on our list that we had never been able to get a win and we're thrilled to be able to come in and play a really tough Houston team and get a win on their court, head coach Todd Dagenais said. Houston is one of the most improved teams in the conference. They were on a hot streak and playing their best volleyball right now. To come and beat them on their floor is a really proud moment for the direction of our program this season.
We're not a team of superstars and that's ok, Dagenais continued. We won't have anyone rank in the top 10 in kills per game, but we're a team that's the sum of our parts. I think if you look at the stats, this was as consistent of a match we could have on the road. We never broke down in any facet of the game and were solid the whole time. That's why we were able to win.
The Knights had four players register double-digit kills with senior Tory McCutcheon setting a new season-high with 11 blasts. Redshirt junior Angelica Crump led all players with 13 kills, Evija Vilde and DeLaina Sarden smacked 12 apiece. Redshirt sophomore Marie Reiterova continued to show impressive command of the Knights' offense as she recorded a 43-assist, 15-dig double-double.
The Knights will look to extend their winning streak to six on Sunday as they head to Rice for a 1 p.m. contest. The Black and Gold can move into a tie for second place in the conference standings with a victory.