Sep 5, 2013
By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Riding a three-match and nine-set winning streak, the UCF volleyball team will look to continue its successful run as it hosts the Holiday Inn Select UCF Classic Friday and Saturday at The Venue at UCF.
The Knights (3-1) open the two-day round-robin tournament against Elon at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon and cap off the evening against George Washington at 8 p.m. UCF closes out its final home tournament of the season with a 6 p.m. Saturday showdown with Stephen F. Austin. A single ticket will give fans a full day of access to all tournament matches. Fans are able leave and come back using their original ticket purchased.
Live stats for each match can be found at UCF Classic Tournament Central.
UCF's contest with the Phoenix (2-2) marks the first time the two programs will meet. Elon comes into the match with an even 2-2 record after sweeping Navy at the Kristen Dickmann Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md. In its most recent match, Elon earned a home sweep over Campbell.
George Washington arrives in Florida with a 1-2 mark after the Colonials dropped a pair of matches to Maryland and Ole Miss at their host tournament. UCF currently holds a 1-0 lead in the all-time series, with the first matchup coming in just the Knights' fourth season of volleyball in 1978.
The final match of the tournament pits UCF against Stephen F. Austin. The Jacks (4-0) are off to a great start and are seeking their 18th 20-win season under head coach Debbie Humphreys. SFA holds a 2-1 all-time record against the Knights and won in its last trip to The Venue in 2002.
The Knights are coming off a 3-1 showing in the Holiday Inn Select UCF Invitational with wins over North Florida (25-16, 25-21, 25-15), Alabama State (25-19, 25-15, 25-13) and UAPB (25-12, 25-11, 25-16). UCF's lone setback of the opening weekend came in a thrilling five-setter against Valparaiso (18-25, 17-25, 25-19, 25-21, 10-15). Junior DeLaina Sarden was named the inaugural American Conference Player of the Week after her strong performance tallying 58 kills, 16 blocks and hitting .583 for the weekend.