UCF Volleyball Embraces Fan Support
October 01, 2013
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Oct. 2, 2013

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By Andrew Jennette

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - Check out what members of the UCF volleyball program had to say about the Knights record-breaking crowd of 1,669 fans at The Venue last Friday night in the historic sweep of USF.

Head coach Todd Dagenais: To be able to have this kind of kind of environment in our first American Conference match which also happens to be our arch rival. If every sport at UCF can have the kind of sport we had on Friday night from 200 people, much less the 1600+ we had, you're going to find a lot of sports competing in the top 10 nationally. Fans create the environment, the environment creates winning, winning creates recruiting and ultimately it creates a snowball effect. But it all starts with the students. What The Gauntlet and The Knightmare have done has been so beneficial to us. We need them.

Junior opposite Loren Cory: For the first match in the conference, the crowd was just unbelievable from the moment we stepped onto the court. It was such a big part of our win. The crowd was really loud, really supportive and really humbling for all of us as well. Every time we won a point, the fans were up on their feet screaming, it was a big advantage

Junior libero Jade Hayes: I am so thankful for the crowd. They brought it to the table. I think USF got a little distracted by our crowd and that was pretty cool the fire they had for us. It was really awesome how our fan would stand if they didn't have a seat. That just gave us the determination to go even harder out there.

Junior middle blocker DeLaina Sarden: That was an absolutely great feeling. It's always great to know that the entire school is behind you. I know personally, even when we were down in the match, I never had any doubt we weren't going to win the match. The fans weren't worried and so we weren't worried either. We do a lot in the community to show our appreciation we hope the fans will continue to support us.

Sophomore setter Dana Faught: We just played like we were playing for something more. It's great when we have that fan base. We have extra momentum besides just competition and wanting to win. You want to represent your school and make them proud of what we do. It's always hard when one person is trying to motivate the entire team. When the entire crowd is motivating us, it makes it that much easier.

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