Nov. 13, 2013
By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF volleyball team has seen several players rocket up the individual and career record books this season as it winds down its inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference.
Senior outside hitter Angelica Crump has shouldered a major offensive load throughout her four-year career as an outside hitter for the Knights. Crump is currently projected to finish her UCF career ranked ninth all-time with 126 matches played and should settle in somewhere between sixth and eighth in overall sets played. The Atlanta, Ga., native currently has 1,423 kills and 3,912 attempts, both marks good for fifth in the all-time UCF record books. Crump's 17 solo blocks this year gives her sole possession of second place at UCF with 77 for her career.
Junior Jade Hayes came into her first season at UCF with huge shoes to fill as she was replacing UCF's all-time digs leader Meredith Murphy at the libero position, however the transfer from Missouri has excelled in her first year as the leader of the back row. The Ozark, Mo., native's current 4.61 digs per set would set a new single season record if she is able to maintain it. Hayes is projected to finish her season between 500-530 digs, which would give her anywhere from the second to fourth most in school history for a single year.
Junior setter Marie Reiterova is currently averaging 11.69 assists per set, which would be good enough for ninth best in UCF history if it holds. The Luxembourg native is projected to finish her third year with approximately 2350-2500 career assists which would rank her as high as third or as low as fifth all time.
The Knights' strength all year long has been the play of its two middles, DeLaina Sarden and Kaye-Alese Green. In addition to each of them starting every match and playing in every set, the two juniors have stood out as individuals. Sarden's .818 attack percentage on Aug. 30 against UNF was the fifth-best performance in school history (Sarden and Green also have the second and third most efficient hitting efforts). Green also tied for the 4th best effort in UCF history with nine block assists at UConn on Nov. 10. Sarden's .358 career attack percentage would be the second-highest mark in UCF history while Green's .332 clip would be third best.