Dec. 2, 2013
By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - For the third time this season, UCF middle blocker DeLaina Sarden has been named the American Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week.
The junior from Lawrenceville, Ga., had two big efforts as the Knights completed their final weekend in The American with a pair of road victories. Against Memphis on Wednesday, Sarden had 15 kills, six digs and eight combined blocks as UCF rallied from a 0-2 deficit to complete a five-set comeback victory. On Friday night at Temple, Sarden put together one of the most efficient performances in UCF history by blasting 12 kills on 15 swings without an error for a .800 attack percentage.
This marks the fourth-career weekly honor for Sarden to go along with the two other Player of the Week awards from The American this season and a Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week award in 2012. Sarden finished her season #1 in the conference in attack percentage, tied for #3 in kills per set and #9 in blocks per set.
The Knights finished their inaugural season in The American with a 21-10 record and a 12-6 mark in league play. The 21 wins were the most in a season in Dagenais' six-year tenure and marked the most victories by the UCF volleyball program since 2003.