Dec. 10, 2013
By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Coming off the most wins in a single season since 2003, the postseason accolades continue to roll in for the UCF volleyball team as the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) announced Tuesday that DeLaina Sarden was named to its Southeast All-Region First team. The junior becomes UCF's 10th all-time recipient of this award and has now been honored in back-to-back seasons.
"DeLaina deserves to be mentioned among the best players in the region, UCF head coach Todd Dagenais said. Her statistical performance and her impact on our team clearly demonstrates the fact that she is one of the top middle blockers in the nation. With this honor DeLaina will be eligible to receive All-American honors."
Sarden is the first player in program history to earn first team honors in consecutive seasons and was also the only player to make the 2013 team that did not compete for an SEC school. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native shined in the middle all season as she smacked a team-high 395 kills with a team-best .409 hitting percentage. She earned a unanimous selection to the All-American Conference First Team for her efforts.
The All-Region Team process was determined in a new way for the 2013 season. Coaches from each region voted for candidates and those results were then turned over to a selection committee for final determination of the team. Juniors Kaye-Alese Green and Marie Reiterova each received strong consideration from regional coaches which gives them a target to shoot for next season.
With the all-region awards now handed out, Sarden will wait until Dec. 18 to find out if she will be named an AVCA All-American for the second-consecutive year. UCF has three other All-America honors in its Division I history as former Knights Jenny Frank, Rachel Vukson and Angelica Crump have earned honorable mentions honors.
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