Jan. 29, 2014
By Sarah Sherman
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF volleyball has welcomed transfer athlete Abbie Fleener to the Knights volleyball program. Fleener joins the Knights for the 2014 spring semester after a two-year career at DePaul. Head coach Todd Dagenais believes that Fleener's track record of success against quality competition can change the style that UCF plays.
"She's a right-side attacker that runs very efficiently off of one leg, Dagenais said. That will give our opponents a lot of difficulty when they have to decide if they are going to double block one of our middles staying in front or if they are going to double block her on a quick slide. Systematically, it really opens up a lot of things for us on the offensive side."
Fleener joins the Knights after a decorated run at DePaul where she finishing second on the team with 333 total kills in 2013. She put together a .283 hitting percentage on the year and developed into her team's top option during conference play, leading the Blue Demons with 182 kills during the BIG EAST season.
The Grand Rapids, Mich. native has an appreciation for what her new coaching staff has done at with the program and feels that there is a future at UCF that she is happy to pursue.
I've seen what he (Dagenais) has done with the UCF program, Fleener said. How he's completely turned it around in the past few years. His connections to the volleyball world are awesome and I know they can take me places."