UCF Volleyball Returns Home for Two C-USA Tilts

Oct. 12, 2006

ORLANDO - After playing a pair of contests in Texas last week, the UCF volleyball team returns home to host Conference USA foes Marshall and East Carolina this weekend. The Golden Knights play Marshall at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 at the Education Gym on campus and then face East Carolina at the UCF Arena on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m.

Admission to all UCF contests is free courtesy of McDonald's.

UCF (5-12, 1-5 C-USA) concluded a two-match league road trip on Sunday, falling 3-0 at Houston. Junior outside hitter Schanell Neiderworder (Aurora, Colo./Grandview HS) led the Golden Knights with 10 kills and freshman setter Andrea Youngblood (Castle Rock, Colo./Douglas County HS) recorded 25 assists. Junior outside hitter Lorin Lukas (Winter Springs, Fla./Winter Springs HS) ranks ninth nationally, averaging 0.68 service aces per game.

Marshall is 13-8 overall and 5-2 in C-USA action. The Thundering Herd are coming off of a 3-2 home victory over UAB on Sunday. Kelly-Anne Billingy, who leads the conference in kills per game (6.32), tallied 32 kills versus the Blazers. Against the Golden Knights, Marshall has a 3-1 series edge.

The Golden Knights played at the Education Gym until the 1994 season. The squad's last contest at the venue was on Nov. 13, 1993 when they beat Southeastern Louisiana, 3-2, to win the Atlantic Sun Championship title. That year, UCF went 35-8 overall and 13-2 at home.

Parking for the contest at the Education Gym is available in the West Garage, located next to the Education Building.

East Carolina (12-9, 3-4) faces host Southern Miss on Friday before traveling to Orlando. In their last outing on Sunday, the Pirates earned a 3-1 win over visiting Memphis. East Carolina is 2-1 all-time versus UCF.

Prior to both home matches, the Golden Knights will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month as educational materials about the disease will be available for women of all ages. In addition, pink ribbon pins, hats and visors will be on sale to raise funds. Donations will be accepted before both matches and given to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The foundation works to eradicate breast cancer through research, education, screening and treatment.

UCF players will be wearing pink ribbons at both matches in support of the Komen Foundation.

Live audio for the East Carolina match will be available at www.ucfathletics.com.

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