Volleyball Receives NLI From Texas Setter

Nov. 15, 2011

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By Eric DeSalvo

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF volleyball head coach Todd Dagenais and his staff turned their efforts west for the 2012 recruiting class as they received a National Letter of Intent from Dana Faught (Round Rock, Texas) Monday. The senior setter at Stony Point High School will arrive in Orlando prior to the start of the 2012 season.

The 5-foot-8 prospect currently leads the Austin Juniors 18 club team in the talent-rich state of Texas. Faught has a shot at a national title on the same team that won the 2010 title and that junior Meredith Murphy played for in high school, as well as former Knight Brittanie Wallace.

"Dana brings an extremely high level of national club experience to our setting position," Dagenais said. "She plays for an elite level club in Texas that has the opportunity to win the national championship next summer. We feel like she has the ability to make an early impact as both a player and a leader."

UCF's recruiting didn't stop at Faught as Dagenais has also reeled in three verbal commitments that NCAA rules prevent him from talking about until each signs their admissions agreement.

"Our other three commitments in the 2012 class will add a great deal of athleticism to our outside hitting corps as well as fill immediate needs in defense and ball control," Dagenais said of the trio that he will be able to further expand upon in the spring.

This is the second-straight year that Dagenais and his staff has turned to Texas for talented athletes as current rookie Kayla Keller made the trek from San Antonio to Orlando and played in 14 matches before going down with an ankle injury.

The Knights will close out the 2011 regular season on the road as they head to Tulsa on Friday, SMU on Sunday and finish the five-day trip at UTEP on Tuesday.