Melville Named to AVCA All-Region Team

AVCA Official Release

ORLANDO, Fla. ( – The UCF volleyball team added to its historic 2019 season on Tuesday when the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its All-Region teams, with outside hitter McKenna Melville being named to the AVCA Southeast All-Region team.

The award marked Melville's second as she was also named All-Region last year. She is the first Knight to be named All-Region in consecutive seasons since DeLaina Sarden earned the honor in the 2012-2014 seasons.

The AVCA Southeast Region is comprised of 38 teams across the American Athletic Conference, the ASUN, Big South, SEC, Southern, SWAC and Sun Belt.

In just two seasons on the court, Melville has already established herself as one of the greatest attackers in UCF Volleyball history. Playing in all 122 sets this season, Melville had one of the best sophomore campaigns in program history, posting a team-high 4.49 kills per set mark after scorching 548 kills on the year, nearly a third of UCF's total production. In just her second year in the Black and Gold, Melville tallied her 1000th career kill. Defensively, the Eagan, Minn., native recorded 3.13 digs per frame and .46 blocks per set, including a team-high 13 solos.

Melville posted 22 double-doubles on the season, including a 20-20 performance in UCF's monumental win over FSU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Nationally, she ranked 13th in total kills, 17th in points, 11th in total attacks and 23rd in both kills and points per set. In total on the season, she notched a 4.49 kills per set average at a .258 attack percentage.  The outside hitter was named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week twice over the course of the season. She was also named AAC All-Conference First Team and was the tournament MVP in the AAC Championship, where the Knights defended their title.

Melville's efforts were instrumental in guiding the Knights to their second straight NCAA Tournament, their first time making it in back-to-back seasons since 2003. She was the backbone of a Knights' attack that advanced them to the second round of the tournament for the first time in the Todd Dagenais era. All-in-all, the Knights went 25-8 on the year and earned their second straight American Athletic Conference Championship.

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