Melville Earns AVCA All-American Honorable Mention

AVCA Release

ORLANDO – The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced the 2020-21 All-American selections on Wednesday and junior outside hitter McKenna Melville was named an All-America Honorable Mention for the third straight season.

Melville's selection marks the 12th All-American Honorable Mention in program history and is just the second time one athlete has earned the recognition in three straight seasons (DeLaina Sarden; 2012-2014). UCF has had at least one student-athlete selected All-America in seven of the last 10 seasons.

"As we look back on another fantastic year within our program, the team accomplishments were so plentiful, and we have so much to be proud of. Along with those team accomplishments come the opportunities for the individual to receive their much-deserved accolades on the national level," said head coach Todd Dagenais.

"Although McKenna has always been focused and sacrificed her own statistical profile to ensure her team's greatest level of success, I am thrilled that the AVCA and regional voters recognize the contributions that she puts in on a daily basis. Nobody studies more film or tries to learn from coaches more than McKenna. She is truly invested in every facet of the program."

Playing all 65 sets for a UCF team that went 16-2 overall and an undefeated, 8-0 in conference play, Melville was the Knights' primary attacker again in 2020-21, finishing the season as the team leader in kills (4.55 per set), points (5.12 per set) and total attacks (772).

Melville's game did not stop at the attack. The Eagan, Minnesota native shined on the defensive side of the ball as well, sitting at second on the team with 2.97 digs per set and chipping in a solid 34 total blocks on the season, including seven solos, good for second on the team. Her nine double-doubles led the team in 2020-21.
Melville was among the best players in the nation for a third straight season. The junior outside hitter was 23rd in the country in attacks per set (11.88), 12th in kills per set and 13th in points per set.

Melville was also named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year on April 5 and was also one of two players in the conference unanimously tabbed as a First Team All-Conference nominee (Abbie Jackson, So., OH, Houston). On April 13, she was named to the AVCA Southeast All-Region team for the third straight year.

Melville's efforts were instrumental in guiding the Knights to their third straight conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance.

McKenna Melville       Honorable Mention          2020-21
McKenna Melville       Honorable Mention          2019
Jordan Pingel             Honorable Mention          2018
McKenna Melville       Honorable Mention          2018
DeLaina Sarden         Honorable Mention          2014
Kaye-Alese Green      Honorable Mention          2014
Kia Bright                    Honorable Mention          2014
DeLaina Sarden          Honorable Mention          2013
DeLaina Sarden          Honorable Mention          2012
Angelica Crump          Honorable Mention           2011
Rachel Vukson            Honorable Mention          2011
Jenny Frank                Honorable Mention          2003

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