Melville Honored as Offensive Player of the Week

ORLANDO, Fla. – After leading the Knights to another undefeated weekend with sweeps over both SMU and Memphis, McKenna Melville was honored as the league's Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

"McKenna has put the entire team on her back in parts of the season, in specific sets, and when we need it the most," head coach Todd Dagenais said, "We're proud to have a much more balanced offense this year, however, when McKenna is having a good night, chances are we are going to have a good night. We just have the advantage to having somebody who is a libero, defensive specialist, and lead outside hitter all in one person. Hopefully these awards are getting the recognition of the All-American committee."

The Offensive Player of the Week award marks Melville's tenth-career honor and her third just this season.
As the Knights closed out their four-game road trip with four-straight sweeps, Melville had another outstanding weekend over SMU and Memphis. In just six total sets, she notched 41 kills (6.83 per set) while hitting .389. Melville added 18 digs (3.00 per set) and three blocks, including one solo. She also had 43 points (7.17 per set).
On Friday night against SMU, Melville recorded her ninth double-double this season with 22 kills and 10 digs in only three sets. She hit an incredible .429 as she only had one error. Melville grabbed one block and 22.5 points in the match.
She closed the weekend out at Memphis with 19 kills, hitting .341 in three sets. Melville also had eight digs, two blocks, and 20.5 points in the match.
After this weekend, the Eagan, Minnesota native is back to leading the nation in points with 455. She also leads the conference in four other categories, including 398 kills (fourth in nation), 5.55 points per set (fifth in nation), 4.85 kills per set (seventh in nation), and 12.41 attacks per set (11th in nation).

UCF is on its final stretch of the season with its final 10 conference matches. The Knights return home next weekend to take on Tulsa and Wichita State for the second time this season. UCF will face the Golden Hurricane on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. followed by the Shockers on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. from The Venue.

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