Melville Named AAC Offensive Player of the Week

ORLANDO – After setting the UCF all-time career kills record over the weekend, McKenna Melville has been named American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday afternoon.

"This award is a special one because not only did she put up national player of the week numbers, but she also made history by breaking the all-time kills record," Head Coach Todd Dagenais said. "I think when it comes to the kills record, we really need to look at these two different ways. It's almost like there are two different records. Renata Menchikova played in a different era where games were different. I don't think we can compare one record to the other. I think we celebrate this fantastic accomplishment by McKenna. I think we also continue to honor Renata and everything that she was in terms of building the UCF program. McKenna will no doubt go down as one of the best if not the best UCF volleyball player in history but why not celebrate two amazing women and the things that they did for the program?"

The fifth-year graduate student averaged 5.45 kills and 6.55 points per set. She had 60 kills in three games last week, leading the Knights to their first-ever perfect record in non-conference play.

Melville recorded 27 kills in a five-set win over Omaha and 23 kills in a 3-0 sweep against host, 23rd-ranked Kansas. She closed out the weekend with 10 kills against Lipscomb.

The Eagan, Minnesota, native is the active NCAA Division I leader in career kills and kills per set.

The Knights kick off conference play with two road games against Memphis on Friday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. and SMU on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m.