UCF Knights 2020-2021 Volleyball Schedule Released, Season Opens with Six Straight Home Games
By UCF Knights // January 1, 2021
NCAA Tournament will take place from April 9-25
ORLANDO, FLORIDA (UCF Knights) – With the 2020-21 UCF Volleyball season right around the corner, head coach Todd Dagenais and the Knights announced their full schedule on Wednesday.
You can view the full 2020-21 volleyball schedule here.
The Knights will be playing volleyball in the spring following an announcement from the American Athletic Conference in August that it would postpone all competition and conference championships in women’s volleyball until the spring of 2021 to align with the NCAA championship season.
The NCAA Tournament will now take place from April 9-25, with the championship match being played in Omaha, Nebraska.
After earning its second consecutive American Athletic Conference title in 2019, UCF enters its 13th season under head coach Todd Dagenais, who became the program’s winningest head coach with career win number 237 over FSU last December in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
“Scheduling this year has been unlike anything I have ever experienced in coaching before,” said Dagenais.
“With the caution we had to take as a program, it is going to look very different this spring than we had initially envisioned back in the early fall. We were able to schedule as many matches against Florida schools as we could, so almost everything is going to be very regionalized and local this spring.”
With 11 of the Knights’ 16-game schedule taking place in The Venue, UCF will have a chance to continue its dominance in home matches. Over the past three seasons, the black and gold lead the conference in home winning percentage at a .841 mark. The next closest is Cincinnati with a .750 winning percentage.
The Knights will begin the season with a six-game homestand. Four of those matchups will come against Florida programs.
IN THE AMERICAN
The Knights will begin their American Athletic Conference title defense on February 18 with a road trip to Philadelphia, Pa. where they will take on the Temple Owls. Following two non-conference matches against Miami in late February, UCF will then return to conference action at home to take on ECU from March 5-6.
UCF will hit the road once more from March 12-13 as they face 2019 AAC regular season champions Cincinnati before returning home to cap off the regular season with two matches against South Florida from March 26-27.
If UCF finishes the season as one of the top four programs in the conference, the Knights will head to Cincinnati for the conference championship tournament from April 2-3. UCF hosted the inaugural AAC conference championship tournament in 2019, defeating Cincinnati in five sets to win its second consecutive conference title.
“With such a shortened schedule this year, we are going to have to find a way to put ourselves in a position to win the conference championship in order to get into the NCAA Tournament,” said Dagenais. “Our destiny is in our hands.”
THE SCHEDULE BY THE NUMBERS
• 11 home matches
• 1 home exhibition
• 5 away matches
• 8 conference matches
• 9 matches against Florida programs
• 2 Thursday night matches
• 2 matches against 2019 regular season conference champions and NCAA Tournament team Cincinnati
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