UCF Knights Volleyball Team Remains Undefeated, Sweeps University of North Florida 3-0

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UCF junior McKenna Melville led the charge with 20 kills

The Knights continued their undefeated start to the season on Saturday as McKenna Melville and company led UCF to a 3-0 sweep over UNF at The Venue in Orlando, Fla. (UCF Knights image)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – The Knights continued their undefeated start to the season on Saturday as McKenna Melville and company led UCF to a 3-0 sweep over UNF at The Venue in Orlando, Fla.

The Knights made quick work of the Ospreys, needing just one hour and 22 minutes to complete the sweep and move to 2-0 on the young season.

“I really thought the first 10 points of the match were a battle,” said UCF head coach Todd Dagenais.

“As the game went on, both teams adjusted to the speed of the other’s offense a little bit more, and I think we did a nice job of that. But UNF didn’t quit… They played with a lot of heart and a lot of fire tonight… We had to go out there and really play.”

The Ospreys gave UCF a battle in the first set as the two teams tied scores 13 different times and the lead changed hands four times.

The Knights finally lept ahead late in the set, 18-17, following a kill from Tali Marmen, and they did not relinquish the lead for the rest of the set, going on to win 25-22.

The Knights really began to find their groove in the second set, winning 25-12 to tie for their largest margin of victory in a set to begin the young season (Set three vs. FAU on Jan. 26).

The final set started off close, but UCF slowly began to pull away in the middle, going up 14-11 before UNF called timeout.

The stoppage of play would not slow the Knights down as they would go on to expand their lead to 25-19 for the win.

UCF junior McKenna Melville was the key player of the match for the Knights in the win, striking for 20 kills while hitting at a strong .452 percent on the night. Melville has unanimously tabbed the American Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year in early January.

In two matches this season, she has 33 kills, 11 digs, five blocks and is hitting at a .385 clip.

The Black and Gold will once again take on UNF at home on Sunday, Jan. 31. The match is set for a 5:00 p.m. start time.

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