Following a disappointing home showing against University of Texas – El Paso this past Friday, the University of Central Florida's volleyball team earned its first conference win of the season and first victory in seven games Sunday afternoon 3-1 on the road at Tulane University.
Playing an otherwise even match with the Green Wave – UCF and Tulane were even in overall number of kills (52) and assists (48), while the Knights held a 54-53 advantage in terms of digs – the Black and Gold was ultimately able to outscore their opponent on the power of both their service and receiving game, as well as a combined 28 kills from redshirt junior Angelica Crump and sophomore Ashley Gialenios.
Plenty of distraction accompanied UCF on the first road trip of its Conference USA schedule, with head coach Todd Dagenais unable to travel with the team after being hospitalized following Friday's loss to the Miners.
Dagenais, notes UCF Athletics, was released from the hospital on Sunday and is expected to rejoin his team sometime this week.
Acting head coach Michelle Chatman expressed how impressed she was with the overall composure of the Knights despite Dagenais falling ill, stating, "We all the outside distractions we had coming into this match, I feel like our team handled themselves with great maturity. We knew coming into this match that it was going to take a total defensive effort to win it and we came up with a season high in total blocks and a high number of digs as well."
UCF hits the road once again this weekend, taking on Marshall University and the University of East Carolina Friday and Sunday.
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