UCF is a pretty good team that has a record that doesn’t reflect their toughness while USF is a team that the Coogs can beat.
• The Knights enter Friday with a 3-5 conference record and 10-10 overall mark.
• Redshirt seniors Taylor Wickey and Kia Bright rank second in The American in hitting percentage (.380) and fifth in kills per set (3.69), respectively. Wickey also leads the team in blocks per set (0.91), while junior Jordan Pingel holds the top mark in digs per set (4.04). Erin Olson (5.77) and Miranda Watkins (5.46) split reps at setter in UCF’s 6-2 system.
• Head Coach Todd Dagenais is in his 10th year at the helm of the Knights.
• UCF was tabbed fifth in The American Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
• The Bulls, who visit Tulane on Friday, are 2-6 in league play and 7-11 overall on the season.
• USF is third in The American in both digs (16.85) and service aces per set (1.28).
• Senior Alex Mendoza ranks fourth in the conference in assists per set (9.74), while junior Reagan Davey is fourth in service aces per set (0.29). Junior Clara Payne sits seventh in blocks per set (1.06), and junior Maria McLamb is eighth in digs per set (4.06). Freshman Doris Carter leads the team in kills per set (2.53)
• The Bulls are in their sixth season under 15-year Head Coach Courtney Draper.
• USF was picked sixth in The American Preseason Coaches’ Poll.