Volleyball at USF (W 3-0) / UCF (L 3-0)


(Patrick) #1

Coogs have a chance to get back on track against two very beatable teams.

USF
_• The Bulls enter Friday with a 5-9 conference record and 10-14 overall mark. _
• Senior Alex Mendoza ranks fourth in The American in assists per set (9.74), while junior Reagan Davey is fifth in service aces per set (0.29) and seventh in assists per set (9.06). Junior Clara Payne sits eighth in blocks per set (1.08). Junior Maria McLamb leads the team in digs per set (3.78), while freshman Doris Carter leads the team in kills per set (2.60).
• Houston swept USF on Oct. 22 inside Athletics/Alumni Center.
• The Bulls are in their sixth season under 15-year Head Coach Courtney Draper.
• USF was picked sixth in The American Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

UCF
• The Knights, who host Tulane on Friday, are 6-8 in league play and 13-13 overall on the season.
• UCF ranks fourth in The American in hitting percentage (.227).
• Redshirt seniors Taylor Wickey and Kia Bright rank second and fourth in the league in hitting percentage (.364) and kills per set (3.80). Wickey also leads the team in blocks per set (1.02), while junior Jordan Pingel holds the top mark in digs per set (4.15), ranking seventh in The American. Setters Erin Olson and Miranda Watkins average 5.67 and 5.59 assists per set, respectively, in UCF’s 6-2 system.
• Houston defeated UCF, 3-1, on Oct. 20 inside Athletics/Alumni Center.
• 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.


(Patrick) #2

(Patrick) #3

Nice, swept USF this year.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• Duncan led all with 14 kills, her 12th time to lead the team on the season.
• Afflerbaugh finished with 11 kills and nine digs, while Pertens just missed double figures with nine kills.
• Walker recorded six kills and three blocks (all assisted). She has tallied at least three blocks in 14 matches in 2017.
• Gardner finished with six kills and a match-high three service aces.
• Setters Irvine and Keandra McCardell finished with 22 and 19 assists, respectively.
• Defensively, sophomore libero Katie Karbo finished with 20 digs, her 16th time to lead all players in digs on the season.
• Houston outhit USF, .325-.257.
• Houston’s 54 kills are its most in a three-set match on the season.


(Patrick) #4

Coogs got one this week:

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• Duncan led Houston with seven kills, her 13th time to lead the team on the season. She also recorded back-to-back service aces in the third set. Duncan’s two aces tie her career high.
• Freshman setter Abby Irvine finished with 10 assists.
• Sophomore libero Katie Karbo anchored the back row with 17 assists.
• Senior outside hitter Sarah Afflerbaugh and redshirt freshman defensive specialist Kylie Napoleon each tallied 10 digs, respectively. Afflerbaugh also led the team with three blocks (all assisted), tying her season high.
• UCF outhit Houston, .288-.000.