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Outside hitter Kristina Fisher (15) receives the ball from the University of Albany Great Danes during Saturday night's match at The Venue. The Knights defeated the Great Danes in three-straight sets (25-21, 29-27, 25-22).

The UCF Knights defeated the Kansas Jayhawks in three sets on Sunday. UCF did not lose a single set all weekend after the victory and got off to a great start in the first set, winning it 25-15 and never trailing.

Despite the hot start, the second set proved to be a little more difficult. The Jayhawks (3-2) had an 18-13 lead before the Knights (5-1) took over and went on a 12-3 run to win the set 25-21. They finished the Jayhawks off 25-15 in the third set.

UCF junior Anne-Marie Watson led the team with 16 kills. She was one of three players to have at least 11 kills. Four different Knights had at least eight digs with Makenzie Kuchmaner leading the way with 13. 

UCF head coach Todd Dagenais was pleased with the offensive improvements from Saturday versus Albany to Sunday versus Kansas.

"I thought we played a complete match offensively," Dagenais said. "We played really, really well and those are improvements you would like to see over a week. We saw it over 24 hours."

Dagenais said that serving was a problem that needed to be addressed coming into this game.

"I want to see serving improvements. We didn't see that in the first set. I thought [in] the second and third sets our serving was a big factor in keeping Kansas off balance," Dagenais said.

Freshman MaKenzie Chambers said the all-around play ultimately led to the 3-0 sweep.

"Throughout the entire weekend I feel like we were being really aggressive offensively and defensively and we just showed up when we needed to show up," Chambers said. 

The Knights will get a little bit of a break before Marquette University (5-0) comes to town on Friday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m.

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