UCF (VB) vs. South Carolina

The Knights celebrate a point scored by sophomore outside hitter McKenna Melville (20) as they take on the University of South Carolina Gamecocks at The Venue on Sept. 6. The Knights defeated the Gamecocks 3-0.

The UCF women’s volleyball team swept South Carolina Gamecocks Friday night in their first home game of the season at The Venue.

The Knights (3-1) defeated the Gamecocks (1-3) in three-straight sets (25-21, 25-25, 25-23). 

The game was part of the UCF Challenge volleyball tournament and was the first of the three-game tournament for the Knights.

Despite the sweep, UCF head coach Todd Dagenais said South Carolina played them close and will be a strong team this year. 

UCF sophomore outside hitter McKenna Melville led the Knights in kills with 21. Senior setter Erin Olson led the Knights in assists with 24 and senior outside hitter Kristina Fisher finished with 15 digs.

"I thought [Melville] was part of a group that really did a great job," Dagenais said.

On the other side of the court, South Carolina senior setter Courtney Koehler had a game-high 31 assists.

When asked about goals for the season, Dagenais said he's more focused on the Knights' next match against the University of Albany Great Danes (1-3). 

“I only think about the next points or the next match so right now I’m trying to think about how to score the first point against Albany," Dagenais said. "There is no schedule, there is no calendar. There is Albany."

UCF will play the Albany Great Danes Saturday night at 7 p.m at The Venue.

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