The UCF Knights rallied after dropping the opening set to beat UConn 3-1 and stay perfect in American Athletic Conference action. The win also put the program in elite company as one of just 24 Division I schools to reach the 1,000 victory milestone.
We're the 24th team in @NCAAVolleyball DI history to reach 1,000 all-time wins ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/gSPI5CVZhZ
— UCF Volleyball (@UCF_Volleyball) October 14, 2018
The Knights are the third program to reach the 1,000 plateau in 2018, following Sacramento State (1004) and Florida State (1004) and are tied for the seventh youngest program to do so, achieving the milestone in its 44th season.
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“1,000 wins is really special because we’re just the 24th team to do that,” head coach Todd Dagenais said. “This milestone is just a tribute to the coaches and the players before our time here. There’s 40-plus years of UCF Volleyball that has contributed to this milestone. This really goes out to everyone that built this program, and it’s our job to carry the torch. We look forward to being able to celebrate this with all our alumnae during homecoming weekend when we bring everyone back for our all-generation reunion.”
UCF notched 236 wins under Lucy McDaniel (1975-79), 188 under Laura Smith (1991-97), 132 under Lyn King (1982-87), 134 under Meg Colado (1999-07), 59 under DeeDee Clemmon (1998-00), 43 under Carmen Pennick (1980-81) and seven under Miriam Ochoa (1998). The team is 201-139 under Dagenais (since 2008).
The milestone victory also included another standout moment for UCF as libero Jordan Pingel set the school record for career digs and became the first player to surpass 2,000 saves.
UCF is now 16-3 including a 7-0 mark in American Athletic Conference play. Next up, the Knights will look to extend their 13-match win streak at East Carolina on Friday.