The UCF volleyball team (16-1) will meet High Point (16-0) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at 3:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 14, in Omaha, Nebraska. The 48-team field was announced by the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball committee announced April 4.
If the Knights win the matchup — which will air on ESPN3 — they will advance to play No. 7 Purdue in the second round. UCF joins the University of Florida as the only two teams from the state to qualify for the postseason tournament.
As the winners of the American Athletic Conference, the Knights secured an automatic bid to this year’s tournament, which marks their 11th appearance in school history.
“It’s so exciting to be a part of another selection Sunday. That’s three in a row now,” UCF Volleyball Head Coach Todd Dagenais said. “Fortunately, we were able to go out and win the conference to guarantee our spot… Now, all of our energy will go into preparing to play High Point.”
The Knights’ conference championship victory marked their second straight AAC Tournament Championship win. The Knights also won the inaugural conference tournament in Orlando in 2019. It also marked UCF’s third overall conference title as the Knights went undefeated in 2018 to claim the regular-season championship.
Three Knights were named to the AAC’s all-tournament team. McKenna Melville was selected as the Most Outstanding Player and was honored alongside Anne-Marie Watson and Nerissa Moravec. Additionally, Melville was tabbed as the league’s Player of the year and earned All-Conference First Team honors along with Watson. Moravec garnered second team honors. UCF head coach Todd Dagenais was named American Athletic Conference Co-Coach of the Year.
The Knights have posted a 16-1 overall record and an undefeated, 8-0 record in league play to this point in 2020-21.