Home is always a place where teams feel more comfortable and the UCF women's volleyball team got a nice boost playing in front of a home crowd Friday. The Knights went 2-0 on the first day of the Holiday Inn Select/UCF Classic.
The Knights also got a boost from junior Angelica Crump. The outside hitter recorded 27 kills in the Knights' victories against Columbia and Jacksonville.
"She really is starting to come into her own," UCF head coach Todd Dagenais said. "We're starting to develop more of a supporting cast around her, where we don't need to depend on her each night.
"Her attacking and her blocking really give us that muscle we need on a night-in and night-out basis," Dagenais added.
Crump was also named to the All-Tournament team at USF last weekend. Her performance in that tournament carried over to Friday and UCF benefitted with victories.
"It's really important that we win at home," Crump said. "It definitely helps [motivate the team] because we play hard in front of friends. It's real exciting to see the fans and see them keep coming back."
Crump was an AVCA Honorable Mention All-America Performer last season and was a first-team All-Conference USA selection. But she is working hard to receive higher honors this year.
"I would definitely like to make it on one of the top two [All-American] teams," Crump said. "An honorable mention was great, but I want to progress and make it on one of the top teams this time."
The UCF women's volleyball team will close out the Holiday Inn Select/UCF Classic Saturday night at 7 p.m. against Liberty.