Central Florida Women's Volleyball Gears Up for Exciting 2009 Season

Jessica DAnalyst IAugust 27, 2009

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA - JULY 18:  A volleyball sits on the court before the start of round three of the AVP Crocs Manhattan Open on July 18, 2009 in Manhattan Beach, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Central Florida women's volleyball season begins this Friday, Aug. 28, at The Venue, and this is no ho-hum season.

The black and gold's 2009 edition features eight rookies, and second-year head coach Todd Dagenais is in command.

In 2008, he led the squad to a 15-17 record, the best since 2003, and a 6-10 C-USA record, the best finish in school history.

Dagenais has a lot of expectations for this year's Lady Knights, including finishing in the top 75 in the country. They also have a tough schedule including matches against teams such as No. 11 Purdue, No. 13 Tulane (C-USA), and No. 22 UAB (C-USA), and 16 games at home.

A C-USA championship seems quite out of reach, but Dagenais is trying to take it one step at a time.

“All I know is that all we can do is prepare week-by-week for whatever we have in front of us,” he told UCFathletics.com.

With all the newcomers to the team, a star player dominated UCF squad is highly unlikely. This is the year of team.

There doesn't need to be a single commanding player for the Knights to shine. But what matters is that this year's group wants to win—to be champions.

The coaching staff believes that the team can be even better than last year's, and the girls in knee pads have a fire inside.

Season tickets are only $30.