"I don’t know if I would consider myself special. I have been working
hard my entire life in order to get where I am today. I am very
determined, and set high goals for my team members and myself. I
believe my family acts as a great supporting cast, and my
team/coaching staff has definitely helped with my own personal
"Like I mentioned previously, my teammates are the best accessories in
order for me to perform to my potential. I believe that the whole team
brings out the best in each other. When I am not playing my best, I
know someone will be there telling me what I need to do better, and
encouraging me to push."
"Likewise, I am always pushing others on the team to perform their best.
I believe that the coaching staff is another great accessory to use in
order for me to play my best."
"Since practice is where our team gets better, the coaches are very
hands on and are great at teaching. With their guidance, the team as a
whole is able to learn and improve in all aspects of the game. The
coaches put players in position to be the best they can be."
I am a very superstitious person, so I try my best to do the same things
before every game. Usually our team will play a certain song in the
locker room that is “good luck”, or we will play a pre game speech from
a famous coach.
I usually wear a certain hair band while I play. For warm up, we like to
keep everything the same and on time. Rituals are very significant
because it is important to be consistent before each match.
Personally, the goal of winning conference, and going to the NCAA
tournament is always in the back of my mind when I play. Although it is
not something I constantly think of during play, it is why I try to
perform so well.
It is important for every team to set goals and aspirations, because I
believe it causes people to work harder.
In practice, games, and even in our social life, we push hard towards
our goal of being successful in conference and going to the
Everything our team does on the court or off the court is geared
towards our objective. I think having a definite goal is what inspires us
all to play so well.
“We are very excited for Rachel to receive the honor two weeks
in a row,” head coach Todd Dagenais said.
“It is nice that the conference office recognized her despite our
blemish on the record over the weekend.
It shows that our team continues to head in the right
direction when we put ourselves in position to win these awards.”
-Head Volleyball Coach Todd Dagenais
University of Central Florida Rachel Vukson was voted the
Conference-USA Volleyball Player of the Week by the leagues
Assisting the UCF volleyball team to a 3-1 record this past weekend in
the Residence Inn/UCF Invitational, senior Rachel Vukson (Oakville,
Ontario) earned her second-straight Conference USA Setter of the
This is the fourth time Vukson has won the C-USA award and third in a
UCF volleyball uniform.
Rachel also won the Sports Imports/AVCA and CVU.com National Player
of the Week in addition to the C-USA award
She garnered 163 assists over the four-game span with 38 digs and
eight service aces.
Vukson also ended the weekend with two double-doubles in assists and
digs against two Big East opponents, Pittsburgh and USF.
Vukson’s presence on defense enabled the Knights to hold their
opponents to .122 on the attack and just 9.5 kills per set.
Vukson was named to the all-tournament following the USF match, her
third tournament award of the season.
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