UCF Volleyball Player Rachel Vukson

Improve Your Volleyball interviews UCF volleyball player Rachel Vukson

Improve Your Volleyball: What makes you special?

"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


Improve Your Volleyball: What accessories and/or equipment help you play your best?


"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."

Improve Your Volleyball: What pregame habits, rituals, or superstitions do you have to do before every game?

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.

Improve Your Volleyball: Who or what inspires you to play well in each match that you play in?



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.

Volleyball Quote about UCF Volleyball Player Rachel Vukson

“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

What did UCF volleyball player Rachel Vukson
do this week? 

University of Central Florida Rachel Vukson was voted the 

Conference-USA Volleyball Player of the Week by the leagues

head coaches.

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 

Week award.

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.

 If you are a fan of inspiring college volleyball player Rachel Vukson or

the UCF volleyball team then scroll down to read more interviews like

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