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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.

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