UCF volleyball’s Kia Bright shined liked her last name at the Omaha Classic this past weekend. Bright earned the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week and was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

The junior finished with 43 digs, 10 blocks, 61 kills and a .314 hitting percentage as she led her team to the championship during an undefeated weekend.

“Kia was outstanding this weekend. She did whatever it was we needed her to do to win. She was absolutely phenomenal,” head coach Todd Dagenais said in a press release.

Bright displayed her best game on Saturday in a 3-1 win against North Dakota. The Starke, Florida, native exhibited a career-high performance, hitting for a season-best .387 and finishing with a career-best 29 kills.

During the Knights’ next match, Bright produced her third double-double of the tournament in a UCF sweep of Omaha. She recorded 12 kills, 11 digs, and five blocks.

“One of Omaha’s strengths is their right side and Kia made sure that wasn’t going to be a factor for them,” Dagenais said in the release.

UCF (5-1) returns to action on Friday at the Minnesota Diet Coke Tournament and returns to The Venue on Sept. 25 to host UConn in the first game of conference play.


Jimmy Calhoun is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.