ELON, N.C. – Every Monday, Phoenix fans can get a look at the week ahead with our “Elon Athletics Weekly Update” feature when we will preview all the week’s upcoming events for our sports teams. “Follow us” on Twitter at @elonphoenix and @elonscores, “Like” Elon Phoenix on Facebook and continue to check elonphoenix.com to stay current on all things Elon Athletics.
Elon at CAA Cross Country Championships, Saturday, Oct. 31, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
• The Phoenix will compete at its second Colonial Athletic Association Cross Country Championship meet on Saturday, Oct. 31, hosted by the College of Charleston.
• The Elon women garnered a second-place standing in last year’s CAA Championships, while the Phoenix men earned its highest place conference finish ever at the Division I level with a third-place standing.
• Rookie Nick Ciolkowski was named the CAA Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week last Tuesday, Oct. 20. The Fairport, N.Y., native clocked in a time of 25:25.39 at the Wake Forest Invitational on Oct. 16, and was 17th out of 174 competitors. It was also his second CAA weekly award of the season.
Football (2-5, 1-3 CAA Football)
Inside the Elon Huddle Luncheon, Monday, Oct. 26, at 12 p.m., Best Western Plus
Elon Football Live Radio Show, Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., The Fat Frogg
Elon at Stony Brook, Saturday, Oct. 31, at 12 p.m., Stony Brook, N.Y. (American Sports Network)
• Elon will be back in action this Saturday when the Phoenix travels to Stony Brook. The maroon and gold is 6-5 after its by week since 2004.
• The Phoenix is 2-1 against Stony Brook all-time. The Seawolves’ lone victory in the series was a 20-3 decision at Rhodes Stadium last season.
• This weekend’s game will be broadcast on the American Sports Network. A full list of stations airing the game will be announced later this week.
Hummingbird Intercollegiate, Sunday – Saturday, Nov. 1 – 2, Cullowhee, N.C.
• The Phoenix finished fourth at the Elon Invitational played at Alamance Country Club Oct. 19-20, the team’s first top-five finish of the fall season. Elon finished with a score of 877 (+25).
• Jonathan DiIanni finished tied for sixth on the individual leaderboard at 212 (-1), his second straight top-10 finish
• DiIanni’s sixth-place finish marks the third straight event that a Phoenix has finished in the top 10 (Loeb finished 3rd at the Golfweek Program Challenge, DiIanni 7th at the VCU Shootout).
Men’s Soccer (12-4, 5-2 CAA)
Elon vs. Radford, Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., Rudd Field
Elon vs. College of Charleston, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m., Rudd Field
• The Phoenix closes out its regular-season this week with home matches versus non-conference foe Radford and Colonial Athletic Association opponent College of Charleston.
• Elon is ranked No. 21 in College Soccer News Top 30 Poll. The Phoenix has been ranked for six consecutive weeks in some of the soccer polls – its longest streak in program history.
• Elon first-year player Jaiden Fortune was tabbed the CAA Rookie of the Week last Monday, Oct. 19. It was the second weekly league award for the Bedford, England, native after he scored the game-winning goal versus James Madison on Oct. 17 in the Phoenix’s 2-1 victory over the Dukes.
Not in competition this week
• Chris Humphreys advanced to the finals of his singles and doubles flights, and the doubles pairing of Taylor Foote and Neal Port made it to the grey flight finals at the NC State Invitational in Raleigh Oct. 25.
• Humphreys and Petar Tomic defeated George Washington’s Reynolds/Kapukiran and Georgia Southern’s Lanne/Kerrigan before falling to UNC Greensboro in the finals of the white doubles flight.
• Port and Foote also advanced to the championship match of their doubles flight, winning against pairings from William & Mary and Davidson before losing 8-3 to Campbell’s Sola/Datashvilli in the finals of the grey doubles flight.
Volleyball (5-19, 1-9 CAA)
Elon vs. William & Mary, Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., Alumni Gym
Elon at Delaware, Saturday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m., Newark, Del.
• After a weekend series on the road, the Elon volleyball team returns home to Alumni Gym to host William & Mary for a mid-week Colonial Athletic Association match on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
• The Phoenix and the Tribe met less than just two weeks ago on Oct. 17 in Williamsburg, Va., with Elon taking a 3-1 win for its first CAA victory of the season. The maroon and gold has won the last two straight matches over W&M.
• Elon goes back on the road to take on the Blue Hens of Delaware on Halloween in Newark, Del.
Not in competition this week
• The Phoenix completed the third and final round of The Landfall Tradition in Wilmington Oct. 25 and finished 18th with a three-day total of 927 (+63).
• Kelsey Badmaev improved every day of the event and holed a team-high four birdies en route to an even-par 72 in the final round to finish 42nd in an event that included 12 top-50 programs.
• Elon had earned third-place finishes in each of its last three events (Golfweek Program Challenge, Lady Pirate Intercollegiate and Pinehurst Challenge) leading up to The Landfall Tradition.
Women’s Soccer (9-7-2, 1-6-1 CAA)
Elon vs. William & Mary, Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., Rudd Field
• Elon dropped both CAA road contests this past weekend with 1-0 losses to James Madison (Oct. 23) in overtime, and Towson (Oct. 25) in full time.
• The Phoenix has been eliminated from any contention of making the CAA Women’s Soccer Championships.
• The team concludes the 2015 season on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. against William & Mary. The match was rescheduled from Oct. 2 to Oct. 27, due to inclement weather.
Not in competition this week
• Six different Phoenix picked up wins as the Phoenix competed at the ITA Carolina Regionals hosted by North Carolina in Chapel Hill Oct. 22-26.
• Taylor Casey, Suzanne Zenoni and Maria Paraja won qualifying matches to advance to the round of 16. Casey defeated Natalie Wall of Coastal Carolina, 6-2, 7-5, and Zenoni topped Davidson’s Gabrielle Centenari, 6-3, 6-2, before falling in the next round.
• Erica Braschi competed in the main singles draw and lost a competitive 6-4, 6-4 decision to No. 5 seed Chalena Scholl of Duke in the round of 64.