Elon Volleyball Closes Out Bulldog Invitational with Win Over Bucs

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Elon volleyball team got back on the winning track with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-23) victory over Charleston Southern today, Sept. 17, to close out the Bulldog Invitational on the campus of The Citadel.


Kam Terry led the Phoenix (13-3) with a new three-set career-high 15 kills and fell just shy of a double-double with nine digs. Sydney Busa tallied the double-double for the maroon and gold after 13 kills and a team-high 12 digs. Sydel Curry recorded 33 assists, while Elizabeth Coil led the defense with three blocks and Morgan Maner posted nine digs.

The Buccaneers (5-10) saw a team-high 10 kills from Addison Kaderli and 15 assists by Naiomi Rivera, while Madison Martin recorded a match-high 17 digs.

How it Happened
An ace by Erin Kelly and kills by Terry and Curry capped a span of five straight to put the Phoenix up by six, 9-3, in the first set. A Terry kill kept Elon with the same advantage, 16-10, before the Buccaneers managed to close the gap to two, 20-18. The Phoenix used two kills by Terry and others from Busa and Michelle Klein to close out the set on a 5-1 run and win, 25-19.

With the maroon and gold leading by one in the second set, 8-7, two kills and an ace by Klein helped move the Phoenix ahead by three, 11-8. CSU evened the score at 15-all before Elon used kills by Ebony Scott and Terry for a 5-0 run to make it a 20-15 advantage. The Bucs would not back down closing the gap back to two, 21-19, but two kills by Terry and an ace by Busa gave the Phoenix a 25-20 win.

CSU jumped out to an early 10-4 lead in the third set before a kill by Curry helped the Phoenix close the gap to two, 12-10. A block by Scott and kill by Terry capped the 11-4 run to give Elon the lead, 15-14. The score would see seven more ties by the time the set reached, 21-all. Kills by Busa, Scott and Terry and a block by Coil and Terry closed out the set for a 25-23 final to give the Phoenix the sweep.

Up Next
Elon begins Colonial Athletic Association play next weekend when it hosts James Madison in its conference opener on Friday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Gym.