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.
Not in competition this week
• The Phoenix cross country programs split for a pair of meets last weekend at the VertKlasse XC Invitational and the NCAA Pre-Nationals for the last meets before the championship season.
• At the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., Nick Ciolkowski finished third in the men’s 8K white race with a time of 24:48.1 against some of the toughest competition in the country.
• On the women’s side, the Phoenix finished 32nd overall at the highly competitive meet featuring a number of the top teams in the country. Kimberly Johansen was Elon’s top finisher with her time of 21:04.6 in the women’s 6K blue race.
• Elon will compete next at the Colonial Athletic Championships in Delaware on Oct. 29.
Football (2-4, 1-2)
Inside the Huddle Luncheon, Monday, Oct. 17, at noon, Best Western Plus
Elon Football Live Radio Show, Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m., The Fat Frogg
Elon vs. No. 6 Richmond, Saturday, Oct. 22, at 3:30 p.m., Rhodes Stadium
• Coming off its bye week, the Phoenix plays host to nationally-ranked Richmond for Homecoming at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22.
• Including a 21-7 win at Stony Brook last season, Elon is 1-1 after a bye under head coach Rich Skrosky. The Phoenix is 3-2 off the bye over the last five seasons.
• Elon is looking for its first-ever victory against Richmond. The Spiders have won all six meetings with Elon.
Men’s & Women’s Basketball
Late Night with the Phoenix, Friday, Oct. 21, at 8:30 p.m., Alumni Gym
• The Elon men’s and women’s basketball teams celebrate the beginning of the upcoming basketball season with the annual Late Night with the Phoenix event in Alumni Gym on Friday.
• Prior to Late Night, festivities will begin with the “Rock the Block” party on Young Commons outside the Koury Center from 5 – 9 p.m., featuring a variety of music, food, games and autograph sessions with both teams.
• Both teams will scrimmage and participate in other competitions as part of this year’s Late Night program.
Phoenix Invitational, Monday – Tuesday, Oct. 17 – 18, Burlington, N.C.
• Elon is hosting the Phoenix Invitational Monday – Tuesday, Oct. 17 – 18, at the Alamance Country Club.
• Charlie May led the way for the Phoenix earning a top-15 finish in the last tournament. After shooting a first-round two-over 74, the senior rebounded tying a career-low round with a three-under 69, to move into the top-15 individually. In the second round alone, May drained six birdies.
• The first round of the Elon Phoenix Invitational begins on Monday at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. The first day is a continuous 36-hole play. Tuesday’s final round will be tee times starting at 8 a.m.
Men’s Soccer (7-2-3, 3-0-2)
Elon vs. Delaware, Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m., Rudd Field
• The Phoenix begins a slate of home matches down the stretch of the regular season starting with a contest versus Delaware on Saturday, Oct. 22.
• Elon went 2-0 last week with a pair of league victories over William & Mary and at Drexel. The Phoenix defeated the Tribe, 2-0, last Wednesday and earned another 2-0 result at the Dragons over the weekend.
• Elijah Agu scored three goals last week in the Elon’s three victories to give him a league-leading nine on the year. The Cary, N.C., native had his second multi-goal game of the season with two against William & Mary and added another versus Drexel.
ITA Carolina Regionals, Friday – Monday, Oct. 14 – 17, Cary, N.C.
• Elon continues play at the ITA Carolina Regionals today in Cary, N.C.
• The Phoenix hosted the Elon Fall Invitational in its last tournament, which was shorted due to rain, while Mario Paccini and Felipe Sarrasague also competed at the Southern Intercollegiate in Georgia.
• Salvador Mijares led the way for the Phoenix at the program’s fall tournament, finishing 3-0 in singles and advancing to the finals of the main draw. At the Southern Intercollegiate, Paccini picked up a big win against ITA No. 58-ranked Christian Langmo of Miami.
Volleyball (15-9, 2-6)
Elon at James Madison, Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m., Harrisonburg, Va.
• Elon lost a heartbreaker in five sets to UNCW on Saturday night before suffering another setback against CofC on Sunday.
Sydney Busa and Sydel Curry led the maroon and gold on the weekend with double-doubles in both matches. Busa tallied 34 kills (3.78/set) and 29 digs (3.22/set), while Curry posted 98 assists (10.8/set) and 30 digs (3.33/set).
• The Phoenix begins the second half of its conference season on Saturday when the team travels to JMU to take on the Dukes. Elon then finishes out the trip on Monday, Oct. 24, at William & Mary.
Kiawah Island Intercollegiate, Sunday – Tuesday, Oct. 23 – 25, Kiawah Island, S.C.
• The Phoenix wraps up the fall portion of its schedule next week at the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate.
• Kelsey Badmaev earned her fifth-career CAA Golfer of the Week honor after finishing tied for fifth place individually to help Elon to a runner-up finish at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate, Sept. 26-27.
• The maroon and gold finished 11th at the Pinehurst Challenge last week, Oct. 10-11.
Women’s Soccer (7-8-1, 2-4-1)
Elon at College of Charleston, Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Elon vs. UNCW, Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m., Wilmington, N.C.
• The Phoenix earned a draw against Drexel and fell to Delaware on Senior Day.
• Elon recognized its eight-member senior class of Bria Bass, Alexis de Groot, Kara DeGuisto, Rachel Hallman, Sarah Henson, Taylor Mohr, Kelly Siewers and Erin Tanhauser.
• Just three points back of the top-six in the CAA, the maroon and gold closes out the regular season on Friday, Oct. 21, at College of Charleston and Sunday, Oct. 23, at UNCW.
ITA Carolina Regionals, Friday – Monday, Oct. 20 – 24, in Chapel Hill, N.C.
• The Phoenix returns to the courts at the ITA Carolina Regionals, Oct. 20-24, in Chapel Hill, N.C.
• Elon competed at the Wake Forest Invitational in its last tournament, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Suzanne Zenoni went 3-1 in singles action and advanced to the finals of the B Singles draw, while Natalia Janowicz and Maria Paraja went unbeaten and captured the title of the D Doubles draw.
• Paraja went 3-1 in singles and finished a combined 6-1 for the weekend. Erica Braschi went 2-2 in the A Singles draw. The junior’s performance was highlighted by a 7-5, 6-2 triumph over Alyssa Smith of Duke.