ELON, N.C. – With a program-record 1,465 fans in attendance, Elon University volleyball swept North Carolina A&T 3-0 (27-25, 25-17, 25-15) on Tuesday night, Aug. 28, in the first collegiate athletic event inside the University’s new Schar Center.
“We’ve been waiting for this night for a long, long time,” said Elon head coach Mary Tendler. “As everyone can see, it’s an amazing facility and we wanted to start it with a win. That was something we talked about as one of our team goals – win the first match was something that was said over and over and over again so we accomplished that. We were a little nervous at the beginning with the crowd being so loud and awesome, but we settled down pretty quickly and went to work.”
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Battling nerves to start, the Aggies opened up a 12-5 lead that saw Elon burn both of its timeouts. After the second timeout, though, the Phoenix chipped away at the lead and brought it back within two at 18-16 thanks to a 4-0 run to force an Aggie timeout. While North Carolina A&T went back up four out of the break, Elon reeled off an 8-3 run to jump on top at 24-23. With N.C. A&T sitting on set point at 25-24, Elon went on a 3-0 run to take the first set 27-25.
Using momentum from the first set, the Phoenix opened the second on a 6-2 run and never looked back from there in closing on a 6-2 run. The run continued in the third to an overall 11-2 with the Phoenix jumping out 5-0 to bring an Aggie timeout. Though N.C. A&T fought back to make it 7-6, Elon answered the call by finishing the night on an 18-7 run.
Kam Terry led the Phoenix with 12 kills to just three errors, finishing with a .281 hitting percentage. Leah Danielfinished with seven kills with a .286 hitting percentage. While no other Phoenix had more than three kills, Elon’s block played a big role in the win with the Phoenix coming up with 11 rejections. Elizabeth Coil led the way with a career-high-tying six blocks while Kellyn Trowse and Alexa Pavlick had four and Kodi Garcia two. Garcia also finished with 26 assists and Maddie Jaudon closed with 14 digs.
-The crowd of 1,465 is the largest in program history by 428 fans, topping the 1,037 in 2016 against Hofstra on Nov. 11.
-Now 4-0, Elon is unbeaten through four matches for the first time since starting 5-0 to open the 2011 campaign.
-Elon has not dropped a set to North Carolina A&T since Nov. 10, 2009, sweeping each of the last nine matches against the Aggies.
-Elon had a -.064 hitting percentage in the first set, but rebounded with a .242 hitting percentage in the second and finished at .214 in the third.
-Maddie Jaudon increased her career dig total to 1,511 and is now 282 away from Wendy Schott’s third-place mark of 1,793.
-Kam Terry now has 1,027 kills to her name and is 75 short of tying for the 10th-most in program history.
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Coming up this weekend, Elon will welcome Evansville, North Carolina Central and Gardner-Webb to Schar Center for the Phoenix Classic. Elon’s matches are Friday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 1, at 12:30 and 7 p.m.