HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The Elon University volleyball program makes its furthest trip of the regular season this weekend as the Phoenix (8-4, 0-1 CAA) play conference matches at Hofstra this Friday, Sept. 28, and Northeastern on Sunday, Sept. 30.
Friday’s match at the David S. Mack Physical Education Center is schedule for a 7 p.m. opening serve.
FOLLOW THE PHOENIX
-Updates for the match will be provided on the team’s Twitter account @ElonVB.
-Fans can also follow the action with links for live stats listed above. Northeastern will also have a live stream of Sunday’s match.
-Elon and Hofstra have met eight times with the Pride (11-5, 1-1) owning a 7-1 mark in the all-time series.
-The teams split their two CAA meetings last season with both programs winning on their home courts. After Hofstra earned a straight-set decision on Oct. 6, Elon won a five-set contest on Nov. 3.
-The Phoenix and the Huskies (8-7, 1-1) have squared off nine times, a series that Northeastern leads 6-3.
-Both squads won at home in 2017. NU claimed a 3-2 victory on Oct. 8 and Elon responded with a 3-0 final on Nov. 5.
LAST TIME OUT
-Kodi Garcia posted her third double-double of the season at College of Charleston as she finished with 20 assists, 10 digs, and a pair of aces. Kam Terry just missed out on a double-double as she scored a team-high nine kills and recorded a game-high 15 digs.
-Elon looked like it would pull even in the match at 1-1 after leading for most of set two, but the Cougars wrestled back the lead with an 8-1 run.
-Under head coach Mary Tendler, Elon opened its 2018 campaign 7-0 for the fifth time in program history. It marks the team’s best start since the Phoenix went 11-0 in 2009.
-The 7-0 streak is the second-best start during Tendler’s tenure at Elon. It surpasses a pair of 5-0 starts in 2010 and 2011.
-Susan Leonard’s 1993 team owns the program’s best start to a season at 21-0. The following year the team opened 12-0 to place second, followed by Tendler’s 2009 squad.
-Kay Yow’s 1974 team started off 7-0 before suffering its first defeat.
-Maddie Jaudon was named Co-MVP of the Charlotte Invitational after averaging 4.92 digs per set over the course of the three matches. She was also named to the Phoenix Classic All-Tournament Team.
-Kellyn Trowse was also named to the All-Tournament Team after posting two matches with double-digit kills with at least seven digs and three blocks in all three matches.
-Terry was named the Phoenix Classic MVP for the second-straight season after posting a pair of double-doubles against Evansville and Gardner-Webb.
-Leah Daniel earned a spot on the Phoenix Classic All-Tournament Team after closing the weekend with an 18-kill, 4-error performance for a .350 hitting percentage against Gardner-Webb.
CAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
-Terry was named CAA Player of the Week for the second week in a row Monday, Sept. 10, for her performance at the Wake Forest Invitational. The Marengo, Ohio native averaged 21.0 kills per set and finished with 63 kills through three matches. Against Georgia Southern, she came within one kill of tying the program record for kills in a match with 32.
-Terry previously earned the distinction on Monday, Sept. 3 after averaging 4.23 kills per set with a .296 hitting percentage in matches against North Carolina A&T, Evansville, N.C. Central, and Garder-Webb.
-Terry reached 1,000 kills for her career in the first set against Charlotte on Friday, Aug. 24.
-With 1,150 career kills, the senior currently ranks ninth on Elon’s all-time leaders list.
-Garcia was named one of 10 student-athletes to the Preseason All-CAA Team as an honorable mention.
-It marks the second straight season an Elon player has been named a preseason honorable mention after Sydney Busa earned the distinction and went on to be a First Team All-CAA honoree after the year in 2017.
-Garcia had 1,279 assists in 2017, tying for the most in a season in Elon’s Division I era and the second-most in program history on the way to earning CAA Rookie of the Year.
-Over Spring Break 2018, Elon volleyball went to Italy to visit Milan, Como, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Florence, Assisi and Rome.
-During the trip, the team visited Lake Como, the tiny villages that form the Five Lands “Cinque Terre,” the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Basilica of Saint Francis, the Colosseum, the Vatican City and more.
-It also battled a pair of professional Italian volleyball teams.
THE SYDEL CURRY LOCKER ROOM
-Between the second and third sets Tuesday, Aug. 28, against North Carolina A&T, Elon volleyball’s locker room was named in honor of Sydel Curry ’17.
-An early wedding gift from her brothers, Steph and Seth Curry, the team’s new locker room has officially been named the Sydel Curry Locker Room. Sydel walked down the aisle four days later in North Carolina.
-Elon continues its road swing with a 1 p.m. match at Northeastern this Sunday, Sept. 30.