NEWARK, Del. – Elon University volleyball won its fourth match in a row and split its regular-season series with Delaware with a 3-1 final Sunday afternoon, Oct. 21, at Bob Carpenter Center.
“We had a great start to the match and finished strong,” said head coach Mary Tendler. “Our defense played really well against Delaware today and offensively we stayed at a consistent, high level throughout the match. We look to continue our solid play in our upcoming home matches this week.”
Elon improves to 12-9 overall and 3-6 in the CAA while UD drops to 9-13, 3-7.
Elon led from start to finish in the opening set. After the Phoenix earned the first three points, UD pulled to within 6-5 before a Kam Terry kill started a 4-0 run for the maroon and gold. The teams traded points the rest of the way and the Phoenix took set one, 25-22.
UD went ahead early in set two and benefitted from seven unanswered points to pull away 16-7. Elon responded with runs of 6-0 and 4-0 to close the gap at 19-17, but the Blue Hens pulled even in the match with a 25-18 decision.
Down 3-2 early in set three, a solo block by Natalie Cummins ignited a 10-1 run for the Phoenix. Highlighting the stretch were three kills and a block assist by Leah Daniel. UD was never able to recover, and Elon went ahead in the match, 2-1.
Set four began with three-straight points for the Phoenix. With ties at 6-all, 7-all, and 8-all, Elon reestablished its lead with a 6-1 swing. At 24-16, the Blue Hens held off the match point for three rallies before Daniel scored the decisive point.
Terry totaled 22 kills, an assist, 14 digs, and a block assist on the day. Following her in scoring were Kellyn Trowse and Daniel with 13 kills each. Kodi Garcia contributed 27 assists with a pair of service aces and eight digs. Haylie Clark also reached double-digits with 18 assists and seven digs. Maddie Jaudon posted 31 digs for the consecutive match, Elizabeth Coil tallied six blocks, and Alexa Pavlick was right behind with five blocks.
-Jaudon eclipsed 1,800 career digs on the day to move into third on Elon’s career leaders list.
-UD holds a 7-3 advantage in the all-time series.
-The teams have now split the regular-season series for the third consecutive season.
-The match featured seven ties and only two lead changes.
-As a team, Elon held the edge in points (74-65), kills (58-56), aces (4-2), and blocks (12-7). Both sides totaled 52 assists and 72 digs.
Elon begins a three-game home stand this Wednesday, Oct. 24, as the Phoenix hosts William & Mary in a 7 p.m. match at Schar Center. The maroon and gold secured their first conference win of the year with a 3-1 win in Williamsburg, Va. on Oct. 14.