MVP: Megan Gravley & Ali Deatsch
Freshman outside hitter Megan Gravley had 350 kills this season. She had many decisive plays and helped break long runs by other teams. Originally from Apex, cialis for salem/2012/07/incoming-freshman-volleyballer-excited-about-playing-volleyball-all-the-time/">Gravley played high school volleyball with sophomore middle blocker Kris Harris. She looked forward to this season so she could play alongside Harris again.
“I absolutely loved playing beside her in high school,” Gravley said. “Kris made everything so much more fun on the court.”
On the defensive side, senior co-captain and libero Ali Deatsch had 484 digs throughout the season and 23 aces. A native of Elmhurst, Ill., she ended her career at Elon with 1,919 digs.
The Phoenix ended the season with a 16-16 overall record and a 9-7 record in the Southern Conference.
Best Moment: Oct. 19-20 Weekend
The best weekend from this season was during the weekend of Oct. 19-20 with an exciting 3-2 win over Wofford College and a 3-1 victory over Furman University, the conference’s top offensive team.
Furman quickly took set one with a 25-17 win. But the Phoenix pulled away in the second after an eight-point-run including three aces from senior defensive specialist Ali Deatsch, giving Elon a nine-point lead. Elon was able to hold for a 25-18 win in the second set.
With strong blocks, consistent hitting and few service errors, the Phoenix took the third set 25-18 and then finished off Furman with a 25-20 fourth set win.
Deatsch said quality serving helped Elon keep its momentum throughout the matches.
“Friday, our serving was on point all night,” she said. “And that was something that really led us to victory. We knew we could use serving again.”
The Phoenix only had three service errors the entire Furman match.
Elon ended up falling to Furman during the SoCon Championships. Furman came in second place in the championship, losing the final match against College of Charleston in a five-set game.
Best Game: 3-2 in vs. Wofford Oct. 19
Elon volleyball defeated Wofford after an exciting five-set match (23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 20-25, 18-16). The Phoenix dropped the first set against Wofford after a tough back-and-forth match, then battled back to tie the game winning the second set.
Elon held during another tight set to win the third 25-23, but the Phoenix found itself down by five for most of the fourth, and Wofford was able to stay alive with a fourth-set win.
In the fifth and deciding set, Wofford took match point first 15-14, but the Phoenix defended two match points to tie the game 16 all. Elon sealed the match with a kill from freshman setter Chelsea Rafetto and a final kill by sophomore outside hitter Chanelle Smith to win the match 18-16 in the final set.
Smith led the team with 17 kills and also recorded a double-double with 14 digs for the match.