It was an unfamiliar setting for Chelsea Rafetto, despite playing at home in Alumni Gym. She was making her first start this year for the Elon University volleyball team.
When Kayla Agae played in just one set in Elon University volleyball’s season opener and none in the team’s second game, she wasn’t frazzled. She didn’t look down on herself.
Danielle Smith doesn’t let her size bother her while playing middle blocker. The Elon University senior stands at 5 feet, 9 inches tall, but she remains effective going up against players who are typically 6 feet tall or bigger. “I’m used to being the small one in the middle,” Smith said.
BUIES CREEK — Mary Tendler tried to make adjustments. She used each of her timeouts in all three sets.
With sweat dripping off her face and a towel over her shoulder, Kayla Agae summed up the volleyball game she just played in two oh-so-accurate words. “Exhilarating, exhausting,” the sophomore outside hitter said. Agae played every point, accumulating 11 kills and 20 digs as Elon University topped High Point University 3-2 (17-25, 25-20, 25-22, 16-25, 15-13) on Sept.
Chanelle Smith knows she’ll be tired come Saturday night. But that’s what comes with the standard three-games-in-two-days tournaments that kick off the college volleyball season. Teams typically play in tournaments for the first three or four weekends of the season prior to conference play.
KENNESAW, Ga. — Unforced errors plagued the Elon University volleyball team in its final two games of the KSU Owls Invitational at Kennesaw State University. Elon was swept by No.
KENNESAW, Ga. — Overcoming a first-set loss, the Elon University volleyball team rebounded for a 3-2 (21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 18-25, 15-7) victory against Kennesaw State University on Friday, Sept.
Admittedly, Sydney Busa was nervous. It was the first collegiate match for the freshman outside hitter.
With the losses of starting libero Maggie Reichard and setter and right side Cali Estes to graduation, the Elon University volleyball team has defense on its mind entering the 2014 season. Elon looks to sophomore defensive specialist Morgan Maner to take on a bigger role and to both setters for more focus on their defensive presence. Maner, from Burlington, started 2013 at libero before transitioning into a defensive specialist role while Reichard took the libero spot.
The last day of its annual home tournament brought the Elon University volleyball team its first victory, but also showed some areas where it needs improvement as the season progresses. Elon fought off San Jose State University in four sets (24-26, 25-17, 25-20, 25-21) to start the day before being swept by Liberty University (25-23, 25-20, 25-13) in the nightcap. The University of Maryland beat San Jose State Saturday evening in three sets (28-26, 25-13, 25-23) to win the tournament.
The goal wasn’t accomplished, but the Elon University volleyball definitely left Alumni Gym with a whole slew of positives to build from. The Phoenix fell in four sets (25-23, 16-25, 25-14, 25-20) to the University of Maryland in its season opener on Aug.
One moment of shock and disappointment for Kris Harris became a gateway to success for Ally Karle. Nearly a year after Harris had a season-ending knee injury, the Elon University volleyball team now has two capable middle blockers going into a season with almost its entire roster back and a heightened level of expectation entering the Colonial Athletic Association. Harris, a senior, is working her way back from a knee injury suffered last October to team up with sophomore Karle, who stepped in when Harris went down, to form a formidable tandem of middles at the center of the net for Elon. Power conference foes and untested waters in the CAA await Elon as the season commences, and it’ll be Harris and Karle that carry the Phoenix in its quest to develop and play to a higher standard. “They’re such strong girls, very athletic for their age,” sophomore outside hitter Kayla Agae said of Harris and Karle.
Average just isn’t good enough anymore for Elon University volleyball coach Mary Tendler. The Phoenix was 16-17 a year ago and ranked right in the middle of the pack in both the Southern Conference standings and most league statistical categories. That’s why this year, as the team enters the much tougher Colonial Athletic Association, Tendler is encouraging her players to have higher expectations. Each player thinks of different things when it comes to expectations on and off the court.
In spirit of the upcoming season, one that’s sure to bring its fair share of adversity and challenges, the Elon University recently left the gym to do some team building exercises. A few days after preseason camp began, the team completed Elon’s high ropes course together in an effort to come closer as a group. “It was very exciting, a little nerve-wracking,” senior outside hitter Danielle Smith said.
In one blink of an eye, so many high hopes and expectations disappeared for Sydel Curry. It was the first day of preseason a year ago, the second practice of the day for the Elon University volleyball team.
RICHMOND, Va. — The Elon University volleyball team was projected to finish ninth — last place — in the Colonial Athletic Association's preseason coaches poll released by the league Tuesday. Elon enters its first year in the CAA after 11 years in the Southern Conference.
There wasn’t must adjustment needed for the Elon University volleyball team when practice began Aug.
The Elon University volleyball team will play teams from the Big Ten, Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference — including one at home — as part of its 2014 schedule, which the team announced Thursday. Elon's first year in the Colonial Athletic Association will begin with possibly the most challenging nonconference slate in recent memory.
The Elon University volleyball team didn’t have a glamorous end to its regular season, having lost four straight matches, but the Phoenix managed to sneak into the Southern Conference Tournament as the eighth and final seed. Key injuries to junior and sophomore middle blockers Kris Harris and Catherine Head were supposed to ravage Elon’s depth up front, but the emergence of freshman Ally Karle could give the Phoenix a shot at a rebirth in the postseason.