NEWS 11/5/14 12:11am

Kayla Agae travels across Japan, Hawaii with family on path to Elon

There’s a beach on the eastern side of the Hawaiian island O’ahu, not far from Honolulu, where Kayla Agae’s mother used to tell her and her sisters not to go past a certain marker. Near that beach is the United States Marine Corps base where Agae’s mom, Suzanne, and dad, Papaevalu, worked from 1997 to 2003. Much farther away is Okinawa, Japan, where Agae was born, Las Vegas, where her family moved after their time in Hawaii, and Elon University, where she’s a sophomore outside hitter on the volleyball team.

NEWS 11/2/14 11:08pm

Questionable call ends Elon loss to James Madison

After nearly five sets of back-and-forth action filled with strong hits, setters dumping the ball and recurring runs, it all came down to an indecisive whirlwind of confusion at Alumni Gym. A call reversed by the officials became the winning point for the James Madison University volleyball team against Elon University, a punch to the gut for a Phoenix team upstart off its first Colonial Athletic Association victory.

NEWS 10/29/14 6:15pm

Elon volleyball resets goals in search of first CAA win

The crowds had cleared out, the opponent was about to leave and basketball hoops were already set up in Alumni Gym. And the Elon University volleyball team was still in its locker room. Halfway through the conference season and still without a victory, some self-evaluation was needed as the Phoenix saw its losing streak increase to nine after a three-set loss to College of Charleston. “Starting the second half, we’re going to be seeing teams for a second time,” said Elon head coach Mary Tendler.

NEWS 10/25/14 11:36am

Northeastern barely holds off Elon in five sets

The Elon University volleyball team was on the brink of snapping a nine-game losing streak and winning its first Colonial Athletic Association match, but the Northeastern University Huskies came back alive in the fifth set to fend off the upstart Phoenix 3-2 (26-24, 25-18, 22-25, 17-25, 15-12) on Friday, Oct.

NEWS 10/20/14 1:00am

Elon swept by College of Charleston for ninth straight loss

The tides had begun to turn and the Elon University volleyball team was building a wave filled with momentum. Six points away from winning the set while holding a 7-point lead seemed manageable. But then, as it has a number of times recently, the wheels rolled off and the momentum came to a sudden halt. College of Charleston chipped away with seven straight points and held off Elon to win a long second set, propelling the Cougars to a 3-0 sweep (25-20, 28-26, 25-21) victory over the Phoenix on Sunday, Oct.

NEWS 10/11/14 10:53pm

Elon pushes in four-set loss to UNCW

Finishing strong was a strong point and positive taken out of the Elon University volleyball team’s 3-1 (25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 25-19) loss to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington on Saturday, Oct.

NEWS 10/7/14 10:26pm

Elon loses groove, struggles to respond in loss at UNCG

GREENSBORO — A momentum shift midway through the match once again proved to be Elon University’s undoing. The Phoenix volleyball team fell into a lull to start the second set in a 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-19) loss to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on Tuesday night in Fleming Gym. UNCG, which hit .308 (46 kills, 13 assists, 107 attempts) as a team, stole all the momentum early in the second set, racing out to leads of 7-2 and 12-3, both of which prompted Elon timeouts. A stretch later of seven straight Spartans points put them up 21-6. “They put a lot more pressure on us serving,” Elon head coach Mary Tendler said.

NEWS 10/6/14 11:50pm

CAA move brings mixture of old, new faces for Elon volleyball

Her second trip back to James Madison University in 12 years reminded head volleyball coach Mary Tendler what Elon University’s venture into the Colonial Athletic Association means to her. “It felt like I was going back where I came from,” Tendler said of Elon’s move to the CAA. After three years at James Madison as an assistant, Tendler took the Elon job in 2003.

NEWS 10/4/14 5:30pm

Phoenix doesn't finish in loss at William & Mary

After dropping the first set at the College of William & Mary, the Elon University volleyball charged back to win the second 25-22. It went downhill from there, as the Phoenix lost 3-1 to the Tribe (25-14, 22-25, 25-9, 25-16) in Colonial Athletic Association action on Saturday, Oct.

NEWS 10/1/14 11:52pm

Elon volleyball implements new style of blocking

Despite its experienced core of middle blockers, the Elon University volleyball team has been in a transition period this year as it installs a new style of blocking. Elon’s been using a technique called swing blocking that results in more elevation and momentum into its blocks. Instead of just jumping straight up when blocking, players swing their arms to get an extra push going up.

NEWS 9/26/14 10:50pm

Wills, Hofstra fly past Elon in CAA volleyball opener

A relatively unknown opponent and the preseason Player of the Year met the Elon University volleyball team in its first Colonial Athletic Association match ever. That unfamiliarity proved to provide some excitement and close competition early, but senior outside hitter Kelsie Wills hammered home 23 kills to power Hofstra University to a 3-1 (25-21, 25-18, 19-25, 25-21) victory over Elon Sept.

NEWS 9/24/14 11:46pm

Injuries add pressure for Elon volleyball

When searching for a substitution, Elon University head volleyball coach Mary Tendler hasn’t been left with many options as of late. Elon has had six players miss time because of injuries in the last two weeks, depleting an already small roster into one with little leeway for variety. The Phoenix has 13 players listed on its roster, which is small for a Division I school.

NEWS 9/23/14 11:07pm

Elon's small lineup closes out NC Central

DURHAM — The few players Elon University had were able to gel together as a lineup when it mattered most. Playing with just seven players because of continued injuries, Elon swept North Carolina Central University (25-21, 28-26, 26-24) on Sept.