NEWS 9/20/14 12:06am

Elon contains Western Carolina attack, struggles with passing in loss

WINSTON-SALEM — Facing a familiar opponent, albeit in a different setting, the Elon University volleyball team knew what to prepare for. Keys in practice all week were centered around stopping Western Carolina University’s outside hitters, particularly some strong hitters on the left side and a lefty that proved to be powerful. Elon executed its plan against the attack, but found flaws in its passing game in a 3-0 loss (26-24, 25-13, 25-21), a matchup of old Southern Conference foes on Sept.

NEWS 9/16/14 5:01pm

Smith, Klein helping Elon in the middle: volleyball notebook

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.

NEWS 9/10/14 10:38pm

Phoenix outlasts Panthers in volleyball

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.

NEWS 9/9/14 8:46pm

Volleyball tournaments help Elon develop stamina

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.

NEWS 9/1/14 12:10am

Elon volleyball keeps defense at forefront

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.

NEWS 8/31/14 12:02am

Elon volleyball splits doubleheader to conclude Phoenix Classic

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.

NEWS 8/29/14 10:34pm

Elon finds positives from competitive loss to Maryland

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.

NEWS 8/28/14 11:02pm

More in the Middle: Harris, Karle supply sharp middle blocker combo for Elon

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.

NEWS 8/28/14 9:50am

Elon's Mary Tendler preaches higher standard as bigger challenges approach

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.

NEWS 8/25/14 1:56pm

Elon volleyball team does ropes course for team bonding

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.

NEWS 8/19/14 1:47pm

Elon volleyball slated last in CAA preseason poll

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.