NEWS 9/19/13 10:24am

Elon volleyball cleans up errors, tops Radford in 5 sets

The Elon University volleyball team bested Radford University 3-2 Wednesday, Sept. 19, 3-2 (25-23, 17-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-8), despite letting five errors blow a 23-18 lead in the third set that could have changed the course of the entire match. But the Phoenix recovered by grinding through the fourth set and cruising in the fifth, looking as if the third set didn’t even happen. “The players responded really well,” said Elon coach Mary Tendler.

NEWS 9/14/13 12:09pm

Volleyball dominates 5th set to close out Gardner-Webb

The Elon University volleyball team hosted Gardner-Webb University Friday Sept. 13, and neither side was able to run away with the victory throughout the first four sets. Then the fifth set happened. Elon rolled easily to a 15-2 set win, and toppled the Runnin’ Bulldogs 3-2 (25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 17-25, 15-2) in the first game of the Elon Phoenix Classic in Alumni Gym. “I think we were determined to not lose another fifth set,” said Elon head coach Mary Tendler, referring to the team snapping a three-game losing streak in five set matches.

NEWS 9/3/13 10:36pm

Smith sisters energize Phoenix in 3-0 win against Campbell

The Elon University volleyball team rolled Campbell University 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-17) in its first home game of the year. Led by junior outside hitters Chanelle and Danielle Smith, the two combined for 16 points, including eight in the third set, to help the Phoenix reach 2-2 to start the season. Trailing 16-15 in the first set, a kill by senior hitter Cali Estes sparked a 10-3 Phoenix run to close out the first set.

NEWS 8/31/13 10:26pm

Elon volleyball splits final day of Kristen Dickmann Invitational

The Elon University volleyball team lost to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-19) at the Kristen Dickmann Invitational in Annapolis, Md Saturday afternoon, but beat host Navy a few hours later 3-0 (27-25, 25-21, 25-22) to finish the tournament on a high note. In the first match, the Seahawks broke out of a tie game in the first set and maintained their lead throughout the rest of the match.

NEWS 8/30/13 11:55pm

Volleyball can't cool Flames in season opener

After a hot start, the Elon University volleyball team fell to the University of Illinois at Chicago 3-1 (26-28, 25-18, 25-20, 25-21) at the Kristen Dickmann Invitational in Annapolis, Md. The Phoenix were ahead on the scoreboard for most of the first set before needing a tiebreaker to take the 1-0 lead, but a strong second set from the Flames pulled the match back even. Momentum from the second set propelled UIC to the victory. Elon’s front line of sophomore Megan Gravley and junior Kris Harris recorded 20 total kills between the two while freshman Morgan Maner led the team with 12 digs in her first official match with the Phoenix. Sophomore Ana Nicksic and senior Cali Estes had 22 and 14 assists, respectively. Senior Mary Kate Imrie filled up the stat sheet for UIC, recording 42 assists, 3 kills and 7 digs. Senior Justine Garcia added 19 digs, and junior Sara Sternard had 15 kills and 2 aces. The Flames had 19 total service aces in the game, including seven in the third set. UIC quickly got their act together late in the first set when a 22-17 lead for Elon quickly became a 24-23 UIC lead.

NEWS 9/27/12 5:12pm

Volleyball drops two Southern Conference matches

After the loss against the College of Charleston Saturday, Sept. 22, Elon University’s varsity women’s volleyball team is now 0-2 in the Southern Conference with an overall record of 7-10. The Phoenix fell to the Cougars in three sets, which follows a loss against the University of North Carolina at Greensboro that went to a decisive final fifth set. Both senior captain Ali Deatsch and head coach Mary Tendler said being consistent is something the team needs to work on as whole. “We can be a tough team and we can fight,” Deatsch said.

NEWS 9/4/12 2:00pm

Women's volleyball moves forward following tough loss to Alabama

This past weekend, the Elon University women’s volleyball team hosted the Elon Phoenix Classic tournament, which included Gardner-Webb University, North Carolina Central University and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. Elon started off strong in the tournament, winning its first two matches in three games against Gardner-Webb and NC Central. But in the final match of the tournament, the Phoenix faced the powerhouse the Alabama Crimson Tide. With the advantage of being able to watch Alabama play, head coach Mary Tendler said the team knew what Alabama was going to do.

NEWS 8/31/12 5:40am

Position changes follow loss of last year’s seniors

The losses of setter Megan McMahon and outside hitter/middle blocker Caroline Lemke leave big holes in both Elon University women’s volleyball’s offense and defense.  Although head women’s volleyball coach Mary Tendler said she will miss their leadership and what they could do on the court for the team, she feels good about the players she has now. “They are ready to take on bigger roles and get more playing time and help the team win,” Tendler said.

NEWS 8/29/12 11:25pm

Elon volleyball sweeps North Carolina A&T in first home match

The Elon women’s volleyball team won its first match Wednesday night against North Carolina A&T three games to zero. Freshman Ana Nicksic started as setter this match and had 21 assists. She said she was excited to be out on the court for the first home match. “We prepared all preseason and I’m happy I had the chance to be out there,” Nicksic said.