Volleyball Splits CAA Series at William & Mary

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Haylie Clark recorded a 33-assist, 11-dig double-double, but Elon University volleyball dropped its road match at William & Mary 3-2 on Sunday, Oct. 31 at Kaplan Arena.

Elon did get some positive news after the loss. With Towson defeating Delaware 3-2 earlier today, the maroon and gold has clinched a berth in the CAA Championship Tournament.

“William & Mary was much more aggressive than we were today,” head coach Mary Tendler said afterwards. “We had players who haven’t played in a while come in and make plays. I loved that they were ready to go when called upon. We look to finish strong in our final weekend against Hofstra and get some momentum going into the CAA Tournament .”

Elon 2, William & Mary 3 (22-25, 25-21, 17-25, 25-22, 8-15)
The opening set remained close from start to finish. The Tribe (4-13, 1-11 CAA) went up 22-19 late, but Elon answered with a 3-0 run for the seventh tie of the set. Jenn Krzeminskic and Leah Daniel recorded a block, Daniel followed with a kill and Krzeminski served an ace to knot the score at 22-22. The hosts earned the next three points, though, to win the set.

A pair of 3-0 runs helped the Phoenix (14-10, 9-5) build an early 6-2 lead in Set Two. Clark assisted Krzeminski and Sydney Love for a pair of late kills and a W&M attack error extended Elon’s lead to 24-19. The Tribe then scored a pair of kills, but Love scored the set point to tie the match at a set apiece.

The third set was also a back-and-forth battle. Down 13-10, Love opened a 4-0 run with a pair of kills. Love and Krzeminski followed with a block and Kellyn Trowse served an ace as Elon took the lead, 14-13. However, W&M responded with an 8-1 swing and went on to a 25-17 tally.

Multiple W&M attack errors, a pair of kills by Daniel and an ace from Krzeminski allowed the maroon and gold to wrestle away control of the fourth set at 13-8. The Tribe chipped away at the Phoenix lead and pulled to within 23-22 with a late 4-0 push, but an attack error and a bad set sent the match to a fifth set.

Julia Crabtree and Claire Richey blocked a W&M attack to open the decisive set, and Daniel swung for a kill as Elon went up 2-0. The Tribe scored five unanswered, though, as the hosts took over at 6-3. The Phoenix was unable to overcome the deficit, and W&M captured it first conference win with a 15-8 score.

Daniel and Love finished the match with 16 and 15 kills, respectively. Alex Van Westrienen served a team-high three aces, Krzeminski served two, and Trowse and Ericka Link served one each. Jordan Gower led the Phoenix with 13 digs and Trowse also reached double digits with 10 digs. Richey tallied a team-best seven blocks, Krzeminski was right behind her with six, and Trowse contributed four.

– Elon is still ahead in the all-time series, 12-8.
– The match featured 18 ties and 11 lead changes.
– Elon combined to hit .146 as a team, compared to a .240 hitting percentage by W&M.
– The Phoenix recorded more blocks, 13-9. However, the Tribe led in points (79.0-66.0), kills (61-46), assists (55-41), service aces (9-7) and digs (61-56).
– Richey’s seven blocks ties career high. She collected seven blocks at Charleston on March 28 in Elon’s final match of the shortened spring 2021 season.
– This was Clark’s fifth double-double of the season. The Saint Cloud, Fla. native eclipsed 1,800 career assists in today’s match.
– Daniel now owns 1,194 career kills. She is nine kills away from tying Megan Crooks (1991-94) for eighth on the program’s all-time kills leaders list.

Elon closes out the regular season at home next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5-6 against Hofstra.


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