|at VCU | vs Richmond|
|January 27-28 | 2 p.m. | 10 hours|
|Talhimer Tennis Center|
ELON, NC – Elon University women’s tennis continues its spring season this week as it travels to Richmond, Virginia for games against VCU and Richmond, respectively. The Phoenix takes on VCU on Thursday, January 27 at 2pm, before joining Richmond on Friday, January 28 at 10am.
– Thursday’s action kicks off with doubles at 2 p.m. at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.
– Friday’s action starts at 10am with doubles also at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.
– Live stats are provided and can be accessed through this link.
– Thursday afternoon is the fifth meeting between Elon and VCU.
– The Phoenix is currently in the all-time series 4-0.
– In the most recent meeting between the two programs, VCU defeated Elon, 5-2, on January 23, 2021.
– Friday morning is the fourth meeting between Elon and Richmond.
– The Phoenix currently leads the all-time series, 2-1.
– In the most recent inter-program encounters, Elon fell to Richmond on April 7, 2018, 4-2.
– The Phoenix enters the game with a 0-1 record after dropping to No. 3 UNC in his most recent appearance.
– Elon finished last season with an overall record of 17-5 and secured a place in the semifinals of the CAA Tournament.
– The Phoenix registered a 12-2 point in games played at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center and went 4-1 in road games last season.
– Four All-CAA rosters return for the Phoenix in 2021-22 in Sibel Tanik (1st Team), Lizette Reding (Newcomer of the Year; 2nd team singles; 3rd team doubles), Victoria Saldh (3rd Team Singles), and Alison O’Dea (3rd team doubles).
– Other Phoenix returnees include the recipient of the Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sport Excellence Award, Olivia Archerand junior Shauna Galvin.
– Lizette Reding led the charge for the Phoenix last season, compiling an overall record of 16-3, including a 13-2 mark in the No. 3 slot.
– Sibel Tanik and Victoria Saldh finished tied for second on the team in singles wins with 13 each. Saldh also tied for the team lead with 12 wins in doubles, while Tanik ended the year with a six-game win in singles.
– Alison O’Dea and Olivia Archer rounded out the double-digit singles wins for the Phoenix in 2020-21, finishing with 10 apiece.
– Shauna Galvin set an 8-3 overall record in singles, including a 4-0 draw in the No. 5 slot last season.
– The Phoenix is led by Elizabeth Anderson, who starts her 18e season at the helm of the program in 2021-22.
– VCU enters the game with a 1-1 overall record after beating Temple, 5-2, in his most recent outing.
– Vivian Segnini is in the midst of her second season at the helm of the VCU program. Segnini won Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year last season after leading the team to the A-10 Championship and a place in the NCAA tournament.
– The Rams are led by Paola Diaz Delgado, the national number 61, who currently holds a 1-1 record in singles after winning her most recent match against Temple. Nina Sorkin has also contributed to VCU this season, achieving a 1-1 record so far this season.
– VCU was also strong in doubles, winning five of the six doubles matches this year via two matches.
– Richmond enters the game with an overall record of 0-1 after falling 7-0 from Virginia 7-0 on his most recent appearance.
– Mark Wesselink is in the middle of his 32nd season at the helm of the Richmond program. Wesselink has won seven A-10 Coach of the Year awards during his time with Richmond, while leading the program to 21 winning seasons and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.
– The Spiders have a balanced roster with two seniors (Emily Dunbar and Helene Heiberg), a junior (Marta Buendia) and three sophomores (Carly Cohen, Sara Salemyr and Polina Shitikova).
LAST TIME OFF
– Elon fell to No. 3 North Carolina, 7-0, in the season opener on Saturday, January 15 in Chapel Hill, NC
– Julie Ball fought in her first game with the Phoenix, pushing No. 13-ranked Carson Tanguilig to a 7-5, 6-4 decision in the No. 4 slot.
– Victoria Saldh fought but was defeated by No. 7 ranked Reilly Tran, 6-2, 6-2, on Saturday.
– Alison O’Dea was survived by Sophia Patel 6-4, 6-2 in the number 6 position.
– UNC took the double point, as Elon’s three duos fell into the No. 1, No. 6 and No. 34 doubles teams respectively.
THE FACES OF 2021-22
– The Phoenix welcomes six returnees from last year’s senior squad Olivia Archer and Victoria Saldhjuniors Shauna Galvin and Sibel Tanikand sophomore Lizette Reding and Alison O’Dea.
– Elon has two newcomers in the first year this season Sarah Allen and Tennessee transfer Julie Ball.
– Allen joins Christ Church Episcopal School’s Phoenix, where she was the team’s five-time state champion from 2016-2020 and top-5 four times in the All-State Singles Championships in 2017 (5th), 2018 (4th), 2019 (4th) and 2020 (2nd).
– Ball comes to Elon from the University of Tennessee where she earned Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll honors in 2020.
– The Phoenix remains on the road for the next two games, respectively VCU (January 27) and Richmond (January 28).
– Elon will play its first home game of the spring season on Saturday, February 12, when it welcomes Campbell to the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center for a 1 p.m. matchup.
– After that game, Elon will stay home for a 1:00 PM game with Gardner-Webb on Sunday, February 13.