Elon returns to action for matchups with Davidson and NC State

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ELON, NC – Elon University women’s tennis continues its spring season this weekend when it travels to Davidson and Raleigh, NC to play against Davidson and NC State.

The Phoenix will open the weekend with a 1:00 p.m. matchup with Davidson on Saturday, March 5, before returning to a fight against NC State the next day, March 6 at 5:00 p.m

MATCHDAY COVERAGE

– The action on Saturday starts at 1:00 p.m. with the doubles game, followed shortly afterwards by the singles games.
– Sunday’s action will also start with doubles matches, with the competition starting at 17:00
– Live stats for this game are available and can be accessed via this link.

THE MATCHUP

– Saturday afternoon is the 20thth Meeting between Phoenix and Davidson.
– The Phoenix currently leads in the all-time series 10-9.
– The last time the two programs met, Elon defeated Davidson 4-1 on April 17, 2021.
– The fifth meeting between the state of Phoenix and NC will take place on Sunday afternoon.
– In the most recent encounter between the two programs, Elon fell 7-0 to NC State on February 20, 2016.

SEARCH ELON
– The Phoenix enters the competition with a 7-3 record after beating Methodist and Pfeiffer 7-0 in their double-header last weekend. It was Elon’s seventh win in eight games.
Julia Ball is a leader for Elon in singles play as she holds a 6-2 overall record and a 5-2 mark at No. 4 this season. Ball is currently on a best six game winning streak.
Olivia Archer is currently level on points with six wins for the team lead in individual wins. Archer is 2-0 in the No. 4 singles and is on a four-game winning streak.
Alison O’Dea Third on team for individual wins as the sophomore holds a 5-4 aggregate record this season. O’Dea has won five of her last seven singles competitions.
Sibel Tanik and Victoria Saldh are fourth in the squad with four individual wins each. Tanik and Saldh also have four winning streaks behind them.
Shauna Galvin and Sarah Allen are the only Phoenix undefeated in singles as Galvin holds a perfect 3-0 record earlier this season while Allen advanced to 1-0 and claimed their first career win over Pfeiffer.
– The tandem of Olivia Archer and Alison O’Dea is the doubles-game leader for Phoenix as the duo hold the team-best mark at 6-3 and are currently on a six-game winning streak. The combo also sits 2nd at 2-0.
– The combinations of Julia Ball and Victoria Saldh and Sibel Tanik and Lizette Reding are tied second on the team in doubles wins as each duo has won five games this season.
Olivia Archer and Alison O’Dea were named CAA Doubles Team of the Week on March 2 after winning all three games against North Carolina A&T, Methodist and Pfeiffer respectively last week.
– On Wednesday, February 2nd, the CAA announced this junior Sibel Tanik was named Player of the Week. It was the Phoenix’s first honor of the season and the first Player of the Week award of Tanik’s career.
– Four All-CAA selections return for the Phoenix in 2021-22 Sibel Tanik (1St Team), Lizette Reding (Newcomer of the year; 2nd team individual; 3approx team doubles), Victoria Saldh (3rd team singles) and Alison O’Dea (3approx team doubles).
– Other returnees for the Phoenix include Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sport Excellence Award recipient, Olivia Archerand jr Shauna Galvin.
– The phoenix is ​​led by Elizabeth Anderson, Who starts her 18thth Season at the top of the 2021-22 program.



SCOUTING DAVIDSON
– Davidson enters the competition with a 6-2 aggregate record after beating Radford 4-3 in his last game.
– Davidson will be managed by Susanne Depka, who is in her fifth season at the helm of the Wildcats program. Depka has been with Programm as an assistant coach since 2014 and is a former professional player for the WTA Tour.
– The Wildcats are led by Kavya Patel, who has a 7-1 record in singles so far this season. Patel is currently on a seven-best game winning streak.
– Mira Gladston and Elizabeth Truluck are leaders in doubles play for Davidson as the duo sits at 5-2 at the start of this season.



SCOUTING NC STATE
– NC State enters the competition with a 12-1 overall record after beating #54 Florida State 6-1 in their last game.
– The Wolfpack will be helmed by Simon Earnshaw, in his eighth season at the helm of the program. Earnshaw led NC State to the 2021 Final Four.
– In singles play, Priska Nugroho leads the way for NC State with an 8-2 mark earlier this season.
– In doubles, Jaeda Daniel and Nell Miller hold the best as the duo are 9-0 unbeaten.



LAST TIME-OUT
– Elon defeated both Methodist and Pfeiffer 7-0 to extend his winning streak to four on Saturday, February 26 at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.
Alison O’Dea led the Phoenix, defeating Kamdyn Balko (MU) 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 4 singles and Darby Sherrill (PFU) 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 3 singles.
Victoria Saldh extended her winning streak to four, quickly crushing Megan Kidd (MU) 6-0, 6-1 and Sydney Gray (PFU) 6-0, 6-0 in second place.
Shauna Galvin won the first game for Elon, defeating Hannah Higgins (MU) 6-0, 6-0 before defeating Brittany Mills (PFU) 6-0, 6-0 later in the afternoon.
Olivia Archer continued their strong play of recent times, defeating both Luciana Forma (MU) and Alison Sloop (PFU) in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.
Sibel Tanik won her fourth straight match, defeating Abby Caddick (MU) 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 singles.
Julia Ball With her 6-0, 6-1 win over Jill Lawrence (MU), she increased her winning streak to six best team games.
Lizette Reding won her second straight match, defeating Megan Rekieta (PFU) in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.
Sarah Allen rounded out the singles wins for the Phoenix, finishing Taylor Brashears (PFU) 6-0, 6-0 without a point.
– The combination of Tanik and Reding dominated Saturday’s No. 1 doubles, defeating Caddick and Balko (MU) 6-1 and Rekieta and Gray (PFU) 6-1 respectively.
– Archer and O’Dea didn’t allow a point in the doubles game and quickly finished Forma and Higgins (MU) and Sloop and Hudson (PFU) 6-0.
– Saldh and Ball won their second consecutive doubles game to finish second place Kidd and Lawrence (MU) 6-0.
– Allen and Galvin got the colon for Elon against Pfeiffer, defeating Brashears and Sherrill 6-0 in 3rd place.



THE FACES OF 2021-22
– The Phoenix welcomes six returnees from last year’s squad to the seniors Olivia Archer and Victoria Saldhjuniors Shauna Galvin and Sibel Tanikand second graders Lizette Reding and Alison O’Dea.
– Elon will have two newcomers this season in its first year Sarah Allen and Tennessee Transmission Julia Ball.
– Allen comes to Phoenix from Christ Church Episcopal School, where she was a five-time team state champion from 2016-2020 and earned four top-5 finishes at the All-State Singles Championships in 2017 (5th), 2018 (4th). 2019 (4th) and 2020 (2nd).
– Ball joins Elon from the University of Tennessee, where she received the 2020 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll award.



COMING SOON
– The Phoenix will then return home for matchups with NC Central (March 11) and Morgan State (March 13).
– Elon hits the road again on March 15th and 16th when it travels to Charleston, South Carolina to compete against the College of Charleston (March 15th) and Charleston Southern (March 16th).

–ELON–

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