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Aggies Face Elon In Moore on Tuesday

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 10/07/2013
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North Carolina A&T Aggies (2-17) vs. Elon Phoenix (10-9)
Date: Oct. 8, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.

Facility: Moore Gymnasium

Probable Starters: MB Aleena McDaniel (5-10, Sophomore, 2.56 kills/set), RS Maris Kellar (5-8 Sophomore, 0.33 blocks/set), S Liz Martino (5-7, Freshman, 5.11 assists/set), OH Brooke Stamnes (5-9, Sophomore, 2.46 kills/set), MH Te'Borah Hawkins-Hollingsworth (6-0, Sophomore, 0.67 blocks/set) and OH Jillian Nobles (6-0 Freshman, 1.49 kills/set)

Aggies Overview:  North Carolina A&T is looking to snap a two-match losing streak when it faces in-state rival Elon in a non-conference match on Tuesday.  The Aggies visited Florida over the weekend and dropped a pair of three-set MEAC matches to Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M. Despite the losses, the Aggies showed a lot of improvement and put together a combined .243 hitting percentage over their last two matches. McDaniel turned in a .429 career-high hitting percentage against Bethune-Cookman (Oct. 4). She handed down 15 kills on 28 attacks. Brooke Stamnes also recorded her third double-double of the season with 10 kills and a team-high 14 digs against the Wildcats. Against the Rattlers, McDaniel led the team with 11 kills to tab her seventh match of the season in double-digit kills.

Elon Overview: The Phoenix (10-9) is coming off a 3-0 win to Davidson. The Phoenix has taken the upper hand over its opponents in several categories. Elon holds a 902-838 advantage in kills, 155.5-138.0 edge in blocks and an 837-769 lead in assists over its opponents. Elon has five players (Megan Gravely, Kris Harris, Cali Estes, Kayla Agae, and Chenelle Smith) that have tallied over 100 kills. Gravely leads the team with 2.78 kills/set and Harris is second averaging 2.58/set. Ana Nicksic heads Elon in assists (7.22/set) and Harris leads the team in blocks (0.96/set).

Potential Star: McDaniel averaged 4.33 kills per set in the Aggies last two matches. She produced a .375 hitting percentage over the weekend. She leads the team in kills with 2.56/set.

News & Notes:

  • Elon has posted a 6-0 record against A&T in the last six matches.
  • The last time the Aggies defeated the Phoenix was on Oct. 3, 2006 with a 3-1 win.
  • Ashley Johnson is ranked fifth in the MEAC in digs (3.89/set).

From the Coach

"We had a great practice today. We refocused and worked on some things that we needed to improve on. These non-conference matches in the middle of the season help us to stay competitive so we’re really looking forward to Elon on Tuesday."

A&T head volleyball coach Hal Clifton

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