A&T Volleyball Steps Into CAA Play

Date(s): Saturday, Sept. 17-Sunday, Sept. 18
Opponent: Elon Phoenix
Hour(s): 2 p.m., 2 p.m
Location: Moore High School, East Greensboro

A&T Team Leaders:
Kills: Niaya Sawtelle (3.89 per set)
digs: Morgan Allen (3.37 per set)
Assists: Chiara Napoli (4.26 per set)
Blocks: Mallory Porcher (0.89 per set)
Hitting Percentage: Maya Johnson (.289)

A&T CAA Leaders (Top-10)
Kills: Niaya Sawtelle (3.89 per set) โ€“ 2nd
digs: Morgan Allen (3.37 per set) โ€“ 5th
Blocks: Mallory Porcher (0.89 per set) โ€“ 6th

NORTH CAROLINA A&T (4-6, 0-0 CAA): North Carolina plays its first two Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) matches this weekend when the Aggies welcome Elon to Moore Gymnasium. Last time out, NC A&T went 1-1 at the Aggie-Phoenix Volley for Unity the previous weekend in their final two regular-season nonconference matches. The Aggies defeated North Carolina Central in straight sets Friday night but fell to Florida A&M in straight sets Saturday.

Naiya Sawtelle (Stuart, Fla.) led the Aggies last week, averaging 3.56 kills, 3.00 digs and 0.89 blocks in three matches. Hannah Howell (St. Louis Park, Minn.) averaged 3.00 kills, 1.89 digs, 0.56 service aces and 0.33 blocks.

Head coach Hall Clifton enters his 12th season as the leader of the Aggies and has posted a 113-192 overall record. However, in the previous five seasons, Clifton has led the Aggies to a 77-59 (.566) record and has recorded at least a .500 winning percentage over the last four seasons.

ELON PHOENIX (2-7, 0-0 CAA): Elon also went 1-1 in the Aggie-Phoenix Volley for Unity last weekend with a win over UNC Greensboro, 3-1, and a 3-2 loss to Florida A&M.

Leah Daniel leads the Phoenix with 3.43 kills per set, and Haylie Clark is the team’s leader in assists per set (7.11). Jordan Gower leads the team in digs per set (5.77) and Lindsey Harris with 0.95 blocks per set.

Mary Tendler enters her 20th season at Elon University. She is married to A&T associate head coach Blaine Tendler. Mary Tendler was named the CAA coach of the year in 2021 and guided the team to its first-ever appearance in the CAA Championship final. Tendler has a 281-304 overall record.

THE SERIES: Elon holds a 21-4 advantage over the Aggies and has won the last 12 meetings, with the last meeting, a 3-0 Phoenix win, occurring at Elon in 2018. The previous A&T victory came in 2006, 3-1, in East Greensboro.


  • Addy Warfield recorded 37 assists last week in three matches to move past Chelsea Fox into seventh place. She has 1,318 for her career and needs 48 to move into sixth place, held by Michelle Spottiswood (1995-96).
  • Mallory Porcher has 175 block assists and needs 13 to move into seventh place past Mara Davis (1996-99).

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