UNCG (19-8, 7-5 SoCon) vs. Elon (16-13, 7-5 SoCon), at Furman (15-10, 9-4 SoCon), Nov. 5 & 6, 6 p.m. 7 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium
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- After spending seven of its last 10 matches on the road, UNCG will return home to host backyard-rival Elon on Friday night before traveling to Furman the following day. The meeting on Friday at 6 p.m. in Fleming Gymnasium will not only be a rivalry game, but will also be a battle for first place in the North Division. The Spartans will then turn around on Saturday and travel to Greenville, S.C. to face Furman at 7 p.m.
- Last weekend, the Spartans split a pair of matches on the road. UNCG fell on Saturday night to Samford, 3-1, before falling behind on Sunday to Chattanooga, 2-0, before coming back for a 3-2 win. On Saturday, the Spartans were led by Ariel Newman and Caley Redden, who each had a team-high 11 kills offensively. Newman also added 13 digs for the lone double-double. On Sunday, Redden, Newman, Alissa Beaudway, Kayren Finney and Olivia Humphries all had double-digit kills, while Redden, Newman and Beaudway also had double-digit digs for a double-double.
- The Spartans are still in a three-way tie for first place in the Southern Conference North Division standings with a 7-5 record in league play and a 19-8 overall record. Appalachian State and Elon also have matching 7-5 records in the North Division. Furman is currently in third place in the South Division with a 9-4 SoCon record behind Georgia Southern and College of Charleston who have matching 11-1 marks.
- The Spartans are 8-11 all-time against Elon and 10-19 against Furman in the series. Earlier this season, the Spartans fell to Elon, 3-1, on the road. UNCG won the first set, 25-17, but the Phoenix rallied to win the final three sets. In their lone meeting last season, the Spartans fell to the Paladins in a five-set thriller in Fleming Gymnasium.
- In addition to leading the Southern Conference in blocks, Kayren Finney is one of the leaders nationally in that category, as well. The senior already has accumulated 119 blocks this season for a 1.42 blocks/set average, which ranks 10th nationally this week. Ari Lysacek is also in the national rankings this week as she is tied for 74th in aces per set. She is currently third in the SoCon with .36 aces/set after recording 35 aces so far this season.
- There are also other Spartans who ranks in the top-10 in numerous other categories in the Southern Conference. Sophomore Olivia Humphries currently sits in sixth in hitting percentage at .327 and Ariel Newman is ninth in kills with 2.87 kills/set average. Freshman Kellie Orewiler is tied for ninth in digs from her libero position with 3.45 digs/set.
- This season, the Spartans began the year with a 14-3 record, which is the best start by a UNCG team since 1995 when the team started the year 24-3. In those 14 wins, the Spartans swept their opponents by a 3-0 score eight times. Five of the other six wins came in four-set victories.
- At the Spartan Spiketacular earlier this season, junior Ariel Newman was tabbed as the Tournament MVP. Sophomore Olivia Humphries and senior Caley Redden were also named to the All-Tournament team. Freshman Kellie Orewiler was selected as the Libero of the Tournament by the head coaches.
- The team title at the Spartan Spiketacular was the second tournament that UNCG has won this season after winning the Spartan Classic earlier this season. It marked the first time since 1995 that UNCG has won two tournaments in one season. That year, the Spartans won the UNCG Fall Tournament and the College of Charleston Invite.
- The Spartans began the 2010 season with an impressive 8-1 record over their first nine matches. That marked the best start in school history since UNCG began the 1994 season 9-1. Also, the 14-3 start by UNCG was the best since the 1995 team started the year 24-3.
- The Spartans kicked off their 2010 season by claiming the Spartan Classic title in Norfolk, Va. On Friday, UNCG swept Navy, 3-0, to begin the tournament before defeating Kent State, 3-1. UNCG came back on Saturday and beat host Norfolk State in five sets and then dismantled Providence, 3-1.
- In addition to winning the Spartan Classic, sophomore Olivia Humphries and junior Ariel Newman earned all-tournament honors. Humphries won the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award, as well.
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