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Fall 2009 Sports Preview

by The Pendulum,

Terrell and Scott

The boys are back in town... Scott and Terrell

How the two Phoenix rising starts plan to rock the SoCon

Men's soccer players prepare to become the SoCon's 'hunted' team

After winning its first-ever Southern Conference championship last season with a perfect 7-0 run through the conference, the Elon men's soccer team has been tabbed to repeat this season. Being named a preseason favorite by the league's head coaches affirms something senior midfielder Justin Wyatt also asserts about the Phoenix: The team has a target on its back this season.

Young legs help anchor special teams

There's no question the Phoenix offense will receive a lot of attention. After a significant improvement from the 2007-2008 season, the defense is beginning to receive attention as well. But one part of the 2009 Elon football team that may be overshadowed is special teams.

Combination of new members and consistent starters will fuel team this football season

When Elon seniors David Harrison and Walker White took the field their freshman season, the Phoenix had an overall record of 5-6 and 2-5 in the Southern Conference.

Phoenix looks to be a top-4 team

The Elon women's soccer team starts the season with a big goal — to be in the top-4 in the Southern Conference so it can make it to the NCAA tournament this year. The top-4 teams in the conference advance to the tournament.

Neal's first recruiting class brings big numbers, high hopes

Head coach Chris Neal's first recruiting class is going to be one to remember — both for its size and potential. The Phoenix adds 13 freshmen to the 2009 roster. The freshmen class accounts for almost half of the 31-player roster this season.

New Cross Country Course Opens at Elon

The Elon men and women's cross country teams will be running at home this year for the first time on a "spectator-friendly" course that runs through South campus, starting and finishing on the Club Sports Fields.

Cross country teams anticipate multiple sucesses this season

With head coach Christine Engel returning for her second season with the Elon Phoenix, both the men's and women's cross country teams set the goals high for a successful year.

Setting up for success

Competitiveness has not always been a word heavily associated with Elon's volleyball team. But since the arrival of head coach Mary Tendler, Elon has been seriously competing within the Southern Conference.

'Super sophomores' take on responsibility

In 2008, the youth movement within Elon's volleyball program injected some energy and talent into a team that seems to show improvement every year. Although everyone on last year's team played a part in the improvement, a pair of freshmen, Caroline Lemke and Traci Stewart, made a huge impact with their ability and attitude.

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