NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware volleyball team dominated the third and fourth sets over Elon Sunday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center, as four players posted double-doubles in the Blue Hens' four-set victory over the Phoenix.

The Blue Hens, who improved to 5-15 overall and 3-7 in the Colonial Athletic Association, won the match by set scores of 25-22, 16-25, 25-19, 25-17. Elon dropped to 14-11 overall and 3-7 in conference play.

Brooke Robertson, Maria Bellinger, Courtnie Roberts and Abby Skryd each posted double-doubles on the afternoon. Robertson enjoyed a tremendous day, as she led the Blue Hens with a career-high 22 kills and posting 10 digs for her third double-double of the season. Bellinger recorded a double-double by contributing 12 kills and 16 digs while Roberts earned her third double-double with 13 digs and 32 assists to go with a career-high five kills. Skryd posted 14 assists and 11 digs, marking her third double-double of the year.

Freshman Maddie Judge led the defensive effort with 21 digs, while Julia Hayes made three blocks against the Phoenix.

Kam Terry slammed 17 kills for Elon, while Sydney Busa finished with a match-high 22 digs.

The Blue Hens took the opening set by three points, but the Phoenix won the second set to tie the match. UD hit a five-point run in the third set to take the lead over Elon and led the rest of the match. Raven Luckett slammed a kill to win the match point in the fourth set.

HEAD COACH SARA MATTHEWS
"We've previously had some slow starts in the third set, and I challenged them at the break to be better today. They responded great. I'm so proud of Brooke and her performance. She was aggressive and is playing how we know she is capable of playing. We are looking forward to going on the road and have to continue to respond when challenged. I'm excited for this team win. I'm also so grateful for the staff and how hard they are working to prepare our team and the girls for continuing to trust the process."

HEN SCRATCHINGS
Roberts’ 32 assists tied her career-high, equaling the mark set on Elon’s home court earlier this season in a five-set match
Bellinger notched her sixth double-double of the season and the 12th of her career
Robertson’s 22 kills surpasses her career-high of 15, last made on Friday’s match against William & Mary. Her 22 kills are the sixth most by a Blue Hen this season
• Judge's 21 digs mark her seventh 20-dig match this season
• Delaware improved to 6-2 all-time vs. Elon


UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Delaware at *Northeastern – Friday, October 27 (7 p.m.)
Delaware at *Hofstra – Sunday, October 29 (1 p.m.)
Delaware vs. *UNCW – Thursday, November 2 (6:30 p.m.)

Article written by Summer Haran, UD Athletics Communications student intern

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