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    4619696.jpeg - A highly efficient and balanced offensive output by the Irish volleyball team helped produce a 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-17) win over visiting Lipscomb Friday night at Purcell Pavilion ... Notre Dame hit .549 as a squad, committing just two errors on 91 swings with 52 kills ... with the effort from above the net, Notre Dame set a program record for hitting pct. in a three-set match ... the previous best (.539) was set against Marquette in 1986.

    - Melissa Henderson put Notre Dame ahead off assists from Mandy Laddish and Courtney Barg in the 67th minute, but No. 2 Stanford rallied with two goals in the final 10 minutes, including Mariah Nogueira's match-winner with 2:23 left, to pull out a 2-1 women's soccer victory at the Stanford Invitational before a sellout crowd of 1,960 fans in Stanford, Calif. ... all three Fighting Irish losses this season have come away from home at the hands of top-10 opponents.

    - The men's soccer team jumped out to a 2-0 lead by the 31st minute, yet Denver netted two second-half goals en route to a 2-2 tie during the first day of the 10th annual Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament at a soggy Alumni Stadium ... Chris Sutton put Notre Dame on the board in the 21st minute as he took a pass from Harrison Shipp and blasted the ball into the lower right corner of the netting from 25 yards away ... it was Sutton's first career goal ... the Fighting Irish went up by two goals with just over 14 minutes left in the first half as Danny O'Leary headed in a Brendan King corner kick for the first goal of his career ... a heavy rain arrived at Alumni Stadium toward the end of the first half and the precipitation was on and off for the remainder of the contest ... Notre Dame led 2-0 at halftime.

    - A trio of men's tennis student-athletes received rankings in the annual preseason polls released Friday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association ... Casey Watt is ranked No. 28 in singles to open the 2011-12 season, while the doubles duo of Niall Fitzgerald and Spencer Talmadge are ranked No. 21.

    - Women's golf coach Susan Holt has announced that senior golfer Becca Huffer will serve as the team's captain for the 2011-12 season ... a three-time all-BIG EAST selection, Huffer is coming off her best season at Notre Dame as she turned in four top-10 finishes as a junior, including a career-best second-place finish at the John Kirk / Panther Intercollegiate last spring as she carded a five-under par 211 in leading the Irish to a tournament win ... for the season, Huffer's 74.97 stroke average was second on the team and the second lowest of her career.

    - Hockey fans will have an opportunity to purchase two different nine-game, half-season ticket packages or a four-game package for games over Christmas break at the new Compton Family Ice Arena ... those packages are now on sale at the Murnane Family Ticket Office at Purcell Pavilion, via und.com/tickets or by calling 574.631.7356 ... the nine-game packages - Blue and Gold Nights - are available in the mezzanine level only since the main bowl of the arena is already sold out with full season tickets.

    - The men's golf team is set to get its 2011 fall season underway this weekend when it heads to the Gopher Invitational on Sunday and Monday at Spring Hill Golf Club in Wayzata, Minn. ... the 14-team field represents the largest in the tournament's history with 10 collegiate conferences being represented ... Notre Dame earned its best finish at the event in 2007, tying for fourth with a three-round total of 893 (+29).

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