Notre Dame Volleyball Breaks for Summer
Lee, Boylan to train with USA volleyball.
June 16, 1998
SEASON ENDS WITH REGIONAL LOSS AT #4 WISCONSIN
NOTRE DAME, Ind.--The 1997 Notre Dame volleyball team (25-9) concluded its season with a 15-9, 12-15, 16-18, 11-15 loss at #4 Wisconsin in the NCAA regional round and a final ranking of #18 in the AVCA coaches poll ... the Irish have advanced to the regional ("sweet 16") round four times in the last five years ... Notre Dame won the BIG EAST Tournament to claim the program's sixth straight NCAA bid and seventh in the 10 years ... senior hitter Jaimie Lee posted a career-high 31 kills vs. Wisconsin, setting an Irish record for a four-game match and giving her 131 kills in her final six matches (6.24/gm) ... the team's other captain, senior hitter Angie Harris, had 10-plus kills in 28 matches during the '97 season, including 20 of the last 21 ... Harris (1,577) and Lee (1,446) combined for 3,023 kills in their career.
NCAA NOTES: The Irish have encountered three season rematches in the NCAAs, beating Penn State in '88 and Nebraska in '93 before losing at Wisconsin in '97 ... Jaimie Lee was two wins away from playing in the NCAA Championship in her hometown of Spokane, Wash. ... all of Notre Dame's nine losses came vs. ranked opponents who advanced to the regionals ... Notre Dameis first 10 roadtrips covered 18,300 miles and 42 flights ... the Wisconsin match was Notre Dameis 16th away from home in its final 19 ... three Notre Dame teams competed at Wisconsin during the week of Dec. 8-13 (women's basketball lost 89-77, hockey won 4-2) ... Notre Dame is 8-3 in two-point NCAA games (six straight before the 16-18 3rd game at Wisconsin) ... the NCAAs expanded from 48 to 56 teams in '97 while introducing sub-regionals ... Notre Dame has defeated six ranked teams on their home courts in the Debbie Brown era, including the 3-1 upset at #18 Arkansas in the '97 NCAAs ... the Wisconsin match provided Notre Dame its fifth different Big Ten Conference opponent in seven years of NCAA Tournament play ... Notre Dame played 13 regular-season matches (5-8) vs. teams in the '97 NCAAs, including two wins vs. Villanova ... Notre Dame's 18-match non-conference schedule included 11 teams that qualified for the '97 NCAAs and four others who received votes in the AVCA poll ... since 1980, the Notre Dame volleyball program has played in 31 different states, plus Washington D.C. and Germany (29 in the Brown era).
LEE, BOYLAN INVITED TO USA TRAINING: Notre Dame graduate Jaimie Lee and sophomore-to-be setter Denise Boylan are among 40 players who have been invited to train with the USA Volleyball program during the summer of '98 in Colorado Springs, Colo. ... the invitees will be divided into an A1 and A2 team, with those rosters yet to be announced ... the A2 team will train exclusively in Colorado Springs while the A1 team will take part in two foreign competitions: a five-event tour in Japan (July 12-21) and the World Grand Prix, to be held Aug. 17-Sept. 14 in various cities in Asia ... Lee captained the USA World University Games team to a silver-medal finish in Catania, Sicily, during the summer of '97 ... Lee and Boylan will join the national program immediately following the June 27 wedding of teammate Angie Harris, who will be marrying former Notre Dame football offensive lineman Jeremy Akers ... Notre Dame's other two seniors have begun their postgraduate careers: senior setter Carey May is working in San Francisco with the Coopers and Lybrand accounting firm while Molly McCarthy is serving in an associate role at Visitation High School in Washington, D.C., where she is assisting in the classroom and with the volleyball team.
LEFFERS SUFFERS ACL INJURY: Notre Dame all-district middle blocker Mary Leffers suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury to her right knee in the scrimmage at Purdue on April 4 ... Leffersowho also played with the Irish womenis basketball team during her sophomore season (1997-98)ounderwent surgery in her hometown of Tampa in mid-April and will be sidelined indefinitely ... the Irish are set to return 11 of 15 players from '97 ... those returners accounted for 83% of the assists and 79% of the blocks but the Irish will return just 50% of their kills, 54% of the digs and 55% of the aces, primarily due to the graduation of Angie Harris (492 K, 323 D, 59 SA) and Jaimie Lee (482 K, 303 D, 22 SA) ... the absence of Leffers (327 K, 144 B, 21 SA) would leave the Irish with just 33% of their kills, 53% of the blocks and 44% of the aces from '97 ... senior-to-be Lindsay Treadwell played primarily MB during her first three seasons but could see some time at opposite (right side) in i98 while sophomore-to-be Christi Girton, the starting opposite for most of i97, is slated to open '98 on the left ... the other returning starter is sophomore-to-be setter Denise Boylan ... the other returning players are: senior DS Audra Duda, junior OPP Emily Schiebout, junior OH Mandi Powell, junior S Lauren Stettin, sophomore front-line player Jo Jameyson, sophomore OH Adrienne Shimmel and sophomore MB Katie Ward.
DEBBIE BROWN ON THE SPRING: "The players had the chance for more match experience and showed improvement. Our big emphasis was on blocking and the team made some important strides. We anticipate using Christi Girton on the left side--I think she will do a great job there and build on her strong freshman season. We have been using Jo Jameyson at all three front-row spots and she will be very valuable due to that versatility. Katie Ward continues to improve and Lindsay Treadwell likely will stay in the middle for her senior season--she'll be a strong leader for this team. Denise Boylan did a very good job this spring at setter and will be backed up by Lauren Stettin. We are hoping to see healthy junior seasons from Emily Schiebout and Mandi Powell while Audra Duda will join Lindsay as our senior leaders. Adrienne Shimmel also could take on a bigger role after playing great backrow as a freshman. We have two incoming playerso6-0 outside hitter Marcie Bomhack and 6-1 middle blocker Malinda Goralskiowho were named to the Volleyball magazine Fab-50 recruit list while our other incoming player, 6-1 rightside hitter Kristy Kreher, also should make a big impact."
NOTRE DAME TRIES RALLY FORMAT: The Notre Dame and Michigan women's volleyball teams played under the newly-proposed rally scoring format, in a spring scrimmage on April 15 ... the NCAA is looking into the radical change in the sport's scoring system, whereby a point would be awardedofor either teamofollowing every serve ... the existing scoring system awards points only to the serving team, with rally scoring implemented in the decisive fifth game ... three rally-scoring formats were tested throughout the nation last spring and the NCAA is using recommendations from the member schools to arrive at a final format ... at present, the NCAA is not planning to mandate the scoring change for the 1998 season or during the '98 NCAAs, although the changes are expected to take full effect beginning with the 1999 season ... Notre Dame's spring schedule also included home matches vs. Florida, Purdue, Indiana and Michigan State while the Irish also took on Ball State and Evansville at the recent Purdue spring tournament.
BROWN ON RALLY SCORING: "The new system will have its good and bad points. There will be some radical changes, so it is a good idea to test the different options and discuss pros and cons. The primary benefits are that it will make the time frame more predictable and the game will be more exciting. It's a departure from traditional defensive strategy where you earned the side out and then served for points but the NCAA realized it was time for a change. Rally scoring also will be more attractive for television, which can only help the growth of the sport."
1997 Award Winners
Jaimie Lee (Sr., OH, 5-11)
Angie Harris (Sr., OH, 6-0)
Mary Leffers (So., MB, 6-4)
Denise Boylan (Fr., S, 6-1)
Christi Girton (Fr., OPP, 6-3)
Lindsay Treadwell (Jr., MB, 5-11)
Emily Schiebout (So., OPP, 6-1)
Carey May (Sr., S, 5-9)
Molly McCarthy (Sr., MB/DS, 5-11)
IRISH SIGN THREE: Notre Dame signed three high school seniors to national letters of intent for '98: 6-0 OH Marcie Bomhack (Waukesha, Wisc.), 6-1 MB Malinda Goralski (Missouri City, Texas) and 6-1 OPP Kristy Kreher (Birmingham, Mich.) ... each of the signees attended the Notre Dame volleyball camp and each made an early verbal commitment ... the trio made their official visits while Notre Dame was playing host to the Tournament of Champions (Sept. 19-20) ... Bomhack was named to the Volleyball magazine All-America honorable mention team while Bomhack and Goralski were named to the Volleyball magazine "Fab-50" team, giving the Irish seven former Fab-50 players on the '98 roster ... the '98 roster will include players from eight states: Illinois (3), Texas (3), California (2), Indiana (2), Florida, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
DEBBIE BROWN ON THE CLASS: "This is an excellent and balanced class. They come from strong programs and will be a great fit. ... Marcie's strength is as a hitteroshe has a great armowhile Malinda is an excellent blocker whose 10'3'' jump reach will be the best on the teamoshe just loves to block, which is a great trait to have. Kristy provides a lot of versatility and is a natural opposite because she is lefthanded. But she also has experience hitting on the left and even has done some setting. Christy is the strongest passer among the incoming players, which will be an area of focus for us next season. ... Each of the incoming players will be a very strong candidate at her respective position and yet we are losing two starting leftside hitters, so there probably will be some shifting in positions with some of the veterans. We have a couple of versatile returners, in Treadwell and Girton, and that gives us the luxury of moving some players around as needed.i
BOMHACK: Made a verbal commitment at the end of her official visit in mid-September ... named to the Volleyball magazine Fab-50 team and its honorable mention All-America squad, as one of 24 players to receive All-America recognition ... led Catholic Memorial High School to '97 state title, posting 11 kills and 11 digs in the 2-0 semi-final win over Milwaukee-Pius and 12 kills, three blocks and an ace in the 15-12, 15-9 title win over Divine Savior Holy Angels ... finalist for state player of the year ... her '97 season totals: 398 kills (4.16/gm), 92 blocks (0.96/gm) and 39 aces (0.41/gm) ... set school records for career kills (1,301) and blocks (255) ... set school record for kills in a season as a junior (457), when she led team to state runner-up finish ... four times all-state ... played club volleyball for the Milwaukee Sting, earning 1st team All-America honors in '96 after helping the Sting reach the national semi-finals ... will return to her home state next season when Notre Dame plays in the University of Wisconsin Invitational (Sept. 11-12) ... a member of the National Honor Society ... intends to pursue studies in medicine ... daughter of David and Ellen Bomhack ... full name is Marcie Rae Bomhack. Brown: "The first thing that stands out about Marcie is her hitting skills. She also is a very good blocker and has experience playing every position in the front row. She will bring a lot to us in terms of net play and overall competitiveness." Bomhack: "I have loved Notre Dame every time I have visited. It's such a beautiful campus, the people are so nice and the academics are strong. I also really respect the coaches--both as coaches and as people. The players were very welcoming and I got along with them from the start. I stayed with Adrienne Shimmel and she was very helpful, answering any questions that I had. ... It was very exciting to watch Notre Dame play at Wisconsin last year in the NCAAs. I was so proud of themothey played a great match.i
GORALSKI: Committed verbally after attending '97 camp ... captained Clements High School to '97 regional title, earning team MVP and all-state before being named to all-state tournament team ... senior-year stats: 3.39 blocks/gm, .440 hitting pct., just three service errors in 39 matches ... her most noteworthy prep matches included a 19-block effort vs. Clear Lake High School and a triple double (20 kills, 11 blocks, 10 digs) against Austin High School ... also has played with Club Texas ... also was a center on the basketball team at Clements High School ... each of the nine seniors on the Clements volleyball team signed Division I national letters of intent ... scheduled to face her former prep teammate Cory Hayes next season, when Notre Dame faces Colorado ... member of the National Honor Society ... plans to major in accounting ... daughter of David and Nancy Goralski ... full name is Malinda Kay Goralski. Brown: "Malinda is a good natural blocker who has very large hands and jumps well. She does a great penetrating through the net, moves well laterally and just loves to block. That's something you have to have if you are going to be a great blocker.i Goralski: "I'm excited to be going off on an adventure. It's far away from home but I have grandparents and aunts and uncles in the South Bend area, so I'll be fine. I really enjoyed going to the Notre Dame volleyball camp. When I came on my visit, I wanted to meet all the players and make sure that I fit in. I had a lot of fun while I was there and everything clicked. I'm going to be working hard all summer and when I get to school so that I can step in and help the team. We will have a lot of talent, so it should be a good year.i
KREHER: Made verbal commitment Feb. 1 ... two-time team captain ... earned all-state honors for Marian High School team that lost to Temperance-Bedford in the state semifinals in the spring of '98 ... Marian's career record-holder for kills, she surpassed 400 kills as a sophomore and junior before totaling a school-record 627 kills on .550 hitting, plus 230 blocks, this season ... led Kalamazoo-based USA Michigan club team to second place in state and first place at the recent East Coast Championship (held at Penn State) ... named Marian's MVP as a junior, after collecting her second straight all-state recognition ... served as captain for USA Michigan team placed 2nd at the AAU under-16 state tournament ... also earned MVP honors with USA Michigan under-18 squad ... has helped Marian claim four regional titles and two conference titles ... her family and friends will have a chance to cheer her on, when Notre Dame plays at Michigan State's tournament (Sept. 18-19) ... member of the National Honor Society ... intends to major in business ... her father Peter Kreher played baseball at the University of Detroit ... daughter of Peter and Julia Kreher ... full name is Kristine Louise Kreher. Brown: "We are very excited with the versatility that Christy will provide. She is a classic rightside hitter but can go on the left if we need her to. But she has a great lefthanded swing and plays well in the backrow. She'll be an important player for our program.i Kreher: "I've been to several football games and always wanted to go to Notre Dame. I stayed with Denise Boylan on my visit and loved the whole weekend. I got a great feeling from the players and the campus and the coaches are wonderful people who are very easy to talk to. ... I hope to contribute however I can and am very excitedoI think we're going to have a great team."
SEASON ENDS AT WISCONSIN IN EXCITING NCAA REGIONAL: Notre Dame went down fighting in the NCAAs, falling at #4 Wisconsin 15-9, 12-15, 16-18, 11-15 ... the match lasted 2:30 while being enjoyed by a raucous crowd of 5,956 at the Wisconsin Field House ... Jaimie Lee led the Irish with a career-best 31 killsobesting her own Irish record for a four-game matchoon .338 hitting ... Angie Harris chipped in 17 kills (.161) and a match-high 23 digs while Lindsay Treadwell had 14 kills, .313 hitting and a career-best 22 digs ... Mary Leffers had 10 kills (.200) and 5 blocks while Christi Girton chipped in 7 kills (.032) ... Denise Boylan had 15 digs and a team-best 4 aces ... Wisconsin (30-2) extended its winning streak to 18 while advancing to the regional final vs. #6 Florida, which made quick work of #11 Washington State (15-10, 15-6, 15-8) ... Heather Dodaro led UW with 23 kills, .353 hitting and 17 digs while Amy Lee had 18 kills (.244), 13 digs and 8 block assists, Kelly Kennedy had 17 kills, .389 hitting, 14 digs and 7 blocks and Marisa Mackey had 14 kills (.353) and 16 digs ... UW's Colleen Neels had 16 digs and 6 aces while Alyson Ross came up with most of her 9 kills at clutch times (-.029) ... the Badgers outhit the Irish (.251-.213) and held a 14-10 blocking edge .. Notre Dame held an 11-7 ace advantage but also made 13 serve errors (to UW's 11) ... Notre Dame led 12-9 in the 2nd game before Wisconsin scored the next six points to notch the match (1-1) ... the Irish then led 14-11 in the marathon 52-minute 3rd game and served five times for the game (as did Wisconsin) before Ross came through with the clinching kills ... the Irish answered with the first two points in game 4 but fell behind 8-2 before battling back to 11-9 ... UW stretched to 14-9 and converted its fourth match point ... Lee's 31 kills are tied for 2nd all-time at Notre Dame and bested her Irish record for kills in a 4-game match (29), set vs. Villanova in the '97 BIG EAST title match.
SENIORS HONORED: Notre Dame senior co-captains Angie Harris and Jaimie Lee shared the volleyball '97 team MVP award, as announced at the annual All Sports Banquet ... senior setter Carey May, a finance major with a 3.583 cumulative GPA, was presented with the team's Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award ... Lee also was one of five Notre Dame student-athletes to receive the prestigious Byron Kanaley Award, which recognizes students who have proven to be exemplary as students and leaders ... the team's fourth senior, Molly McCarthy, was one of two Irish student-athletes to receive the annual Francis Patrick O'Connor Award, which recognizes student-athletes who best exemplify the spirit of Notre Dame.
1997 Results August 29 flLOUISVILLE W, 3-1 30 flORAL ROBERTS W, 3-2 30 fl#18 WISCONSIN L, 1-3 September 5 Pvs. Gonzaga W, 3-0 6 Pvs. Utah W, 3-0 6 Pvs. #6 Washington St. L, 0-3 8 #2 FLORIDA L, 1-3 12 d vs. Georgia W, 3-1 13 d at #22 Colorado L, 0-3 19 rNEW MEXICO W, 3-0 20 r#16 TEXAS A&M L, 0-3 23 MARQUETTE W, 3-0 OCTOBER 3 PST. JOHN'S W, 3-0 5 PCONNECTICUT W, 3-0 7 ILLINOIS STATE W, 3-2 11 Pat Boston College W, 3-1 12 Pat Providence W, 3-0 17 NORTH CAROLINA W, 3-0 21 at #9 Texas L, 1-3 22 at Houston W, 3-2 25 Pat Syracuse W, 3-0 31 Pat Villanova W, 3-0 NOVEMBER 2 Pat Georgetown W, 3-0 7 PWEST VIRGINIA W, 3-0 9 PPITTSBURGH W, 3-1 15 Pat Rutgers W, 3-0 16 Pat Seton Hall W, 3-0 BIG EAST Championship (at Seton Hall University) 22 vs. #5 seed Pittsburgh W, 3-0 23 vs. #2 seed Villanova W, 3-1
Others : UCLA (120), Oral Roberts (66), Michigan (28), Michigan State (17), Minnesota (10), South Florida (8), Clemson (7), Northern Illinois (6), Sacramento State (5), South Carolina (4), Oklahoma (3), Texas Tech (3), Utah (1).
Italics = team on '97 Notre Dame schedule
NOTRE DAME STARTERS - CAREER NCAA TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
ANGIE HARRIS K-E-ATT PCT AST SA SE RE DIG BS/BA BE/BHE Pittsburgh (2nd rd, 12/4/94) 11-11-42 .250 0 2 2 1 18 2/1 0/0 Penn State (reg. semi, 12/9/94) 4-5-17 -.059 0 0 0 0 10 0/0 0/0 Iowa State (2nd rd, 12/2/95) 19-2-28 .607 0 4 3 2 19 1/2 1/1 Oral Roberts (reg. semi, 12/8/95) 10-7-35 .086 1 1 3 0 6 0/1 2/0 Liberty (1st rd, 12/5/97) 17-4-35 .371 0 2 3 0 9 0/2 2/0 Arkansas (2nd rd, 12/6/97) 19-11-53 .151 0 4 4 4 19 1/2 0/0 Wisconsin (reg. semi, 12/13/97) 17-8-56 .161 1 2 5 4 23 0/2 0/0 TOTALS (24 GP, 4.04 kpg) 97-48-266 .173 2 15 20 11 104 4/10 5/1
IRISH RELEASE '98 SCHEDULE: The Notre Dame volleyball team has announced schedule for 1998, highlighted by home matches vs. perennial powers Colorado and Oral Roberts, a road match vs. 1997 NCAA semfinalist Florida and participation in tournaments at the University of Wisconsin and Michigan State ... the schedule also includes matches against regional rivals Valparaiso, Illinois State and Indiana, road tests at Duke and North Carolina and home BIG EAST Conference matches vs. Syracuse and '97 NCAA Tournament entrant Villanova ... full schedule included at end of this release.
LEE NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA, HONORED WITH KANALEY AWARD: Senior OH Jaimie Lee was named to the GTE Academic All-America 2nd team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America ... Lee, who graduated with a 3.434 cumulative GPA as a sociology major, was one of six players named to the 2nd team while six players also were named to the 1st and 3rd team ... Lee is the Notre Dame volleyball program's second Academic All-American, following in the footsteps of middle blocker Jessica Fiebelkorn ('92)... Lee posted a GPA of 3.0-plus in each of her eight semesters at Notre Dame, including four Dean's List semesters (3.4-plus) ... she was one of five Notre Dame student-athletes to receive the prestigious Kanaley Award, which recognizes exemplary achievement as an athlete and leaders ... Lee also received a BIG EAST Conference/Target Postgraduate scholarship, in addition to being nominated for the NCAA and NACDA postgraduate scholar programs and the prestigious NCAA Top VIII Award.
BROWN REACHES 300 WINS, TABBED AS DISTRICT COACH OF THE YEAR: Seventh-year Notre Dame head coach Debbie Brown was named the District I coach of the year, as selected by members of the American Volleyball Coaches Association ... Brown has been named district/regional coach of the year three times in the past six seasons, earning Mideast Region coach of the year honors in '92 and '93 (the AVCA switched its award terminology in '95) ... she has been named conference coach of the year in six of the last 10 seasons ... Brown is 190-58 (.766) in seven seasons as head coach at Notre Dame and 307-141 (.685) in 13 seasons as a Division I head coach ... Brown's 300th career win came Nov. 7, 1997 at home vs. West Virginia (3-0) ... Brown has been named conference coach of the year in five of her first seven seasons at Notre Dame and has led 11 of her 13 Division I teams to the NCAA Tournament ... six of her seven Irish teams have won 25-plus matches ... during the Brown era, Notre Dame has suffered just a handful of upset losses, going 164-18 (.901) vs. unranked teams, including 113-6 (.950) the past five seasons and 61-3 (.953) the past three years.
FOUR IRISH PLAYERS NAMED ALL-DISTRICT: Four Notre Dame players were named to the 12-player AVCA All-District I team ... senior OH Jaimie Lee (Spokane, Wash.) was one of six players in the nation to receive All-District honors for the third time in her career ... joining Lee on the All-District team were Irish senior OH and team co-captain Angie Harris, sophomore MB Mary Leffers and freshman S Denise Boylan ... Lee, Harris and Leffers also were 1st team All-BIG EAST while Boylan made the 2nd team ... Harris, who bounced back from an injury-plagued '96 season, also received all-district honors in '95 ... Lee is the 4th Notre Dame player to receive three all-district/all-region awards ... prior to '95, the AVCA named six players each to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd team all-region squads (with only four regions, as opposed to the current eight districts) ... Christy Peters was a 2nd team all-Mideast region selection in '92 and 1st team all-region in '93 and '94 while Janelle Karlan was 2nd team all-region from 1991-93 ... Jenny Birkner earned 3rd team honors in '94 and all-district recognition in '95 and '96 ... Notre Dame joined Penn State and Arkansas as the only teams with four all-district selections, matching the most ever for the Notre Dame program (Lee, Harris, Birkner and Carey May were all-district in '95).
DYNAMIC DUOS: Only seven of the 56 programs in the '97 NCAA Tournament ever have featured a pair of four-year classmates who both have totaled 1,400-plus career kills (since '81), with that group including three 1997 tandems: Notre Dame's Angie Harris (1,577) and Jaimie Lee (1,446), Oklahoma's Patrice Arrington (1,957) and Melissa Peterson (1,798) and San Diego's LaManda Mounts (1,503) and Sara Gunsaulus (1,444) ... of the 14 schools that have made 10-plus NCAA appearances, only BYU (Dylann Duncan 2,188, Jill Sanders-Plumb 1,796 from '85-'88), USC (Louise Norfleet 1,636, Megan McCallister 1,472 from '87-'90) and Hawaii (Suzanne Eagye, Reydan Ahuna 1,411 from '84-'87) have featured a pair of classmates with 1,400-plus kills.
1997 SEASON HIGHS
* n Ranks 2nd in ND record book n set ND record for 4-game match # n tied ND record for 5-game match
FINISHING STRONG: During the final 12-3 run, Notre Dame owned a commanding .291-.196 hitting edge, led by Jaimie Lee (.347, in 4.65 kills/gm) ... other top hitters in the last 15 matches: Lindsay Treadwell (.328, 2.16), Mary Leffers (.302, 2.96), Christi Girton (.251, 2.08) and Angie Harris (.266, 4.10) ... Notre Dame allowed just 60 aces (1.15/gm) and 123 blocks (2.38/gm) in the final 15 matches.
CONFERENCE CALL: Notre Dame has won 76 straight matches against conference opponents--the longest active streak in the nation--beginning with the first conference match of the Debbie Brown era: a 3-0 win at Butler on Oct. 18, 1991 ... the streak includes the final 37 matches in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (10 in the MCC Tournament) and the first 39 in the BIG EAST (six in the BIG EAST Tournament) ... the Nov. 16, 1997 win at Seton Hall moved the Irish past Texas (73, 1984-91) into 3rd on the all-time Division I volleyball conference win streak list (NCAA and AIAW) behind Western Michigan (98, 1982-89) and Arkansas State (97, 1976-81) ... the streak has included 61 three-game wins (10 postseason), 13 four-game wins (five postseason) and just two five-game matches: vs. Loyola at the '91 MCC Championship match, held at Butler (15-10, 7-15, 15-1, 14-16, 15-10) and at home vs. Villanova on Oct. 6, 1996 (13-15, 9-15, 15-9, 15-12, 15-12) ... 32 of Notre Dame's 39 BIG EAST wins have been 3-0, with the Irish beating Pittsburgh 3-1 four times, Villanova 3-1 in the '97 BIG EAST title match and Boston College 3-1 early in '97 ... Central Florida owns the 2nd-longest active conference win streak (63).
LEE ROLLS IN THE AWARDS: Senior hitter Jaimie Lee--who captained the U.S. to a silver-medal finish at the 1997 World University Games--repeated as BIG EAST player of the year (on Nov. 21) before earning BIG EAST Tournament MVP honors two days later ... on Nov. 24, she was one of six players named to the GTE District V All-Academic team, capping an award-packed four-day stretch for the Spokane, Wash. native (she went on to earn second team Academic All-America honors on Dec. 10) ... Lee's other honors included Volleyball magazine honorable mention All-America, the BIG EAST/Target postgraduate scholarship award, the prestigious Notre Dame Byron Kanaley Award and sharing team MVP honors with classmate Angie Harris ... Lee, a unanimous selection for player of the year, led the BIG EAST with a .451 hitting pct. in conference play while ranking 6th with 4.33 kills/gm ... for the '97 season, she ranked 4th among BIG EAST players with .304 hitting while averaging 4.55 kills (2nd BIG EAST) and a team-best 2.86 digs/gm ... in 10 matches vs. nationally-ranked teams, Lee has averaged 5.03 kills/gm, highlighted by 20 kills vs. then-#2 Florida, 25 vs. #5 UCSB, 19 in the NCAAs vs. #18 Arkansas and a career-best 31 in the NCAAs vs. #4 Wisconsin ... Lee--who played middle as a freshman and served as a fill-in setter for the first half of '96--is the only player in the Notre Dame career top 10 for kills (4th; 1,446), digs (5th; 1,142), hitting (5th; .278), assists (9th; 740), aces (9th; 103) and blocks (10th; 283) ... Lee is the fifth of six Notre Dame players ever to total 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs ... she appeared in 97.8% (136 of 139) of Notre Dame's matches in her career, 3rd best in Irish volleyball history ... she played in 451 of 482 career games (.936), ranking behind only '97 grad Jenny Birkner (.965) in Irish history ... she finished 5th on the Irish career games played list (451), 6th in matches played (136) ... Lee's 68 career double-digit kill matches tied for 3rd in Irish history ... she also ranks 4th all-time at Notre Dame with 14 career 20-plus kill matches and 34 career double-double matches (10-plus kills, 10-plus digs) ... Lee ranks 4th in career kill avg. (3.21/gm) and 9th in career dig avg. (2.53/gm) at Notre Dame ... her 1997 season totals hold down the following spots in the Irish record book: 2nd in kill avg. (4.55/gm), 3rd in 20-plus kill matches (6), 4th in kills (481), 5th in double-digit kill matches (26) and 6th in hitting pct. (.304).
SENIOR SALUTE: Notre Dame's class of '98--hitters Jaimie Lee and Angie Harris, setter Carey May and middle Molly McCarthy--helped the Irish compile a four-year record of 107-32 for a .770 winning pct. that ranks 4th among all-time Irish classes ... the senior class helped Notre Dame advance to the NCAAs during each of the past four seasons, including a trip to the regional round in '94, '95 and '97 ... the Irish have gone 52-0 vs. conference opponents in the last four seasons, winning 156 of 164 conference games during that time ... each member of the senior class posted at least one Dean's List semester and the foursome combined for 13 Dean's List semesters and a 3.16 average GPA ... the 1997 trip to the NCAA Regionals in Madison, Wis. represented the 22nd different state--plus Washington, D.C. and Germany--that the Notre Dame volleyball team visited during the seniors' career, with those trips including visits to Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Nebraska, Texas and several cities in northern and southern California.
HARRIS-LEE MAKE CASE AS BEST CLASSMATE COMBO: Notre Dame senior hitters and team co-captains Angie Harris and Jaimie Lee--who shared 1997 team MVP honors--established themselves as one of the top classmate duos in Irish volleyball history ... in '95, Harris (3.27) and Lee (3.91) became the only Irish teammates ever to average 3.9 kills-plus/gm in the same season and in '97 the duo did even better (Lee is at 4.55, Harris 4.21) ... Harris (1,577) and Lee (1,446) rank 2nd and 4th on the Irish career kills list and their 3,023 combined kills rank 1st all-time among Irish classmates, passing the previous record held by '89 graduates Zanette Bennett (1,471) and Maureen Shea (1,193), who totaled 2,664 ... Harris and Lee rank 1st all-time among Notre Dame classmates with a 7.18 career kill average (Harris 3.97, Lee 3.21), 156 double-digit kill matches (Harris 88, Lee 68), 30 matches with 20-plus kills (Harris 16, Lee 14) and 342 service aces (Harris 239, Lee 103) ... Harris and Lee joined Jessica Fiebelkorn and Alicia Turner ('89-'92) as the second pair of Irish classmates in the 1,000 kills/1,000 digs club ... finally, Lee (.936) and Harris (.824) own a combined career-games-played percentage of .880 that bests the previous Irish record of Shea (.918) and Bennett (.833), who appeared in a combined 87.6 percent of Notre Dame's games during their careers.
CAREER RECORD BOOK UPDATE
FINAL CHECKUP: Several Irish players turned in noteworthy '97 seasons ... Jaimie Lee (4.55 kills/gm) and Angie Harris (4.21 kpg) posted the 2nd and 5th-best kill averages in Irish history and became the first Notre Dame teammates to average four-plus kpg ... Harris finished as Notre Dame's leader for career kill avg. (3.97) while Lee ranks 4th (3.21) ... Mary Leffers posted a .311 season hitting pct. that ranks 5th in Irish history (2nd-best since '91) ... Denise Boylan's assist avg. of 12.39/gm ranks 3rd in Irish history ... Harris' season ace avg. (0.50/gm) stands 4th all-time at Notre Dame (she owns the top three) ... Lee averaged 2.86 digs/gm for a combined kill/dig avg. of 7.41/gm that ranks 3rd in Irish history .... Notre Dame bested the offensive records set by the '95 team, averaging 16.57 kills/gm while owning a .274 team hitting pct. that ranked 13th in the nation (the '95 team averaged 16.32 kpg and hit .271) ... the Irish passers allowed just 1.25 opponent aces/gm, which ranks 3rd-best in team history.
PLAYING THE BEST: Notre Dame hit just .182 in 10 matches in '97 vs. ranked teams but Mary Leffers hit .217 in those matches while averaging 1.46 blocks/gm (above her season average of 1.26) ... Leffers' noteworthy matches vs. ranked teams included 9 kills on .308 hitting vs. Florida, 14 kills at Texas, a career-best 21 kills on .444 hitting vs. UCSB and 15 kills at Arkansas ... Jaimie Lee averaged 5.03 kills/gm vs. ranked teams in '97, including 20 vs. Florida (.375), 17 vs. Colorado, 25 vs. UCSB, 19 vs. Arkansas and a career-best 31 vs. Wisconsin (.338) ... Lindsay Treadwell fared much better vs. non-conference opponents in '97 than in the BIG EAST regular season, as she hit .314 with 2.41 kills/gm in 21 matches vs. non-conference teams while hitting just .221 with 1.84 kills/gm in the 11 BIG EAST regular season matches ... Treadwell hit a team-best .290 in 10 matches vs. ranked opponents in '97, including .368 vs. Washington State (9 kills), .318 at Texas (11 kills), .429 vs. UCSB (11 kills), .321 at Arkansas (13 kills) and .313 at Wisconsin (14 kills) ... she had 32 blocks in the final six matches (1.46/gm).
BOYLAN, GIRTON AMONG BIG EAST'S TOP FRESHMEN: Despite having five returning starters and eight returning letterwinners from its 1996 team, Notre Dame saw several freshmen play important roles in '97 ... setter Denise Boylan was named 2nd team all-BIG EAST and joined opposite Christi Girton on the conference all-rookie team ... freshman outside hitter Adrienne Shimmel appeared in 90 of 119 games as a backrow player while surging middle/opposite Jo Jameyson played in the final nine matches (21 total) ... Boylan--the first freshman to open the season as Notre Dame's setter since '88--helped the Irish surge to a BIG EAST-leading .274 season hitting pct., which bested the team record of .271 set in '95 and ranked 13th in the nation ... Boylan led the BIG EAST in overall matches with 12.39 assists/gm, which ranks 3rd in Irish history ... she ranked 4th on the squad with 207 digs (1.90/gm) and 2nd with 27 aces ... Boylan averaged an impressive 59 assists per ballhandling error (1,350/23) ... Boylan surpassed the Irish record for assists by a freshman, set by another Chicago-area native, Julie Bremner (Wheaton) in 1988 (1,340) ... Boylan's season assist average (12.39) is best-ever by an Irish freshman ... Girton's .401 hitting in conference matches ranked 3rd among BIG EAST players, behind teammates Jaimie Lee and Mary Leffers ... Girton also averaged 2.61 kills/gm and totaled 31 blocks (one behind Leffers' team-high 32) in conference matches.
ON A ROLL: Notre Dame won 19 of its final 23 matches and 12 of its final 15, with the final four losses coming versus teams that advanced to the NCAA regionals: then-#9 Texas, #5 UC Santa Barbara, #1 Long Beach State and #4 Wisconsin ... the 10-match winning streak (Oct. 22-Nov. 23) ranks 4th in Irish history and is the longest by an Irish squad since the 1994 team won 12 straight.
BIG EAST BESTS: Notre Dame's 11-0 finish in the BIG EAST included three players who finished atop the BIG EAST hitting charts for conference games: Jaimie Lee (.451), Mary Leffers (.410) and Christi Girton (.401) while Angie Harris finished 6th (.362) ... Lee's 4.33 kills/gm in conference action ranked 6th while Harris posted the 2nd-best ace avg. (0.56/gm) ... Notre Dame's conference-leading .363 hitting pct. was nearly 120 points ahead of 2nd-place Seton Hall (.246) ... the Irish also led the BIG EAST with 16.69 kills/gm while ranking 3rd in aces (1.80/gm) ... for the overall season, Irish players ranked among the BIG EAST leaders in kills (Lee 2nd at 4.55/gm, Harris 4th at 4.21), aces (Harris 2nd, 0.50/gm), blocks (Leffers 3rd, 1.26/gm) and assists (Denise Boylan 1st, 12.39/gm) ... Leffers ranked 3rd in overall hitting (.311), Lee was 4th at .304 and Lindsay Treadwell 5th at .300 ... Notre Dame led the BIG EAST in overall hitting (.274) and kill avg. (16.57/gm).
SOLID IN THE MIDDLE: Notre Dame's starting middle blockers--junior Lindsay Treadwell (Austin ,Texas) and sophomore Mary Leffers (Tampa, Fla.)--have established themselves as two of the top hitting leaders in Notre Dame volleyball history ... Leffers posted a .311 season hitting pct. that ranks 5th in Irish history and 2nd-best by an Irish player since 1991 ... Leffers' career hitting pct. of .293 ranks 2nd in Irish history, behind Treadwell's .298 ... Treadwell's season hitting in '97 rose to .300, after hitting .367 as a freshman (2nd in Irish history) and .253 as a sophomore .... Leffers, who improved her hitting 39 points after posting a .272 as a freshman, also ranks 2nd in Irish history for career block avg. (1.27/gm) and 8th for career kill avg. (2.68/gm).
FEARSOME FIVESOME: Notre Dame hit .318 in its final 19-4 run, with four players checking in with a hitting pct. of .294 or higher in that stretch-- Jaimie Lee (.346, 4.55 kills/gm), Mary Leffers (.330, 3.05), Lindsay Treadwell (.310, 2.27) and Angie Harris (.294, 4.24)--plus Christi Girton (.276, 2.24) ... the '97 Notre Dame volleyball team included some of the best hitting combinations in the program's history ... Lee (4.55 kills/gm) and Harris (4.21) became the first Irish teammates to average over four kills per game in the same season ... Leffers (2.87 kills/gm) gave the Irish the program's 2nd-best hitting threesome, behind the '87 trio of Zanette Bennett (4.03), Kathy Cunningham (3.43) and Maureen Shea (3.12) ... with Treadwell (2.25) and Girton (1.90) in the mix, the Irish had one the best groups of starting hitters in the program's history ... Girton entered the starting lineup vs. Texas A&M on Sept. 20 and the individual kill averages over the 24 matches with Girton as a starter broke down as follows: Lee (4.57 kpg), Harris (4.25), Leffers (3.04), Treadwell (2.18) and Girton (2.15) ... during the final 24 matches, Lee (.336), Leffers (.321), Treadwell (.296), Harris (.283) and Girton (.270) posted solid hitting numbers, with Girton hitting .435-plus in nine of those matches ... the team hit .296 since Girton entered the starting lineup while the Irish held the opposition to a combined .189 hitting during those 24 matches.
ACE IN THE HOLE: Angie Harris finished her career with seven service ace records (including 239 in her career, a career average of 0.602/gm and nine in a match) while her career kill avg. of 3.97/gm bested the Irish record of 3.82, set by '95 grad. Christy Peters ... Harris' 1,577 career kills rank 2nd behind Peters (1,683) while her 88 career double-digit kill matches bested Peters' record (80) ... Harris ranks 2nd to only Peters (19) with 16 career 20-plus kill matches and 3rd with 36 career double-double matches (kills/digs) ... her 2.63 career dig avg. ranks 7th while her 1,043 career digs rank 6th ... she joined classmate Jaimie Lee as the 6th Notre Dame player with 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs ... Harris ranks 10th at Notre Dame in career hitting pct. (.246) and games played (.824, 397/482) ... her 1997 season totals hold the following spots in the Irish record book: 3rd in kills (492), double-digit kill matches (28) and aces (59), 4th in ace avg. (0.50/gm), and 5th in pct. of games played (.983, 117/119), 20-plus kill matches (5) and kill avg. (4.21/gm).
SHE CAN FLY 10,000 MILES : Jaimie Lee was part of a Notre Dame team that travelled over 28,000 miles during the summer and fall of '96, highlighted by a July trip to Germany ... due mostly to her trip to Europe for the 1997 World University Games (in Sicily, Italy), Lee covered roughly 17,000 air miles from Aug. 4 --when she checked out of the Olympic Training Center and headed to Winnipeg for the Canada Cup--to Sept. 14, when Notre Dame returned from the Colorado Invitational ... with 11 Notre Dame '97 roadtrips, Lee travelled nearly 30,000 miles from Aug. 4-Dec. 13.
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