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    June 18, 1997

    Irish Finish 22-12, after Five-Game Loss to Ohio State in NCAAs

    • Lee invited to compete for spot on U.S. World University Games team
    • Two-time Olympian Elaina Oden named new Irish assistant coach
    • 1997 home schedule to include match vs. Florida, two tournaments

    TEAM NOTES: The 1996 Notre Dame volleyball team (22-12) ended its season with a five-game loss to #12 Ohio State, in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament at the Joyce Center (15-8, 15-11, 11-15, 11-15, 8-15) ... the Irish made their fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth in the last nine years after capturing a second straight BIG EAST Tournament title ... Notre Dame beat Hofstra in the NCAA 1st round (15-2, 15-4, 15-2), the fewest points (8) allowed by the Irish all season ... the Irish are 26-0 vs. BIG EAST opponents (22 wins by 3-0) since joining the conference in '95, winning 78 of 83 games ... Notre Dame fell out of the AVCA national coaches poll on Nov. 12 (and remained out for the next three), marking the first time since the '92 preseason poll that the Irish were not ranked among the AVCA top 25 (ending a streak of 66 straight polls) ... after the win over Hofstra and narrow loss to OSU, the Irish ended the season ranked #25 in the AVCA poll, the fifth straight season and sixth in the last seven that Notre Dame has been in the final top 25 ... 10 of Notre Dame's final 13 regular season matches, plus the BIG EAST Tournament, were away from home ... the promising starting lineup played just one full match together--Oct. 24 at Hawaii--after a trio of starters (junior setter Carey May, junior hitter Angie Harris and senior middle Jennifer Rouse) missed a combined 44 matches due to injury ... Notre Dame's 19-match non-conference schedule included 14 vs. teams that received votes in the AVCA coaches poll during 1996 ... an emphasis on blocking landed the Irish among the nation's top blocking teams (2.77/gm) ... in the past six seasons, Notre Dame is 79-9 (.898) at home ... the '96 team became the first Irish squad ever to total more aces than serve errors (206/200).

    INDIVIDUAL NOTES: Debbie Brown owns a record of 165-49 (.771) in six seasons as head coach at Notre Dame and is 282-132 (.681) in 11 seasons as a Division I head coach ... sophomore middle Lindsay Treadwell was named BIG EAST Tournament MVP after hitting a combined .610 vs. Syracuse and Pitt (26 kills, one error) ... junior Jaimie Lee was named BIG EAST player of the year while senior Jenny Birkner joined Lee as a 1st team all-BIG EAST selection and 6-4 freshman middle Mary Leffers was named to the BIG EAST all-rookie team ... Leffers finished 28th in the nation with 1.43 blocks/gm ... Lee and Birkner also both repeated as all-district selections while Lee earned an invitation to train with the U.S. volleyball program during the summer of '97 and compete for a spot on the U.S. World University Games team (which will play at the World University Games in Sicily, Italy during early August) ... junior setter Carey May made her first start of the season Oct. 11 vs. Providence, the first time the Irish opened with their full starting lineup all season ... junior Angie Harris--who missed 17 matches due to knee problems--led the nation in aces (0.67/gm) prior to missing the final 13 matches of the season, while Notre Dame as a team ranked as high as 5th before finishing the season with 1.73 aces/gm ... Birkner did not miss a match in her Notre Dame career (140) and played in 150 straight games ... Lee--who filled in at setter when May was injured--averaged 3.78 kills/gm after returning to hitter ... Notre Dame hit .261 in 18 matches with May at setter, .209 with her on the bench.

    IRISH VOLLEYBALL CONTINUES TO EXCEL IN THE CLASSROOM, LEE EMERGES AS ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE: The Notre Dame volleyball team again turned in a solid academic showing during 1996-97, with eight players earning a spot on the Dean's List during the fall or spring semester, including six who posted a 3.20 GPA or higher in both semesters ... the Irish volleyball program posted a spring team GPA of 3.18, fourth-highest in the 25-sport Notre Dame athletic department behind women's lacrosse (3.27), women's soccer (3.25) and men's fencing (3.19) ... the volleyball team owns a 2.97 cumulative team GPA, with 12 other Irish teams owning cumulative team GPAs of 3.00 or higher ... the Irish volleyball class of '97 went out in style, as all four players graduated from Notre Dame with a cumulative GPA of 3.12 or higher ... senior OH Jen Briggs--an Academic All-America candidate--graduated with a 3.52 cumulative GPA as a double major in psychology and sociology, posting a 4.00 mark in her final semester ... senior opposite Jenny Birkner (business administration) also earned a spot on the Dean's List the past two semesters, including a 3.60 GPA in the fall of '96 ... senior OH Kristina Ervin joined Briggs as an Academic All-America nominee, graduating with a 3.49 cumulative GPA as an art studio major ... Ervin posted a 3.46 fall GPA before doing her student teaching in the spring ... senior MB Jennifer Rouse (sociology) ended her career with consecutive Dean's List semesters, including a 3.67 in the spring ... junior OH Jaimie Lee (sociology) also posted two Dean's List semesters during 1996-97, with a 3.60 in-season GPA during the fall ... Lee takes a 3.32 cumulative GPA into her senior season as a solid Academic All-America candidate ... Lee classmate, setter Carey May (finance/computer applications), also has Academic All-America qualifications, with a 3.49 cumulative GPA after back-to-back semesters with a GPA above 3.50 ... junior MB Molly McCarthy (economics) turned in a Dean's List semester in the spring of '97 while sophomore MB Lindsay Treadwell (College of Arts and Letters) posted two semesters of 3.40 or better during 1996-97.

    USA Today / AVCA
    Top 25 (Final, Dec. 24)
        Team (1st place votes)  W-L    Pts
    1.  Stanford (59)          31-2    1475
    2.  Hawaii                 35-3    1404
    3.  Nebraska               30-4    1358
    4.  Florida                37-2    1296
    5.  Penn State             31-3    1239
    6.  Michigan State         26-7    1165
    7.  Washington State       27-6    1121
    8.  BYU                    27-7    1041
    9.  Loyola Marymount       26-3    980
    10. Long Beach State       33-3    929
    11. Texas                  23-7    884
    12. Pacific                26-7    838
    13. Ohio State             27-6    772
    14. USC                    21-9    731
    15. Wisconsin              25-8    639     
    16. Louisville             26-5    568
    17. UC Santa Barbara       23-9    513
    18. Washington             23-8    453     
    19. Texas A&M              25-8    411
    20. George Mason           26-3    357
    21. Maryland               26-5    287
    22. South Florida          27-5    238
    23. Arizona                20-10   180
    24. Kansas State           26-9    131
    25. Notre Dame             22-12   71
                
    Others receiving votes:  Colorado (25), 
    Minnesota (17),  Texas Tech (14), San Diego
    State (9), Arkansas (7), Colorado State (6),
    Illinois State (6), Oral Roberts (6),
    Georgia Tech (3), San Diego (1).
    
    Volleyball Magazine
    Top 25 (Final, Dec. 2)
    1.  Stanford            26-2
    2.  Florida             34-1
    3.  Hawaii              31-1
    4.  Nebraska            27-3
    5.  Penn State          27-2
    6.  Loyola Marymount    25-2
    7.  Long Beach State    32-2
    8.  Michigan State      24-2
    9.  Washington State    25-5
    10. Texas               22-6
    11. USC                 19-8
    12. Pacific             25-6
    13. Ohio State          26-5
    14. UC Santa Barbara    22-8
    15. Wisconsin           23-7
    16. Texas A&M           24-7
    17. Washington          22-7
    18. George Mason        26-2
    19. Maryland            26-4
    20. Louisville          24-4
    Others receiving votes (alphabetical):
    Arizona, Brigham Young, Kansas State, 
    Oral Roberts, South Florida.
    

    NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES: Notre Dame was one of four Division I schools which saw its women's soccer, men's soccer and volleyball teams advance to the 1996 NCAA's (the others were George Mason, Maryland and Washington) ... Notre Dame and Maryland won in both soccer tournaments and the Irish were the only school to post a win in each of the three fall tournaments ... Notre Dame was seeded 5th in the 12-team Central region behind #1 seed Florida (34-1), #2 Long Beach (32-3), #3 Michigan St. (24-5) and #4 OSU (26-5) ... the top four seeds advanced to the Central Regional in Gainesville, with Florida coming back to beat OSU in five and MSU downing LBSU (the Gators beat the MSU in three to advance to the national semi's, where they lost in three to Hawaii) ... Notre Dame's 19-match '96 non-conference schedule included 11 vs. teams that made the NCAAs, highlighted by the overall #1 seed Stanford, regional #1 seed UH (which played the Irish twice) and regional #2 seeds Washington St. (pacific), Penn St. (east) and UOP (mountain), in addition to Illinois St. (#8 central), Central Florida (#10 central), CS Northridge (#10 pacific), George Mason (#3 mountain) and Louisville (#5 mountain) ... Stanford, Hawaii, WSU, PSU, UOP and Louisville advanced to the regionals, with all but UOP and Louisville making the quarterfinals and Stanford and UH making the semi's (Nebraska beat PSU, 20-18, in game five) ... Stanford topped Nebraska in the semi's (3-1) and UH in the finals (3-0) ... the Irish played seven other teams that were in the '96 NCAAs during '95: USC, Nebraska, Ga. Tech, Oral Roberts, Texas (twice), Colorado (twice) and Long Beach.

    OHIO STATE RALLIES TO DOWN IRISH (12/8): Junior hitter Vanessa Wouters overcame a slow start to finish with 36 kills and senior middle Sheri Helman added a career-high 27 kills as OSU rallied to defeat Notre Dame (8-15, 11-15, 15-11, 15-11, 15-8) in NCAA 2nd round action at the Joyce Center ... OSU advanced to the regionals for the sixth time in eight years, losing to the region's #1 seed Florida ... junior hitter Jaimie Lee led the Irish with a career-best 27 kills on .323 hitting ... sophomore middle Lindsay Treadwell added a career-high 19 kills, with just two errors on .436 hitting ... the Irish had a higher hitting pct. (.268-.249) and enjoyed a 17-11 blocking edge, but OSU totaled 33 more kills (111-78) ... both teams had five aces, with OSU making 11 serve errors (to the Irish's six) ... Wouters hit just .141 for the match (well below her avg. of .281) but led an errorless OSU attack in the 5th (13 kills, 25 att.), with the Belgium native totaling five kills and no errors on nine swings (OSU jumped ahead 3-0 and saw the Irish score three straight before the Buckeyes surged to 10-3) ... Notre Dame won the first two games behind strong blocking and serving, plus errorless hitting from Lee (19 kills, 38 att.) and Treadwell (9 kills, 19 att.) ... OSU jumped ahead 9-3 in game three and saw the Irish close to 11-9 before pulling away ... in game four, all six OSU starters had 2-7 kills, led by Wouters' seven and Helman's four ... Notre Dame jumped ahead in the 4th, 5-2, before OSU surged to a 10-7 lead ... the Irish scored three times to tie the game, five points away from advancing to the regional, but five OSU players combined on the next six kills and Helman sent the match to a 5th game with her only ace ... OSU sophomore middle Brianne Spiers had 13 kills on .478 hitting, junior hitter Andrea Pankova added 13 kills and freshman hitter Jen Flynn had 12 kills and 23 digs ... senior setter Jen Boleyn converted eight dumps (no errors on 12 att.), with 17 digs ... 11 of Wouters' 36 kills came from the back row (three in the 5th) ... Irish senior opposite Jenny Birkner had 15 kills, 15 digs and assisted on six of 17 blocks ... the Irish keyed on Wouters--who entered the match with a nation-leading 6.47 kills/gm--holding the 6-2 righthander to negative hitting on eight kills and nine errors in 27 attempts during the 1st game ... Notre Dame had six blocks in the opening game, with 6-4 freshman middle Mary Leffers having a hand in five en route to equaling her season-best (12 blocks, two solos) ... Lee had nine kills in the opening game while Treadwell had six kills (12 att.) ... OSU made five serve errors in the opening game but extended the Irish to 10 game points before a four-hit violation ... the Irish rolled in the 2nd game behind errorless hitting from Lee (10 kills, 15 att.) and Treadwell (3 kills, 7 att.) ... Wouters had 10 kills and OSU led 8-7 but the Irish scored the next six ... OSU closed to 13-11 but Treadwell slammed down a backrow attack and the Buckeyes failed to dig a slide attack from Birkner, forcing game point ... the Irish converted their fifth game point after Birkner sent a tough dig back over the net following a rocket shot down the left line by Wouters ... OSU's crucial sequence in game four (with the score 10-10) opened with a dump from Boleyn, a backrow attack from Wouters and a kill off the block by Helman (12-10) .. the Irish gained a side out and point but Pankova sent a push shot through the block, Boleyn came away with another dump and Spiers converted a twisting shot before Helman's game-ending ace.

    OSU coach Jim Stone: "Once we turned the momentum around, we played well. I'm glad the team fought as hard as they did. (We) deserved to win. ... (Notre Dame) worked us all over the court. They took it to us in every aspect of the game. ... (After the first two games) we set our middle players (more). Our defense improved and the players listened more during the timeouts."

    Vanessa Wouters: "The first two games, I was not mentally there. I told myself I had to play hard, because it was go to Florida or go home. I guess it's not time to go home. ... We worked together. Everybody helped each other. We played as a team."

    Sherri Helman: "Being a senior, it gave me confidence that we could come back. I think that the confidence was felt by the younger players and helped us come back in this match."

    Notre Dame coach Debbie Brown: "Tough match, both teams played well. I was pleased with games one and two. In the rest of the games, Ohio State made adjustments and improved. I am pleased with the effort. (We) played well. ... In games one and two, we passed the ball better. In the third game we were tentative and started to serve tentatively. I wouldn't say our intensity was low in game three; I'd say our aggressiveness was absent. ... This season has been the most fun I've had coaching. The team responded well to all the factors that might have plagued us. I don't think any other top team could have responded with the same results this team had this season. ... Our seniors have given a ton to this program. They're true role models, good students, good players and good people. I'm going to miss them a great deal."

    Jaimie Lee: "The third game is always the toughest. There was a lot of pressure on both teams. In the first two games, they made mistakes that we capitalized on, but later in the match we had to earn more points."

    Lindsay Treadwell: "We had a great scouting report and were able to jump all over them."

    Notre Dame's Final Starting Lineup
    No. Player              Pos Ht.     Cl. Hometown/High School              1996 Stats
     3  Carey May           S   5-9     Jr. Rancho Santa Fe, CA/Torrey Pines  786 asts (12.7/gm), 20 BHE, 2.4 digs/gm
     4  Jaimie Lee          OH  5-11    Jr. Spokane, WA/Ferris                3.78 kills/gm, .281 hit. % (as OH), 30 aces/15 SE
     7  Jen Briggs          OH  6-0     Sr. Kalamazoo, MI/Comstock            2.6 kills/gm, .192 hit. %, 1.9 digs/gm, 18 aces/6 SE  
     8  Mary Leffers        MB  6-4     Fr. Tampa, FL/Berkeley Prep           2.5 kills/gm, .272 hitting, 18 aces, 1.43 blocks/gm
    12  Jenny Birkner (C)   OPP 5-11    Sr. Geneva, IL/Geneva                 3.0 kills/gm, .258 hitting, 33 aces, 3.0 digs/gm
    13  Lindsay Treadwell   MB  5-10    So. Austin, TX/Austin                 1.6 kls/gm, .253 hit., 2.3 dgs/gm, 35 aces, 0.57 blks/gm
    Off The Bench
    No. Player              Pos Ht.     Cl. Hometown/High School              1996 Stats
     1  Audra Duda          DS  5-7     So. Woodland Hills, CA/Louisville     8 digs, 3 aces
     2  Kristina Ervin      OH  5-10    Sr. Maynard, MN/MACCRAY               1.1 kills/gm, .171 hitting, 16 aces, 2.2 digs/gm    
     5  Emily Schiebout     OH  6-1     Fr. Blaine, MN/Concordia              13 kills, 1 ace, 7 digs, 2 block assists
    10  Lauren Stettin      OPP 6-0     Fr. Burr Ridge, IL/Hinsdale           72 assists (9.0/gm), 4 BHE, 7 kills, 20 digs
    11  Mandi Powell        OH  6-0     Fr. Monroeville, IN/Monrovia          55 kills (1.4/gm), 52 digs (1.3/gm), 2 aces, 7 blocks
    14  Molly McCarthy      MB  6-0     Jr. Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral        22 kills, 5 aces, 31 digs, 13 blocks (3 solo)
    15  Theresa Seidle      DS  5-8     Fr. Muncie, IN/Wes-Del                1 ace, 1 dig
        
        *Injured  (Rouse-dislocated thumb on 11/5;  Harris-knee surgery on 11/8)
    9   Jennifer Rouse      MB  6-5     Sr. Reno, NV/McQueen                  1.4 kills/gm, .196 hitting, 1.06 blocks/gm
    6   Angie Harris        OH  6-0     Jr. Fort Wayne, IN/Bishop Luers       183 kills (3.2/gm), .205 hitting, 38 aces (0.67/gm) 
    

    IRISH FAMILIAR WITH BIG TEN IN POSTSEASON: Notre Dame has met several Big Ten teams in the NCAA Tournament over the years ... Ohio State was the fourth different Big Ten team Notre Dame has played during its six trips to the NCAAs ... in '88, Notre Dame qualified for its first NCAA Tournament and won 3-1 at home over Penn State before losing at Illinois in the 2nd round (15-9 in game five) ... four years later, in Debbie Brown's second year as head coach, the Irish again opened with PSU but lost in three ... the following year, Notre Dame upended Nebraska in the 2nd round (3-0 at home) and advanced to the Mideast regional in Minneapolis, where the Irish upset host Minnesota in a memorable match (15-13 in the 5th) ... two days later, PSU again was waiting and posted another 3-0 win to stop Notre Dame in the quarterfinals ... in '94, Notre Dame beat Pitt in the 2nd round (3-1 at home) before running into PSU again (at the Mideast regional in Lincoln, Neb.), falling to the Lions in three games.

    INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Senior Jen Briggs -- moved to outside hitter in '96 after starting at middle blocker as a junior--was a key factor for the Irish in the final six weeks (particularly while filling in for injured Angie Harris) ... Briggs led the team in kills six times over the final 22 matches and ranked 3rd on the team with 2.61 kills/gm ... in league games only, Briggs finished just out of the top-five in the BIG EAST for kills (she had 3.92 while Seton Hall's Jennifer Cheshire ranked 5th at 3.95) ... 6-5 freshman middle Mary Leffers ranked 28th in the nation and 2nd in the BIG EAST with 1.43 overall blocks/gm .(just behind Syracuse's Stephanie Schlink, who posted a 1.44) .. sophomore middle Lindsay Treadwell averaged 0.38 aces/gm in league action (3rd in the BIG EAST) ... junior setter Carey May's 13.14 assists/gm in conference games ranked 2nd in the BIG EAST ... Notre Dame ranked 2nd overall in the BIG EAST with 15.30 kills/gm, 4th with 2.77 blocks/gm and 5th with 1.73 aces/gm ... in league play only, the Irish finished 2nd in hitting (.275), 3rd in aces (1.63/gm) and 4th in kills (16.34/gm) ... the '96 Irish became the first Notre Dame squad ever to post more aces (206) than service errors (200) ... the previous best ace-to-error ratio ever by an Irish team was 0.76-to-1, by the 1992 team (the '96 team posted a 1.03 ratio) ... Notre Dame's 1.68 service errors per game bested the previous Irish record low, set by the '85 team (1.74) ... Notre Dame's 1.73 aces/gm ranked 3rd in team history (the '94 team averaged 2.02) ... after the frustrating loss to injury of senior middle Jennifer Rouse and junior hitter Angie Harris, Notre Dame hit .267 in its next seven matches without the two starters ... after filling Rouse's frontrow spot, Treadwell hit .378 over the final nine matches (86 kills, 16 errors, 185 att.), averaging 2.97 kills, 2.79 digs and 0.79 blocks/gm during that final month.

    LEFFERS HAS FAB YEAR: 6-5 freshman middle Mary Leffers emerged as one of the top first-year players in the BIG EAST Conference and the nation, earning a spot on the BIG EAST all-rookie team ... Leffers earned her second BIG EAST rookie of the week award Nov. 4 after totaling 16 kills and nine blocks in wins over Pitt and Syracuse ... she ranked among the top 20 nationally for blocks early in the season, finishing with 1.43/gm--28th in the nation and 5th all-time at Notre Dame (bettered only by the four seasons turned in by Mary Kay Waller from 1985-88) ... Leffers led the Irish in blocks 19 times during '96, led the team in hitting pct. a team-best 10 times and in kills six times ... the former prep All-American had a big college debut, being named all-tournament at Notre Dame's Shamrock Invitational, while also earning BIG EAST Conference rookie of the week honors (she earned a spot on the Big Four Classic all-tournament team the next week) ... Leffers' 160 blocks rank 5th in Irish history, joining Waller and Jessica Fiebelkorn ('91) as the only Irish players ever to reach 160 blocks in a season ... she posted nine matches with .400-plus hitting and hit below .100 just three times ... three of Leffers' best performances came vs. ranked teams: Stanford, Louisville and Penn St. ... she had 12 blocks (one solo) in the five-game loss to then-#19 Louisville, the most blocks by an Irish player since Molly Stark had 15 at Western Michigan on Oct. 2, 1993 ... vs. then-#2 Stanford, Leffers hit .348 (10 kills, 2 errors, 23 att.), with five block assists ... the former prep All-American had a solid match vs. then-#5 Penn St., hitting .333 (13 kills, 3 errors, 30 att.) while coming up with a season-high 12 digs plus seven blocks (one solo) ... Leffers also had a solid pair of matches at then-#1 Hawaii, hitting .357 in the first match (six kills, one error, 14 att.) before adding 10 kills on .269 hitting the next day, plus six blocks ... she equaled her season-high with 12 blocks (two solos) in the NCAAs vs. then-#12 Ohio State ... in nine matches vs. ranked team (see below), Leffers averaged .250 hitting (.250 or higher in seven of the nine), plus 2.18 kills and 1.62 blocks per game.

    Mary Leffers' 1996 Stats vs. nationally-ranked teams
                                        K-E/ATT     PCT.    BS-BA/TB            DIG ACE
    9/4     #2 Stanford                 10-2/23     .348    0-5/5               4   0
    9/6     #19 Louisville              11-4/28     .250    1-11/12             9   1
    9/13    #5 Penn State (@Chicago)    13-3/30     .333    1-6/7               12  1
    10/24   at #1 Hawaii                6-1/14      .357    0-0/0               0   1
    10/25   at #1 Hawaii                10-3/26     .269    1-5/6               2   0
    11/9    #18 George Mason            11-4/25     .280    0-3/3               5   1
    11/29   #11 Washington St.          3-0/12      .250    0-5/5               3   0
    11/30   at #12 UOP                  7-5/17      .118    1-4/5               1   0
    12/8    #12 OHIO STATE (NCAAs)      3-4/17      -.059   2-10/12             3   0
            TOTALS                      74-26/192   .250    6-49/55 (1.62/gm)   39  4
    

    LEE ONE OF 10 CANDIDATES FOR WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES (3/19): Notre Dame junior Jaimie Lee was named by USA Volleyball as one of 10 official candidates to represent the United States in the 1997 World University Games, which will be held August 19-31 in Sicily, Italy ... the team was selected from an initial group of 87 that took part in three days of scrimmaging and drills in mid-March at the Olympic Training Center ... USA Volleyball retained the option of naming up to six more players that will join the recently-named group of 10 on the World University Games training team, which formally began workouts in Colorado Springs on June 15 ... the squad will be cut to 12 players before heading to Italy for the World University Games (the various USA Volleyball rosters remain in flux due to the uncertainty of some player's availability during the summer) ... Lee and several of the other players reported for early training (some as early as May 15) ... included among the originally-named 10 players were five players who faced the Irish during the '96 season: Stanford's Lisa Sharpley and Eileen Murfee, Hawaii's Robyn Ah Mow, Washington State's Sarah Silvernail and UOP's Addie Hauschild ... Lee has past playing experience with most of her potential World University Games teammates, in addition to playing against two others during her freshman season: Demetria Sance of Texas and Jennifer Snyder of Long Beach State ... the other two original candidates for the World University Games are Michigan State's Val Sterk and UCLA's Kara Milling ... as of June 12, USA Volleyball was expecting to open camp on the 15th with a player pool of 36 in anticipation of filling the national team (which will have a roster of 15-18 players) and the World University Games team ... the final roster decisions are expected to be made in late July or early August.

    Mick Haley, USA Women's Volleyball Head Coach: "...We had 87 players and Jaimie ended up as one of the top players. Now it's our job to figure out how to get her involved. She had a good all-around tryout. ... When she was in juniors (volleyball), she had good velocity and was a leaper ... she really started to heat it up in this tryout. She also had good passing and defense and is a good competitor. But she brought some 'heat' (offensively) and that got everybody's attention." (Note: Haley is the former head women's volleyball coach at Texas)

    Jim Moore, 1997 USA Women's World University Games Coach: "I think that Jaimie fits our needs. One thing the national program is trying to do is speed up the offense--we need people who are able to pass the ball. A player like Jaimie fits in with the system we're trying to implement. You can be (5-11) and still play all the way around--you don't have to be 6-4 and hit the ball over every block. She gives us a great ball control player who also can still put the ball on the floor (offensively)." (Note: Moore is the former head women's volleyball coach at Kansas State and is entering his first year as head coach at Texas)

    Jaimie Lee: "The area I tried to focus on the most was passing--because that's something we've needed--and I think I did pretty well. I was a little surprised I made it because (just about) everyone else ... is six feet or taller and I thought they wanted big, dominating players. And yet they picked me and I think it was because of my ball control. ... I didn't hit in the spring before going to the tryouts, so I could rest my shoulder. I wasn't too prepared offensively. But, because I couldn't hit, I was practicing my defense and passing so much--and that really paid off. ... I think you can only get better by playing with people who can take it to the next level. ... I'm going to have to perform at 100% every day. Because I'm smaller and am not one of those big, dominating players, I have to do that much more just to prove myself. ... I think this experience for me is also going to help our team, in the long run. I also really am thankful for (head coach) Debbie Brown to give me this chance, because it might involve missing the first few matches of our season and a lot of coaches wouldn't let their returning players try out."

    OFFENSE KEPT CRANKING: Junior setter Carey May--out the first 14 matches due to an Aug. 16 shoulder injury--played sparingly vs. Villanova on Oct. 6 and for most of the Oct. 8 match at Illinois St., nearly rallying the Irish to victory ... in 11 matches vs. BIG EAST teams that May started, Notre Dame hit .309 ... the Irish hit .252 in the first 16 matches that May set (.213 before her return), including .320 in the five matches prior the UOP Classic (in which May did not play due to her finger injury) ... May returned vs. Hofstra to lead the Irish to its best hitting match of the season (.422) and Notre Dame then hit .262 vs. Ohio St., accumulating a .261 hitting pct. with May running the show ( .209 with her on the bench), a full 26 pct. points above the season avg. (.235) ... May had 786 assists and only 20 ballhandling errors, for an impressive ratio of nearly 40 assists per BHE ... eight of Notre Dame's top-nine hitting matches came with May running the show, including (in order of play): her first start vs. Providence (.355, 5th-best all season), Boston College (.330, 7th), Rutgers (.325, 8th), Seton Hall (.361, 4th), at UConn (.349, 6th), BIG EAST semi's vs. Syracuse (.370, 3rd) and BIG EAST final vs. Pitt (.325, 8th) ... May was one of four Notre Dame players named all-district in 1995, after running an offense that posted an Irish record .271 hitting pct. ... Jaimie Lee--an all-district hitter in '95--filled in at setter during most of the first 15 matches ... Notre Dame's nationally-ranked blocking and serving made up for the early hitting misfortunes but were not enough to derail five-game losses to a trio of teams with "red bird" nicknames: Louisville, Ball St. and Illinois St. ... after shaking off some cobwebs in game two at ISU, May led Notre Dame to 15-10 and 15-5 wins in game three and four, with the Irish outhitting the hosts (.265-.187) and outblocking them (11-4) while Lee collected 16 kills on .300 hitting ... in 18 matches with May setting, Notre Dame hit below .200 just three times: at Cal St. Northridge (.148) and twice at then-#1 Hawaii (.146, .088).

    LEE, BIRKNER REPEAT AS ALL-DISTRICT (12/11): Junior Jaimie Lee and senior Jenny Birkner were among 96 players in the nation to be named to their respective all-district teams, as selected by the American Volleyball Coaches Association ... Lee and Birkner were two of 12 players named to the all-district 1 team, joining three others from the BIG EAST: Pittsburgh middle Jennie Driscoll, Pitt setter Stephanie Dufresne and Villanova middle Stacy Evans ... the strength of Notre Dame's '96 schedule was validated by the number of opposing players named to the all-district teams ... players from Notre Dame's '96 opponents accounted for 30 of the 96 all-district selections ... of Notre Dame's 19 non-conference opponents, 11 had at least one player named all-district (nine with multiple players) ... in order to be eligible for all-district, players must have played in two-thirds of their team's games, thus eliminating Notre Dame junior setter Carey May and junior hitter Angie Harris, who joined Lee and Birkner on the '95 all-district team ... Harris played in just 57 of 119 games due to nagging knee problems, ultimately missing the final 11 matches after undergoing left knee surgery on Nov. 8 ... Harris was leading the nation in aces per game at the time of her injury and her 0.67 aces/gm broke her previous Notre Dame record ... May played in 62 games, missing the first 14 matches due to a preseason shoulder injury and two late matches with a dislocated finger ... in 18 matches with May at setter, Notre Dame hit .261 (.209 with her on the bench) ... Notre Dame's '96 opponents named all-district teams include the following (in addition to the three BIG EAST players): District 2: PSU - S Bonnie Bremner, MB Lauren Cacciamani, OH Angie Kammer, MB Terri Zemaitis; OSU - S Jen Boleyn, MB Sherri Helman, OH Vanessa Wouters. District 3: George Mason - MB Virag Domokos, OH Joy Kingsley-Ibeh, MB Olga Matejickova; Clemson - OH Julie Rodriguez. District 4: South Carolina - S Ashley Edlund, MB Heather Larkin; Central Fla. - MB Tyra Harper, OH Renata Menchikova. District 5: Illinois St. - MB Andi Hardwick. District 7: UH - S Robyn Ah Mow, MB Angelica Ljungquist; UOP - S Sacha Caldemeyer, MB Addie Hauschild, OH Elsa Stegemann. District 8: Stanford - OH Kristin Folkl, MB Eileen Murfee, S Lisa Sharpley, OH Kerri Walsh; WSU - S Stephanie Papke, MB Sarah Silvernail.

    MAY RETURNS VS. HOFSTRA: Junior setter Carey May--an all-district performer in '95 who missed the first 14 matches of '96 with a shoulder injury--suffered another setback in practice on Nov. 27, when she dislocated her right pinky finger after knocking hands with teammate Lindsay Treadwell, as both players attempted to dig a ball ... May had minor surgery on her hand that night and did not play at the UOP Classic before returning vs. Hofstra, with her finger heavily wrapped ... May ran an Irish offense that enjoyed its best offensive match of the season (.422), far ahead of its previous-best (.384 vs. Cen. Fla.) ... the promising preseason starting lineup suffered four separate injuries (senior MB Jennifer Rouse and junior OH Angie Harris both were out since early November).

    FRUSTRATIONS CONTINUE FOR HARRIS, ROUSE: Junior OH Angie Harris and senior MB Jennifer Rouse missed the final 11 matches of the season, after the latest of a series of frustrating injuries (for both players and the Notre Dame team) ... Harris--who underwent offseason ACL surgery on her left knee after earning all-district honors in 1995--had been bothered by tendonitis in her right knee (in addition to coming back from the left knee surgery) before aggravating a separate injury in her left knee during the middle of the '96 season ... Harris played just two full matches in Notre Dame's final 22 outings (with one of them featuring 25 kills at Illinois St.) ... she underwent surgery on her left knee prior to the Nov. 8 match vs. Rutgers and did not return ... Harris missed 17 matches and played in less than 50% of the games (57 of 119) ... Rouse dislocated her thumb going up for a block in practice on Nov. 5, resulting in an injury that required the 6-5 Rouse to be outfitted with a cast for the remainder of the season ... after the return of setter Carey May on Oct. 8, Rouse led the Irish with .337 hitting over the next nine matches while averaging 1.57 kills/gm ... her injury put a damper on the Nov. 29 match vs. then-#11 Washington St., as Rouse's sister, Wendy, was a 6-3 junior rightside hitter for WSU (the Rouse's have never played against one another in a competitive setting) ... Rouse missed her freshman season ('93) while rehabilitating from summer shoulder surgery, watching as Notre Dame advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals ... she played just 81 games in '95 due to ankle problems and illness ... Rouse appeared in 67 games during '96 and was a key to the renewed Irish blocking, averaging 1.06 blocks/gm (2nd on the team) ... she averaged 1.40 kills/gm and .196 hitting, posting six matches with .350-plus hitting ... Rouse ranks 9th all-time at Notre Dame with 251 career blocks and 4th in career blocks/gm (1.11) ... Rouse's replacements were a pair of 5-11 players: sophomore Lindsay Treadwell and junior Molly McCarthy ... Treadwell led the Irish with .367 hitting in '95 but played primarily backrow for most of '96 ... she earned MVP honors at the '96 BIG EAST Tournament and finished the year with .253 hitting, 2.30 digs/gm and 35 aces (2nd on the team) ... McCarthy appeared in 22 matches (38 games), with 22 kills on .150 hitting, 31 digs, 13 blocks and 5 aces.

    LEE CAPS WILD YEAR WITH BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Versatile junior and BIG EAST Conference player of the year Jaimie Lee wrapped up an unusual, and often frustrating, 1996 season ... Lee has opened the past three seasons at a different position: middle blocker, outside hitter and setter ... during Lee's freshman season, the Irish had two other talented outside hitters--senior Christy Peters and another incoming prep All-American, Angie Harris ... in order to have all three players on the court, the team experimented with the 5-11 Lee--a prep All-American outside hitter--in the middle ... that '94 squad ended up with the best record in the history of Irish volleyball (33-4) and held its opponents to just .158 hitting ... Peters earned All-America recognition, Harris was named to the national all-freshman team and Lee gave the Irish an active middle blocker who could play backrow (she led the team in blocks, ranked 3rd in kills and 4th in digs) ... as a sophomore, Lee flourished back at hitter, posting 3.91 kills/gm (5th-most in Irish history) on a team that set the school record for hitting (.271) ... all six starters were set to return for '96 but the season was a bizarre one, particularly for a trio of juniors--Harris, Lee and setter Carey May--a group which in '94 was one of the nation's most highly-touted classes ... May suffered the first setback two weeks before the season opener, separating her shoulder on Aug. 16 while routinely diving in practice ... with May in a sling at that time for three weeks, the Irish--without a true backup setter-- turned to Lee, a physically gifted player and strong competitor who had minimal experience as a setter ... after undergoing a crash course in setting, Lee debuted in the Shamrock Invitational and earned tournament MVP honors after leading the Irish to three 3-0 wins ... the opportunity to return to hitter finally came Oct. 8 and Lee again proved up to the task of a quick switch, coming up with 16 kills to nearly rally the Irish to victory at Illinois St. ... since returning to hitter, Lee paced the revamped Irish with 3.78 kills per game, a bittersweet success as the losses of Harris (knee surgery) and senior middle Jennifer Rouse (dislocated thumb) ended the impact of what had been a promising starting lineup ... Lee turbulent season also included having to wear a plastic mask for a month during the middle of the '96 season, after breaking her nose in a collision with Rouse during practice ... Lee ranked among the '96 team's top four in all six major statistical categories: 1st in hitting (.277), 2nd in assists (650), 2nd in digs (288), 3rd in kills (271), 3rd in blocks (73) and 4th in aces (30) ... despite the frustrations of '96, Lee's many expectations for her senior season include leading the Irish to the 1997 NCAA final four, which will be held in her hometown of Spokane, Wash. ... since returning to hitter, Lee started adding to her career numbers by cracking the Irish career top-10 list for digs (839) before also moving into the Irish career top-10 for kills (now 9th, with 994), while her .278 career hitting pct. ranks 5th all-time at Notre Dame ... Lee also is 8th on the Irish career assists list (711) and enters 1997 needing just two aces and 16 blocks to move into 10th place on each of those lists, at which time she will join former teammate Jenny Birkner as the only players in the Irish career top 10 for hitting pct., kills, digs, aces, blocks and assists.

    SETBACKS TO ROUSE, HARRIS--AND MAY AGAIN!--ADD TO INJURY WOES: The late-season thumb injury to senior middle Jennifer Rouse, right knee surgery for junior hitter Angie Harris and dislocated finger to junior setter Carey May added to a frustrating season for Notre Dame ... May--like Harris an all-district pick in '95--also missed the first 14 matches with a shoulder injury, forcing her classmate and fellow all-district performer, hitter Jaimie Lee, to fill in at setter ... Lee suffered a broken nose after colliding with Rouse in practice prior to the early-season match vs. Stanford and had to wear a clear protective mask for a month ... Harris had been bothered by offseason ACL surgery (on her left knee) and tendonitis on her right before suffering her late-season knee problem.

    SPANNING THE GLOBE TO BRING YOU THE BEST: Notre Dame played 10 of its final 13 regular season matches--plus the BIG EAST Conference Tournament--all on the road while in the process completing a 1996 travel itinerary that covered over 28,000 miles ... the team's jetsetting began in the summer of '96, when the nine Irish veterans visited Munich, Germany for a week of competition and sightseeing ... the first two months of the season included four short trips: 180 roundtrip miles by bus to the Mizuno Cup in Chicago; a 360-mile bus ride to Ann Arbor, Mich.; 470 miles in the familiar United Limo bus to Normal, Ill. for the matchup at Illinois State; and a 1,140 mile roundtrip journey to West Virginia (220 by vans from Pittsburgh) ... Notre Dame then travelled to Northridge and Honolulu ( 8,749 total miles), in addition to playing matches at Pitt, Syracuse, UConn and St. John's, plus the BIG EAST Tournament (also at Pitt) and a second jaunt to the west coast for the UOP Thanksgiving week tournament.

    SHE KEEPS ON TICKING: Second-year team captain Jenny Birkner was a mainstay on the right since she arrived in 1993 ... the 5-11 righthander did not missed a match during her career, playing in all 140, and appeared in more than 96.5% of the individual games from 1993-96 (473 of 490), including a streak stretching over the final 44 matches of 150 consecutive games played ... the '95 BIG EAST player of the year is one of only three Notre Dame players ever to play in all but one game during a season, appearing in 124 of 125 during '93 (99.2%), and in '96 became the first Irish player ever to appear in every game (119) during a season ... the Irish workhorse is the third Notre Dame player ever to appear in 140-plus career matches and edged past Maureen Shea (472) to finish second on the career games played list, with 473 ... Birkner's consistency is evident in many parts of her game, as she posted at least .280 hitting, 250 kills, 320 digs, 20 aces, 70 assists and 80 blocks in each of her first three seasons ... she matched all of those totals in 1996, aside from a subpar hitting pct. that improved late in the season (.258).

    FACING THE BEST: Notre Dame's '96 non-conference schedule could not be much tougher, as 14 of those 19 matches were vs. teams that received votes in the AVCA coaches poll during the season and 11 were vs. teams that made the '96 NCAA Tournament ... the Irish played twice at then-#1 Hawaii (the final #2), also losing to Penn St. (the final #5 team) and eventual #1 and NCAA champ Stanford (which handed Hawaii its first loss) ... Notre Dame also lost five-game matches to Louisville (316 in final poll) and George Mason (#20) before dropping late-season matches to Washington St. (#7) and UOP (#12) ... three '96 Irish opponents entered the AVCA poll on Oct. 15: Ball State, Illinois State and Michigan (the Wolverines did not receive votes in later polls while ISU received six voting points in the final poll) ... another '96 Irish opponent, South Carolina, was among teams receiving votes in the Oct. 22 AVCA poll and again received votes in November as well ... Indiana received votes in the AVCA preseason poll ... Cal St. Northridge received votes in the Oct. 29 poll and returned to the poll for three weeks before dropping out in late November (CSUN still made the NCAA's) ... a 15th Irish non-conference opponent, Central Florida, participated in the 1995 NCAA Tournament and made the '96 NCAAs as well ... Notre Dame's only '96 non-conference opponents who did not make the NCAAs and/or did not receive votes in the '96 AVCA poll were Toledo, Kentucky, Clemson and Purdue ... Notre Dame's '96 schedule featured the top three hitting teams in the nation (plus six of the top eight and 10 of the top 25): George Mason (1st, .320), Penn State (2nd, .312), Stanford (3rd, .301), Hawaii (6th, .292) UOP (7th, .287) and Washington State (8th, .283), while Illinois State checked in at 12th (.276), Ohio State at 18th (.267), Louisville at 24th (.261) and Villanova at 25th (.260) ... Notre Dame entered the NCAA Tournament having played 23 of its 32 matches vs. teams that were ranked in their respective districts: Ball St., CS Northridge, Central Florida, Clemson, UConn, George Mason, Hawaii (2), Illinois St., Kentucky, Louisville, UOP/South Florida, Penn St., Pitt (2), Purdue, South Carolina, St. John's, Stanford, Syracuse (2), Villanova and Washington St.

    HARRIS HAS NOTEWORTHY YEAR DESPITE SETBACKS: Junior hitter Angie Harris--who missed the final 13 matches in '96 after knee surgery on Nov. 8--led the nation in ace avg. for over a month during the '96 season ... Harris' 0.67 aces/gm broke her Irish record (0.66 in '94) and would have ranked 2nd in the final national rankings (she did not play enough games) ... Harris has served a Notre Dame record 180 career aces and her career avg. of 0.643 aces/gm is double that of the previous Irish record (0.329), set by Nicole Coates (1991-94) ... in fact, Harris is assured of the Irish career ace avg. record even if she were to play all of the 1997 season and not serve a single ace (she could play 266 more games without an ace and still best Coates' record) ... Harris is the only Irish player ever to average more than 0.45 aces/gm (0.67 in '96, 0.66 in '94 , 0.61 in '95) ... she also is the only Notre Dame player ever to record more than six aces in a match (8 in 3-1 win at #15 Texas in '94, 9 last season in 3-0 win over Syracuse) ... a Notre Dame player has served six-plus aces seven times and Harris owns five of those (including six vs. Purdue in '96) ... Harris became the 7th Irish player to reach 1,000 kills in that Sept. 21, 1996 match vs. Purdue, joining Zannett Bennett (1985-88) and Christy Peters (1991-94) as the only Notre Dame players to reach 1,000 kills as a junior ... Harris bested Peters' record for the quickest Irish player to 1,000 ... Peters reached the milestone in her 86th career match/282nd game while Harris needed only 80 matches and 253 games ... Harris owns a 3.88 career kill avg. that ranks ahead of Peters' Notre Dame record (3.82) ... pending her return from the knee surgery, Harris has a legitimate shot to move from 8th on the Irish career kills list into 3rd (needing 215) and also could pass Bennett into 2nd (Harris would need 487, 17 more than her '95 total) ... with a fully healthy '97 season, Harris could make a run at Peters's all-time Irish record of 1,683 career kills (she would need a whopping 599 kills in 1997 to claim the top spot).

    CLASSIC CONSISTENCY: Senior Jenny Birkner (Geneva, Ill.) totaled five aces in the Sept. 14, 1996 match vs. Clemson to become the only player in the Irish career top 10 for kills, hitting pct., assists, aces, digs and blocks ... Maureen Shea (1985-88) had held that distinction but was bumped out of the 10th spot on the assist list when current junior Jaimie Lee opened the '96 season at setter (Lee also enters '97 on the verge of joining Birkner among the top 10 of each list) ... Birkner finished her career in the following Notre Dame career statistical charts: 2nd in digs (1,369), 4th in hitting pct. (.278), 5th in blocks (358), 6th in kills (1,171), 8th in aces (103) and 10th in assists (339) ... Birkner's 2.89 career dig average ranks 3rd in the Irish record book ... the two-year team captain finished 17 kills shy of 5th on the Irish all-time list, which would have placed her among the top-five of four different career stats (an achievement equaled by only former greats Mark Kay Waller and Jessica Fiebelkorn) ... Birkner's 13 kills vs. Boston College on Oct. 13 landed her squarely on the 1,000 kill plateau for her career ... she is the 4th player in Notre Dame history with 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career, joining Fiebelkorn (1989-92), Alicia Turner (1989-92) and former teammate Christy Peters (1991-94) ... Birkner became the 8th Notre Dame player ever to reach 1,000 kills.

    "FEARSOME FOURSOME" NEVER MATERIALIZES: The return of Jaimie Leeto her natural outside hitter position (on Oct. 8 at ISU) provided Notre Dame with its much-anticipated hitting foursome of senior rightside hitter Jenny Birkner, freshman middle Mary Leffers, and junior outside hitters Angie Harris and Lee (who filled in at setter for the first 14 matches) ... each of the four was capable of coming up with a 20-kill match and/or .400-plus hitting effort with regularity ... although Lee was back at hitter for the final 20 matches, the Irish did not enjoy the full effects of their four-pronged attack, in light of Harris' lingering knee problems and her Nov. 8 surgery ... the hitting foursome played just one full match together during all of the '96 season (Oct. 24 at Hawaii), with Harris missing the final 13 matches and Birkner being lost to graduation in May of '97.

    Player             Pos.    Ht.     Hometown            Current School/Club Team     
    Denise Boylan       S       6-1     Lisle, IL           Benet Academy/Sports Performance
    Christi Girton      MB/OH   6-3     Muncie, IN          Muncie Central HS/Asics Munciana 
    Jo Jameyson         MB/OH   6-1     Alvin, TX           Alvin HS/Houston Juniors
    Adrienne Shimmel    OH      5-10    Mission Viejo, CA   Capistrano Valley HS/Saddleback Valley 
    

    NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL SIGNS FOUR TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT: The Notre Dame volleyball team signed four highly-touted high school seniors to national letters of intent: 6-1 setter Denise Boylan (Lisle, IL), 6-3 middle blocker/outside hitter Christi Girton (Muncie, IN), 6-1 middle blocker/outside hitter Jo Jameyson (Alvin, TX) and 5-10 outside hitter Adrienne Shimmel (Mission Viejo, CA) ... Boylan, Girton and Jameyson all are among Volleyball Magazine's yearly list of "Fab 50" high school recruits, boosting the Irish total to eight former Fab 50 selections among its 12 scholarship players for the '97 season ... Notre Dame's three Fab 50 signees equaled the most by any school in the nation among the '97 recruiting class, matching the number signed by four perennial powers: '96 NCAA champion Stanford, '96 NCAA runner-up Hawaii, '96 NCAA semifinalist/'95 champion Nebraska and three-time NCAA champ UCLA ... Notre Dame is set to return 11 players from its 1996 team that finished 22-12 in an injury-plagued season while capturing the BIG EAST Conference title and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament ... the Irish lose four seniors, most notably 5-11 opposite Jenny Birkner, a two-time all-district selection who is the only Notre Dame player ever to appear in every match of her career ... other players lost to graduation include: 6-5 middle blocker Jennifer Rouse, a starter at middle blocker before missing the final 11 matches of '96 with a thumb injury; 5-10 hitter Kristina Ervin, the team's top backrow player; and 6-0 hitter Jen Briggs, who started much of the '96 season due to injuries to other players ... all told, the Irish lose 43% of their kills, 43% of their digs, 36% of their blocks and 33% of their aces with the departure of the senior foursome ... the addition of Boylan addresses a need that was exposed in frustrating fashion during the '96 season for Notre Dame, which took the chance in 1996 of not adding a second setter to back up junior Carey May, after Shannon Tuttle had graduated the previous spring ... May ended up missing 16 matches due to injury, with junior hitter Jaimie Lee having to fill in a t setter ... current 6-1 freshman Emily Schiebout is a leading candidate to fill Birkner's vacant spot on the right ... Schiebout's classmates Lauren Stettin and Mandi Powell, in addition to Jameyson and Girton, also could play on the right side ... candidates to fill Ervin's backrow role include Stettin, Shimmel, junior-to-be Audra Duda and sophomore-to-be Theresa Seidle.

    Boylan -- the most heralded of the signees and the Gatorade national player of the year--first contacted the Notre Dame coaches during eighth grade before making a rare early verbal commitment to the Irish in the spring of her sophomore year at Benet Academy ... considered one of the top young setters in the country, Boylan is the only player to play on the United States youth national team during each of the past three years ... she has earned five All-America awards while playing for Chicago-based Sports Performance Volleyball Club--which also produced Birkner and Stettin--and earned tournament MVP honors at the 1995 Junior Championships after leading Sports Performance to the under-16 national title ... while with the U.S. youth national team, Boylan traveled to international tournaments in Mexico and Slovakia ... she was one of three junior players who were special guests of the United States Volleyball Association (USVBA) at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta ... Boylan also was used as a middle blocker on her high school team at Benet, earning all-state honors as a middle the past two seasons.

    Girton, who can play anywhere on the front line, was named a third team All-American by Volleyball Magazine (Boylan was not on VM's all-American list, which evaluated high school performance rather than club) ... she concluded her career at Muncie Central High School by setting school career records for kills (1,069; 3.97/gm) and aces (168; 0.64/gm) ... as a junior, Girton helped Muncie reach the state semifinals for the first time in school history while posting a 35-1 record and a #4 national ranking in the final USA Today poll ... Girton has played the last eight years with the Asics Munciana Volleyball Club, which also produced Angie Harris, who will be a senior outside hitter for the Irish in 1997 pending her return from knee surgery last November ... while with Asics Munciana, Girton earned first team All-America honors in 1995 and third team honors in '93 ... she helped Munciana capture the 1994 under-16 national title and 10th place at the '95 Junior Olympics.

    Jameyson -- noted for her versatility, athleticism and quickness--has experience at middle blocker and outside hitter ... she was named second team all-state as a junior before earning first team all-state and district MVP honors this past season ... Jameyson holds the Alvin High School record for career kills (1,347) and was the district high jump champion as a sophomore and junior (when she cleared five feet, eight inches).

    Shimmel, whose strengths include strong passing and defense, will make the journey from the west coast after captaining Capistrano Valley High School to the CIF sectional title game last fall ... a first team all-league and second team all-CIF outside hitter, Shimmel also plays for the Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club, which placed fourth in the 1995 under-16 division at the prestigious Davis (Calif.) Festival volleyball tournament.

    Notre Dame Head Coach Debbie Brown on the Class of 2001: "I am very pleased with the entire class. There is a great balance of ball control and strong net play. Personality-wise, they are going to fit in with the team really well and they are all good students. One of the most noteworthy things is the enthusiasm they all have for volleyball. They all play with a lot of energy and you can tell by watching that they enjoy playing the game. It's great to coach players who have that type of attitude. They are serious and push themselves but aren't so serious to the point where they don't have fun playing. ... I think there is going to be competition at every position, because of the way things have panned out. Even on the left side, Angie Harris has a long way to go to come back from her knee surgery. It's going to be a very healthy situation because the more competition you have the better people are going to be. ... We gambled this past year by not having two true setters on our team. We gambled and we lost. Just as in any position, you always want competition and I think it's going to be a very positive situation, whether Carey is setting or Denise is setting--they'll make each other better. ... Our goal as a program still is advancing to the NCAA final four and this incoming class has the talent and enthusiasm to help us reach that goal--both next season and beyond."

    IN THE FAMILY: Denise Boylan and Jo Jameyson both come from athletic families ... Boylan's sister, Susan, will be a junior in 1997 on the volleyball team at Marquette University while her father, Michael, played basketball at Assumption College and in the American Basketball Association with the Kentucky Colonels (her uncle, Jim Boylan, played for Marquette's 1977 national championship basketball team) ... Jameyson's sister, Katy, was a two-time volleyball All-American at the University of Texas and currently serves as an assistant at Alvin High School while her father, Jack, played football at the University of Houston.

    FROM NEAR AND FAR: The addition of the class of 2,001 gives Notre Dame five players from the state of Indiana (years based on 1997 status): senior hitter Angie Harris (Fort Wayne), senior middle Molly McCarthy (Indianapolis), sophomore hitter Mandi Powell (Monroeville), sophomore DS Theresa Seidle (Muncie) and freshman hitter/middle Christi Girton (Muncie), plus freshman setter Denise Boylan (Lisle) and sophomore opposite Lauren Stettin (Burr Ridge) from the Chicago area ... the remaining eight players hail from all parts of the country, including: three from California (senior setter Carey May, San Diego; junior DS Audra Duda, Woodland Hills; and freshman hitter Adrienne Shimmel, Mission Viejo); two from Texas (junior middle and Austin-native Lindsay Treadwell and freshman Houston-area native Jo Jameyson), plus one each from Minnesota (sophomore opposite and Blaine native Emily Schiebout), Florida (sophomore middle and Tampa native Mary Leffers) and Washington (Spokane native and senior hitter Jaimie Lee).

    Brown on In-State Talent: "There are great volleyball areas in the state of Indiana. It's great to have Indiana players here and it's nice for them to play close to home. We also have had players from Chicago or Michigan who are just as close. When you're recruiting on a national scale and still an bring in quality players that are considered locals, I think that's a good thing."

    FAB EIGHT: The additions of Denise Boylan, Christi Girton and Jo Jameyson boosts Notre Dame's total of former Volleyball Magazine "Fab-50" recruits to eight, the others being (years indicate '97 status): senior hitters Jaimie Lee and Angie Harris, senior setter Carey May, junior middle Lindsay Treadwell and sophomore middle Mary Leffers.

    SIGNING CLASS CAPSULES . . .

    BOYLAN served as team captain at Benet Academy for three years while earning three team MVP awards (as a middle blocker) and guiding Benet to the conference title her sophomore and junior year ... she is Benet's career kills leader ... Boylan was three times all-city and all-state as a junior and senior ... her sister Susan is 5-10 and her mother Joanne is 5-9 ... Boylan intends to major in communication at Notre Dame ... she is the daughter of Michael and Joanne Boylan

    Brown on Boylan: "Denise certainly has received a lot of accolades and has benefited from the chance to play with the USA youth team. The most unique thing about Denise is that it's very rare to have someone who is 6-1 as your setter. She brings a different dimension to us at that position. We hope that her height will be key in our ability to block the ball even better. Denise is a very natural leader, very outgoing, very competitive and has high expectations of her self."

    Boylan on her decision: "I've always wanted to go to Notre Dame -- it just seems to be the best place for me education, as well as athletically. It's also very close to home--just an hour drive for my family to see me play. The minute I stepped on campus, I knew for sure Notre Dame was where I wanted to go. I really like the coaches and the girls on the team. A lot of girls from Benet Academy have gone to Notre Dame and they always have had great things to say about the school. ... I always was out doing all kinds of sports. My sister was playing volleyball so I started playing it. Basketball also was always big in our family. I started to focus on volleyball in the eighth grade. I was just 5-7 in seventh grade but had grown to 5-11 by the end of eighth grade. I was playing sports a lot as a kid. When other girls were out shopping with their mom, I was playing basketball or volleyball with my dad. ... I expect to do pretty well academically at Notre Dame because I've worked very hard on my studies since making my commitment and my grades have gone up each semester. ... I've kept track of the team the last few years and I can't wait to play with Jaimie Lee and Angie Harris."

    GIRTON led Muncie Central to three conference titles and two regional title ... she was three times named all-state, served as team co-captain a senior and was nominated for the academic all-state team ... her 1996 stats included 382 kills (for a whopping 5.16 per game) while she served 61 aces as a junior in 1995 ... Girton helped Muncie Central post a 36-3 record in 1996 while leading Asics-Munciana to 10th place at the 1996 Junior Olympics ... she is one of three players from the state of Indiana on Volleyball Magazine's high school All-America team, joining her longtime friend and neighbor Emily Sallee (Muncie Burris HS) and Heather Wright (Martinsville HS) ... Wright was named to the six-player first team, Salee to the six-player second team and Girton to the six-player third team ... Girton is a member of the National Honor Society and student government and intends to major in business at Notre Dame ... she is the daughter of Tim and Susan Girton

    Brown on Girton: "Christi has played on the left side, middle and right side and we could use her at any of those positions. She is very versatile--a good blocker, a good attacker, she can attack quick, she can attack high. Ultimately, her best position may be left side but going into the season we're going to leave it open, based on what needs we have and where she fits in. I think it's a great asset that she can play any frontline position."

    Girton on her decision: "I knew Notre Dame was the right place for me when I took my official visit. It just kind of clicked and I got a feeling that I didn't get at the other schools. I also wanted my parents to be able to see me play and I have some family in the South Bend area. It'll be nice being close to home but not too close. ... I'd always heard about Angie Harris--what a great player and great person she is. It was just great to finally meet her. ... In this area (Muncie), volleyball starts at a very young age. And fans in this area have really taken an interest in volleyball. We are getting as many as 2,000 fans for a game when we used to get only 200 a few years ago, when it used to be only basketball. ... I feel we will have a great class at Notre Dame--four players who can really help the program. I hope to fit in and adjust as quickly as I can but I don't really know what to expect."

    JAMEYSON is the second-youngest of six children, five of whom are over six-feet tall ... she owns Alvin High School records for kills in match (21 vs. Episcopal) and blocks in a match (10, 4 of which were solos, vs. Kempner) ... as a junior, she totaled 295 kills, 115 digs, 56 aces and 60 blocks (25 solos) ... as a senior, she totaled 410 kills, 223 digs, 68 aces and 62 blocks (39 solo) in 40 matches ... Alvin's ended its season with a 26-13 record, losing in the regional round to Kingwood High School (which finished as state runner-up) ... Jameyson is a member of the National Honor Society and intends to be a pre-professional major at Notre Dame ... she is the daughter of Jack and Johnnye Jameyson.

    Brown on Jameyson: "Jo is a really versatile athlete. She is very quick and, because of that, is a very good middle blocker. She does a good job getting out and closing the block. She hits quick balls well. She hits high balls well, too, but just has more experience hitting in the middle and that's where we probably will use her, at least initially. Jo is a good all-around player who just really enjoys playing the game. She also has great room for improvement and will become an even better player--particularly she will become a lot stronger. "

    Jameyson on her decision: "I always wanted to go to Notre Dame. The Texas fans always would ask me after my sister's matches where I wanted to play volleyball. Since sixth grade, I always said Notre Dame. visited last September and it was everything I expected it to be. I liked the idea of going to a small Catholic school with a great tradition and a top-level volleyball program. ... My sister Katy is my best friend and a great coach. She helps me so much and explains things like no one else. ... I'm really looking forward to making contributions at Notre Dame and helping the team get even stronger."

    SHIMMEL played on undefeated conference champions as a freshman and sophomore ... she received the team's most inspirational award as a freshman and the coaches award as a sophomore, two offensive MVP awards and three academic achievement awards ... Shimmel led Capistrano Valley to a 17-4 record and the CIF sectional finals, where they lost to Fountain Valley ... she recently attained the Gold Award, the highest honor awarded in girl scouts, and has a twin brother, Kevin, who is an eagle scout ... her Gold Award service project entailed collecting countless items for Laura's House, a battered women's shelter in the south Orange County area ... a member of the national honor society, Shimmel intends to major in communications ... she is the daughter of David and Nicola Shimmel.

    Brown on Shimmel: " Adrienne will be a great boost to our left side. She is a great passer and good defensive player. She's very vocal on the court and plays with a lot of enthusiasm. She has a real positive attitude. One of the things that was really fun about recruiting Adrienne was her excitement about Notre Dame. "

    Shimmel on her decision: "When Notre Dame first showed an interest in me, it was very exciting. It easily became my number one choice. I like the safety of the campus, the upper level of the volleyball and the great academics. I also like the fact that the team gets involved with the community and in helping people. That's something which is important to me."

    Elaina Oden Named Notre Dame Assistant Volleyball Coach (5/21/97): Three-time All-American and two-time Olympian Elaina Oden was named assistant women's volleyball coach at Notre Dame, head coach Debbie Brown announced ... Oden will serve as the program's second assistant while Steve Hendricks will assume primary assistant duties ... Hendricks, who is entering his fourth season as a Notre Dame assistant, served as an assistant coach during the 1996 season along with Jim McLaughlin, who recently accepted the head coaching position with the Kansas State women's volleyball team ... a two-time first team All-American and member of two NCAA champion squads at the University of the Pacific (UOP), Oden has been a member of the United States women's volleyball national team program since 1986 ... the 6-1 middle blocker has represented the United States at 15 major international competitions, including the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games and the 1995 World Grand Prix, where the U.S. turned in a gold-medal performance ... prior to accepting the head coaching position at Notre Dame, Brown was an assistant for the 1990 U.S. national team that went on to capture the bronze medal at the '90 World Championship, with Oden serving as one of the team's top players ... Oden's previous coaching experience includes spending the past two years as head coach of the Orange County Volleyball Club 18-and-under squad. She also served this year as head coach of the Orange Lutheran High School boys varsity volleyball team, in addition to coaching the Montgomery High School boys junior varsity in 1992 ... Oden's first coaching experience came in 1990, with the Stockton Volleyball Club 16-and-under team ... Oden earned first team All-America honors as a freshman and sophomore, after leading UOP to a two-year record of 75-6 and the 1985 and 1986 NCAA championship titles ... Volleyball Monthly magazine recognized Oden as its 1986 national player of the year ... in the summer of 1987, she suffered a major knee injury but ultimately was able to return for a fifth year of eligibility, earning second team All-America and Big West Conference player of the year honors in 1989 ... a native of Irvine, Calif., the 30-year-old Oden hails from a well-known volleyball family ... her sister Kim was NCAA player of the year at Stanford in both 1984 and '85 and teamed with Elaina on the bronze-medal-winning U.S. team at the '92 Olympics ... her sister Bev earned NCAA player of the year honors at Stanford in 1990 and was a teammate of Elaina's at the '96 Olympics ... each of the Oden sisters was named to the NCAA All-Decade Team for the 1980s, with Kim earning player of the decade honors ... Elaina was further honored in 1990 as a member of Volleyball Monthly's All-Time Fab 50 elite ... Oden's national team highlights included sharing the 1991 coaches award with Tara Cross-Battle before earning the award again in 1996 ... her 26 kills and .778 hitting percentage sparked the bronze-medal victory over Brazil at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain ... Oden was named to the 1995 All-Canada Cup team, after leading the U.S. to a gold-medal finish, and was named best spiker at the 1995 World Grand Prix ... Oden's jersey is one of three to be retired by the UOP volleyball program ... she maintains career records at the school for kills (1,485) and hitting percentage (.341) while ranking second in kills per match (12.1) and third in blocks (534) and digs (1,209) ... as a freshmen in 1985, she set still-standing UOP records for kills (547) and hitting percentage (.380) while her 1986 hitting mark of .357 remains second in the UOP record book. She graduated from UOP in 1990, with a bachelor's degree in sociology ... Oden led Irvine High School to the 1981 and 1984 CIF-South Section 4-A titles ... she was named the 1984 CIF 4-A state player of the year and 1985 Orange County athlete of the year ... Oden also lettered in basketball and soccer at Irvine High School and was the state shot put champion as a senior.

    Debbie Brown on Hiring of Elaina Oden: "Elaina obviously has great playing experience, both on the college and international levels, and that's something that the team will be able to draw on ... Even though she doesn't have much coaching experience, Elaina has made the decision that coaching is what she wants to pursue and she is very enthusiastic and willing to learn. Obviously, Elaina will be a great help to our middle blockers but she also has a great overall sense of the game. People look at her size and think she's just a great frontrow player but, in international competition, you have to play much more back row. ... Elaina is a very good backrow player and will do a great job working with any player. We are very excited that she has become a part of the program and are looking forward to the summer as we prepare for the upcoming season."

    Elaina Oden: "I really feel a need to give something back to the sport of volleyball and this is a great opportunity for me. Notre Dame is a great university and atmosphere and I really am looking forward to coaching under Debbie Brown. As former national team players, we both have a similar perspective on the game. I'm just really looking forward to the experience."

    IRISH RELEASE '97 SCHEDULE: Notre Dames' 1997 schedule includes several noteworthy matches ... the Irish will play host to a pair of tournaments that feature NCAA Tournament-caliber teams ... the Shamrock Invitational (Aug. 29-30) includes Louisville, Oral Roberts and Wisconsin while a yet-to-be-named tournament (Sept. 19-20) includes California, Texas A&M and New Mexico ... Notre Dame will play three away tournaments: the Spikeoff Spokane (Sept. 5-6), the Univ. of Colorado Invitational (Sept. 12-13) and the annual Long Beach State Thanksgiving tournament (Nov. 28-29) ... the Irish will make a trip to the lone star state for matches at the University of Texas (Oct. 21) and the University of Houston (Oct. 22) ... the Spikeoff Spokane tournament will be played at Spokane Arena--site of the 1997 NCAA semifinals and finals ... the non-conference home schedule includes matches vs. perennial power Florida (Sept. 8), regional rivals Marquette (Sept. 23) and Illinois State (Oct. 7), and North Carolina (Oct. 17) ... Notre Dame will play four BIG EAST Conference matches at home, including a Nov. 9 matchup vs. Pittsburgh--which has lost to the Irish in the last two BIG EAST title matches--and meetings vs. '96 BIG EAST Tournament teams St. John's (Oct. 3) and UConn (Oct. 5) ... noteworthy conference road matches will be at '96 BIG EAST Tournament teams Syracuse (Oct. 25) and Villanova (Oct. 31) ... the Irish wrap up BIG EAST play at Seton Hall on Nov. 16, hoping to return to South Orange the following week in quest of a third straight BIG EAST Tournament title (Nov. 22-23).

    TOURNEY NOTES: The first day of the Shamrock Invitational has ORU vs. Wisconsin (5 PM) and the Irish vs. Louisville (7:30 PM), in a rematch of the '96 five-game thriller ... the tournament continues Aug. 30 with Wisconsin-Louisville (10:30 AM) and Notre Dame-ORU (1:00 PM), which upended the Irish in the regional round of the '95 NCAAs ... Louisville then will face ORU (5:00), followed by the first meeting between Notre Dame and Wisconsin since '87 (7:30 PM) ... the Irish open play at the Spikeoff Spokane on Sept. 6 vs. host Gonzaga (7 PM) and then face Utah (11 AM) the next day before a much-anticipated matchup vs. Washington St. (8 PM) ... the Colorado Invitational will yield matchups vs. Georgia (Sept. 12) and CU (Sept. 13) ... Notre Dame's second home tournament opens with Cal vs. Texas A&M (4 PM) and the Irish vs. New Mexico (8 PM) on Sept. 19, with a 5 PM consolation match and 7:30 PM title match the next day ... the BIG EAST Tournament again is set to include six teams, with the #1 and #2 seeds receiving a 1st-round bye on Nov. 22, the semi's held that night and the finals played Nov. 23 ... the Long Beach tournament features Notre Dame vs. UCSB on Nov. 28 (5:30 PM) and vs. the 49ers on Nov. 29 (7:30 PM) ... the NCAAs have expanded from 48 to 56 teams ... the top eight seeds will receive a first-round bye, playing host to a three-team combined first and second round ... the #9-#16 seeds will play host to a four-team combined first and second round ... the first two rounds will be Dec. 4-7, followed by the regionals (Dec. 11-14), semifinals (Dec. 18) and finals (Dec. 20).

    SPECIAL NOTES: The '97 schedule includes several matches that hold special significance ... the Spikeoff Spokane will be held in the hometown of senior hitter Jaimie Lee ... the Florida match holds special significance for sophomore middle Mary Leffers, a native of Tampa who attended Berkeley Prep and played for the Tampa Juniors ... the Colorado Invitational provides Brown a chance to return to the state where she trained with the Olympic team (in Colorado Springs) ... the Sept. 19-20 tournament at Notre Dame will reunite Brown her former U.S. Olympic teammates who are serving as head coaches of Cal (Sue Woodstra), Texas A&M (Laurie Corbelli) and UNM (Laurel Brassey Iversen) ... the Marquette match pits Notre Dame freshmen setter Denise Boylan (Lisle, Ill.) vs. her sister Susan, a junior on the Warriors volleyball squad ... junior middle Lindsay Treadwell will return to her hometown of Austin, Texas for the first time in her career (the Irish played host to Texas in '95 while also facing UT that year at Georgia Tech) ... freshman hitter/blocker Jo Jameyson will have plenty of family and friends at the match in Houston (Jameyson hails from nearby Alvin, Texas and played for the Houston Juniors) while Leffers' sister, Emily, is a senior hitter for the Cougars ... the Long Beach trip will land three Irish players close to their Southern California homes: senior setter Carey May (Rancho Santa Fe), junior defensive specialist Audra Duda (Woodland Hills) and freshman hitter Adrienne Shimmel (Mission Viejo).

    STACKING THE DECK: Notre Dame's 18 non-conference matches could include as many as eight vs. teams that were ranked in the top 20 of the final AVCA poll, plus three others vs. teams that received votes ... those 11 teams combined to win nearly 81% of their matches in '96, going 293-69 for an average record of 27-6 ... Florida (37-2 ) finished #4, losing to Hawaii in the NCAA semi's ... WSU (27-6) finished #7, losing to eventual NCAA champ Stanford in the quarterfinals ... Long Beach (33-3) lost to Michigan St. in the NCAA regionals and finished #10 ... Texas (23-7) finished 11th, ending on a regional loss to eventual NCAA runnerup Hawaii ... Wisconsin, Louisville and UCSB finished #15-#17, respectively, while Texas A&M was 19th ... the Badgers (25-8) lost to Penn St. in the regionals ... the Cardinals (26-5) also lost in the regionals, to Nebraska ... the Gauchos (23-9) ended their season at the hands of LMU in the 2nd round ... the Aggies (25-8) lost in the 2nd round to Michigan St. ... Colorado (19-1) was one spot behind Notre Dame, as the 26th-highest team receiving votes (the Buffs lost to Hawaii in the 2nd round) ... Illinois St. (29-8) and ORU (26-3) tied for the 31st-most votes ... ISU dropped a 2nd-round NCAA match at Florida while ORU lost in four games to CU during the 1st round ... one other team on Notre Dame's '97 schedule--Houston--advanced to the '96 NCAAs, losing to Colorado St. in the 1st round ... Notre Dame's '96 non-conference schedule included eight matches vs. teams that ended up in the final '96 AVCA poll (the '96 Irish played two others that qualified for the '96 NCAAs) ... the Irish visited 11 destinations during the summer and fall of '96, traversing more than 28,000 miles (including a trip to Germany) ... in '97, Notre Dame will visit 12 cities in nine different states (plus Washington, D.C.) ... since 1980, the Notre Dame volleyball team has travelled to 31 different states, including 25 during Brown's seven-year tenure as the program's head coach.

    1996 AWARDS

    LEE LEADS BIG EAST AWARDS: Junior Jaimie Lee was named the '96 BIG EAST player of the year after serving as a vital member of the conference champion Irish ... senior opposite Jenny Birkner, the BIG EAST player of the year in 1995, joined Lee as a member of the all-BIG EAST first team while freshman middle Mary Leffers was named to the conference all-rookie team.

    ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM
    MVP - Jaimie Lee (Notre Dame, Jr., OH/S)
    Jenny Birkner (Notre Dame, Sr., OPP)
    Jennie Driscoll (Pittsburgh, Sr., MB)
    Stephanie Dufresne (Pittsburgh, Sr., S)
    Jenelle Koester (Connecticut, So., OH)
    Jennifer Murphy (Syracuse, Sr., OH/MB)

    ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM
    Danielle Bethke (Syracuse, Sr., DS)
    Marisa Davidson (Villanova, Jr., MB)
    Stacy Evans (Villanova, Jr., MB)
    Becky Loftus (Providence, Sr. OH)
    Megan O'Brien (Villanova, So., OH)
    Ann Roberson (Connecticut, So., S)

    BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
    Rookie of the Year - Stacy Moline (Villanova, S)
    Chanice Harris (Connecticut, MB)
    Mary Leffers (Notre Dame, MB)
    Peggy Mainhart (Pittsburgh, MB)
    Lola Opadiran (Rutgers, OH)
    Megan Porter (West Virginia, OH)

    BIG EAST TOURNAMENT MVP
    Lindsay Treadwell (Notre Dame, MB)

    ALL-DISTRICT 1 TEAM
    Jenny Birkner (Notre Dame, Sr., OPP)
    Tamu Cooper (Temple, MB)
    Jennie Driscoll (Pittsburgh, MB)
    Stephanie Dufresne (Pittsburgh, S)
    Stacy Evans (Villanova, MB)
    Karen Kunselman (Delaware, MB)
    Jaimie Lee (Notre Dame, Jr., OH/S)
    Zhouhui Ma (Dayton, OH)
    Lauren Maselli (Rhode Island, OH)
    Dionne Nash (Massachusetts, OH)
    Jessica Salmans (Rhode Island, S)

    ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS
    Shamrock Invitational
    Jaimie Lee (MVP)
    Jenny Birkner
    Angie Harris
    Mary Leffers

    Big Four Classic
    Jenny Birkner
    Mary Leffers

    Mizuno USA Cup
    Jenny Birkner

    ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA NOMINEES
    Jen Briggs
    Kristina Ervin

    NOTRE DAME DEAN'S LIST
    Jenny Birkner (fall '96, spring '97)
    Jen Briggs (fall '96, spring '97)
    Kristina Ervin (fall '96, student teaching in spring)
    Jaimie Lee (fall '96, spring '97)
    Carey May (fall '96, spring '97)
    Molly McCarthy (spring '97)
    Jennifer Rouse (fall '96, spring '97)
    Lindsay Treadwell (fall '96, spring '97)

    1996 SEASON BESTS

    Team Bests
    KILLS
        82  vs. George Mason (11/9)
        78  vs. Ohio State (NCAAs, 12/8)
    HITTING PERCENTAGE (3 games)
        .422    vs. Hofstra (NCAAs, 12/4)
        .384    vs. Central Florida (8/30)
        .370    vs. Syracuse (BIG EAST Tour., 11/23)
    HITTING PERCENTAGE (4 games)
        .323    at Pittsburgh (BIG EAST Tour., 11/24)
    HITTING PERCENTAGE (5 games)
        .262    vs. Ohio State (NCAAs, 12/8)
    FEWEST RECEPTION ERRORS
        1   at Pitt. (11/2), vs. Rutgers (11/8),
            vs. Syracuse (BIG EAST Tour., 11/23),           
            vs. Hofstra (NCAAs, 12/4)
    SERVICE ACES
        13  vs. Clemson (in Chicago, 9/14)
        12  vs. Toledo (8/31)
    FEWEST SERVICE ERRORS
        1   at Syr. (11/3), vs. Seton Hall (11/10)
    TOTAL BLOCKS
        20  vs. Louisville (9/6)
        17  vs. Ohio State (NCAAs, 12/8)
    
    Individual Bests
    KILLS (5 games)
        27  Jaimie Lee (vs. Ohio St., NCAAs, 12/8) 
        25  Angie Harris (at Illinois State, 10/8)
        23  Jaimie Lee (vs. George Mason, 1/9)
    KILLS (4 games)
        19  Jaimie Lee (@Pitt., B.E. Tour., 11/24)
        16  Jaimie Lee (at CS Northridge, 10/22)
    KILLS (3 games)
        20  Jaimie Lee (vs. Washington St., 11/29)
        18  Jen Briggs (at St. John's, 11/17)
        16  Jen Briggs (vs. Georgetown, 10/4)
    HITTING PCT. (5 games, min. 20 att.)
        .447    Mary Leffers (vs. Ball State, 10/1)
        .436    L. Treadwell (vs. OSU, NCAAs, 12/8)
    HITTING PCT. (4 games, min. 16 att.)
        .548    L. Treadwell (at Pitt, B.E. Tour., 11/24)
    HITTING PCT. (3 games, min. 12 att.)
        .692    Mary Leffers (vs. Boston Coll., 10/13)
        .583    Angie Harris (at West Virginia, 10/19)
        .571    Jennifer Rouse (vs. Clemson, 9/14)
    ACES
        6   Angie Harris (vs. Purdue, 9/21)
        5   Angie Harris (vs. South Carolina, 8/31)
        5   L. Treadwell (vs. Georgetown, 10/4)
    DIGS
        19  Lindsay Treadwell (vs. Ball State, 10/1)
    TOTAL BLOCKS
        12  Mary Leffers (vs. Louisville, 9/6)
        12  Mary Leffers (vs. OSU, NCAAs, 12/8)
    

    RECORD BOOK UPDATE

    Team Season Records
    Kills Per Game
        1.  16.32   1995
        2.  15.68   1994
        3.  15.32   1993
        4.  15.30   1996
    Service Aces/Game
        1.  2.02    1994
        2.  1.82    1992
        3.  1.73    1996
    Fewest Serve Errors/Game
        1.  1.68    1996
        2.  1.74    1985
    Service Ace-to-Error Ratio
        1.  1.030 (206/200) 1996
        2.  0.757           1992
    Low Opponent Ace Average
        1.  1.08/gm 1995
        2.  1.11/gm 1996
    
    Team Match Records
    Fewest Serve Errors in a Match
        1.  1 - at Syracuse (3 gms)     11/3/96
            1 - vs. Seton Hall (3 gms)  11/10/96
    
    Indiv. Match Records
    Service Aces in a Three-Game Match
        1.  9, Angie Harris vs. Syracuse (10/20/95)
        2.  6, Angie Harris vs. Purdue (9/21/96)
    
    Individual Single Season 
    Assists Per Game
        1.  Carey May (1995)    13.47
        2.  Carey May (1996)    12.68
    Service Aces
        1.  Angie Harris (1994)     75
        2.  Angie Harris (1995)     67
        3.  Nicole Coates (19930    46
        4.  Mary Kay Waller (1988)  44
        5.  Zanette Bennett (1986)  42
            Alicia Turner (1990)    42
        7.  Nicole Coates (1992)    39
        8.  Angie Harris (1996)     38
    Aces Per Game
        1.  Angie Harris (1996) 0.67
        2.  Angie Harris (1994) 0.66
    Service Ace-to-Error Ratio (min. 20 aces)
        1.  Jaimie Lee (1996)           2.00
        2.  Christy Peters (1991)       1.90
        3.  Lindsay Treadwell (1996)    1.40
        4.  Christy Peters (1992)       1.25
    Digs
        1.  Christy Peters (1993)       500
        2.  Jessica Fiebelkorn (1992)   474
        3.  Jessica Fiebelkorn (1991)   425
        4.  Christy Peters (1992)       409
        5.  Christy Peters (1991)       388
        6.  Zanette Bennett (1987)      363
        7.  Jenny Birkner (1996)        353
    Blocks Per Game
        1.  Mary Kay Waller (1988)      1.79
        2.  Mary Kay Waller (1987)      1.74
        3.  Mary Kay Waller (1985)      1.66
        4.  Mary Kay Waller (1986)      1.55
        5.  Mary Leffers (1996)         1.43
    Total Blocks
        1.  Mary Kay Waller (1988)      206
        2.  Jessica Fiebelkorn (1991)   186
        3.  Mary Kay Waller (1987)      176
        4.  Mary Kay Waller (1986)      173
        5.  Mary Leffers (1996)         160
    Percentage of Games Played
        1.  Jenny Birkner (1996)        1.000
        2.  Marilyn Cragin (1993)       .993
        3.  Jenny Birkner (1993)        .992
        4.  Julie Bremner (1988)        .992
        5.  Jaimie Lee (1996)           .983
        6.  Katie Kavanaugh (1991)      .979
        7.  Christy Peters (1993)       .976
        8.  Mary Kay Waller (1988)      .975
        9.  Lindsay Treadwell (1996)    .974
    
    Individual Career
    Hitting Percentage (min. 1,000 att.)
        1.  Zanette Bennett (1985-88)       .289
        2.  Jenny Birkner (1993-96)         .286
            Jessica Fiebelkorn (1989-92)    .284        
        4.  Mary Kay Waller (1985-88)       .279
        5.  Jaimie Lee (1994-  )            .278
        6.  Marilyn Cragin (1989-91)        .268
        7.  Maureen Shea (1985-88)          .254
        8.  Angie Harris (1994-  )          .246
    KILLS
        1.  Christy Peters (1991-94)        1,683
        2.  Zanette Bennett (1985-88)       1,471
        3.  Jessica Fiebelkorn (1989-92)    1,299
        4.  Maureen Shea (1985-88)          1,193
        5.  Mary Kay Waller (1985-88)       1,188
        6.  Jenny Birkner (1993-96)         1,171
        7.  Alicia Turner (1989-92)         1,162
        8.  Angie Harris (1994-  )          1,085
        9.  Jaimie Lee (1994-  )            994
    KILLS PER GAME (min. 650 kills)
        1.  Angie Harris (1994-  )          3.88
        2.  Christy Peters (1991-94)        3.82
        3.  Zanette Bennett (1985-88)       3.44
        4.  Jessica Fiebelkorn (1989-92)    2.91
        5.  Jaimie Lee (1994-  )            2.88
        6.  Mark Kay Waller (1985-88)       2.86
    ASSISTS
        1.  Janelle Karlan (1990-93)        5,197
        2.  Taryn Collins (1986-89)         3,033
        3.  Carey May (1994-  )             2,544
        4.  Shannon Tuttle (1992-94)        1,727
        5.  Julie Bremner (1988)            1,340
        6.  Kathleen Morin (1984-87)        1,142
        7.  Jill Suglich (1984-87)          805
        8.  Jaimie Lee (1994-  )            711
        9.  Amy White (1987-90)             538
        10. Jenny Birkner (1993-96)         539
    ASSISTS PER GAME (min. 1,000 assists)
        1.  Carey May (1994-  )             12.41
        2.  Shannon Tuttle (1992-94)        11.07
    SERVICE ACES
        1.  Angie Harris (1994-  )          180
        2.  Alicia Turner (1989-92)         135
        3.  Mary Kay Waller (1985-88)       116
        4.  Christy Peters (1991-94)        112
            Jessica Fiebelkorn (1989-92)    112     
        6.  Zanette Bennett (1985-88)       111
        7.  Nicole Coates (1991-94)         108
        8.  Jenny Birkner (1993-96)         106
        9.  Maureen Shea (1985-88)          87
        10. Brett Hensel (1992-95)          83
        --  Jaimie Lee (1994-  )            81
    ACES PER GAME (min. 80 aces)
        1.  Angie Harris (1994-  )          0.643
        2.  Nicole Coates (1991-94)         0.329
    
    Individual Career
    Digs
        1.  Christy Peters (1991-94)        1,640
        2.  Jenny Birkner (1993-96)         1,359
        2.  Jessica Fiebelkorn (1989-92)    1,324
        3.  Alicia Turner (1989-92)         1,196
        5.  Janelle Karlan (1990-93)        1,025
        6.  Brett Hensel (1992-95)          962
        7.  Maureen Shea (1985-88)          959
        8.  Kathy Cunningham (1986-89)      936
        9.  Zanette Bennett (1985-88)       845
        10. Jaimie Lee (1994-  )            839
        --  Angie Harris (1994-  )          720
    Digs Per Game (minimum 800 digs)
        1.  Christy Peters (1991-94)        3.72
        2.  Jessica Fiebelkorn (1989-92)    2.91
        3.  Jenny Birkner (1993-96)         2.87
        4.  Alicia Turner (1989-92)         2.67
    Total Blocks
        1.  Mary Kay Waller (1985-88)       699
        2.  Maureen Shea (1985-88)          527
        3.  Jessica Fiebelkorn (1989-92)    504
        4.  Zanette Bennett (1985-88)       434
        5.  Jenny Birkner (1993-96)         358
        6.  Molly Stark (1990-93)           350
        7.  Janelle Karlan (1990-93)        313
        8.  Cynthia May (1989-92)           307
        9.  Jennifer Rouse (1993-96)        251
        10. Kathy Cunningham (1986-89)      246
        --  Jaimie Lee (1994-  )            230
    Block Average
        1.  Mary Kay Waller (1985-88)       1.68
        2.  Jessica Fiebelkorn (1989-92)    1.13
        3.  Maureen Shea (1985-88)          1.12
        4.  Jennifer Rouse (1992-  )        1.09
        5.  Cynthia May (1989-92)           1.02
    Games Played
        1.  Janelle Karlan (1990-93)        491
        2.  Jenny Birkner (1993-96)         473
        3.  Maureen Shea (1985-88)          472
        4.  Brett Hensel (1992-95)          461
        5.  Alicia Turner (1989-92)         448
        6.  Jessica Fiebelkorn (1989-92)    447
        7.  Christy Peters (1991-94)        441
        8.  Zanette Bennett (1985-88)       428
        9.  Mary Kay Waller (1985-88)       415
        10. Molly Stark (1990-93)           402
        --  Jaimie Lee (1994-  )            345
    Matches Played
        1.  Janelle Karlan (1990-93)        145
        2.  Molly Stark (1990-93)           141
        3.  Jenny Birkner (1993-96)         140
            Brett Hensel (1992-95)          140
        5.  Maureen Shea (1985-88)          137
        6.  Alicia Turner (1989-92)         134
        7.  Christy Peters (1991-94)        132
        8.  Zanette Bennett (1985-88)       127
        9.  Mary Kay Waller (1985-88)       125
        10. Jessica Fiebelkorn (1989-92)    123
        --  Jaimie Lee (1994-  )            104
    
    

    Matches vs. Ranked Teams

    (in Debbie Brown era, 1991- ) 12/8/97 #12 OHIO ST. (NCAAs) L, 2-3 11/30/96 @#11 Univ. of the Pacific L, 0-3 11/29/96 #12 Washington St. (@UOP) L, 0-3 11/10/96 #18 George Mason L, 2-3 10/25/96 @#1 Hawaii L, 0-3 10/24/96 @#1 Hawaii L, 0-3 9/13/96 #5 Penn St. (@Chicago) L, 1-3 9/6/96 #19 Louisville L, 2-3 9/4/96 #2 Stanford L, 0-3 12/8/95 #19 Oral Roberts (NCAAs) L, 0-3 11/7/95 @#1 Nebraska L, 0-3 10/18/95 @#14 Long Beach State L, 1-3 10/16/95 @#4 Stanford L, 1-3 10/13/95 @#25 Georgia Tech L, 2-3 9/24/95 #15 Colorado W, 3-0 9/23/95 #15 Colorado W, 3-0 9/22/95 #17 Texas L, 1-3 9/2/95 #9 USC W, 3-1 12/9/94 #9 Penn State (NCAAs) L, 0-3 11/25/94 @#12 USC L, 0-3 10/26/94 @#9 Florida W, 3-1 10/14/94 @#15 Texas W, 3-1 9/15/94 @#15 Colorado W, 3-1 12/10/93 #7 Penn State (NCAAs) L, 0-3 12/2/93 #8 Nebraska (NCAAs) W, 3-0 11/27/93 #4 BYU L, 0-3 11/26/93 @#11 Univ. of the Pacific L, 0-3 10/26/93 @#18 Arizona L, 0-3 10/25/93 @#17 Arizona State L, 1-3 9/25/93 #3 Nebraska W, 3-1 9/18/93 #24 New Mexico W, 3-1 9/11/93 #2 Long Beach State L, 0-3 9/10/93 #9 Illinois W, 3-2 9/7/93 #24 Washington W, 3-0 9/3/93 @#18 Kentucky L, 2-3 12/3/92 @#9 Penn State (NCAAs) L, 0-3 11/27/92 @#11 USC L, 0-3 10/23/92 @#21 Hawaii L, 0-3 10/22/92 @#21 Hawaii W, 3-0 10/18/92 @#13 New Mexico W, 3-2 10/10/92 #3 Long Beach State L, 0-3 9/18/92 #10 Florida L, 0-3 9/5/92 #17 Kentucky W, 3-2 10/30/91 #20 Louisville W, 3-1 9/13/91 #16 Ohio State W, 3-0 9/6/91 #22 Kentucky L, 0-3 TOTAL: 16-30 (9-6 at home) Based on AVCA/USVBA polls

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