Aug. 6, 1997
Notre Dame's Jaimie Lee Makes Solid Debut with USA Volleyball Program
Senior hitter leads United States' effort against Hungary in first day of Canada Cup
WINNIPEG, Canada - Notre Dame senior hitter Jaimie Lee (Spokane, Wash.) turned in team-best totals of 14 kills (on .300 hitting) and 12 digs in her first appearance with the United States World University Games volleyball team but her effort was not enough to deter the Hungarian national team from a 15-5, 15-11, 16-14 over the U.S. in first day action at the four-team Canada Cup.
The Canada Cup, which will run through Aug. 14, serves as a tune-up for the U.S. prior to the World University Games, which will be held August 19-31 in Sicily, Italy. Other teams participating in the Canada Cup include Germany and the host country.
Lee's .300 hitting included five errors on 30 attempts. The 5-11 righthander added one service ace, one service error, three reception errors, one solo block and one block assist.
Benishe Dillard, a 6-2 junior from Long Beach State, has emerged as the team's top early option at middle blocker. Dillard had six kills and two errors on 19 attempts (.210) against Hungary, adding one ace, three digs and five blocks (three of which were solos). The team's other middle blockers are 6-2 Eileen Murfee, a '97 graduate of Stanford, and 6-4 UCLA sophomore Elizabeth Bachman. Murfee had three kills on six swings (.333), adding an ace, seven digs and a block assist, while Bachman had three kills and one error on four attempts (.500), plus two digs and a block assist.
Laura Davis, a 1996 graduate of Ohio State, served as the setter for the team's .260 hitting effort.
The team's top opposite options are 6-2 Loyola Marymount senior Sarah Noriega and 6-0 Kim Keys, a '97 UC Santa Barbara graduate. Noriega had three kills and an error on seven swings (.285) against Hungary while Keys had four kills and an error on eight attempts (.375).
Three other outside hitters also saw action against Hungary: 6-0 UCLA senior Kara Milling, 6-0 Texas junior Demetria Sance and '97 Iowa graduate Jennifer Webb. Milling had a full match, posting 13 kills and five errors on 29 swings (.275) to go along with two aces, six digs and three blocks (two solo).Sance chipped in with three kills and three errors on 10 swings, plus four digs and a block assist, while Webb had three kills and two errors on seven attempts (.142), with six digs and a block assist.
The team's remaining two players--5-9 UOP junior hitter Elsa Stegemann and backup setter Kara Galer (a '97 graduate of Northern Iowa)--did not play in the Canada Cup opening match.
The U.S. had five aces but 11 service errors, while allowing Hungary 10 service aces.
1997 UNITED STATES WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES ROSTER
# Name Pos Ht. Yr. Hometown (School) 1 Demetria Sance OH 6-0 Jr. San Antonio, TX (University of Texas) 2 Laura Davis S 5-8 '96 grad. Wheaton, IL (Ohio State) 5 Jaimie Lee OH 5-11 Sr. Spokane, WA (Notre Dame) 6 Eileen Murfee MB 6-2 '97 grad. Tampa, FL (Stanford) 7 Kara Galer S 5-9 '97 grad. Iowa City, IA/Northern Iowa 8 Kara Milling OH 6-0 Sr. Poway, CA/UCLA 9 Jennifer Webb OH 5-11 '97 grad. Highland, CA/Iowa 11 Benishe Dillard MB 6-2 Jr. Kent, WA/Long Beach State 13 Elisabeth Bachman MB 6-4 So. Lakeville, MN/UCLA 15 Elsa Steggemann OH 5-9 Jr. Santa Cruz, CA/Univ. of the Pacific 16 Sarah Noriega OPP 6-2 Sr. Ulysses, KS/Loyola Marymount 17 Kimberly Keys OPP/OH 6-0 '97 grad. Whittier, CA/UC Santa Barbara