Sept. 3, 1997
No. 20 Irish Head to Great Northwest for Spikeoff Spokane; Homecoming for Jaimie Lee
LET THE GAMES CONTINUE: After opening the 1997 season last week by playing host to the Shamrock Invitational, #20 Notre Dame departs on its first of nine '97 roadtrips this week, to participate in the annual Spikeoff Spokane in Spokane, Wash. ... the event will serve as a homecoming for Irish senior hitter Jaimie Lee, who attended Ferris HS ... the Spikeoff tournament will be held at the Spokane Arena, which later this season will serve as the site of the 1997 NCAA Championship (the Spikeoff usually is played at Gonzaga University's Martin Centre) ... Washington State will serve as the host of the '97 NCAA Championship semifinals and final and the upcoming Spikeoff will serve as a dry run for the NCAA organizing and operations committees ... the Irish open against Gonzaga on Friday, Sept. 5 (7:00 p.m. Spokane time) before facing Utah (11:00 a.m.) and #6 Washington State (8:00 p.m.) on Saturday ... Gonzaga beat Notre Dame in the team's only previous meeting (3-1 in 1989) while the Irish have never played Utah ... WSU has won two prior meetings with Notre Dame (3-0 at home in 1990 and 3-0 at the '96 UOP Classic) ... last week's Shamrock Invitational featured four teams that participated in the 1996 NCAAs (Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Louisville and Oral Roberts) ... the Irish beat Louisville (3-1) and Oral Roberts (3-2) before losing to then-#18 Wisconsin in the tournament championship match (1-3) ... Debbie Brown owns a record of 167-50 (.770) in six-plus seasons as head coach at Notre Dame and is 284-133 (.681) in 11-plus seasons as a Division I head coach ... Brown heads to the Spikeoff Spokane 16 wins shy of her 300th career win ... she has been named conference coach of the year in five of her first six seasons at Notre Dame ... she has led 10 of her 12 Division I teams to the NCAA Tournament ... Brown was head coach at Arizona State University from 1983-88 and served as a U.S. national team assistant before accepting the head coaching position at Notre Dame in 1991.
HARRIS MAKES THUNDERING RETURN, EARNS BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame senior hitter Angie Harris was an all-district performer as a sophomore before suffering through various knee problems as a junior ... Harris left little doubt that she was back to full strength heading into the 1997 season opener, after tying classmate Jaimie Lee's Irish record by totaling 20-plus kills in three consecutive matches ... Harris had 23 kills in the Shamrock Invitational opener against Louisville, including 10 kills in the decisive fourth game ... her .388 hitting against Louisville (nine err., 54 att.) represents Harris' second-best hitting effort in a four-game match during her career (she ironically hit .484 against Louisville in 1994) ... Harris then totaled a career-best 27 kills against Oral Roberts before capping the week with 21 kills versus #18 Wisconsin ... her 71 kills during the Shamrock factored out to 5.46 per game, which is well ahead of the Irish record of 4.59, set by Christy Peters in 1994.
LEE HAS RARE MISS ... BUT FOR GOOD REASON: Senior hitter Jaimie Lee--the '96 BIG EAST player of the year--did not play in the first two matches of the Shamrock Invitational, as she was busy wrapping up competition as captain of the U.S. team that captured the silver medal in Sicily, Italy at the World University Games ... Lee played in 104 of 105 matches during her first three seasons with the Irish program ... she has appeared in 97.2% (105 of 108) of Notre Dame's matches during her career, the third-best percentage of matches played in Irish volleyball history ('97 grad. Jenny Birkner played in all 145 matches of her career while Janelle Karlan played in all 140 from 1990-93) ... prior to missing the '97 opener against Louisville, Lee had appeared in 62 consecutive matches, stretching back to the Sept. 15, 1995 matchup against North Carolina State at the Purdue Premier ... Lee also has played in 347 of 376 career games for a 92.3% games played that ranks third in Irish history behind Jenny Birkner (96.5%) and Janelle Karlan (92.8%) ... Lee needs to play in 105 games this season to become the fifth Irish player ever to log 450 in her career ... she needs to appear in 34 matches to move into fifth on that all-time list ... Lee earned MVP honors at the '96 Shamrock while serving as the team's emergency fill-in setter.
LEE RETURNS WITH SILVER MEDAL IN TOW: Notre Dame's Jaimie Lee returned to the Irish program after captaining the United States to a silver-medal finish at the '97 World University Games, held the final week of August in Catania, Sicily ... Lee, who suffered from food poisoning before the gold-medal match, endured a 21-hour, 5,000-mile return trip to South Bend and entered the Joyce Center in the second game of the Aug. 30 match against #18 Wisconsin ... the Irish were trailing 4-2 at that points but had worked to an 11-10 lead when Lee checked into the match, after filling out the needed eligibility forms and quickly going over some plays with the Irish coaches ... Lee's return and insertion into the lineup helped complete a 9-1 Irish run as Notre Dame won game two (15-10) ... the Irish lost in four games, with the weary Lee totaling eight kills and nine errors on 29 swings ... earlier in the week, Lee had a team-best 18 kills to lead the U.S. to a five-game win over Canada in the WUG semifinals (on Aug. 27) ... the U.S. lost the gold medal to Russia in three games, with Lee inserted at setter midway through the second game and during the third game in an attempt to jumpstart the U.S. offense ... Lee totaled 57 kills in six WUG matches, second to Demetria Sance's 65 (Sance is a junior at Texas, which will play host to the Irish on Oct. 21) ... Lee also led the U.S. in Sicily with 11 service aces during the first five matches while ranking third in digs (31) ... Lee totaled 84 kills over the course of the three-match Canada Cup (where the U.S. also took the silver) and in the six WUG matches, just behind Sance's team-leading 86 ... Lee also is scheduled to face former WUG teammate Benishe Dillard on Nov. 29, when Notre Dame completes its regular season at Long Beach State (Dillard is a junior middle for the 49ers).
QUICK NOTRE DAME TEAM NOTES: The Irish return five starters and 11 total players from the 1996 BIG EAST championship team that went 22-12 and advanced to the second round of the NCAAS ... the Irish have eight players who are six feet or taller on the 1997 roster, including a noticeable boost on the rightside block due to a pair of new 6-1 starters: sophomore opposite Emily Schiebout and freshman setter Denise Boylan ... the Irish volleyball team averaged 27.5 wins per season from 1991-96 ... Notre Dame has not lost a match to a conference opponent during the Debbie Brown era (since 1991), going 63-0 over that stretch ... in two years of BIG EAST Conference play, the Irish have won 22 of their 26 matches against conference foes in three games (Pittsburgh has forced the Irish to four games on three occasions while Villanova stretched the Irish to five games in '96).
DID YOU KNOW?: The Notre Dame volleyball, women's soccer and women's basketball teams posted a combined 148-38-2 record during the past two seasons (for a combined .790 winning percentage) ... Notre Dame was one of four Division I schools which saw its women's soccer, men's soccer and volleyball teams all 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 sophomore opposite Emily Schiebout and freshman outside hitter Adrienne Shimmel have a unique connection, as each has a twin brother.
MOVING ON UP: Senior hitter Angie Harris continues to add to her prominence in the Irish record book ... she owns seven Notre Dame service ace records (including 184 in her career, a career average of 0.628/gm and nine in a match) while her career kill average of 3.92/gm would set a new Irish record in that category, surpassing the 3.82 by '95 grad. Christy Peters ... Harris has 1,156 kills in her career and is on the verge of moving past Alicia Turner (1,162; 1989-92) into seventh on that all-time list ... Harris actually could finish the week by finding herself in fourth on the all-time kill list, needing just 38 kills to move past Turner, former teammate Jenny Birkner (1,171) and '89 graduates Mary Kay Waller (1,188) and Maureen Shea (1,193) ... her big weekend at the Shamrock Invitational gives Harris 63 career matches with double-digit kills, third-most in Irish history behind Peters (80) and Bennett (68) ... Harris also ranks behind Peters (19) and Bennett (16) with 14 career 20-plus kill matches ... in terms of career double-double matches (kills/digs), Harris now ranks fifth with 28, just one behind Turner and six behind Birkner ... her career dig average of 2.59/gm remains seventh all-time at Notre Dame.
BOYLAN EARNS RARE STARTING NOD: Newcomer Denise Boylan became the first freshman to start the season opener as Notre Dame's primary setter since Julie Bremner opened the 1988 season against Indiana ... Janelle Karlan split time as a freshman with senior Amy White as the Notre Dame setters in the 1990 opener against Montana ... Boylan had a solid debut, running an Irish offense that hit .299 while dispatching Louisville in four games ... she came back the next day to pace a .253 hitting effort against Oral Roberts ... Boylan's 6-1 frame has helped her post 11 kills, on .375 hitting, while her tough serving has produced a team-best seven service aces (0.54/gm) ... the 1996-97 Gatorade high school player of the year also ranks second on the team with 35 digs (2.69/gm), has assisted on six blocks and is averaging 11.54 assists per game ... Boylan is one of three members of Notre Dame's freshman class who were named to the Volleyball magazine national Fab 50 (the others are versatile frontline players Christi Girton and Jo Jameyson).
LEE NEARS SPOT ON SIX MAJOR CAREER TOP-10 LISTS: Senior hitter Jaimie Lee heads to the Spikeoff Spokane just 13 blocks and two aces shy of joining former teammate Jenny Birkner (1993-96) as the only players in the Notre Dame career top 10 for hitting percentage, kills, digs, aces, blocks and digs ... at the same time that Lee is moving into those top 10 lists, Birkner could be losing the rare six top-10 distinction, as freshman setter Denise Boylan needs just 190 more assists to bump Birkner from the 10th spot on the Irish all-time assists list.
SCHIEBOUT SLOPING UPWARD: Lost amidst the hoopla surrounding several of her teammates has been the performance of sophomore opposite Emily Schiebout, who takes over on the right side after the graduation of Jenny Birkner, who played at the position for all of Notre Dame's 140 matches from 1993-96 ... Schiebout opened her career as a starter by earning a spot on the Shamrock Invitational all-tournament team ... Schiebout has assisted on a team-best 15 blocks this season (1.25/gm) while her .370 hitting percentage is tops among all Notre Dame hitters and her 3.08 kills/gm (37 total) is second only to Angie Harris' 5.46 ... the 6-1 lefthander also has been a tough server, totaling five aces (second to Denise Boylan's seven) ... Schiebout appeared in just 10 matches as a freshman, totaling 13 kills, seven digs, two blocks and one ace.
NOTRE DAME POSTS SEVENTH STRAIGHT SEASON-OPENING WIN: Notre Dame is 7-0 in season-opening matches during the tenure of head coach Debbie Brown, with the '97 opener against Louisville serving as the greatest season-opening challenge in the Brown era ... Notre Dame presented Brown with a memorable win in her first match at Notre Dame, as the Irish claimed game four 15-13 and game five 16-14 to defeat Purdue at the Joyce Center in the 1991 opener ... 1992 saw the Irish post a 3-1 home win over Ball State to open the campaign and the Irish topped Valparaiso to open both the 1993 and '94 seasons (both matches were 3-0, with the '93 matchup held at Valparaiso and the '94 match at Notre Dame) ... the Irish will be opening their season at a home tournament for the third straight season, after beating Northwestern in the 1995 Notre Dame Invitational (3-1) and eventual NCAA Tournament participant Central Florida in the '96 Shamrock Invitational (3-0) ... the Irish also are 7-0 in home openers under Brown, having defeated Cal State Northridge (3-0) in mid-September of 1993 after opening that season with seven straight road matches.
IRISH TOUGH AT HOME: Notre Dame has won nearly 90% of its home matches during the Debbie Brown era (1991- ), going 81-10 over that stretch (.890) ... the Irish are 9-7 in home matches against ranked teams since the beginning of the 1991 season ... Notre Dame has won 47 of its last 48 home matches against unranked opponents, losing in five games last season to Ball State (the Irish are 72-3 at home against unranked teams in the Brown era).
SHAMROCK TEAMS MEET FOR FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME: Although the Notre Dame-Louisville series has been a very competitive one in recent year and includes 13 total matches, the remaining matchups in the 1997 Shamrock Invitational provided rarely-seen pairings ... Oral Roberts and Wisconsin met for the first ever while the only previous meeting between Notre Dame and Wisconsin came in 1987 ... Louisville and Wisconsin met just once previously, in 1985, while Louisville and Oral Roberts had not played since the series' first match in 1983 ... Notre Dame and Oral Roberts met in the 1995 NCAA Tournament (a 3-0 ORU win), marking the only other previous meeting between the teams aside from a 1983 match.
SHAMROCK INVITATIONAL NOTES: The four teams in the '97 Shamrock Invitational posted a combined record of 100-30 during the 1996 season and returned a combined 17 of 24 starters this season ... each of the four teams in the Shamrock opened the season with a new primary setter: Notre Dame freshman Denise Boylan, Wisconsin junior Coleen Neels, Cincinnati junior Anne Kordes and Oral Roberts freshman Carol Pacheco ... two Notre Dame players were named to the Shamrock Invitational all-tournament team: senior hitter Angie Harris and sophomore opposite Emily Schiebout ... Wisconsin senior hitter Amy Lee was named tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by Neels and Badgers freshman middle Jenny Maastrict ... the other all-tournament selections were Louisville sophomore hitter Sonia Gubaidulina and Oral Roberts sophomore middle Juliana Moser.
LEFFERS READIES FOR TWO MORE RANKED TEAMS: 6-4 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 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' 160 blocks are the most ever by an Irish freshman (fifth overall) ... she 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 ... 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 State ... 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' career stats vs. nationally-ranked teams
K-E/ATT PCT. BS-BA/TB DIG ACE
9/4/96 #2 Stanford 10-2/23 .348 0-5/5 4 0
9/6/96 #19 Louisville 11-4/28 .250 1-11/12 9 1
9/13/96 #5 Penn State (@Chicago) 13-3/30 .333 1-6/7 12 1
10/24/96 at #1 Hawaii 6-1/14 .357 0-0/0 0 1
10/25/96 at #1 Hawaii 10-3/26 .269 1-5/6 2 0
11/9/96 #18 George Mason 11-4/25 .280 0-3/3 5 1
11/29/96 #11 Washington St. 3-0/12 .250 0-5/5 3 0
11/30/96 at #12 UOP 7-5/17 .118 1-4/5 1 0
12/8/96 #12 Ohio State (NCAAs) 3-4/17 -.059 2-10/12 3 0
8/30/97 #18 Wisconsin 5-5/22 .000 0-6/15 7 0
TOTALS 10 matches (38 games) 79-31/214 .196 6-55/61 46 4
ODEN MOVES TO DIVISION I COACHING RANKS: Last week's Shamrock Invitational served as the Division I debut for two assistant coaches: Notre Dame's Elaina Oden and Wisconsin's Christy Johnson ... both players earned All-America honors while leading their teams to NCAA titles ... Oden was an All-American middle blocker at UOP in 1985, 1986 and '89 while leading the Tigers to NCAA titles in '85 and '86 ... Johnson was an All-American setter at Nebraska in 1994 and '95 and directed the Cornhuskers offense that captured the 1995 NCAA title ... Oden and Johnson have limited past coaching experience on the high school and club levels but both had their first taste of Division I coaching on Aug. 29 when Notre Dame opened against Louisville and Wisconsin faced Louisville ... 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 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 ... 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 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.
STACKING THE DECK: Notre Dame's 1997 schedule includes eight opponents who are ranked in the current AVCA top 25: #2 Florida, #4 Long Beach State, #6 Washington State, #8 Texas, #9 UC Santa Barbara, #14 Wisconsin, #16 Texas A&M and #22 Colorado ... seven other '97 Irish opponents received votes in the preseason poll: Louisville, Houston, Pittsburgh, Georgia, North Carolina, Oral Roberts and Illinois State (Louisville and Georgia remain among the vote-getters, as of Sept. 1) ... of the 19 potential non-conference opponents on Notre Dame's '97 schedule, only five did not receive votes in the preseason AVCA poll (Gonzaga, Utah, California, New Mexico and Marquette).
A LOOK BACK AT '96: The 1996 Notre Dame volleyball team (22-12) ended its season with a five-game loss to #12 Ohio State, in the second 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 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 and third-largest margin of victory (37 points) in NCAA Tournament history ... after four weeks out of the AVCA top 25 poll, the Irish finished 25th in the final poll, marking the fifth straight season and sixth in seven years in which the team was in the final AVCA top 25 ... 10 of Notre Dame's final 13 regular season matches, plus the BIG EAST Tournament, were away from home ... a promising starting lineup played just one full match together--Oct. 24 at Hawaii--after a trio of starters (setter Carey May, hitter Angie Harris and 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 ay some time during 1996 ... an emphasis on blocking landed the Irish among the nation's top blocking teams (2.77/gm) ... the '96 team became the first Irish squad ever to total more aces than serve errors (206/200).
INDIVIDUAL NOTES FROM '96: Middle blocker Lindsay Treadwell was named BIG EAST Tournament MVP after hitting a combined .610 vs. Syracuse and Pitt (26 kills, one error) ... hitter Jaimie Lee was named BIG EAST player of the year while rightside hitter Jenny Birkner joined Lee as a 1st team all-BIG EAST selection ... 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 repeated as all-district selections while Lee earned an invitation to train with the U.S. volleyball program during the summer of '97, before ultimately earning a spot on the U.S. World University Games team ... 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: 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's 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.
NOTRE DAME SIGNS ANOTHER TOP CLASS: The Notre Dame volleyball team has welcomed 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 were 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 Stanford, Hawaii, Nebraska and UCLA ... the Irish lose 43% of their kills, 43% of their digs, 36% of their blocks and 33% of their aces with the departure of four seniors from the '96 team.
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).
Top 25 (Sept. 1)
1. Penn State (59) 3-0 1499
2. Florida 2-0 1409
3. Stanford (1) 1-1 1390
4. Long Beach State 2-0 1304
5. Nebraska 2-1 1285
6. Washington State 4-1 1134
7. Univ. of the Pacific 3-0 1059
8. Texas 0-0 1029
9. UC Santa Barbara 2-0 999
10. USC 3-0 936
11. Hawaii 3-0 849
12. Michigan State 2-1 836
13. BYU 1-3 732
14. Wisconsin 3-0 699
15. Loyola Marymount 3-0 667
16. Texas A&M 3-2 640
17. Ohio State 3-1 510
18. Washington 3-0 491
19. Arizona 2-0 417
20. NOTRE DAME 2-1 378
21. UCLA 0-0 317
22. Colorado 1-0 217
23. Maryland 4-0 191
24. Colorado State 3-0 171
25. Arkansas 3-0 106
Others receiving votes: South Florida (76), Kansas State (38), Minnesota (37), George Mason (18), N. Illinois (14), Texas Tech (12), Georgia Tech (9), Pepperdine (9), University of San Diego (7), Arizona State (4), Duke (3), Louisville (3), Georgia (1), Clemson (1).
RECORD BOOK WATCH
PERCENTAGE OF GAMES PLAYED
1. Jenny Birkner (1993-96) .965 (473/490)
2. Janelle Karlan (1990-93) .928 (491/529)
3. Jaimie Lee (1994- ) .926 (348/376)
4. Maureen Shea (1985-88) .918 (472/514)
Brett Hensel (1992-95) .918 (461/502)
PERCENTAGE OF MATCHES PLAYED
1. J. Karlan (1990-93) 1.000 (145/145)
Jenny Birkner (1993-96) 1.000 (140/140)
3. Jaimie Lee (1994- ) .972 (105/108)
Brett Hensel (1992-95) .972 (140/144)
Molly Stark (1990-93) .972 (141/145)
HITTING PERCENTAGE (min. 1,000 att.)
1. Zanette Bennett (1985-88) .289
2. Jessica Fiebelkorn (1989-92) .284
3. Mary Kay Waller (1985-88) .279
4. Jenny Birkner (1993-96) .278
5. Marilyn Cragin (1989-91) .268
6. Jaimie Lee (1994- ) .262
7. Maureen Shea (1985-88) .254
8. Angie Harris (1994- ) .241
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- ) 1,156
9. Jaimie Lee (1994- ) 1,001
KILLS PER GAME (min. 650 kills)
1. Angie Harris (1994- ) 3.95
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
DOUBLE-DIGIT KILL MATCHES
1. Christy Peters (1991-94) 80
2. Zanette Bennett (1985-88) 68
3. Angie Harris (1994- ) 63
Jessica Fiebelkorn (1989-92) 63
20-PLUS KILL MATCHES
1. Christy Peters (1991-94) 19
2. Zanette Bennett (1985-88) 16
3. Angie Harris (1994- ) 14
1. Christy Peters (1991-94) 64
2. Jessica Fiebelkorn (1989-92) 42
3. Jenny Birkner (1993-96) 34
4. Alicia Turner (1989-92) 29
5. Angie Harris (1994- ) 28
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- ) 712
9. Amy White (1987-90) 538
10. Jenny Birkner (1993-96) 339
1. Angie Harris (1994- ) 184
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- ) 0.628
2. Nicole Coates (1991-94) 0.329
1. Christy Peters (1991-94) 1,640
2. Jenny Birkner (1993-96) 1,359
3. Jessica Fiebelkorn (1989-92) 1,324
4. 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- ) 844
-- Angie Harris (1994- ) 758
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- ) 233