Sept. 9, 1997
Treadwell Named Big East Volleyball Player of The Week, Irish Slip Spot to 21st
University of Notre Dame junior middle blocker Lindsay Treadwell (Austin, Texas) has been named the BIG EAST Conference volleyball player of the week for the period of Sept. 1-7, after a solid showing at last weekend's Spikeoff Spokane tournament.
The 5-11 Treadwell--who prepped at Austin High School and played for the Austin Juniors volleyball club--was one of three Notre Dame players named all-tournament at the Spikeoff Spokane and led the Irish during the three-match tournament in kills (31), hitting percentage (.386), total blocks (17) and solo blocks (4). The versatile Treadwell also had 15 digs over the course of the nine games. Treadwell's averages for the weekend factored out to 3.44 kills, 1.89 blocks and 1.67 digs per game.
Notre Dame has opened the 1997 season by capturing consecutive BIG EAST player of the week honors, as senior outside hitter Angie Harris was so honored after the first week of the season, thanks to a 71-kill performance in the three-match Shamrock Invitational.
Treadwell also earned BIG EAST player of the week during her sophomore season, after a big match against Ball State that included a career-best 19 digs.
In other news, Notre Dame slipped a spot in the weekly USA Today/American Volleyball Coaches Association of America poll while several 1997 Irish opponents continued to move up in the poll.
This week's top 25, released on Sept. 8 prior to Florida's win Monday night over the Irish, has the Irish listed at #21, after opening the season at #17 and being ranked 20th last week. Three Pac-10 Conference schools shuffled spots from #18-#21, resulting in Notre Dame's dropping a spot. UCLA has moved ahead of the Irish, jumping from #21 to #19 thanks to a win over Hawaii, while Arizona moved up from 19th to 18th and Washington fell from 18th to 20th.
Penn State--coming off its second win of the season over Stanford--remains a near-consensus #1, receiving 59 of 60 first-place votes, while Florida remains #2. Long Beach State, which will play host to Notre Dame during Thanksgiving weekend, moved past Stanford into the third spot while the Cardinal slipped to fourth. Nebraska and Washington State (which beat the Irish 3-0 last weekend) remain #5 and #6 in this week's poll while another 1997 Irish opponent--UC Santa Barbara--made the jump from 9th to 7th thanks to a 5-0 start and a win over #15 LMU. The Gauchos will face the Irish on Nov. 28 at the Long Beach Tournament before Notre Dame and LBSU end the regular season the following day.
The top 10 is rounded out by the University of the Pacific (which slipped from the 7th spot), USC (up a spot from 10th) and Brigham Young (which moved up three spots from 13th). The #11-#18 teams are as follows: Michigan State, Texas, Hawaii, Wisconsin, Loyola Marymount, Texas A&M and Ohio State. Each of those teams maintained its spot from last week, with the exception of Texas (which fell from 8th after a loss to BYU) and Hawaii (down from 11th after a loss to UCLA).
Notre Dame has a potential matchup with Texas A&M on Sept. 20, in second-day action of the Tournament of Champions (to be played at the Notre Dame Joyce Center). The Irish also will plays at Texas on Oct. 21.
Notre Dame next faces Georgia on Friday, Sept. 12 at the Colorado Invitational before taking on the hosts and #22-ranked CU on Saturday. That matchup with the Buffaloes will mark Notre Dame's third match against a top-25 team in a span of eight days.
Maryland remains #23 in the poll while Arkansas moved up to #24 and Colorado State slid back to 25th. Minnesota (67) was the only other team receiving more than 25 points from the 60 voting coaches (#25 CSU had 113 points).
The Irish remain on pace to face eight top-25 teams during their 18-match non-conference season, which would match the number of ranked opponents faced during the 1996 regular season.