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    Sept.15, 1997

    Lee Named Big East Player Of The Week

    Notre Dame senior outside hitter Jaimie Lee (Spokane, Wash.) became the third Irish player to be named BIG EAST Conference volleyball player of the week in as many weeks, following solid showings against two nationally-ranked teams during the week of Sept. 8-14.

    Lee had a team-best 20 kills on .375 hitting in the Sept. 8 four-game loss to #2 Florida. She went on last weekend to add 14 kills in a 3-1 win over Georgia before hitting for 17 kills in a three-game loss at then-#22 Colorado. For the week, Lee led the Irish in kills (4.64/gm), hitting pct. (.260) and digs (2.09/gm).

    The 5-11 righthander also assisted on six blocks last week, leaving her one block shy of becoming the only player in the Notre Dame career top 10 for kills, hitting pct., digs, aces, assists and blocks. Jenny Birkner (1993-96) had held that distinction until current freshman setter Denise Boylan last week bumped Birkner from 10th on the career assists list.

    Lee has totaled 12-plus kills in each of her six full matches this season, with three of those matches coming against ranked teams. She is on pace to challenge the Notre Dame season kill average record of 4.59/gm, set by Christy Peters in 1994 (Lee is averaging 4.48 kpg).

    Senior hitter Angie Harris was BIG EAST player of the week for Aug. 25-31 while junior middle blocker Lindsay Treadwell earned the award for Sept. 1-7.

    Irish slip to 25th in AVCA coaches poll

    In other news, Notre Dame remains in the top 25 of the USA Today/American Volleyball Coaches Association of America poll, holding down the 25th spot after beating Georgia last week and dropping the matches to #2 Florida and then-#22 Colorado. The Irish have been ranked in 71 of the last 75 AVCA top 25 polls, including 66 straight from Sept. 9,1992-Nov. 5, 1996.

    Notre Dame's 1997 non-conference schedule continues to become more imposing as the season progresses. Eight of Notre Dame's 19 potential non-conference opponents currently are ranked in the AVCA top 20, including seven in the top 14, six in the top 12, five in the top 10 and four in the top seven. Those Irish opponents include current #2 Florida, #3 Long Beach State, #6 Washington State, #7 UC Santa Barbara, #10 Texas, #12 Wisconsin, #14 Texas A&M and #20 Colorado.

    Notre Dame dropped from 21st to 25th, with Colorado State moving up to 24th after beating former #20 Washington and losing to then-#24 Arkansas. Idle Maryland remains #23 while Arkansas jumped to 21st after wins over Washington and CSU. Ohio State fell from 17th to 22nd on the heels of losses to Oral Roberts (2-3) and Nebraska (0-3).

    The top seven teams remain unchanged: #1 Penn State, #2 Florida, #3 LBSU, #4 Stanford, #5 Nebraska, #6 WSU and #7 UCSB. Unbeaten USC moved up from 9th to 8th while BYU bumped up from 10th to 9th. Texas used a 3-1 win over UCLA to move up two spots into the top 10. The University of the Pacific fell from 8th to 11th thanks to a five-game loss to then-unranked Pepperdine.

    Wisconsin--which beat Notre Dame for the team title season-opening Shamrock Invitational--improved to 8-0 while moving up two spots to 12th. Michigan State dropped from 11th to 13th, after losses to UCSB and unranked South Florida. Texas A&M--which plays in this week's Tournament of Champions at Notre Dame--improved two spots to 14th following 3-0 wins over Southwest Texas and Houston.

    Arizona (7-0) remained unbeaten while climbing three spots to 15th, dropping Loyola Marymount to 16th. UCLA bumped up two spots to 17th, thanks to a 3-0 win over Hawaii, while fell from 13th to 18th following losses to UCLA and Pepperdine. Pepperdine entered the poll at #19, thanks to the upset wins over UOP and Hawaii.

    1997 AVCA/USA TODAY  POLL (through matches of Sept. 14) 
    School                    (1997 record)    Pts (1st-place votes)   Last Week
         1. Penn State                (9-0)  1,497 (58)                 1   
         2. Florida                   (8-0)  1,430 (1)                  2   
         3. Long Beach State          (8-0)  1,377 (1)                  3   
         4. Stanford                  (6-2)  1,319                      4   
         5. Nebraska                  (8-1)  1,260                      5
         6. Washington State         (11-0)  1,162                      6
         7. UC Santa Barbara          (9-0)  1,147                      7
         8. USC                       (7-0)  1,081                      9
         9. Brigham Young             (7-4)    949                     10
        10. Texas                     (4-1)    920                     12
        11. University of the Pacific (6-2)    861                      8
        12. Wisconsin                 (8-0)    836                     14
        13. Michigan State            (7-3)    685                     11
        14. Texas  A&M                (5-2)    643                     16  
        15. Arizona                   (7-0)    613                     18
        16. Loyola Marymount          (8-2)    612                     15
        17. UCLA                      (4-1)    593                     19
        18. Hawaii                    (5-3)    484                     13
        19. Pepperdine                (9-0)    409                     NR
        20. Colorado                  (4-1)    374                     22
        21. Arkansas                  (8-2)    349                     24
        22. Ohio State                (6-3)    249                     17
        23. Maryland                  (5-0)    202                     23
        24. Colorado State            (6-2)    150                     25
        25. NOTRE DAME                (5-4)    116                     21
    Others receiving votes: Washington (60), Northern Illinois (27), South Florida (24), Arizona State (19), Minnesota (16), Butler (8), Texas Tech (6), Kansas State (6), Illinois (4), Clemson (3), South Carolina (3), Indiana (2), George Mason (2), Florida (1), San Diego (1).
    

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