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Sept. 22, 1997

Boylan Sisters to Meet in Notre Dame-Marquette Volleyball Clash

The Sept. 23 volleyball match at Notre Dame's Joyce Center (7 PM) between the Irish and Marquette will serve as a reunion for sisters Susan and Denise Boylan, natives of Lisle, Ill. who attended Benet Academy and played for the Sports Performance volleyball club.

The Boylan family has special ties to Marquette, as Jim Boylan (Susan and Denise's uncle) was a member of Marquette's 1977 men's basketball team that captured the NCAA championship. Jim Boylan currently is serving as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Grizzlies of the NBA, after serving in the same capacity with the league's Cleveland Cavaliers.

Susan Boylan is a 6-0 junior middle blocker for Marquette, which is off to a 12-4 start this season. Two of the Warriors losses have come in five games (to Alabama and North Carolina State) and one of its more noteworthy wins has come against Syracuse (3-2), a rival of Notre Dame's in the BIG EAST Conference.

The elder Boylan has appeared in 11 matches this season, totaling 48 digs (1.37/gm), eight assists, four aces and three kills. She redshirted during the 1996 season and has received several noteworthy honors during her Marquette career, including the Marquette Student Leadership Award. A Conference USA honor roll student, Susan has spent the past two summers working in the Marquette sports information office.

Denise Boylan is a 6-1 freshman setter for Notre Dame, which was ranked 25th in last week's USA Today/AVCA coaches poll and is 6-5 overall, with each the losses coming to ranked teams (then-#18 Wisconsin, #6 Washington State, #2 Florida, #22 Colorado and #14 Texas A&M). The younger Boylan is the first freshman to open the season at Notre Dame as the team's primary setter since 1988, when another Chicago-area product, Julie Bremner (Wheaton), helped guide the Irish to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

Denise has appeared in 37 of 39 games for the Irish this season, averaging 11.43 assists per game while totaling nine service aces (second on the team). Her dig average of 2.30 pr game ranks third-best on the team. She has assisted on 18 blocks while notching two solo efforts.

The younger Boylan was named the Gatorade national high school player of the year for 1996-97. She also was MVP of the '97 junior national championship, after leading Sports Performance to a 100-4 season and its second national title in three years.

Michael Boylan, father of Susan and Denise, played basketball at Assumption College and in the American Basketball Association with the Kentucky Colonels


Event Calendar

Delta

August 26
7:00 PM
Seton Hall
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Tournament Central
August 27
12:30 PM
Cleveland State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Tournament Central
August 27
7:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Tournament Central
September 2
7:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Tournament Central
September 3
12:30 PM
Howard
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Tournament Central
September 3
7:00 PM
Purdue
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Tournament Central
September 9
4:00 PM
Stony Brook
Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
September 10
11:00 AM
San Diego State
Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
September 10
7:00 PM
Rhode Island
Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
September 16
11:30 AM
Maryland Eastern Shore
East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
September 16
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
September 17
1:00 PM
DePaul
East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
September 23
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 25
11:30 AM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (James L. Knight Complex)
September 30
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 2
1:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 7
7:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Women's Building)
October 9
1:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Power Gym)
October 14
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 16
1:00 PM
NC State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 21
7:00 PM
Pitt
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Fitzgerald Field House)
October 23
1:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
October 28
7:00 PM
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 30
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 4
6:30 PM
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, N.C. (Reynolds Gymnasium)
November 6
12:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
November 9
7:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (KFC Yum! Center)
November 13
1:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 18
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Jervey Gym)
November 20
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (O'Keefe Gymnasium)
November 23
7:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 25
1:00 PM
Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
December 2
TBA
TBD
TBD
December 4
TBA
TBD
TBD
December 9
TBA
TBD
TBD
December 10
TBA
TBD
TBD
December 15
TBA
TBD
Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)
December 17
TBA
TBD
Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)

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