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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


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12:30 PM
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August 26
7:00 PM
New Mexico State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
September 1
11:00 AM
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Bowling Green, Ohio (Stroh Center)
September 1
7:00 PM
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September 2
7:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)
September 8
7:00 PM
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Conway, S.C. (HTC Center)
September 9
12:00 PM
Ohio State
Conway, S.C. (HTC Center)
September 9
5:00 PM
Florida International
Conway, S.C. (HTC Center)
September 15
7:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 16
12:30 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 16
7:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 22
7:00 PM
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Louisville, Ky. (KFC Yum! Center)
September 24
1:00 PM
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Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum)
September 29
7:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 1
1:00 PM
Florida State
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October 6
7:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (Memorial Gymnasium)
October 8
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
October 13
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 15
1:00 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 20
7:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Tully Gym)
October 22
2:00 PM
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Coral Gables, Fla. (James L. Knight Complex)
October 25
7:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 29
1:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 3
7:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
November 5
1:00 PM
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, N.C. (Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
November 10
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 12
1:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 17
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 19
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 22
7:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Women's Building)
November 24
1:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Power Gym)

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