Oct. 20, 1997
Irish Head to Lone Star State For Two Non-Conference Matches
ON THE ROAD ... A FAMILIAR PLACE: The Notre Dame volleyball team (13-5) takes its seven-match winning streak on the road this week to the lone star state for crucial non-conference matches at current #11 Texas and Houston ... the trip holds special significance for Notre Dame's starting middle blockers, as junior Lindsay Treadwell is an Austin native while sophomore Mary Leffers will get the chance to face her sister Emily, a senior on the Houston volleyball team ... Notre Dame freshman Jo Jameyson hails from Alvin (located near Houston) and played for the Houston Juniors volleyball club ... Jameyson's sister Katy played volleyball at Texas from 1990-93 and was a two-time All-American ... Texas leads the Notre Dame series 6-1, with the Irish winning at Austin in 1994 (16-14, 11-15, 15-11, 15-10) ... UT's 15-12, 11-15, 14-16, 13-15 win at Notre Dame lasted 2:45 (the second-longest match in Irish history) ... Houston has all four of previous matches with Notre Dame, the last coming in '89 ... after the Texas trip, Notre Dame will play seven straight BIG EAST conference matches heading into the BIG EAST Tournament (at Seton Hall, Nov. 22-23) ... 11 of Notre Dame's final 14 matches are on the road (plus two potential matches at the BIG EAST championship) ... Notre Dame is coming off a 15-7, 15-13, 15-5 win over North Carolina that featured 10 Irish aces (Notre Dame needed just three rotations to finish off the match in the third game) ... the Irish were picked by the conference coaches to win their third straight BIG EAST title ... each of Notre Dame's five losses in 1997 have come against ranked opponents, including in last week's AVCA top-12: #8 Wisconsin, #10 Washington State, #3 Florida and #12 Texas A&M (the Irish also have lost to current #19 Colorado) ... Notre Dame's non-conference schedule includes eight teams in last week's AVCA top 20 and seven in the top 12 (the above teams, plus #2 Long Beach State and #7 UC Santa Barbara) ... Notre Dame has not lost a match to a conference opponent during the tenure of head coach Debbie Brown (since 1991), going 67-0 over that stretch ... in two years of BIG EAST Conference play, the Irish have gone 30-0 against conference foes, with 25 of those wins coming in three games (Pittsburgh has forced the Irish to four games on three occasions while Villanova stretched the Irish to five games in '96 and Boston College took a game from Notre Dame last week).
ON A ROLL: Notre Dame's current seven-match winning streak is the longest by an Irish squad since an eight-match run from Sept. 23-Oct. 10, 1995 ... the last time Notre Dame won nine straight matches came during a 12-match run from Oct. 26-Nov. 20, 1994 ... Notre Dame's five starting hitters have combined for the following offensive numbers during the seven-match win streak: sr. OH Angie Harris (100 kills, 4.55, .372), sr. OH Jaimie Lee (93, 4.43, .353), so. MB Mary Leffers (70, 3.18, .433), fr. OPP Christi Girton (57, 2.59, .362) and jr. MB Lindsay Treadwell (51, 2.43, .270).
SISTER ACT, PART III: A member of the Notre Dame volleyball team will see her sister on the opposing team this week for the third time in the past month, when sophomore middle blocker Mary Leffers (Tampa, Fla.) faces off against her sister Emily, a senior on the Houston volleyball team ... freshman setter Denise Boylan helped the Irish beat her sister Susan's Marquette squad on Sept. 23 (3-0) ... on Oct. 17, Notre Dame assistant coach Elaina Oden earned bragging rights on her sister Kim, an assistant at North Carolina (the Irish beat the Tar Heels, 3-0).
CONFERENCE CALL: Notre Dame has won 67 consecutive matches against conference opponents, beginning with the first conference match of the Debbie Brown era: a 3-0 win over Valparaiso on Oct. 8, 1991 ... the current streak includes Notre Dame's final 37 matches in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (10 of which came in the MCC Tournament) and the first 30 in the BIG EAST (four coming in the BIG EAST Tournament) ... the Oct. 12 win at Providence moved Notre Dame past Nebraska (66, 1982-87) into fourth place on the list of all-time longest conference win streaks, behind Western Michigan (98, 1982-89), Arkansas State (97, 1976-81) and Texas (73, 1984-91) ... the Irish could win nine more matches vs. conference teams in 1997, which would push the streak past Texas's 73 into third all-time ... Central Florida has a current 58-match conference winning streak.
DEBBIE BROWN owns a record of 178-54 (.767) in six-plus seasons as head coach at Notre Dame and is 295-137 (.683) in 11-plus seasons as a Division I head coach ... Brown heads into this week's Texas roadtrip just five wins shy of her 300th career win ... if Notre Dame wins its next five matches, Brown's 300th career coaching victory will come at Georgetown (Nov. 2) ... Brown has been named conference coach of the year in five of her first six seasons at Notre Dame and has led 10 of her 12 Division I teams to the NCAA Tournament ... she 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 ... her 1993 Notre Dame team advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals while the 1994 and '95 Irish squads advanced to the regional round of the NCAAs.
TREADWELL, LEFFERS TOUGH IN THE MIDDLE: Notre Dame's pair of starting middle blockers--junior Lindsay Treadwell (Austin ,Texas) and sophomore Mary Leffers (Tampa, Fla.)--have established themselves as two of the top hitting percentage leaders in Notre Dame volleyball history ... Leffers owns a .330 season hitting pct. that would rank third in Irish history, behind Mary Kay Waller's .395 in 1986 and Treadwell's .367 in 1995 ... Leffers' career hitting pct. has slipped back to of .295, just behind Treadwell's .293 among the top two spots in the Irish record book ... both players are ahead of Bennett's existing Irish career hitting record (.289) ... Treadwell is hitting .276 through 18 matches in 1997, after hitting .253 as a sophomore ... Leffers also ranks eighth in Irish history for career kill average, with 2.58 kills per game.
LEFFERS CRANKS IT UP: Sophomore middle blocker Mary Leffers (Tampa, Fla.) turned in the most impressive week of her young career recently (Oct. 6-12), after leading the Irish to wins over Illinois State, Boston College and Providence (3-0) ... Leffers led the Irish during the week with an impressive .533 hitting percentage on 75 swings while totaling 44 kills (4.00/gm), six aces (second on the team) and a team-best 10 blocks (three solos) ... the 6-4 Leffers keyed the victory over Illinois State, totaling 12 kills and no errors on her first 19 attempts vs. ISU en route to a .515 hitting pct. (19 kills, 2 err., 33 att.), the fourth- best hitting pct. ever in a five-game match by Notre Dame player (min. 20 att.) and best since 1992 ... she also enjoyed one of the best serving matches of her career, totaling a career-best four aces vs. ISU while serving five straight points and converting a backrow kill in a critical comeback juncture during the rally-scoring fifth game ... the 19 kills were one shy of equaling her career high ... Leffers came back three days later to total 18 kills on .533 hitting at Boston College, after making just two errors on 30 attempts, while adding two aces ... she wrapped up the week with errorless hitting at Providence, totaling seven kills on 12 attempts while having a hand in five Irish blocks (one solo).
BOYLAN SETTING THE TABLE: First-year setter Denise Boylan--the first freshman to open the season as Notre Dame's setter since 1988--has helped the Irish surge to a BIG EAST-leading .262 season hitting pct., which would rank third in team history (just behind the '86 team's .263) ... behind Boylan's setting and a veteran corps of hitters, the Notre Dame offense is running away with the BIG EAST offensive statistics ... the Irish are averaging .365 hitting in conference matches (Seton Hall is second, at .270) and 17.92 kills per game in league action (Villanova is next, at 16.00) ... Boylan leads the BIG EAST in overall matches with 12.14 assists/gm, which would rank fourth in Irish history ... she also ranks third on the '97 Irish squad with 138 digs (2.42/gm) while her other season totals include 37 kills on .248 hitting, 12 service aces (third on the team) and 2 blocks (two solos) ... Boylan is averaging an impressive 69.2 assists per ballhandling error during her freshman season ... she is one of three members of Notre Dame's freshman class who were named to the Volleyball magazine national Fab 50 (the others are frontline players Christi Girton and Jo Jameyson).
IRISH NOTES: Notre Dame has averaged .354 team hitting and 2.00 aces per game during the current seven-match winning streak ... 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 ... the Irish volleyball team averaged 27.5 wins per season from 1991-96 ... senior hitter Jaimie Lee leads all BIG EAST players during the 1997 season with 4.50 kills per game and is challenging the Notre Dame record set by Christy Peters in 1994 (4.59) ... senior hitter Angie Harris is second among BIG EAST players with 4.28 kills/gm, as Lee and Harris attempt to be the first Irish teammates to both average over four kills per game in the same season ... Harris ranks third in the conference with 0.61 service aces per game ... Denise Boylan--the first freshman to open the season as Notre Dame's primary setter since 1988--leads the BIG EAST with 12.14 assists per game ... sophomore middle Mary Leffers has surged atop the BIG EAST hitting pct. charts (.330) and ranks fourth in the conference with 1.21 blocks/gm.
LEE NEARS 1,000-DIGS/1,000-KILLS CLUB: Senior hitter Jaimie Lee assisted on a block on Sept. 20 vs. Texas A&M to move into a tie for 10th on the Notre Dame career blocks list and, in the process, became the only player in the Notre Dame career top 10 for hitting percentage, kills, digs, aces, blocks and digs ... while Lee was reaching her milestone, freshman setter Denise Boylan bumped 1997 graduate Jenny Birkner from the same distinction ... Boylan's 28 assists at Colorado on Sept. 13 gave her 347 in her young career, moving her into 10th place on the Irish career assists list (a spot formally occupied by Birkner, who had 339; Boylan now is ninth with 692) ... Lee--who played middle blocker for Notre Dame as a freshman and served as a fill-in setter for the first half of 1996--holds down the following career rankings at Notre Dame: 6th in digs (996), 6th in kills (1,189), 7th in hitting pct. (.265), 8th in assists (729), 9th in aces (97) and 9th in blocks (258) ... Lee heads into the Texas match just four kills behind Maureen Shea (1,193; 1985-88) on the Irish career kills list ... she is just 29 digs behind Janelle Karlan (5th, 1990-93) and needs only four more digs to join Alicia Turner (1989-92), Jessica Fiebelkorn (1989-92), Christy Peters (1991-94) and Birkner as the fifth Notre Dame player ever to total 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career ... Lee has appeared in 97.6% (120 of 123) of Notre Dame's matches in her career, third best in Irish volleyball history .. she has played in 395 of 426 career games (.927) and ranks behind only Karlan (.928) and Birkner (.965) in Irish history ... 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.
18-MATCH CHECKUP: With more than half of the 30-match regular season in the books, several Irish players remain on pace for noteworthy statistical campaigns ... senior hitters Jaimie Lee (4.50 kills/gm) and Angie Harris (4.28 kpg) are on pace for the second and fourth-best kill averages in Irish history and could become the first Notre Dame teammates ever to average four-plus kills per game in the same season (Harris averaged 4.27 kpg as a sophomore) ... Lee and Harris already are the only Irish teammates ever to both average 3.9-kills per game in the same season (doing so in 1995) and each currently ranks among Notre Dame's top-four career kill average leaders (Harris is first at 3.95 kills/gm while Lee is fourth at 3.01 kpg) ... Harris (73) and Lee (54) also are the first Irish teammates to both post more than 50 career double-digit kill matches ... Lee is on pace to challenge the Irish season kill average record of 4.59, set by Christy Peters in 1994 ... sophomore middle Mary Leffers' has surged to a .330 season hitting pct. that would rank third in Irish history ... Harris has posted five 20-plus kill matches in 1997, already fifth-most in Irish history ... freshmen setter Denise Boylan's assist average of 12.14/gm would rank fourth in Irish history ... Harris' season ace avg. (0.61/gm) is tied for third in Irish history (she owns the top four averages) ... Lee is averaging 3.14 digs/gm, giving her a combined kill/dig average of 7.64/gm that would rank third in Irish history .... as a team, Notre Dame's 16.30 kills per game would rank second in Irish history (just behind the '95 team's 16.32) while the team hitting pct. of .262 would rank third, behind the .271 mark in 1995 and .263 in '86 ... the Irish passers have allowed just 1.24 opponent aces per game, which would rank third-best in team history.
FEARSOME FOURSOME: Senior hitter Angie Harris and Jaimie Lee combined with starting middles Lindsay Treadwell and Mary Leffers as a potent hitting foursome during the week of Oct. 6-12 ... each of the four totaled between 36-54 kills during that week, with each hitting .291 or higher ... Harris had 54 kills (4.91/gm) on .377 hitting, followed by Lee (52, 4.73, .291), Leffers (44, 4.00, .533) and Treadwell (36, 3.27, .313) ... the four combined for a .369 hitting percentage over the course of those wins over Illinois State, Boston College and Providence.
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 217 in her career, a career average of 0.636/gm and nine in a match) while her career kill average of 3.95/gm would set a new Irish record in that category, surpassing the 3.82 set by '95 grad. Christy Peters ... Harris has 1,346 kills in her career, which trails only Peters (1,683) and Zanette Bennett (1,471; 1985-89) on the Irish career kills list ... Harris owns 73 career matches with double-digit kills, 2nd in Irish history behind Peters (80) ... Harris also ranks 2nd to only Peters (19) with 16 career 20-plus kill matches, including five in 1997 ... in terms of career double-double matches (kills/digs), Harris ranks 4th with 31, just three behind Birkner ... her career dig average of 2.60/gm ranks 7th all-time at Notre Dame ... Harris' 887 career digs rank 10th on that Irish all-time list.
DID YOU KNOW?: The Notre Dame volleyball, women's soccer and women's basketball teams posted a combined 148-38-2 record during the 1995-96 and 1996-97 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) ... the Irish were the only school to post a win in each of those three fall NCAA tournaments ... Notre Dame sophomore opposite Emily Schiebout and freshman outside hitter Adrienne Shimmel have a unique connection, as each has a twin brother.
SHE CAN FLY 10,000 MILES: Senior Jaimie Lee was part of a Notre Dame team that travelled over 28,000 miles during the summer and spring of 1996 (highlighted by a July trip to Germany) ... after making another trip to Europe for the recent World University Games (in Sicily, Italy), Lee covered roughly 17,000 air miles from Aug. 4 (when she checked out of the Olympic Training Center and headed to Winnipeg for the Canada Cup) to Sept. 14 (when Notre Dame returned from the Colorado Invitational) ... with at least nine roadtrips on tap for the Irish in 1997, Lee could travel nearly 30,000 miles (from Aug. 4-Nov. 30) in order to play the game she loves.
Probable Starting Lineup
No. Player Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown/High School 1997 Stats 2 Denise Boylan S 6-1 Fr. Lisle, IL/Benet Academy .262 team hitting, 692 asts/10 BHE, 12.14 apg, 12 aces, 2.42 digs/gm 4 Jaimie Lee OH 5-11 Sr. Spokane, WA/Ferris 4.50 kills/gm, .262 hitting, 3.14 digs/gm, 16 aces 6 Angie Harris OH 6-0 Sr. Fort Wayne, IN/Bishop Luers 4.28 kills/gm, .263 hitting, 37 aces (0.61/gm), 2.74 digs/gm 7 Christi Girton OH 6-3 Fr. Muncie, IN/Muncie Central 1.65 kills/gm, .228 hitting, 1.25 digs/gm, 24 blocks (3 solo) 8 Mary Leffers MB 6-4 So. Tampa, FL/Berkeley Prep 2.75 kills/gm, .330 hitting, 1.21 blocks/gm, 9 aces 13 Lindsay Treadwell MB 5-11 Jr. Austin, TX/Austin 2.28 kills/gm, .276 hitting, 2.27 digs/gm, 8 aces, 1.07 blocks/gm
Off the Bench
No. Player Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown/High School 1997 Stats 1 Audra Duda DS 5-7 Jr. Woodland Hills, CA/Louisville 3 digs 3 Carey May S 5-9 Sr. Rancho Santa Fe, CA/Torrey Pines 122 assists (8.71/gm), 5 kills, 19 digs, 7 block assists 5 Emily Schiebout OPP 6-1 So. Blaine, MN/Concordia 1.84 kills/gm, .216 hitting , 0.95 blocks/gm, 8 aces 9 Jo Jameyson MB 6-1 Fr. Alvin, TX/Alvin 9 kills, .250 hitting, 15 digs, 2 aces, 2 block assists 10 Lauren Stettin OPP 6-0 So. Burr Ridge, IL/Hinsdale 11 Mandi Powell OH 6-0 So. Monroeville, IN/Monrovia 27 kills (0.73/gm), .106 hitting, 59 digs (1.59/gm), 2 aces, 1 block assist 12 Adrienne Shimmel OH 5-11 Fr. Mission Viejo/Capistrano Valley 43 digs (0.88/gm), 5 kills, 2 block assists 14 Molly McCarthy MB 6-0 Sr. Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral 16 kills, 61 digs (1.45/gm), 1 ace, 4 block assists 15 Theresa Seidle DS 5-8 So. Muncie, IN/Wes-Del 1 dig 16 Katie Ward MB 6-0 Fr. Chicago, IL/Degina Dominica 1 kill, 1 ace
USA Today/AVCA Top 25 (10/14)
Team (1st place votes) W-L Points 1. Penn State (60) 17-0 1500 2. Long Beach State 14-1 1430 3. Florida 17-1 1369 4. Stanford 16-2 1341 5. USC 13-2 1226 6. Brigham Young 14-4 1179 7. UC Santa Barbara 16-2 1098 8. Wisconsin 14-2 1043 9. Nebraska 13-4 962 10. Washington State 17-2 922 11. Texas 11-3 893 12. Texas A&M 13-3 803 13. Univ. of the Pacific 11-4 791 14. Pepperdine 14-1 749 15. Arizona 12-3 693 15. Hawaii 13-4 562 16. Maryland 15-0 517 18. Colorado State 15-3 396 19. Colorado 9-4 387 20. Loyola Marymount 13-4 370 21. Washington 10-6 301 22. UCLA 9-5 282 23. San Diego 15-2 183 24. Arkansas 14-5 147 25. Michigan State 13-6 145
Others receiving votes: Michigan (45), Minnesota (38), South Carolina (15), Illinois (13), Ohio State (10), Oklahoma (7), Central Florida (6), Ball State (5), Kansas State (5), Arizona State (4), Florida State (2), Northern Illinois (2), Notre Dame (1), Butler (1) .
Volleyball Magazine Top 20 (10/13)
1. Penn State 13-0 2. Stanford 12-2 3. Long Beach State 11-1 4. Florida 13-1 5. UC Santa Barbara 13-1 6. USC 10-1 7. Brigham Young 10-4 8. Wisconsin 11-1 9. Washington State 16-0 10. Nebraska 11-2 11. Texas 7-3 12. Texas A&M 8-3 13. Pepperdine 11-0 14. University of the Pacific 9-2 15. Arizona 10-1 16. UCLA 5-4 17. Hawaii 8-4 18. Michigan State 11-4 19. Loyola Marymount 9-3 20. Maryland 9-0
Others receiving votes: Arkansas (14-5), Colorado (9-4), Colorado St. (15-3), Michigan (12-5), Minnesota (13-2), San Diego (15-2).