Nov. 19, 1997
Harris, Girton Honored with BIG EAST Volleyball Awards
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - A pair of Indiana natives on the Notre Dame volleyball team were honored by the BIG EAST Conference with its final weekly awards heading into the BIG EAST Tournament (to be held Nov. 22-23 at Seton Hall).
Senior outside hitter Angie Harris (Fort Wayne/Bishop Luers HS) was named the BIG EAST co-player of the week for Nov. 10-17 while freshman opposite Christi Girton (Muncie/Muncie Central HS) was named the BIG EAST rookie of the week.
Harris, who also earned BIG EAST player of the week honors on Sept. 1 after totaling 71 kills in the first three matches of the season, turned in the best hitting percentage match of her career in the Nov. 17 win at Seton Hall. Harris hit .720 versus the Pirates after totaling 17 kills and no hitting errors on 25 swings. She had 13 kills on .333 hitting the day before in a win at Rutgers. Harris averaged .531 hitting and 5.17 kills per game in the weekend action.
Girton hit a combined .615 hitting in the matches at Rutgers and Seton Hall. She had eight kills and no errors on 13 attempts vs. the Scarlet Knights before totaling nine kills and one error on 13 swings vs. the Pirates.
Five of Notre Dame's six starters have received a weekly BIG EAST award this season. Junior middle Lindsay Treadwell (Sept. 8) and senior hitter Jaimie Lee (Sept. 15) both received early player of the week recognition while freshman setter Denise Boylan was named BIG EAST rookie of the week on Oct. 13. Sophomore middle Mary Leffers has yet to be honored by the conference despite being one of Notre Dame's most consistent players in 1997 (she leads the Irish with a .310 hitting pct. and 1.32 blocks per game).
Harris has edged past Lee into the Notre Dame kill average lead at 4.20 per game (Lee is averaging 4.19) as they attempt to become the first Irish teammates to average over four kills/gm in the same season. Harris is enjoying the best hitting season of her career, currently checking in at a .283 clip while raising her career hitting pct. from .238 to .250 (her previous best season hitting pct. was .249 as a freshman). She leads the Irish in '97 with 48 aces and 0.52 aces/gm , the third highest season ace total and fourth highest ace average in Irish history (Harris owns the top four season totals in each category). Harris has recorded 10-plus kills in 22 of 26 matches this season, including 14 straight (the second-longest streak in Irish history) and five matches with 20-plus kills.
Her 31 kills last weekend moved Harris into a tie with Zanette Bennett (1985-88) for second on the Irish career kills list with 1,471, trailing only 1995 graduate Christy Peters (1,683). Harris, who missed 17 matches as a junior due to multiple knee problems, holds Notre Dame career records for kills per game (3.95), double-digit kill matches (82), aces (228) and ace average (0.61) while ranking second in 20-plus kill matches (16) and fourth in matches with 10--plus kills and 10-plus digs (33). Harris heads into the BIG EAST Tournament needing 39 digs to join Lee as the sixth member of Notre Dame's 1,000-kill/1,00-digs club.
The surging Girton is averaging .298 hitting and 2.06 kills per game for the season while her numbers in BIG EAST matches include a .401 hitting pct. (which ranks third in the BIG EAST) and 2.61 kills per game. In Notre Dame's current 15-1 run, Girton is hitting .369 and averaging 2.60 kills per game. The 6-3 Girton has hit .435 or higher in nine of those matches.