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    Nov. 21, 1997

    Lee Repeats as BIG EAST Volleyball Player of the Year

    Harris, Leffers named first team all-BIG EAST

    Boylan second team all-BIG EAST, joins Girton on all-rookie team

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Five Notre Dame volleyball players - led by unanimous repeat player of the year selection Jaimie Lee (Spokane, Wash.) - were named to the various BIG EAST Conference all-star teams, as announced Friday at the conference's annual tournament banquet.

    Jaime Lee
    Jaimie Lee led the BIG EAST in hitting percentage this season. (File Photo)

    Joining Lee on the six-player all-BIG EAST first team are senior outside hitter Angie Harris (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and sophomore middle blocker Mary Leffers (Tampa, Fla.). Freshman setter Denise Boylan (Lisle, Ill.) was named second team all-BIG EAST and joined freshman opposite Christi Girton (Muncie, Ind.) on the conference all-rookie team.

    Georgetown's Kiren Gill was named rookie of the year while West Virginia's Veronica Hammersmith received the BIG EAST coach of the year award.

    Lee led the BIG EAST with a .451 hitting pct. in conference play while ranking sixth in the conference with 4.33 kills/gm. For the entire 1997 season, the senior hitter ranks fourth among BIG EAST players with a .305 hitting pct. while averaging 4.19 kills (second on the team) and a team-best 2.93 digs per game. In six matches vs. nationally-ranked teams, Lee averaged 4.40 kills/gm, highlighted by 20 kills vs. then-#2 Florida.

    Harris ranked sixth during the BIG EAST regular season with a .362 hitting pct. in conference matches while averaging 4.18 kils/gm and serving 19 aces (0.56/gm). Through the first 27 matches of the '97 season, Harris owns a .283 overall hitting pct. while ranking third among BIG EAST players for overall kill average (4.20/gm) and second in overall ace average (0.52/gm, 48 total). She has registered 10-plus kills in 14 straight matches heading into this weekend's BIG EAST Tournament, to be held at Seton Hall's Walsh Gymnasium (Notre Dame faces the winner of the Syracuse-Pittsburgh first-round match in Saturday's 5:00 p.m. semi-final).

    Leffers ranked second behind Lee on the BIG EAST regular season hitting pct. charts at .410, while averaging 2.97 kills and 1.07 blocks per conference game. Her overall numbers included a team-best .310 hitting pct., 2.80 kills/gm (third on the team), a team-best 1.32 blocks/gm (116 total) and 16 aces (fourth on the team).

    Boylan served as the Notre Dame setter during 28 of 35 conference games this season while helping the Irish run away with the BIG EAST hitting pct. lead (.363 in conference matches). Her 10 aces in the 11 conference games tied with Girton for second-most on the team. Boylan has directed an Irish offense that currently ranks 13th in the nation with a .281 hitting pct., which would best the team record of .271 set in 1995. The 6-1 setter also ranks second on the 1997 Irish squad with 21 total aces while her other season totals include 59 kills on .287 hitting, 160 digs (fourth on the team) and 51 blocks.

    Girton capped a strong second half of the season by earning BIG EAST rookie of the week honors for Nov. 10-16. Her .401 hitting pct. in conference matches ranked third among BIG EAST players, behind Lee and Leffers, while averaging 2.61 kills/gm, serving 10 aces (tied with Boylan for second on the team) and totaling 31 blocks (one behind Leffers' team-high 32) in conference matches. Her overall season totals include .298 hitting, 2.06 kills/gm, 104 digs, 51 blocks and 12 aces.

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