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    Jan. 23, 1998

    Volleyball's Jaimie Lee Named Honorable Mention All-America

    First-year setter Denise Boylan named to national all-freshman team

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame senior outside hitter Jaimie Lee (Spokane, Wash.) has been named to the Volleyball Magazine honorable mention All-America squad while Irish first-year setter Denise Boylan (Lisle, Ill.) is one of six players named to VM's national all-freshman team, as announced by the magazine in its current issue.

    Lee becomes the third Notre Dame volleyball player ever to receive All-American mention, joining Christy Peters, a VM third team selection in '93 and '94, and Jessica Fiebelkorn, a VM honorable mention pick in 1993.

    Boylan is the third Irish volleyball player named to the VM national all-freshman team, following in the footsteps of recent graduate Jenny Birkner ('93) and current senior Angie Harris ('94).

    As a team, Notre Dame surged to a final ranking of 18th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, marking the sixth straight season that the Irish have been ranked in the AVCA final top 25. Notre Dame's 1997 season included the program's sixth straight trip to the NCAAs and fourth appearance in the regional round ('93, '94, '95, '97).

    Lee photo
    Jaimie Lee

    Lee's previous '97 awards included being named to the GTE Academic All-America second team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors' of America. She is the program's third Academic All-American, following in the footsteps of Fiebelkorn and Janelle Karlan, who both were named to the second team in '92. Lee's mention on the VM postseason team makes her the second Notre Dame women's volleyball player ever to receive All-America recognition both on the court and in the classroom, joining Fiebelkorn in that distinction.

    Over the final six matches of '97, Lee totaled 131 kills, including an Irish four-game record 31 in the NCAA regional loss to #4 Wisconsin. She averaged 4.55 kills/gm in '97, just behind Peters' Irish record (4.59). Her other '97 season totals ranked in the following spots in the Irish record book: third in 20-plus kill matches (6), fourth in kills (481), fifth in double-digit kill matches (26) and sixth in hitting pct. (.304).

    Lee is the only player in the Notre Dame career top 10 for kills (fourth, 1,446), hitting pct. (fifth, .278), digs (fifth, 1,142), aces (ninth, 103), assists (ninth 740) and blocks (10th, 283). She owns a 3.34 cumulative grade-point average as a sociology major and has been named to the Notre Dame Dean's List following the past three semesters. A three time all-district performer, Lee repeated as BIG EAST player of the year in 1997 and then earned BIG EAST Tournament MVP honors after totaling a 29 kills in the title match versus Villanova.

    Lee led the BIG EAST this season with a .451 hitting percentage in conference play while ranking sixth in the conference with 4.33 kills per game. Lee finished her career having played in 451 of 482 career games (93.6 percent), second in Irish history behind Birkner's 96.5. Lee played in 136 of 139 matches (97.8 percent), third behind Birkner and Karlan's 100 percent. Lee finished fifth on the Irish career games played list (451) and sixth in matches played (136). Her 68 career double-digit kill matches tied with Zanette Bennett for third in Irish history and Lee ranks fourth all-time at Notre Dame with 14 career 20-plus kill matches and 34 career double-double matches (10-plus kills, 10-plus digs). She ranks fourth at Notre Dame in career kill avg. (3.21/gm) and ninth in career dig avg. (2.53/gm).

    With Boylan running the show in '97, Notre Dame set team records for hitting pct. (.274) and kills per game (16.57), surpassing the marks set in '95. Boylan helped the Irish run away with the BIG EAST hitting pct. lead (.363 in conference matches) while her 10 aces in 11 conference matches tied for second-most on the team. Boylan directed an Irish offense that ranked 13th in the nation with its .274 hitting pct. The 6-1 setter also ranked second on the 1997 Irish squad with 27 total aces while her other season totals included 69 kills on .246 hitting, 207 digs (fourth on the team) and 68 blocks.

    Denise Boylan

    Boylan's season total of 1,350 assists rank fourth in Irish history and are best-ever by a Notre Dame freshman. Her season assist average of 12.39/gm ranks third all-time at Notre Dame, behind Carey May's 1995 (13.47) and '96 averages (12.68)

    Notre Dame finished its season 25-9, with all nine losses coming versus teams ranked in the top 14 of the final AVCA poll, highlighted by five losses to teams in the top six: #3 Long Beach State, #4 Florida, #5 Wisconsin (2), #6 UC Santa Barbara, #10 Texas, #13 Texas A&M, #12 Washington State and #14 Colorado. Notre Dame posted a 3-1 win at then-#18 Arkansas in the second round of the NCAAs (Arkansas finished 21st). Another '97 Irish opponent, Oral Roberts, received the 27th-most votes in the final poll while a 12th Irish opponent--Utah­received one vote in the final poll.

    In addition to setting the team record for hitting pct. and kills per game, the 1997 Notre Dame squad allowed just 1.19 opponent aces per game, third-best in Irish history behind the '95 (1.08) and '96 (1.11) teams.

    The Irish will head into the '98 season with the nation's longest winning streak versus conference opponents, having won all 78 conference matches during the tenure of 1997 District I coach of the year Debbie Brown.

    Notre Dame's 1997 opponents included 11 players who received mention in the M postseason awards, led by the consensus national player of the year--Long Beach State junior setter Misty May--and VM first team All-American middle blocker Nina Foster (Florida, Sr.). The '97 Irish opponents also produced second team All-American Demetria Sance (Texas, OH, Jr.) and three third-team selections: UC Santa Barbara junior middle blocker Katie Crawford, Long Beach State junior middle Benishe Dillard and Wisconsin senior hitter Amy Lee.

    Four 1997 Irish opponents joined Lee on the honorable mention list: Jessica Field (Arkansas), Roberta Gehlke (UCSB), Kelly Kennedy (Wisconsin) and Stacy Sykora (Texas A&M).

    Yarleen Santiago of Arkansas, which Notre Dame defeated in the second round of the 1997 NCAAs, was named national freshman of the year by VM.

    Lee was one of five players from the 1997 U.S. World University Games team that were included among the VM postseason honorees: Sance, Dillard, Loyola Marymount senior hitter Sarah Noriega (2nd team) and UCLA senior opposite Kara Milling (3rd team). Lee captained the U.S. to a silver-medal finish at the '97 World University Games, held in Catania, Sicily.

    Volleyball Magazine All-America Teams And Final Avca Poll

    1997 Volleyball Magazine All-America Awards

    PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Misty May (Long Beach State, S, 5-9, Jr.)

    COACH OF THE YEAR: Don Shaw, Stanford

    FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Yarlene Santiago, Arkansas

    FIRST TEAM: Kristin Folkl (Stanford, OH, Sr., 6-2), Nina Foster (Florida, MB, Sr. 6-2), Amy Steele Gant (Brigham Young, MB, 6-2, Sr.),Lisa Sharpley (Stanford, S, 6-0, Sr.), Kerri Walsh (Stanford, OPP, 6-2, So.), Terri Zemaitis (Penn State, MB, 6-2, Sr.).

    SECOND TEAM: Bonnie Bremner (Penn State, S, 5-9, So.), Lauren Cacciamani (Penn State, MB, 6-2, So.), Makare Desilets (Washington, MB, 6-2, Sr.), Jasmina Marinkovic (USC, MB, 6-0, Jr.), Sarah Noriega (Loyola Marymount, OPP, 6-2, Sr.), Demetria Sance (Texas, OH, 6-0, Jr.).

    THIRD TEAM: Katie Crawford (UC Santa Barbara, MB, 6-3, Jr.), Benishe Dillard (Long Beach State, MB, 6-1, Jr.), Amy Lee (Wisconsin, OPP, 6-1, Sr.), Kara Milling (UCLA, OPP, 6-1, Sr.), Fiona Nepo (Nebraska, S, 5-9, Jr.), Lisa Reitsma (Nebraska, OPP, 6-4, Sr.).

    HONORABLE MENTION: Paula Araujo (South Florida), Patrice Arrington (Oklahoma, OH), Jessica Field (Arkansas, MB), Roberta Gehlke (UC Santa Barbara, OH), Tyra Harper (Central Florida, MB), Addie Hauschild (Pacific), Kelly Kennedy (Wisconsin, MB), Eden Kroeger (Maryland, S), Jaimie Lee (Notre Dame, OH, 5-11, Sr.), Korie Rogers (Brigham Young), Stacy Sykora (Texas A&M, OH), Vanessa Wouters (Ohio State, OH).

    ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM: Denise Boylan (Notre Dame, S, 6-2), Kiran Gill (Georgetown, OH, 5-10), Juanelle Hamilton (Auburn, MB, 6-2), Kendra Haselhorst (Illinois State, OH), Denae Mohlman (Utah State, MB, 6-0), Kalani Tonga (Utah, MB, 6-0).

    FINAL 1997 AMERICAN VOLLEYBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION POLL
    1.  Stanford (60)       1500    33-2    
    2.  Penn State          1439    34-2    
    3.  Long Beach State    1380    33-2
    4.  Florida             1318    34-3    
    5.  Wisconsin           1235    30-3    
    6.  UC Santa Barbara    1198    31-5    
    7.  BYU                 1134    29-6    
    8.  Nebraska            1083    27-7    
    9.  USC                 1021    23-6    
    10. Texas                924    25-7        
    11. Washington           863    20-10      
    12. Washington State     835    26-7    
    13. Texas A&M            762    26-8
    14. Colorado             651    22-9    
    15. Ohio State           563    24-11   
    16. Pacific              536    23-9    
    17. Loyola Marymount     496    22-7    
    18. NOTRE DAME           422    25-9    
    19. Colorado State       369    27-6    
    20. Univ. of San Diego   341    26-4    
    21. Arkansas             298    30-6    
    22. Arizona              265    20-7    
    23. Maryland             230    27-2    
    24. Pepperdine           196    23-6    
    25. Hawaii               161    25-8

    Others receiving votes: UCLA (120), Oral Roberts (66), Michigan (28), Michigan State (17), Minnesota (10), South Florida (8), Clemson (7), Northern Illinois (6), Sacramento State (5), South Carolina (4), Oklahoma (3), Texas Tech (3), Utah (1).

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