Women's Volleyball


AS A SENIOR (2000): Named first team AVCA Northeast All-Region and Volleyball Magazine honorable mention All-American as a senior ... BIG EAST Player of the Year and BIG EAST Setter of the Year ... team captain for second consecutive year ... BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year ... first team all-BIG EAST ... BIG EAST Conference Championship Most Outstanding Player ... earned BIG EAST Academic All-Star accolades ... finished career with 4,687 assists ... totaled 1,396 assists (13.82 per set) as a senior ... also had 108 kills and attacked at a .362 clip ... posted 231 digs (2.20 per game), 29 service aces (0.29 per game) and 60 blocks (0.59 per game) ... played in 33 matches and 101 games.

AS A JUNIOR (1999): Started in all 29 matches and 95 of team's 98 games in '99 ... 1999 first team all-BIG EAST selection, becoming the first Notre Dame setter so honored since 1994 ... earned first-team all-district honors for the second time in three years (also 1997) ... recorded 3,000th career assist against Syracuse ... preseason all-BIG EAST selection along with teammate Christi Girton ... finished fourth in the BIG EAST in assists per game (12.21) ... set the Irish to a team hitting percentage of .280, the 15th best nationally and the best in Notre Dame's 20-year history ... team appeared in national ranking for hitting percentage seven times ... Irish hit above the .300 mark in 13 of their 29 matches, including a season-best .510 against Villanova ... led the team in assists (11.92) and aces per game (0.37) ... earned all tournament honors three times in '99: at the University of the Pacific's Community Banker's Classic, Clemson's BIG Orange Bash and the Shamrock Invitational at Notre Dame ... tied a career high with four aces versus Washington State ... had season-best 61 assists against Illinois State ... one of three players to record double-doubles in five-game win over Providence with 53 assists and 10 digs ... also tied a career high with seven blocks (one solo, six assists) against the Friars and went perfect on 12 hitting attempts (6-0-12) for a .500 percentage ... recorded her first of three double-doubles in the season with a 37-assist, 12-dig effort against Northwestern.

AS A SOPHOMORE (1998): Unanimous pick for the 1998 preseason BIG EAST first team ... also selected as the preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year ... injury, however, limited her to only 20 matches, including five BIG EAST matches ... started and played in all 18 matches and 67 games prior to injury ... returned for NCAA matches, Dec. 4-5, against Eastern Washington and Stanford ... last game prior to injury was against Providence at home on Oct. 23, where she had 53 assists and 11 digs in a three-game win ... opened the season with 40 and 48-assist efforts against Georgia and Colorado to make the Shamrock all-tournament team ... had three-straight .400-plus hitting matches against Michigan State, Seton Hall and Rutgers ... hit .667 with 57 assists (16.50 avg.) and 14 digs in a five-game loss to Fairfield ... had 66 assists in four games against North Carolina.

AS A FRESHMAN (1997): Named first-team all-District I and second-team all-BIG EAST in '97 after leading the Irish to a conference-best .363 hitting percentage in league games ... joined classmate Christi Girton on the BIG EAST all-rookie team ... recorded 12.39 assists/gm, which ranks third-best in Irish history ... ran an Irish offense that hit .274 overall, which ranked 13th in the nation ... played in all 34 matches and nearly 92 percent of the games (109 of 119) ... her 1,350 assists and 12.39 assist average surpassed the Irish freshman records set by Julie Bremner in 1988 (1,340, 11.45) ... racked up 83 assists and 21 digs (both season-highs) in marathon five-game win over Illinois State ... directed Irish to .512 hitting at Seton Hall, the second-best hitting percentage in the program's history ... contributed 59 assists and five digs in 3-1 NCAA win at Arkansas ... opened her career with 51 assists in 3-1 win over Louisville ... totaled 60 assists, eight digs, five blocks (one solo) and one ace in BIG EAST title match win over Villanova (3-1).

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: One of 40 invited to train with the USA program in the summer of '98 ... the only player on the U.S. Youth National team every year from 1994-96 ... 1995-96 Youth National team captain ... traveled with U.S. youth team to tournaments in Mexico (?94) and Slovakia ('95) ... a three-time All-American and two-time MVP at the U.S. Junior National Championships (formerly Junior Olympics) ... led Sports Performance to national titles in '97 (in Denver) and '95 (in Orlando, Fla.) ... helped team go 100-4 in '97, including titles at three tournaments and a win over Ichiban in national title match ... traveled to Japan during '97 spring break ... a U.S. Volleyball Association All-American in 1993 ... played middle blocker at Benet Academy ... Gatorade Circle of Champions national player of the year ... named to Volleyball magazine Fab 50 ... sister Susan played volleyball at Marquette (1993-97) ... uncle Jim played on Marquette's 1977 NCAA championship basketball team ... born in Worcester, Mass. ... a management major in the Mendoza College of Business.

Denise Boylan
Denise  Boylan


Lisle, Ill.

High School:
Benet Academy



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