Eldest of three Notre Dame setters is expected to again challenge for playing time ... was backup behind honorable-mention All-America setter Kristen Kinder her first two seasons before seeing slightly-larger reserve role in 2004 behind Ashley Tarutis ... was one of Notre Dame's two setters in its 6-2 offense used in first 10 matches of `03 and began the '04 campaign by starting the first two matches ... has helped Notre Dame finish as the top hitting team in BIG EAST matches in each of the last three seasons ... possesses a good understanding of the game ... strong season of spring practice has put her into a position to give the Irish a variety of setting options ... great serve among her strengths ... the top front-row player of Notre Dame's setters ... has grown considerably in terms of technique and strength and conditioning, as well as set location ... match experience should continue to be an asset ... a product of the same club team, Arizona Juniors, that turned out former Irish standout Molly Stark (1990-93) ... one of only two Xavier College Prep graduates ever to earn monograms in any sport at Notre Dame, joining former women's swimmer Haley Scott (`92) ... sports the same #3 jersey worn by such Notre Dame setters as Julie Bremner (1988), Taryn Collins (1989), Janelle Karlan (1990-93), and Carey May (1994-97), as well as standout hitters Kathleen Morin (1984-87) and Malinda Goralski (1998-2001) ... three-year monogram winner.
AS A JUNIOR: One of Notre Dame's two regular setters in 2004, along with Ashley Tarutis ... started first two matches of season (after starting just twice during the first two years of her collegiate career) and played when the setting spot was in the front row ... rotated in off the bench for remainder of season, typically playing in two front-row rotations ... played in every match but one (second match vs. Nebraska) and 104 of 112 games on the year ... ranked second on Irish in assists (241/2.32) ... took part in 24 blocks ... a major reason Notre Dame led the BIG EAST in hitting percentage (.254) in league matches ... helped the Irish hit over .300 in six matches ... had 10+ assists in nine matches ... notched season-high 23 assists in opener vs. Loyola Chicago ... was in on a pair of blocks vs. the Ramblers ... shared team honors with 11 assists in first match against #2 Nebraska ... had two kills, 10 assists, two digs, and a pair of blocks in three games against Sacramento State, helping Irish to .311 hitting mark ... finished Cal Poly Invitational with 2.80 assist average that ranked fifth in the tournament leaders ... helped Irish to .289 hitting percentage vs. Michigan State ... recorded 15 assists vs. Michigan ... led ND to .303 hitting mark against Rutgers and .315 vs. Seton Hall ... accounted for 19 assists vs. the Scarlet Knights and 16 against the Pirates ... helped Irish to season-high .356 hitting vs. St. John's and .339 at Georgetown (10 assists) ... posted season-high three blocks vs. BYU and Villanova and had a pair of blocks vs. Northern Iowa, including one of the solo variety ... after having just five assists up to that point, dished off two to Lauren Kelbley with score tied 14-14 in fifth game to give Irish first-ever win against Long Beach State.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played a larger role in Irish fortunes in 2003 as backup and sometime regular setter ... was an integral part of Notre Dame's 6-2 rotation, which was utilized in the first 10 matches ... was a key reserve at times after that, playing in all but two matches ... finished second on team in assists (206/2.71) ... averaged 4.32 assists (173/40) in 6-2, notching 16+ assists in every match but one ... registered 20 or more assists on four occasions, including season-high 23 against South Carolina in final match in the 6-2 ... helped team hit .324 in upsetting #10 Arizona in season opener ... had 20 assists to go with team-leading and career-high 12 digs vs. Texas ... double-double was second of her career ... set Irish to .311 attack percentage in four-game win against Purdue ... did not play at Boston College or vs. Miami ... led team in service aces vs. Pepperdine and Utah.
AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in 20 matches and 44 games in her rookie season ... made two starts (vs. Loyola College and Providence) ... second on the team in assists with 175 (3.98) ... a solid all-around player who developed well during the season ... stepped up in her first start against Loyola College, posting a career-best 39 assists and leading Irish to .374 hitting mark ... also scored three kills and four blocks against the Greyhounds ... saw three games of action against Connecticut, putting up 35 assists, four digs, five blocks, and two kills ... recorded the first double-double of her career against Providence, dishing out 35 assists and getting 10 digs ... also had three blocks, two kills, and an ace against the Friars ... reached double-digit assists off the bench at Villanova (17) and vs. Boston College (11) ... saw action in all four post-season matches, playing four games at the BIG EAST Championship and appearing in five games during the NCAA Championship.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Four-year letterwinner as an outside hitter and setter at Xavier College Preparatory School ... claimed four regional titles and two state championships ... team earned a national ranking during her junior and senior seasons, while she earned all-conference and all-state honors ... garnered Student Sports Magazine pre-season All-America honors in 2000 and '01 ... served as team captain during her senior season ... participated in the 2002 Arizona All-Star exhibition match ... listed among "Who's Who in High School Sports" ... served on the Xavier College Prep President's Council and volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of Phoenix ... comes from a traditional Notre Dame family, as great-grandfather Charles Breen, great-uncle Dave Burrell, aunt Nina Burrell, uncle Michael Burrell, and father Roger all graduated from Notre Dame ... from the same area of Arizona as former Irish quarterback/receiver Steve Belles ... daughter of Carol and Roger Burrell ... oldest of two children ... last name is pronounced burr-ELLE ... born Feb. 7, 1984, in Phoenix, Ariz. ... tabbed an Academic All-Star by the BIG EAST Conference as a sophomore and junior ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as an American studies major.
Burrell's Career Bests
Kills - 3 vs. Loyola College (9-14-02)
3G - 39 vs. Loyola College (9-14-02)
4G - 35 vs. Connecticut (9-27-02)
5G - 17 vs. Utah (9-13-03)
Digs - 12 at Texas (9-6-03)
Blocks - 5 vs. Connecticut (9-27-02)
Aces - 3 vs. Utah (9-13-03)
Team Hitting Percentage (starts only)-
3G - .374 (49-12-99) vs. Loyola College (9-14-02)
4G - .198 (59-25-172) vs. Loyola Chicago (9-1-04)
5G - NA