Women's Volleyball


Walk-on joined Irish in spring 2004 to add depth on the front row ... versatile player who does what is needed to help the team ... consistent player who is strong in competition ... stands as just the second Iowa native to play volleyball for Notre Dame, joining Rachel Hall (1987-88 from Neola) ... is just the fifth player in Notre Dame history to wear the #16 jersey.

AS A FRESHMAN: Did not play collegiate volleyball.

PREP AND PERSONAL: Two-time all-state selection as middle blocker for Ames High School in Ames, Iowa ... helped team to three straight state tournaments after qualifying just once previously ... finished career with 1,012 kills and .355 attack percentage ... set school records for hitting percentage (.426, to go with 448 kills) and games played (117) in a season as a junior ... as a senior, ranked third in state in hitting percentage (.406), sixth in kill average (3.58), seventh in dig average (2.87), and eighth in blocks (0.90) ... helped Ames win three regional titles and a pair of Central Iowa Metro Conference championships ... served as team co-captain as a senior ... gained all-conference honors three times, including being a unanimous first-team selection in final two seasons ... gained first-team all-district accolades twice ... academic all-state selection as a senior ... played eight years of club volleyball for Cyclone Cylect of the Iowa Heart Volleyball Association, qualifying for Junior National Olympics on three occasions ... also earned four letters for tennis team, playing No. 1 singles and doubles and winning regional title in final season ... placed sixth in state doubles tournament as a senior and helped team take fourth place ... earned academic all-conference accolades six times (three each in volleyball and tennis) ... was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Senior Girls Club ... high school classmate Justin McGeeney plays for the Notre Dame soccer team ... neighbor Frank Montabon lettered for Irish track and field team in 1991 ... full name is Julie Claire McElroy ... youngest of three children ... daughter of Dianne and James McElroy ... born Feb. 22, 1985, in Ames, Iowa ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.

Julie McElroy
Julie  McElroy


Ames, IA

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