Talented athlete who gave the Irish a strong presence in the middle ... great natural understanding of the game ... good height and good lateral mobility ... incredibly bright and coachable ... finished four-year tenure ranked fourth in career hitting percentage (.307), seventh in total blocks (437), seventh in solo blocks (92) and eighth in block assists (345).
As a Senior (2008): Preseason all-BIG EAST choice ... second team all-BIG EAST for the second straight season ... one of two Notre Dame players - joining Kristen Dealy - chosen to the BIG EAST Championship all-tournament team ... earned third consecutive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District distinction, a first-team honor shared with twin sister and Army outside hitter, Briana ... ranked 49th nationally at season's end with 1.14 blocks/set ... led the Irish with 1.02 blocks/set in league play while totaling 94 kills on a .300 average ... paced team with an overall average of 1.11 blocks/set ... steered Notre Dame to an 80-45 overall record and a 41-14 mark at home in her four seasons with the Irish ... hit over .300 in nine of 25 matches played on the season ... missed the first six matches of the season while nursing an injured knee ... made her presence felt after seeing action for the first time during her debut at Minnesota's Diet Coke Classic (Sept. 12-14) ... had eight blocks against No. 16 Cal Poly (Sept. 12) and seven kills versus No. 4 California (Sept. 13) ... helped the Irish hold one of the league's top offensive units at bay with a season-high 10 blocks - three solo - in a Nov. 14 match versus St. John's ... the Irish recorded 19 blocks versus the Red Storm, the highest team total of the season ... also tagged on 11 kills with only one error for a .455 clip in the five-set match ... had 17 kills on a .364 average against Connecticut (Nov. 16) and added five blocks against the Huskies ... her efforts helped the Irish snap the Huskies' seven-match win streak ... seven of her kills came in the fourth set to swing momentum into Notre Dame's favor and four more kills were racked in the final frame ... had 18 kills on a .455 average with three blocks in the BIG EAST finale against Louisville (Nov. 23) ... played in 94 sets ... totaled 233.5 points behind 104 blocks and 170 kills ... hit .297 on the season ... earned Notre Dame's Francis Patrick O'Connor Award, given to the top Irish student-athlete who best displays the total embodiment of the true spirit of Notre Dame as exemplified by their contributions and inspirations to their respective teams ... a talented musician, she was a member of the Academic Honors Program and carried a 3.79 grade-point average ... winner of the team's Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award for the second straight year.
As a Junior (2007): Anchored the front line for the Irish ... established herself as one of the league's top shot blockers ... showed the ability to light up the scoreboard with her efficient hitting ... second team all-BIG EAST choice ... a 3.76 grade point average earned her a spot on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V second team ... carried a .369 hitting percentage in conference play while registering 1.58 blocks/set against league opponents ... both marks ranked fourth in BIG EAST action ... twice listed on the BIG EAST Honor Roll (Oct. 8 and Nov. 5) ... her .706 clip against Rutgers (Oct. 6) was the sixth-highest of any league player in any match throughout the season and the fourth-best in league play ... that average ranks 13th all-time in Irish history ... she notched an average that ranks 23rd on Notre Dame's all-time list with a .684 clip against Georgetown (Nov. 2), the fifth-highest average in league play on the season ... finished five matches with a hitting average greater than .500 ... had 13 matches in which she recorded double figure kills ... led Notre Dame in blocks in 19 matches, including each of the final nine contests of the season ... paced the team in hitting percentage on nine occasions ... turned in the most kills of any player in matches with Rutgers (13), St. John's (11), South Florida (18) and Cincinnati (16) ... recorded 15+ kills in five matches ... secured one double-double ... had 13 kills with a .435 average at Missouri (Aug. 31) ... put down 12 kills on 21 swings versus No. 11 California (Sept. 15) for a .524 average ... had 10 kills and six blocks in the league opener at Pittsburgh (Sept. 22) ... her season- and career-high kill total came at Syracuse (Oct. 14) when she smacked 19 kills on a .389 average ... also had five blocks against the Orange ... had six consecutive matches with 11+ kills from Oct. 23-Nov. 9 ... stuffed 10 shots against Villanova (Sept. 30) and blocked nine more in duels with College of Charleston (Sept. 7) and No. 17 Louisville (Nov. 11) ... sported a .336 hitting average through 49 games (13 matches) at home ... delivered her lone ace of the season against UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 14) ... played in each of Notre Dame's 110 games ... made 28 starts.
As a Sophomore (2006): One of three players to appear in all 114 sets and 32 matches in 2006 ... started 31 matches ... her .304 hitting percentage (239-72-549) paced the Irish ... team leader in blocks with 156 (27 solo and 129 block assists) ... reached double figure in kills five times ... fourth on the squad with 239 kills (2.10/set) and 330.5 points (2.90/set) ... team leader in blocks in 17 matches ... second-team all-BIG EAST selection ... earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll nods on two occasions (Sept. 4 and Oct. 16) ... selected to the Shamrock Invitational all-tournament team (Sept. 2) and named the Best Blocker at the Sun Devil Classic (Sept. 17) ... a third-team selection on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V volleyball team ... totaled a career-best 14 blocks against Idaho (Sept. 2) in the Shamrock Invitational ... those 14 blocks tied for the most ever by an Irish player in a four-set match ... she also became the 12th Irish player ever to record 12+ blocks in a match ... had eight kills, a season-best three digs and six blocks at Northern Iowa (Sept. 9) at the UNI Invitational ... threw down a career-best 15 kills with no errors for a .750 hitting percentage, seven blocks, and a season-high 18.5 points at South Florida (Nov. 15) ... her .750 hitting percentage at South Florida was the highest for a Notre Dame player and second-best among league players on the season ... had seven blocks against No. 24 St. John's (Nov. 18) and eight more against Louisville (Nov. 19) in the BIG EAST Championship match.
As a Freshman (2005): Utilized as a front-row sub to improve Notre Dame's blocking during a single rotation at times ... able to transition into the college game by learning from Irish All-American Lauren Brewster ... played in 52 sets and 23 matches, posting seven kills on 14 attempts for a .429 average, four digs, and 15 blocks for 14.5 points ... turned in three kills on five errorless swings against both South Florida (Oct. 21) and Georgetown (Oct. 23) ... accounted for three blocks against the Hoyas and Seton Hall (Sept. 25) ... had a kill against DePaul (Oct. 15) ... played in all five games in the BIG EAST Tournament finale at No. 7 Louisville (Nov. 20) ... took part in a pair of blocks versus Rice (Nov. 25) and Tennessee (Nov. 26) ... notched a block and an assist in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Northwestern (Dec. 2) ... played the national anthem on the saxophone during the first day of the Irish Thanksgiving Invitational (Nov. 25).
The Stremick File: Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year for the state of North Dakota as a senior at Langdon Area HS ... North Dakota Class-B Outstanding Senior Volleyball co-Player of the Year, along with her twin sister, Briana ... the pair was known as the "Twin Towers" ... three-time all-state and all-North Dakota state tournament pick ... helped Langdon Area to an undefeated record and state title in 2003 ... led the prep squad to an 88-match winning streak ... led team to five consecutive top-seven finishes in the state tournament and a 194-20 overall four-year record ... did not play club volleyball until 2005 ... set Langdon Area single season records for kills (546), kill efficiency (.454), kill percentage (.558), blocks (125), and attack attempts (1,000) ... also broke school records for digs (23) and kills (19) in a two-set match and kills in a three-set match (26) ... accumulated 1,790 kills, 951 digs, 266 aces, 400 blocks in 456 career games ... three-time captain and all-conference pick ... in 2004, finished with 429 kills, 221 digs, 125 blocks, and 121 service aces ... also a three-year letter winner as a center in basketball, helping the Cardinals win the 2005 state championship while being named the tournament's MVP ... two-time all-state honoree in hoops, team's captain and MVP in 2005 ... averaged 5.6 blocked shots per game over final two seasons and averaged 14.4 points as a senior ... a five-time letter winner in track and field as a jumper and hurdler ... three-time top-eight finisher at state meet in the high jump ... won one cross country letter ... student council president ... just the second North Dakota native to sport an Irish volleyball jersey ... Jeanette Jacot of Bismarck was a member of the 1989 team ... full name is Justine Kaye Stremick ... daughter of Lisa Howatt and Trent Stremick ... mother played basketball and ran track at Whapeton Community College ... one of eight siblings ... twin sister, Briana, is a standout volleyball player at Army ... last name is pronounced STREM-ick ... born March 14, 1987, in Langdon, N.D. ... graduated from the College of Science as a math and life science major.