Women's Volleyball



Houser Receives AVCA Honorable Mention All-America Accolades

The junior is a two-time honoree.

  • Kelbley's Awards
  • Kelbley's Career Bests

    AS A SENIOR (2005): Talented and versatile player established herself as one of the best in Notre Dame history ... stands as the only current Division I hitter to have been an AVCA all-region selection in each of her four seasons (Minnesota libero Paula Gentil also shares that distinction) ... also was AVCA honorable mention All-America in 2003, '04, and `05 ... one of just three players from any school ever to be tabbed to the all-BIG EAST teams in each of her four seasons (first team in 2003 and '05, second team in '02 and '04) ... named to NCAA tournament College Station Regional All-Tournament Team for 18-kill performance against Wisconsin in round of 16 ... key leader on one of the best teams in Notre Dame history ... one of the most-reliable producers ever to wear an Irish uniform, as she posted 10+ kills on 90 occasions during her career (28 In 2005), more than any other player in ND history (record was 88 by current AVP player Angie Harris from 1994-97) ... became the sixth Irish player ever to post 1,400 career kills in regular-season finale against Tennessee ... finished career with 1,463 kills, which ranks as the fifth-best total in Notre Dame history ... improved her serving throughout her career, increasing her ace output in each of the last three seasons ... led Irish in 2005 with 43 aces (0.35 per game) ... that placed her seventh on the all-time Irish list of top season ace totals ... ranked ninth in BIG EAST in points (4.38 per game) ... combined with Lauren Brewster to make Notre Dame the only school with multiple players among the league leaders in points ... in league-only action, she was tied for eighth in the BIG EAST (17/0.36) in aces ... in addition to leading team in aces, also ranked second on Irish in kills (441/3.56), hitting percentage (.285), and points (543.5) ... posted career-best numbers this season in kills and points ... ranks among Irish career leaders in 16 categories, including fourth in service aces (120) and kill average (3.35) ... other rankings include third in attack attempts (3,510), fourth in percentage of games played (95.4%), fifth in matches with 20+ kills (10), sixth in hitting percentage (.291) and solo blocks (79), tied for seventh in percentage of matches played (97.6%), eighth in total blocks (416), and ace average (0.27), eighth in matches leading the Irish in kills (39), and tied for 10th in games played (437) ... combines with Lauren Brewster to be just the second set of classmates to post 1,400 kills each ... together they put up 2,948 kills, the second-highest total by Notre Dame classmates (3,023 by current AVP players Angie Harris and Jaimie Lee from 1994-97) ... led Irish in aces 15 times this season and was tops in kills 10 times, attack percentage on eight occasions, points seven times, and blocks four times ... also a big reason that ND had a service ace-to-error ratio of 0.758, the second-best in Irish history (1.030 in 1996) ... listed on BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Oct. 3 ... began season with 15 kills on .361 hitting to go with three aces against Michigan ... recorded first career double-double against Arizona State, finishing with 18 kills and 10 digs, plus four blocks for 22 points ... posted season-high 25 kills and three aces for 29 points in Notre Dame's four-game upset of #8 USC ... had seven kills in game two, including two that erased game points after the Women of Troy (already up a game) led 29-27 ... final kill came on match point to give ND first win over USC since 1995 ... her 10th kill against #6 Florida came at 28-28 in the third game to give the Irish a match point - which they converted ... also had a kill to finish game one ... had 15 kills on .412 hitting and five blocks and three aces at Tulane ... posted 13 kills on .367 hitting against Seton Hall ... pounded 24 kills on 32 attempts for .688 attack percentage at Loyola Chicago ... also matched career high with four aces (and no service errors) against the Ramblers ... had 15 kills on .324 hitting vs. Syracuse ... posted 13 kills and three blocks vs. Valparaiso ... posted 14 kills and no errors on 22 swings for .636 hitting mark against DePaul ... turned in six blocks at Illinois State ... had nine kills on 18 attempts for .444 hitting vs. South Florida ... had 11 kills, seven digs, three aces, and two blocks in four-game win against #6 Louisville ... finished with 13 kills on .357 hitting vs. Cincinnati ... registered 14 kills on .565 hitting against Saint Louis ... had 16 kills and five digs at Pittsburgh ... had 13 kills against Villanova and #7 Louisville in the BIG EAST tournament ... converted half of 14 swings for kills (.429 hitting) in semis against Cincinnati ... matched season high with three solo blocks against the Cardinals ... had 10 kills on 18 errorless attempts (.556) against Rice to go with a season-high seven blocks ... posted 22 kills and only one error for .412 attack percentage in five-game loss to Tennessee ... had a dozen kills in NCAA opening round against Dayton ... followed that up with one of the top hitting performances in Irish NCAA history, converting 13 of 23 attempts for kills and making just a single error for a .522 hitting mark ... posted 18 kills, five digs, and 19.5 points in round of 16 vs. Wisconsin ... stands as the only Bascom native ever to win a monogram at Notre Dame in any sport ... wears same #6 jersey sported by such Irish standouts as Mary Jo Hensler (1983-84), Molly Stark (1990-93), current AVP player Angie Harris (1994-97), and current Loyola Chicago head coach Marcie Bomhack (1998-2001) ... four-year monogram winner.

    AS A JUNIOR (2004): Tabbed honorable mention All-America by the AVCA again in `04 ... gained AVCA all-Northeast Region accolades, as well as second-team all-conference honors ... against Long Beach State on Nov. 27, became the 15th Irish player to post 1,000 career kills ... filled top outside hitter role after being a middle blocker during most of first half of her career ... led Irish in kill average (372/3.68) and was second in hitting percentage (.244), points (449/4.45), and ace average (0.33) ... joined teammate Lauren Brewster as the only players in the conference who ranked among the top 10 in three statisticial categories in both overall and BIG EAST action ... ranked sixth in BIG EAST in aces, seventh in points, and ninth in kills ... conference-only leaders had her fifth in points (4.77), eighth in hitting percentage (.278), and 10th in kills (3.92) ... missed three late-season matches due to a foot injury ... named to Cal Poly Invitational all-tournament team ... led all players in that tournament in both kill average (44/4.00) and ace average (7/0.64) and was third behind teammates Lauren Brewster and Adrianna Stasiuk with a .264 hitting percentage ... had 10+ kills in 22 of 27 matches in which she played ... had 20+ kills five times, including in back-to-back matches, after doing so just twice in her first two collegiate seasons ... notched 33 service aces after having just 13 in `03 ... led Irish in kills in 14 matches and was tops in aces 14 times, points 12 times, and hitting percentage on six occasions ... became first Notre Dame player in nearly four years to have 25 kills in a match when she posted that sum on .304 hitting in four games against Seton Hall ... turned in one of the best matches of her career in five-game contest vs. Valparaiso, matching career best with 22 kills on .365 hitting, while setting a career high with nine digs and adding seven blocks and two service aces for a total of 27.5 points ... had 15 kills and matched then-career high with six digs in season opener against Loyola Chicago ... was only Irish player with double-figure kills against #2 Nebraska on Sept. 3, finishing with 10 and just two errors for a .381 attack percentage ... registered 15 kills against the Huskers the following night ... led Irish with 17 kills in five-game win over Fresno State ... had 15 kills on .364 hitting in three games against Sacramento State, with 10 of those kills coming in the second game ... notched 12 kills and matched career high with four aces at Cal Poly ... had 12 kills on team-high .273 hitting against South Carolina in final of Gamecock Invitational ... set career high with 24 kills on .404 hitting at Michigan for a total of 27 points ... had 12 kills on .474 hitting at Rutgers ... notched 20 kills to go with five digs and four service aces (matching career high) in five-game win against Illinois State ... outstanding in Notre Dame's two biggest conference wins ... turned in team-high 16 kills on .387 hitting to go with four digs and four blocks vs. Connecticut despite sitting out first 30 points of a game ... came back from injury for 14 kills, seven digs, and four blocks against Pittsburgh in contest that eventually determined the league's regular-season champion ... was a key factor in the Irish claiming their eighth BIG EAST tournament championship, posting 34 kills (4.86) on .387 hitting ... notched 20 kills on .425 hitting in semis against Boston College after missing previous two matches ... had 14 kills on .343 mark in final against Pittsburgh ... notched 14 kills with .357 attack percentage in win vs. UC Irvine ... registered 19 kills and season-high eight blocks in Notre Dame's first-ever win against Long Beach State ... three of those kills came after Irish were facing match point, down 14-12 in the fifth game ... drilled successive kills on final two points of the match ... finished Baden Thanksgiving Tournament averaging 4.12 kills and 1.50 blocks per game ... in the matches she missed due to injury, Irish were 1-2 and hitting just .169, as opposed to a .241 attack percentage and 20-7 record in contests in which she played ... had played in first 82 matches of her collegiate career before sitting out against Boston College ... also missed matches vs. West Virginia and Northern Iowa ... had started 58 matches in a row before the BC tilt ... posted .285 attack percentage in the Joyce Center (.227 away from home) ... averaged 4.12 kills per game on .304 hitting against the AVCA's Northeast Region ... in three matches (all wins) against Big West teams, she averaged 4.09 kills, 0.45 aces, and 1.27 blocks.

    AS A SOPHOMORE (2003): Dominant middle for the Irish for second consecutive season ... named honorable mention All- America by the AVCA ... earned all-Northeast Region honors from the AVCA to become one of just three sophomores in the country (also Arizona's Kim Glass and Minnesota's Paula Gentil) to garner all-region honors in their first two seasons ... also a first-team all-BIG EAST selection ... started all 30 matches ... played middle blocker until moving to outside hitter for final two contests of season ... second on team in blocks (133/1.24), hitting percentage (.303) and third in kills (352/3.29), points (455.5/4.25), and service aces (25/0.23) ... finished third in the BIG EAST in blocking ... in league matches only, was third in blocks (55/1.34) and fourth in hitting percentage (.340) ... a major reason Notre Dame led the nation in blocking (3.72) and set school record for block average for second year in a row ... one of four Irish players to average over 1.00 block per game ... joined Emily Loomis and Lauren Brewster to form the first Irish trio ever to have 350+ kills apiece in the same season ... those three and Katie Neff all had 100+ blocks for the second straight year, reestablishing them as the only quartet in school history to accomplish that feat ... two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week honored on 9/8 after hitting .446 in Longhorn Classic and on 9/29 after hitting .478 with 26 kills and 12 blocks in opening weekend of league play ... Longhorn Classic MVP (8 GP, 30 K, .446, 14 B, 40.5 pts.) ... named to all-tournament teams in Four Points Sheraton Classic (12 GP, 39 K, .360, 12 B, 4 SA, 5 D, 49.5 pts.) and Longhorn Classic ... led Irish in blocks 12 times, kills on eight occasions, aces seven times, points six times, and hitting percentage in five instances ... hit over .300 in 19 matches, including 11 marks of .400+ ... had 10+ kills in 13 consecutive matches (9/9-10/23), the fourth-longest streak in school history ... had 10 or more kills in 24 matches (tied for eighth-most in a season by an Irish player) ... had three or more blocks on 23 occasions ... had 12 or more points in 25 matches ... had 16 kills on .424 hitting to go along with six blocks and four digs in helping Irish to season-opening upset of #10 Arizona ... had career-high 22 kills on .462 hitting vs. Houston to go along with eight blocks and two aces for 28.5 points ... hit .524 vs. Valparaiso, converting 11 kills on 21 tries with no errors ... barely missed double-double vs. Villanova, with 14 kills and nine blocks ... had season-high .706 hitting percentage (12-0-17) vs. Georgetown ... registered 15 kills, six blocks, and five digs vs. UConn ... had 11 kills on .529 hitting vs. Seton Hall ... posted eight blocks vs. Syracuse ... matched career high with 22 kills vs. Virginia Tech, on .333 hitting for 25.5 points ... had 15 kills on .353 hitting vs. Miami ... posted six kills on eight swings at West Virginia ... just missed double-double at Pittsburgh, with 15 kills and eight blocks ... led team with 10 kills on .368 hitting vs. Stanford in first career match on the outside ... matched career high with five digs vs. Cardinal ... averaged 3.54 kills and 1.38 blocks on .348 hitting during Notre Dame's 14-match winning streak.

    AS A FRESHMAN (2003): Developed into one of the top offensive and defensive players on the Irish roster during her rookie season ... named AVCA Northeast Region Rookie of the Year ... became the first Irish volleyball player to earn the BIG EAST Rookie-of-the-Year award ... earned all-BIG EAST second-team accolades ... finished third on the team in kills with 298 (2.84) and in blocks with 116 (1.10) ... ended the season with a .351 hitting percentage (298-61-675) which ranks sixth on the single-season chart at Notre Dame .... two-time BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (Sept. 2, Oct. 13) ... the initial rookie-of-the-week award marked the first weekly award she was eligible for ... appeared in all 32 matches, starting 29 and playing in 105 of 113 games ... finished with 116 blocks, joining teammates Lauren Brewster, Emily Loomis, and Katie Neff as the first group of four Irish players to post over 100 blocks apiece in a season ... had an immediate impact on the Irish team, posting 12 kills in her first two career matches ... also hit over .500 in both of those matches (.524 vs. UW-Milwaukee and .600 vs. Cincinnati) .. was named to the Shamrock Invitational all-tournament team ... ended the season on a roll, posting double-digit kills in her last seven matches ... finished with 16 double-digit kill performances ... had season-high 15 kills four times, including three times in the last five matches of the year ... an excellent defensive player at the net, exploded for a career-best 12 blocks vs. St. John's ... notched at least five blocks in 10 matches ... able to help out in the back row as well, posting a season-best six digs vs. West Virginia.

    PREP AND PERSONAL: Helped the Hopewell-Loudon volleyball team win its fifth state title in 2001 ... named the Midland Athletic League Player of the Year in 2000 and 2001 ... earned all-state honors in final three seasons and was named the Ohio Division IV Player of the Year in 2001 ... only competed three years in varsity volleyball, but ended up ranked third in career kills (993), fifth in season kills (385), and ninth in match kills (26) in the Ohio state record book ... set high-school records for blocks in a match (13), kills in a season (364), and blocks in a season (84) ... in four years of volleyball competition, lost just two matches ... competed in the USA Volleyball 2001 Colorado Cup and earned the tournament's "Best Player" award ... member of the National Honor Society (school chapter vice president), SADD, and the quiz bowl team ... daughter of Cathi and Larry Kelbley ... youngest of three children ... born in Tiffin, Ohio ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in management information systems major.

    Kelbley's Awards

  • Preseason All-BIG EAST (2005)
  • AVCA Honorable Mention All-American (2003, 2004)
  • AVCA All-Northeast Region (2002, 2003, 2004)
  • First Team All-BIG EAST (2003)
  • Second Team All-BIG EAST (2002, 2004)
  • AVCA Northeast Region Rookie of the Year (2002)
  • BIG EAST Rookie of the Year (2002)

    Kelbley's Career Bests

  • Kills- 25 at Seton Hall (10-10-04)
  • Digs- 9 vs. Valparaiso (9-9-04) & at Utah (10-19-04)
  • Blocks- 12 vs. St. John's (9-29-02)
  • Aces- 4, 3 times (MR: vs. Illinois State, 10-13-04)
  • Attack Attempts - 62 at Long Beach State (11-27-04)
  • Hitting Percentage - 3G - .778 (7-0-9) vs. Providence (11-1-02)
    4G - .462 (15-3-26) at Illinois State (10-29-02)
    5G - .481 (13-0-27) at Miami (11-15-02)

Lauren Kelbley
Lauren  Kelbley

Bascom, OH

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