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Senior Day Sweep Wraps Up Volleyball's Perfect Weekend

Senior Kristen Dealy

Nov. 6, 2011

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame dominated Rutgers in every facet of the game to notch a 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-17) Senior Day victory Sunday at Purcell Pavilion. The BIG EAST Conference volleyball win improved Notre Dame's overall record to 15-9 (8-4 BIG EAST) heading into the final week of the regular season with matches in store at Marquette (Nov. 11) and Syracuse (Nov. 13).

The Irish paid homage to seniors Frenchy Silva and Kristen Dealy prior to the contest and the duo responded with outstanding performances in their final regular-season home contest.

Both Silva and Dealy reached significant milestones earlier in the season which will be etched in the Notre Dame record books for years to come. Dealy joined the 1,000-1,000 club on Sept. 16, becoming the eighth player in program history with 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. Silva scooped her 1,000 career dig on Aug. 28 and currently ranks sixth on the all-time charts with over 1,300 digs.

As longtime friends and teammates, the pair is the only set of teammates in program history to average over 3.00 digs/set apiece.

Dealy finished today's contest with six kills - including a converted strike on match point - with seven digs and three of Notre Dame's 11.0 blocks. Silva had 10 digs and an ace.

Notre Dame bettered Rutgers (8-21, 1-11) in hitting pct. (.356-.060), assists (41-23), digs (51-41) and blocks (11.0-5.0).

Freshman Jeni Houser led Notre Dame in kills for the second straight match, totaling nine on 15 attempts without an error. Houser added three blocks. Classmate Toni Alugbue had a match-high two aces with seven kills, 10 digs and six block assists.

Bouncing kills at will was junior Hilary Eppink, who rocked eight beams at a .545 rate with four blocks.

Five of Eppink's kills came in the first set when the Irish hit .353 as a squad.

Sophomore Andrea McHugh punched in five kills and a pair of blocks but was just as efficient on the defensive side of play with a match-best 14 digs.

Notre Dame hit .480 in the second set - its best single-game clip on the day - while holding Rutgers to a -.080 pct. over the same stretch.

Each of the seven Irish players who had at least one swing in the second set also tallied a kill.

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Event Calendar

Delta

August 25
7:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
August 26
12:30 PM
Rhode Island
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
August 26
7:00 PM
New Mexico State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
September 1
11:00 AM
VCU
Bowling Green, Ohio (Stroh Center)
September 1
7:00 PM
Bowling Green
Bowling Green, Ohio (Stroh Center)
September 2
7:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)
September 8
7:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Conway, S.C. (HTC Center)
September 9
12:00 PM
Ohio State
Conway, S.C. (HTC Center)
September 9
5:00 PM
Florida International
Conway, S.C. (HTC Center)
September 15
7:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 16
12:30 PM
Southern Illinois
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 16
7:00 PM
Central Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 22
7:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (KFC Yum! Center)
September 24
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum)
September 29
7:00 PM
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 1
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 6
7:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (Memorial Gymnasium)
October 8
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
October 13
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 15
1:00 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 20
7:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Tully Gym)
October 22
2:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (James L. Knight Complex)
October 25
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 29
1:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 3
7:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
November 5
1:00 PM
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, N.C. (Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
November 10
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 12
1:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 17
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 19
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 22
7:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Women's Building)
November 24
1:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Power Gym)

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