Women's Volleyball

@NDvolleyball
Irish Stun Bearcats In Five Sets On Senior Night
Sophomore Toni Alugbue had 22 kills and 11 digs in a 3-2 win over Cincinnati on Friday.
 
Sophomore Toni Alugbue had 22 kills and 11 digs in a 3-2 win over Cincinnati on Friday.

Nov. 9, 2012

Box Score |  Photo Gallery 

Notre Dame 3, Cincinnati 2Get Acrobat Reader

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Trailing 2-0 the University of Notre Dame volleyball team didn't give up as it rallied for a 3-2 (17-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-16, 15-8) win over Cincinnati on senior night at Purcell Pavilion Friday evening.

Facing a sweep, the Irish went to work after the break, winning the third set, 25-22, before breezing past the Bearcats in the fourth and fifth sets. It was only the second time all season Notre Dame had come back from a 0-2 deficit, with the first coming at No. 10 Louisville on Sept. 23. Notre Dame won the season series with the Bearcats, 2-0, with both matches going to decisive five sets.    

The fifth set was all Notre Dame, as they jumped out to a 4-1 lead behind the serving of Maggie Brindock and didn't look back. An attack error on the Bearcats gave Notre Dame an 8-3 lead at the side change. The Irish improved their lead to 12-6 on a kill from Toni Alugbue and another kill from Alugbue closed out the match to give Notre Dame the thrilling 3-2 win in front of 1,754 fans.

With the win, the Irish (20-6, 13-1 BIG EAST) continue to control their own destiny in regards to next weekend's BIG EAST Tournament. With a win Sunday at Marquette (23-5, 12-2 BIG EAST), Notre Dame would win at least a share of the BIG EAST's regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming tournament. First serve is set for 2 p.m. (ET) and can be followed by live stats or paid online video from Marquette. Links for both are on UND.com.

Alugbue's 22 kills and 11 digs led the Irish, while Eppink had 14 kills and a career-high nine blocks in her last match at Purcell Pavilion. Andrea McHugh had a solid all-around match with nine kills (.304 attack percentage), three assists, one service ace, 14 digs and two blocks and Brindock had 46 assists, 13 digs, two service aces, three kills and four blocks. Senior Marie Roof had an efficient four kills on six attempts and two blocks on her senior night. Freshman libero Taylor Morey led the team with 16 digs.    

Head coach Debbie Brown picked up her 500th win as the head coach of the Irish, just over a month after picking up her 600th career win with a 3-1 win over Buffalo.

Notre Dame also got to 20 wins for the 19th time in program history and for the first time since 2009.

The Bearcats jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead to open the match as they dominated the first set, 25-17, before holding off a late Irish rally in the second, winning 25-22. Cincinnati (11-17, 9-5 BIG EAST) out-hit the Irish .400 to .139 and out-blocked them 6-1 in the first set. In the second set the match was tied as late as 22-22, but a pair of kills by all-BIG EAST selection Jordanne Scott and an attack error on the Irish allowed Cincinnati to take a 2-0 lead into the locker room.

Notre Dame fought back in set three, taking a 20-14 lead before holding on to force a fourth set. The Bearcats out-hit the Irish .195 to .185, but Notre Dame had 16 kills and a pair of service aces that helped it squeeze past Cincinnati.  

The Irish dominated set four as they hit .433 while limiting the Bearcats to just a .088 attack percentage. Notre Dame also came through with seven huge blocks, including two in the last three points to send the match to a decisive fifth set.  

--ND--


 

 

Event Calendar

Delta

September 16
W, 3-0
Maryland Eastern Shore
East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
RECAP

Live Stream
September 16
L, 3-0
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
RECAP

Live Stream
September 17
W, 3-2
DePaul
East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
RECAP

Live Stream
September 23
W, 3-0
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
RECAP

ACC Network Extra
Free Admission | Superhero Night | Free Shirt Friday - First 500 fans get a superhero-themed T-shirt
September 25
11:30 AM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (James L. Knight Complex)

ACC Network Extra
Live Stats
September 30
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Flashback Friday Free Shirt Friday - First 500 fans receive a retro-themed T-shirt
October 2
1:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

First 500 fans receive ND headbands Health & Fitness Day - Post-match Zumba session ND Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day
October 7
7:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Women's Building)
October 9
12:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Power Gym)
October 14
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Free Shirt Friday - first 500 fans receive a free T-shirt
October 16
1:00 PM
NC State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Post-Match Autographs
October 21
7:00 PM
Pitt
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Fitzgerald Field House)
October 23
1:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
October 28
7:00 PM
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Block Out Cancer
October 30
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

"Volloween" - Kids wearing costumes get in free / Pre-match Trick or Treat at the Joyce / Post-match movie on the video board
November 4
7:30 PM
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, N.C. (Summit School)
November 6
12:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
November 9
7:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (KFC Yum! Center)
November 13
1:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Military Appreciation Day First 300 fans receive a ND Volleyball camo hat Post-Match Autographs
November 18
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Jervey Gym)
November 20
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (O'Keefe Gymnasium)
November 23
7:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 25
1:00 PM
Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Fan Appreciation Day - All tickets just $3 Free Shirt Friday - First 500 fans get a Black Friday-themed T-shirt) Senior Day
December 2
TBA
TBD
TBD
December 4
TBA
TBD
TBD
December 9
TBA
TBD
TBD
December 10
TBA
TBD
TBD
December 15
TBA
TBD
Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)
December 17
TBA
TBD
Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)

Shop Now

Medifast

Auctions

Official ND Online Auctions // Bid Now »

Gear Store

Get your Official ND Gear // Shop Now »

Photo Galleries

Canon

St. Joseph Health System Nissan Delta Canon Visit South Bend Mishawaka