Oct. 17, 1997
|Former USA national team volleyball greats Elaina (center) and Kim (right) Oden visit with some of their fans after Friday's Notre Dame-North Carolina match. Elaina is in her first season as an assistant coach with the Irish while Kim is a first-year UNC assistant. (File photo)|
Notre Dame Aces North Carolina
Irish Get Seventh Straight Win
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Senior hitter Angie Harris totaled match highs in kills (16), digs (12) and aces (5) to lead the Notre Dame volleyball team to its seventh straight victory, over visiting North Carolina (15-7, 15-13, 15-5).
|Angie Harris makes a kill during the game against North Carolina.|
Notre Dame (13-5) owned a 10-1 service ace advantage while outhitting UNC by a sizable margin (.317-.151). Freshman opposite Christi Girton continued to make an impact for the Irish, totaling nine kills and just two errors on 16 swings (.438) while senior hitter Jaimie Lee added seven kills, 11 digs and four aces. Lee enters Tuesday's match at #11 Texas just four digs shy of becoming the fifth member of Notre Dame's 1,000-kill/1,000-dig club.
The match served as a reunion for sisters Kim and Elaina Oden, two of the recent greats in USA volleyball history. Kim is in her first year as an assistant coach at UNC while Elaina is a first-year assistant at Notre Dame.
|Jaimie Lee prepares to serve during the match.|
UNC led the second game 13-12 before the Irish drew even on a serving error by Lori Carlson and an attack error by Alicia Alford. A kill by Harris then pushed Notre Dame ahead and the teams traded four sideouts before Girton slammed down the game-winning kill.
Harris had just two errors on 34 swings for a .412 hitting percentage. The match marked the 73rd time in her career that Harris has recorded double-digit kills, second only to Christy Peters (80, 1991-94) in Irish history. The match also marked the 13th time that Harris has served five or more aces in match while stretching her Irish record to 217 career aces. Harris now owns 31 career double-double matches (10-plus kills and 10-plus digs), fourth all-time at Notre Dame.
Lee's seven kills give her 1,189 in her career, moving past Mary Kay Waller (1,188, 1985-88) into sixth in Irish history, just four behind fifth-place Maureen Shea (1985-88).