Oct. 21, 1997
No. 9 Texas Tops Notre Dame Volleyball in Four Games
AUSTIN, Texas - Junior hitter Demetria Sance had a match-high 19 kills to lead the No. 9 University of Texas past visiting Notre Dame 12, 15-11, 15-11, 15-9 in non-conference women's volleyball action Tuesday at the UT Recreation Center.
Notre Dame (13-6) - which lost all of its matches this season to ranked teams, including four currently in the top-10 saw its seven-match winning streak come to an end but the Irish were able to halt the Longhorns streak of 17 consecutive individual games won, stretching over the previous six matches. Senior hitter Angie Harris led the Irish with 18 kills (on .239 hitting), plus 12 digs.
Notre Dame junior middle Lindsay Treadwell, an Austin native, had 11 kills on an Irish best .318 hitting. Treadwell also totaled a team-best 14 digs and had a hand in five of Notre Dame's 11 blocks (one solo).
Several turning points in the match occurred in the serving game, as Notre Dame had five aces but 15 service errors while Texas totaled nearly as many aces (11) as errors (13). UT also held an edge in hitting (.278-.228) and blocks (15-11).
The Longhorns took the pivotal third game after holding off several Irish rallies. Successive blocks yielded a 9-5 UT lead but Treadwell served four straight points to tie the game. The hosts won the next two points and the Irish again tied the game (11-11) before aces by Heather Rusmussen and Tammy Juergens helped Texas take a two games to one lead.
Texas then closed out the match with .474 hitting in the fourth game.
Notre Dame took the opening 30-minute game behind seven kills from Leffers and five each from Treadwell and Harris. The Irish jumped out to a 10-1 lead before the hosts scored the next 11 points to surge ahead, 12-10. Harris and Leffers then both knocked down overpasses to tie the game (12-12) and the teams traded sideouts before Harris ended a long rally with a crosscourt kill for a 13-12 lead.
A carry violation by Lakisha Bledsoe brought on game point but Harris served long. Notre Dame freshman setter Denise Boylan then turned in two big plays, dumping the serve receive for a sideout before combining with classmate Christie Girton to block Katie Austin for the game- winning point.
Texas hit .324 and served four aces to take the second game, despite another quick Irish start that yielded leads of 3-0 and 6-2. The hosts then went on a nine-point run for an 11-6 lead before squaring the match at one game a piece.
Notes: Lee's 10 digs give her 1,006 in her career, making her the fifth player in Notre Dame volleyball history to total 1,00 kills and 1,000 digs in her career...Lee's 15 kills give her 1,204 in her career, moving past Maureen Shea (1,193, 1985-88) into fifth in Irish history.