Oct. 25, 1997
Notre Dame Volleyball Wins At Syracuse
Conference Win Streak Reaches 68
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Senior hitter Jaimie Lee posted her 31st career match with double figures in both kills and digs to lead the University of Notre Dame volleyball team to a 15-5, 15-7, 15-9 victory over Syracuse in BIG EAST Conference action Saturday at the Syracuse Women's Athletics Building.
Notre Dame (15-6, 5-0 BIG EAST)--which has won nine of its last 10 matches--extended the nation's longest active winning streak against conference opponents to 68 matches. That run against conference foes--which began with a win over Valparaiso on Oct. 8, 1991--includes wins in Notre Dame's final 37 conference matches as a member of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (1991-94) and in its first 31 as a member of the BIG EAST (1995-97).
Lee had 15 kills on .429 hitting, plus 11 digs, while freshman opposite Christi Girton continued her stellar play by collecting 11 kills on .450 hitting. Senior hitter Angie Harris added 10 kills for her near-Irish record 76th career double-digit kill match.
The Irish owned a commanding .353-.161 hitting edge en route to closing out the match in one hour and seven minutes. Notre Dame's starting middles--junior Lindsay Treadwelll and sophomore Mary Leffers---both assisted on four of the eight Irish blocks.
Syracuse (19-8, 3-2) hit just .103 in the second game and .081 in the third. Rachel Watson's 12 kills paced the Orangewomen.
Notes: Notre Dame's 68-match conference winning streak ranks fourth in Division I women's volleyball history, behind long runs by Western Michigan (98, 1982-89), Arkansas State (97, 1976-81) and Texas (73, 1984-91) ... Lee has now played in 92.9 percent (407/438) of Notre Dame's games during her career, second in Irish history behind former teammate Jenny Birkner's 96.5 percent ... Lee has appeared in 123 of 126 career matches (.976), with two of those misses coming while she was busy captaining the U.S. World University Games team ... Harris' 76 career double-digit kill matches rank behind only Christy Peters' 80 (1991-94) in Irish history ... Harris ranks fourth in Irish history with 32 career double-double matches (10-plus kills, 10-plus digs) while Lee is fifth at 31 ... Lee now stands alone at fifth on the Irish career digs list, with 1,036 ... Harris served her 220th career ace on Saturday, after seeing her string of consecutive matches with an ace stopped at 10 on Wednesday at Houston (Harris has served aces in 10 or more consecutive matches three times during her career) ... Girton has hit .435 or better in six of Notre Dame's last 10 matches and has upped her season hitting pct. to .261 (after totaling nine kills and 10 errors on 51 swings during her first 10 appearances of the season).