Women's Volleyball

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Oct. 31, 1997

Volleyball Beats Villanova to Again Sit Atop Big East

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Senior hitter Angie Harris led another balanced Irish offensive attack as the University of Notre Dame volleyball team moved into sole possession of first place in the BIG EAST Conference with a 15-8, 15-7, 15-7 victory over Villanova at the DuPont Pavilion, ending the Wildcats 15-match unbeaten streak while handing Villanova its first conference loss of the season.

Notre Dame (16-6, 6-0 BIG EAST) has won 10 of its last 11 matches while extending the nation's longest active winning streak against conference opponents to 69 matches. Harris totaled her 13 kills on .323 hitting and was one of four Irish players to total between 11 -13 kills and hit above .320. Surging freshman opposite Christi Girton (.333) and senior hitter Jaimie Lee (.370) each had 11 kills while junior middle Lindsay Treadwell (.350) chipped in 10 kills. Sophomore middle Mary Leffers rounded out the balanced effort with eight kills.

The victory was the 298th in the 12-year Division I head coaching career of Notre Dame's Debbie Brown.

Villanova (15-6, 5-1) hit just .000 in the first game and .089 in the second game. Elizabeth Jones and Ruth Ann Blankenheim led the Wildcats with nine kills each.

Freshman Denise Boylan opened the match at setter for Notre Dame while senior Carey May ran the Irish offense for the final two games. May directed Notre Dame to .313 hitting in the second game and .409 in the third, en route to a commanding .325-.131 hitting edge for the match. Treadwell assisted on four of Notre Dame's eight blocks while Girton served three of the four Irish aces.

Harris has totaled 10-plus kills in 77 career matches, just three off the Irish record total (80) set by Christy Peters (1991-94). Lee's 58 career double-digit kill matches ranks fifth in Irish history.

Notre Dame returns to action Sunday at Georgetown, with the start time moved up from 3:00 p.m. to noon. Should the Irish beat the Hoyas, Brown will have the chance to win her 300th career match at home on Nov. 7 versus West Virginia.

Event Calendar

Delta

August 26
7:00 PM
Seton Hall
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
August 27
12:30 PM
Cleveland State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
August 27
7:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 2
7:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 3
12:30 PM
Howard
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 3
7:00 PM
Purdue
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 9
4:00 PM
Stony Brook
Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
September 10
11:00 AM
San Diego State
Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
September 10
7:00 PM
Rhode Island
Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
September 16
11:30 AM
Maryland Eastern Shore
East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
September 16
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
September 17
1:00 PM
DePaul
East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
September 23
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 25
11:30 AM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (James L. Knight Complex)
September 30
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 2
1:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 7
7:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Women's Building)
October 9
1:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Power Gym)
October 14
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 16
1:00 PM
NC State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
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)
October 30
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 4
6:30 PM
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, N.C. (Reynolds Gymnasium)
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)
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)
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)

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