Nov. 2, 1997
Irish Volleyball Wins at Georgetown, Brown Posts 299th Win
Washington, D.C. - The Notre Dame volleyball team continued its conference dominance by posting a 15-2, 15-8, 15-2 victory at Georgetown in BIG EAST Conference action Sunday at McDonough Arena, while presenting Irish head coach Debbie Brown with her 299th career Division I coaching victory. Notre Dame (17-6, 7-0 BIG EAST)--winners in 11 of its last 12 matches--extended the nation's longest active conference winning streak to 70 matches, including the last 33 vs. BIG EAST opponents.
Senior hitters and Irish co-captains Angie Harris and Jaimie Lee continued to lead the Irish. Harris had a team-high 11 kills on .346 hitting while Lee had nine kills and just one error on 11 swings (.727). Sophomore middle Mary Leffers chipped in seven kills on .400 hitting and freshman opposite Christi Girton had five kills and an error on eight attempts (.500). Notre Dame posted its third-best hitting match of the season (.395) while holding the Hoyas to .130. The quick first game saw the Irish make just one hitting error (.375) and hold Georgetown to six kills and seven errors on 22 swings. Notre Dame went on to hit .364 in the second game (three errors) and .579 in the third (.579) while holding the hosts to .000 hitting in the final game. Kiran Gill paced Georgetown (11-14, 2-5) with 12 kills on just .138 hitting.
The Irish owned a commanding 11-3 blocking edge, with Girton assisting on seven of those blocks. Junior middle Lindsay Treadwell had five block assists while Leffers assisted on four. Notre Dame's six aces included three from Leffers and one from Harris, extending her long-standing Irish career record to 222. Harris has served at least on ace on 13 of Notre Dame's last 14 matches. Sunday's victory all but assures two-time defending BIG EAST champion Notre Dame a spot in the 1997 six-team BIG EAST Tournament, to be held Nov. 22-23 at Seton Hall University. The Irish--who are in the midst of playing 11 of their final 14 regular-season matches on the road--return home this week for matches against West Virginia (Nov. 7, 7:00 p.m.) and Pittsburgh (Nov. 9, 2:00 p.m.). Brown--in her 12th season as a Division I head coach and seventh at Notre Dame--could achieve her milestone 300th career coaching victory vs. the Mountaineers while Sunday's match will serve as the final regular season match in the careers of Harris, Lee and fellow seniors Carey May and Molly McCarthy.
NOTES: Harris now has 1,412 career kills, 59 behind Zanette Bennett (1985-88) for second place all-time at Notre Dame ... Lee's 1,251 career kills leave her 48 behind Jessica Fiebelkorn (1989-92) for fourth on the Irish all-time kills list ... Harris had totaled double-digit kills in 78 career matches, two shy of the Irish record set by Christy Peters (1991-94) ... Harris needs 77 digs to become the sixth member of Notre Dame's 1,000-kills/1,000-digs club ... Lee has played in 125 of Notre Dame's 128 matches during her career (.977, third all-time at Notre Dame) and 413 of 444 games (.930, second all-time) ... Lee's season kill average now stands at 4.22/gm while Harris is at 4.14 (fourth and fifth in Irish history ) ... Girton has boosted her season hitting pct. to .273 while Leffers' season hitting remains at .309, fifth-best in Irish history.