Nov. 28, 1997
Notre Dame Volleyball Falls to #5 UC Santa Barbara, 3-1
Harris Passes 1,500 Career Kill Milestone
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Katie Crawford's 33 kills overcame several big Notre Dame efforts as the #5-ranked University of California Santa Barbara defeated the Irish 15-8, 15-10, 8-15, 15-7 in first-day action Friday at the annual Long Beach State Thanksgiving Tournament.
Notre Dame (23-7) saw its 10-match winning streak come to an end while losing for just the second time in the last 19 matches.
UCSB (29-4), which has suffered three of its four losses this season to #1-ranked Long Beach State, owned a .354-.277 hitting edge and a 13-8 blocking advantage. The Gauchos had two aces to Notre Dame's six but the Irish had 11 serve errors (to UCSB's six).
Senior hitter Jamie Lee, who had a career-best 29 kills in Sunday's Big East title match vs. Villanova, came out strong vs. the Gauchos, throwing down a team-best 25 kills on .232 hitting. Sophomore middle Mary Leffers added a career-best 21 kills on .444 hitting while senior hitter Angie Harris had 18 kills on .240 hitting, Junior middle Lindsay Treadwell added 11 kills on .429 hitting and a team-best 12 digs.
Harris' third kill of the match marked her 1,500th career kill, second in Notre Dame history behind 1995 graduate Christy Peters' 1,683 (Harris now has 1,515). Harris has recorded double-digit kills in 17 straight matches, besting the Notre Dame record of 16 set by Peters in 1993.
Lee now has 1,369 career kills, fourth in Irish history and suddenly within range of third-place Zanette Bennett (1,471; 1985-88).
The Irish-who clinched their sixth straight NCAA Tournament bid with Last week's Big East Tournament title-wrap up the regular season on Saturday night against the hosts and #1 ranked Long Beach State. The 49ers were to play Louisville on Friday night in the pre-set matchup format. The 56-team NCAA Tournament field and pairings will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. eastern time.
The Irish extended the match by taking the third game, behind seven kills from Lee and timely serving from Lee, Leffers and freshman Adrienne Shimmel, who made several of her career-best 11 digs in the third game. Shimmel also had one of her two aces in the third game as Notre Dame jumped out to an 14-4 lead before converting its third game point on a kill from Leffers.
The second game was tied 8-8 before UCSB scored seven of the next nine points to take a 2-0 lead. Crawford totaled her 33 kills on .472 hitting while Heather Brown added 20 kills for UCSB on .500 hitting.
Lee has 13 career matches with 20-plus kills, including five this season. Harris had six digs to give her 985 in her career, 15 shy of becoming the sixth member of Notre Dame's 1,000 digs club.