Nov. 7, 1997
Brown Wins 300th Career Match as Irish Top West Virginia 3-0
Angie Harris and Jaimie Lee. (File Photo)
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Senior outside hitters and team
co-captains Angie Harris and Jaimie Lee formally established
themselves as the top-ranked offensive classmates in Notre Dame
volleyball history while helping present head coach Debbie
Brown with her 300th career Division I coaching victory, by way
of a 15-2, 15-5, 15-10 victory over visiting West Virginia in
BIG EAST Conference action Friday at the Joyce Center Arena.
The victory clinched a spot for Notre Dame (18-6, 8-0 BIG EAST)
in the six-team BIG EAST Tournament, to be held Nov. 22-23 at
Seton Hall. The Irish, which have won 12 of their last 13
matches, could clinch their third straight BIG EAST
regular-season title with a victory Sunday at home over
Pittsburgh coupled with at least one loss this weekend by
second-place Villanova (the Wildcats were scheduled to play at
Seton Hall on Friday and Rutgers on Sunday).
Brown, who also coached for six seasons at Arizona State
(1983-88), is 300-138 (.685) in 12-plus seasons as a Division I
head coach, including a mark of 183-55 (.769) in six-plus
seasons at Notre Dame.
Harris had a match-high 14 kills on .458 hitting to boost her
career total to 1,426, just 47 behind Zanette Bennett (1985-88)
for second place on the Irish career kills list. Lee's 11 kills
on .435 hitting moved her career total to 1,262, 37 behind
Jessica Fiebelkorn (1989-92) for fourth on the Irish career
kills list. Harris now has hit for double-digit kills in 79
career matches, just one shy of equaling the Irish record set
by '95 grad. Christy Peters (Lee is fifth with 59 career
matches with 10-plus kills).
Harris and Lee entered the match just one kill behind Bennett
and Shea (1,193) for the most combined kills between classmates
in Irish volleyball history. They now have combined for 2,688
career kills (Bennett and Shea had 2,664).
Notre Dame sophomore middle Mary Leffers added 11 kills while
freshman Jo Jameyson came off the bench to record a career-best
eight kills on .385 hitting. Freshman opposite Christi Girton
overcame a rare subpar hitting night by serving up four of
Notre Dame's eight aces and assisting on five of the team's
The Irish, who owned a .288-.049 hitting edge in the match,
used five aces in the opening game to jump out to the quick 1-0
lead. Harris then sparked .404 team hitting in the second game
with 10 kills and just one error on 15 swings while Jameyson
had five kills and an error on seven attempts en route to the
Adriana Hardy led West Virginia (14-10, 4-4) with 10 kills but
also had 10 errors on 37 swings.