Nov. 7, 1997
Brown Wins 300th Career Match as Irish Top West Virginia 3-0
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 nine blocks.
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 2-0 lead.
Adriana Hardy led West Virginia (14-10, 4-4) with 10 kills but also had 10 errors on 37 swings.