Aug. 30, 1997
No. 18 Wisconsin Tops No. 17 Notre Dame, 3-1, To Capture Shamrock Invitational
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The #18-ranked University of Wisconsin volleyball team defeated the host team and #18 Notre Dame 15-10, 11-15, 15-4, 15-11 to claim the championship of the Shamrock Invitational Saturday night at the Joyce Center Arena.
Wisconsin (3-0) was led by four players in double-digit kills, with senior hitter and tournament MVP Amy Lee totaling 14 kills on .243 hitting. The Badgers, who outhit the Irish .293-.165, also received major offensive contributions from sophomore middle Kelly Kennedy (17 kills, .457 hitting), sophomore hitter Kate Fitzgerald (15 kills, .324) and freshman middle Jenny Maastricht (13 kills, .333).
Maastricht--who filled in during the tournament for injured senior Heather Dodara (sprained ankle)--was named to the all-tournament team, as was junior setter Colleen Neels (who has taken over running the Badgers offense after the graduation of All-American Laura Abbinante).
Senior hitter Angie Harris (Fort Wayne, IN) again led the Notre Dame offense, with 21 kills. The Irish also received an added boost from the return of another senior hitter, Jaimie Lee, who entered the Joyce Center early in game two after returning from Sicily, Italy, where she captained the United State to a silver-medal finish at the World University Games.
Lee entered the arena with Notre Dame trailing, 4-2, and took some time to go over plays with the Irish coaches before entering the match on the heels of a 5-0 Irish run that netted an 11-10 lead for the hosts. Lee couldn't quite get to the first set she received from freshman Denise Boylan but moments later thundered down a kill and the Irish were on their way to evening the match at 1-1.
Wisconsin quickly erased the emotional left of Lee's arrival, with a convincing win in game four, and pulled away from a 10-10 tie in the fourth and final game.
Harris was named to the all-tournament team after totaling 71 aces in the three matches (5.92/gm) and equaling Lee's Irish record for consecutive matches with 20-plus kills (Harris had 23 in the opener against Louisville and a career-best 27 earlier Saturday versus Oral Roberts).
Notre Dame sophomore rightside hitter Emily Schiebout (Blaine, Minn.) also was named to the all-tournament team following a solid debut as a starter for the Irish. Schiebout had 12 kills on .286 hitting against Wisconsin, plus four blocks.
Rounding out the all-tournament team were Louisville sophomore outside hitter Sonya Gubaidulina and Oral Roberts sophomore middle Juliana Moser. Louisville (1-2) defeated Oral Roberts (0-3) in Saturday's third match of the day, 15-10, 15-10, 15-7.