Sept. 23, 1997
Harris Leads Notre Dame Volleyball Past Marquette
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Senior outside hitter Angie Harris (Fort Wayne, Ind.) turned in one of the top hitting performances of her career, leading the University of Notre Dame to its best single match hitting percentage in nearly two years and a 15-3, 15-4, 15-5 victory over visiting Marquette in non-conference volleyball action Tuesday at the Joyce Center.
Notre Dame (7-5)--which has 10 days off from competition before opening defense of its BIG EAST Conference crown at home against St. John's (Oct. 3)--hit at a .451 clip against Marquette, by virtue of 53 kills and just 12 errors on 91 attempts. The last time an Irish squad posted a higher hitting percentage was 49 matches previously, in a 15-0, 15-5, 15-0 win at Boston College on Oct. 12, 1995. The Irish hit .480 in that match, with 27 kills and just three errors on 50 swings.
Harris totaled 12 kills on .550 hitting (one err., 20 att.), the second-best hitting effort of her 100-match career, trailing only a clutch .607 effort (19-2-28) in the second round of the 1995 NCAA Tournament.
The match served as the first college meeting between sisters Susan and Denise Boylan (Lisle, Ill.). Susan, a junior middle with Marquette, totaled three digs and an ace while Denise--the first freshman setter to open the season for Notre Dame since 1988--ran the Irish offense through the first two games while totaling 26 assists, two kills, two block assists and a dig.
Notre Dame came out firing in game one, staking a 4-0 lead behind junior Lindsay Treadwell's opening succession of serves, with Harris knocking down three kills in that flurry. The Irish hit .471 in the first game and .371 in the second before emptying the bench for game three.
The Notre Dame reserves were up to the challenge in the final game, posting a .545 hitting percentage, with the highlights coming in the closing moments when freshman middle Katie Ward came on to record a kill and an ace that brought on match point.
Senior hitter Jaimie Lee chipped in eight kills on .500 hitting (one err., 14 att.) but saw her string of 10-plus kill matches end at eight, after not playing in the third game. Freshman Christi Girton (Muncie, Ind.) had a solid outing in her first start at opposite, totaling six kills and one error on nine swings (.556). Sophomore hitter Mandi Powell (7 kills) and senior middle Molly McCarthy (5 kills) also made the most of their opportunities in the lategoing.
Harris had two aces in the match--the 198th and 199th of her career (adding to her Notre Dame record)--for career averages of 1.99 per match and 0.618 per game (far ahead of Nicole Coates previous Irish record, of 0.33). Tuesday's 12-kill effort also gives Harris 68 career double-digit kill matches, tying her with Zanette Bennett (1985-88) for second in Irish history, behind Christi Peters' 80 (1991-94).
Lee paced the Irish with 10 digs while Treadwell had nine. Sophomore middle Mary Leffers assisted on four of Notre Dame's six blocks.
Marquette (12-5) hit just .114 while giving up four aces and committing four blocking errors. Jeni Meyers led the Golden Eagles with seven kills.