Sept. 5, 1997
Lee Has 18 Kills in Homecoming As Irish Top Gonzaga
SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane native Jaimie Lee had a triumphant return as a starter for #20-ranked Notre Dame as her 18 kills paced a 15-10, 15-7, 15-0 victory over host Gonzaga in first-day action Friday at the Spikeoff Spokane, held at the Spokane Arena (site of the 1997 NCAA Championship).
Notre Dame (3-1) also received 24 kills from its starting middle blockers, with junior Lindsay Treadwell totaling 14 kills on .650 hitting (one error, 20 attempts) while sophomore Mary Leffers had 10 kills on .563 hitting (one error, 16 att.).
The Irish owned a commanding .352-.121 hitting edge while also besting the Bulldogs in blocks (10-5) and aces (5-2). Treadwell had a hand in a team-high six blocks (one solo).
Lee--who earlier in the week returned from a stint as the captain of the silver-medal-winning United States team at the World University Games in Catania, Sicily--hit .469 for the match,, with just three errors on 32 attempts. The 5-11 senior added seven digs, two blocks (one solo) and a service ace in the first homecoming of her collegiate career.
Due to the shortness of the match, Notre Dame senior hitter Angie Harris (8 kills, team-high 13 digs) was unable to set an Irish record for consecutive matches with 20-plus kills. Harris opened the season at last week's Shamrock Invitational with 23 kills vs. Louisville, 27 vs. Oral Roberts and 21 vs. Wisconsin, tying Lee's record for consecutive 20-plus kill matches (Lee pulled a similar triple at the 1995 Purdue Premier).
In Friday's earlier match, #6 Washington State dropped the first game before downing upstart Utah 11-15, 15-2, 15-5, 15-5. Jennifer Stinson--who spent the summer of '97 as a WUG hopeful along with Lee--paced four Cougars in double figure kills with 19 kills on .621 hitting (one error, 29 att.). Keren Oigman added 14 kills for WSU.
Kalnai Tonga paced Utah with 14 kills. The Utes took game one thanks to a .179-.150 hitting edge but hit just .059 in the second game and .000 in the fourth. A 17-7 blocking edge also helped the WSU cause.
The tournament continues on Saturday with Notre Dame-Utah at 11:00 a.m., Gonzaga-WSU at 1:00 p.m. and Gonzaga-Utah at 6:00 p.m. The tournament finale will feature a much-anticipated rematch between Notre Dame and WSU (the Cougars beat the Irish, 3-0, at the 1996 UOP Banker's Classic).
NOTES: Freshman setter Denise Boylan again ran the Irish offense, totaling 48 assists, but struggled with her own offense (no kills, three errors on eight attempts) ... senior setter Carey May saw her first action of the season, recording two assists ... emerging sophomore opposite Emily Schiebout had six kills on 14 swings (.357) and three block assists ... Leffers also assisted on three blocks ... freshman middle Jo Jameyson entered the stat column for the first time in her Irish career, notching two kills on as many swings ... Treadwell added 10 digs to her impressive outing ... the Irish closed out the match with .640 hitting in the third game (17 kills one error, 25 att.) ... Harris' eight kills moved her past Alicia Turner (1,162) into seventh on the Irish career kills list (1,164), just seven behind former teammate Jenny Birkner ... Lee's seven digs moved her into ninth on that Irish career list (851) ... Lee now stands one ace and 11 blocks away from joining Birkner as the only players in the Notre Dame career top 10 for kills, hitting pct., digs, aces, blocks and assists.