Sept. 6, 1997
Local Product Jaimie Lee Again Leads #20 Irish, in 3-0 Win Over Utah
Victory Sets Up Tournament Title Showdown with #6 Washington State
SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane native Jaimie Lee (Ferris HS) continued to lead the University of Notre Dame volleyball team as the #20-ranked Irish downed Utah 15-1, 15-8, 17-15 in second-day action Saturday at the Spikeoff Spokane.
The win sets up a tournament championship showdown with #6 Washington State, which posted a 15-1, 15-2, 15-11 victory over host Gonzaga in the day's other early match. Notre Dame (4-1) and WSU (6-0), which beat Utah 3-0 on Friday, will meet in the tournament's final match Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. pacific time.
Lee--who paced the Irish with 18 kills in Friday's night's 3-0 win over Gonzaga--had one third of Notre Dame's kills against the Utes (14 of 42) while hitting at a .333 clip (three errors, 33 attempts). The 5-11 righthander also held all players with nine digs and three aces, plus two block assists. Lee, who captained the U.S. World University Games team to a silver-medal finish last week, has averaged 5.33 kills per game and .400 hitting since her return to the starting lineup over the past two matches.
All six matches in the tournament are being held at the Spokane Arena, which will serve as the site of the 1997 NCAA Volleyball Championship semifinal and final matches.
The Irish picked up right where they left off, after blanking Gonzaga 15-0 in game three on Friday behind .640 team hitting (17-1-25). Notre Dame made quick work of the Utes in game one, hitting .667 (9-1-12).
The Irish starting middle blockers again played a substantial secondary role, as junior Lindsay Treadwell and sophomore Mary Leffers each totaled eight kills. Treadwell struggled with her hitting percentage (.111) while Leffers checked in at a solid .467. Leffers had a hand in a match -high six blocks, including one solo while Treadwell totaled five blocks (one solo).
Notre Dame hit .240 while owning a 14-10 blocking edge that helped produce .000 team hitting for Utah. Senior hitter Angie Harris had six kills and two aces while having a hand in five blocks (one solo).
Brenda Barton-Whicker led Utah with eight kills but also was guilty of eight hitting errors.
NOTES: Harris' six kills leave her in seventh place on the Irish career kills list (1,170), just one behind former teammate Jenny Birkner, 18 behind fifth-place Mary Kay Waller (1985-88) and 23 behind fourth-place Maureen Shea (1985-88)... Lee's two aces move her into 10th on that Irish all-time list while her two blocks leave her nine blocks away from joining Birkner as the only players in the Notre Dame career top 10 for kills, hitting pct., digs, aces, assists and blocks ... freshman setter Denise Boylan has 232 assists, just 108 away from bumping Birkner out of 10th place on the Irish career assists list.