Sept. 7, 1997
No. 6 WSU Tops No. 20 Notre Dame
Three Irish Players Named All-Tournament
Spokane, Wash. - Senior middle blocker Keren Oigman's 15 kills led three Washington State players in double figures as the #6-ranked Cougars downed #20 Notre Dame 15-9, 15-8, 16-14 to claim the championship of the Spikeoff Spokane late Saturday night, at the Spokane Arena (site of the 1997 NCAA Championship).
Washington State (7-0) also received 13 kills from tournament MVP Jennifer Stinson and 10 kills from senior hitter Shannon Wyckoff. WSU held a .217-.159 team hitting advantage but the teams were nearly matched in blocks (with WSU holding a 14-13 edge). The Cougars gained a significant edge in their service game, totaling eight aces to Notre Dame's two while making just six service errors (to Notre Dame's seven). The Irish--who set a team record in 1996 with a 1.03 service ace-to-error ratio--continue to struggle in that department through the first six matches of 1997, as Notre Dame has totaled 32 aces but 59 service errors.
Spokane native Jaimie Lee (Ferris HS) wrapped up an all-tournament performance with a Notre Dame-leading 12 kills but also was guilty of 12 hitting errors (on 37 swings). The 5-11 outside hitter also had a team-high 14 digs and assisted on two blocks. Lee--who last week captained the United States World University Games (WUG) team to a silver-medal finish--totaled 44 kills in the Spikeoff Spokane (4.89/gm) while hitting at a .254 clip (.400 over the first two matches).
Washington State held a 14-8 lead in game three but the Irish rallied to a 14-14 tie, fighting off nine match points in the process, before the Cougars finally closed things out 16-14.
Notre Dame's starting middle blockers again turned in solid performances while joining Lee on the all-tournament team. Junior Lindsay Treadwell had nine kills on .368 hitting (2 err., 19 att.) while sophomore Mary Leffers also had nine kills, on .182 hitting (3 err., 33 att.). Treadwell and Leffers led the Irish block with matching totals of two solo blocks and four block assists, while Treadwell came up with 10 digs.
WSU junior middle Wendy Rouse--the sister of former Notre Dame middle Jennifer Rouse (1993-96)--chipped in six kills for the Cougars while assisting on a match-high eight blocks.
NOTES: WSU joined Notre Dame with three players on the all-tournament team: Stinson, Oigman and senior setter Stephanie Papke ... Utah's Sara Shakula rounded out the all-tournament (the Utes beat host Gonzaga 16-14, 15-11, 15-4 in Saturday night's earlier match) ... Stinson--a 6-1 junior outside hitter who joined Lee as a WUG hopeful during the summer of '97--totaled 40 kills, 26 digs and 18 blocks during the tournament ... Treadwell's tournament totals were as follows: 31 kills, .386 hitting (31-9-57), 23 digs and 17 blocks (four solos) ... Leffers totaled 27 kills on .344 hitting (27-5-64), plus 15 blocks (three solos) ... Notre Dame senior hitter Angie Harris had eight kills (on .125 hitting) to move past former teammate Jenny Birkner into seventh on the Irish career kills list (1,178), just 10 behind fifth-place Mary Kay Waller and 15 behind fourth-place Maureen Shea (both 1985-88)... Lee's two blocks leave her seven 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 270 assists, just 70 away from bumping Birkner out of 10th place on the Irish career assists list .. Lee has 45 career matches with double-digit kills, tied for seventh in Irish history (just one behind Birkner and two behind Waller) ... Lee now has posted 22 career double-double matches (10-plus kills and 10-plus digs), tying her for seventh with Kathy Cunningham (1986-89) in the Irish record book.