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Irish Tops In BIG EAST Preseason Poll
Senior Adrianna Stasiuk was one of 13 athletes named to the 2007 all-BIG EAST preseason team, as was junior Mallorie Croal.
 
Senior Adrianna Stasiuk was one of 13 athletes named to the 2007 all-BIG EAST preseason team, as was junior Mallorie Croal.

Aug. 8, 2007

Providence, R.I. - The BIG EAST Conference announced Wednesday that the University of Notre Dame volleyball team is favored to win the 2007 BIG EAST regular-season title. Notre Dame received eight first-place nods as voted on by league head coaches, narrowly topping defending champion Louisville by one point. The Fighting Irish are viewed as the team to beat for the second consecutive year, despite ending the 2006 regular season tied for third after going 10-4 in conference play.

Seniors Adrianna Stasiuk (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) and Ashley Tarutis (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos) look to lead Notre Dame back to the BIG EAST Championship for the fourth time in as many seasons. Stasiuk, a 2006 all-BIG EAST first team selection, and junior outside hitter Mallorie Croal (Villa Park Calif./Mater Dei) - who was also a first-teamer last season - were both named to the 2007 all-BIG EAST preseason squad. Stasiuk was one of four unanimous selections, joining Kimberley Todd (Marquette), Diana Andreyko (Pittsburgh), and preseason co-players of the year Hui Ping Huang (St. John's) and Tatyana Kolesnikova (Louisville).

Louisville received seven first-place votes after coming off a 25-7 campaign in 2006 and winning the program's first BIG EAST Tournament title. Led by Huang, St. John's was tabbed to finish third on the heels of posting a 31-5 record and taking home the league's regular season crown with a perfect 14-0 record.

The 2007 BIG EAST Championship will be played at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wisc. Host Marquette will welcome the conference's top eight teams (ranked by league record) which will compete in the single-elimination tournament held Nov. 16-18. The final match will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 4:00 p.m. (EDT).

Irish head coach Debbie Brown returns for her 17th season at the helm of program. After recording her 500th career win in 2006, she is eight wins shy of her 400th victory at Notre Dame. The Irish open the season with a pair of home matches against Minnesota (Aug. 24) and Florida (Aug. 26) at the Joyce Center.

BIG EAST Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Notre Dame (8)
2. Louisville (7)
3. St. John's
4. Pittsburgh
5. Marquette
6. Cincinnati
7. Connecticut / South Florida
9. Syracuse
10. Villanova
11. Seton Hall
12. Georgetown
13. DePaul / Rutgers
15. West Virginia

( ) - indicates first place votes

BIG EAST Preseason co-Players of Year
Hui Ping Huang, Jr., MH/OH, St. John's
Tatyana Kolesnikova, Jr., OH, Louisville

All-BIG EAST Preseason Team
Diana Andreyko, Sr., OH, Pittsburgh*
Mallorie Croal, Jr., OH, Notre Dame
Samantha Dabbs, So., S, Louisville
Bridget Denson-Dorman, So., S, Connecticut
Meagan Dooley, So., MH, Pittsburgh
Marcela Gurgel, So., OH, South Florida
Hui Ping Huang, Jr., MH/OH, St. John's*
Tatyana Kolesnikova, Jr., OH, Louisville
Wioleta Leszczynska, Sr., S/RS, St. John's
Jessie Nevitt, R-Jr., MB, Cincinnati
Adrianna Stasiuk, Sr., OH, Notre Dame*
Kimberley Todd, Sr., OH/MB, Marquette*
Kathleen "Lena" Yee, Jr., L, St. John's
* - unanimous selection

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Delta

August 26
7:00 PM
Seton Hall
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Tournament Central
August 27
12:30 PM
Cleveland State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Tournament Central
August 27
7:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Tournament Central
September 2
7:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Tournament Central
September 3
12:30 PM
Howard
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Tournament Central
September 3
7:00 PM
Purdue
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Tournament Central
September 9
4:00 PM
Stony Brook
Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
September 10
11:00 AM
San Diego State
Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
September 10
7:00 PM
Rhode Island
Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
September 16
11:30 AM
Maryland Eastern Shore
East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
September 16
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
September 17
1:00 PM
DePaul
East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
September 23
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 25
11:30 AM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (James L. Knight Complex)
September 30
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 2
1:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 7
7:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Women's Building)
October 9
1:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Power Gym)
October 14
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 16
1:00 PM
NC State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 21
7:00 PM
Pitt
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Fitzgerald Field House)
October 23
1:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
October 28
7:00 PM
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 30
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 4
6:30 PM
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, N.C. (Reynolds Gymnasium)
November 6
12:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
November 9
7:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (KFC Yum! Center)
November 13
1:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 18
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Jervey Gym)
November 20
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (O'Keefe Gymnasium)
November 23
7:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 25
1:00 PM
Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
December 2
TBA
TBD
TBD
December 4
TBA
TBD
TBD
December 9
TBA
TBD
TBD
December 10
TBA
TBD
TBD
December 15
TBA
TBD
Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)
December 17
TBA
TBD
Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)

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