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Volleyball Kicks Off 2013 Preseason With Hard Work And A Great Meal
Junior Toni Alugbue is back for the Irish after earning honorable mention All-America honors in 2012.
 
Junior Toni Alugbue is back for the Irish after earning honorable mention All-America honors in 2012.

Aug. 12, 2013

Day One Photos

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Usually a full three-course meal only requires one stop at a restaurant or home, but for the University of Notre Dame volleyball team it took three Saturday as the Irish kicked off their 2013 preseason camp with a progressive dinner that led them to three different houses for appetizers, the entrée and dessert.

After a lively practice where the team scrimmaged to get back into the swing of things and assimilate two newcomers into the fold (freshmen Simmone Collins and Katie Higgins), squad members were split into three groups and charged with cooking for their fellow teammates. Off to Martin's Supermarket they went to gather items to fix. One team had responsibility for appetizers, another the main course and the third had desserts.

They then went to three separate coaches’ homes where they prepared their respective meals. After the various courses were ready the team stopped at each location to feast on the players’ cooking. Stop one featured appetizers and included head coach Debbie Brown’s famous corn salsa, chips and guacamole and a salad. Stop two featured enchiladas and a taco bar, while the last house saw the team take down peanut butter pie and cupcakes among many desserts.

After each course the team played games and did more team activities that included going over individual and team goals for the upcoming season.

Junior honorable mention All-American Toni Alugbue praised the entire day as a great team bonding experience and said she was impressed with Sammie Brown’s enchiladas, noting jokingly that she “didn’t realize Sammie could cook.” 

“Making the meal together was a great team bonding activity,” said Alugbue. “You wouldn’t think of it like that, but it allowed us to communicate with our teammates in order to make sure we had the right ingredients for each course.

“Our scrimmage in the morning was upbeat and it felt good to get back out on the court. The team activities after dinner allowed us to have fun all the while focus in on the upcoming season.” 

Sunday marked the squad’s first of eight scheduled two-a-day workouts. 


“The practices were intense and high energy,” said Alugbue. “I would say we have been more vocal and have more energy than in past years.”

“The start of every season is always really exciting and everyone comes in full of optimism and this season is no different,” said Brown. “With us being in the Atlantic Coast Conference it adds a new element of enthusiasm. We are so excited to be back in the gym and get to work as we get ready to see what the new league brings us.”

Notre Dame continues practice today with weights in the morning and a three-hour practice in the afternoon. Tuesday will be a fun day for the team, as players will film videos that will appear on the video board at Purcell Pavilion all season during home matches.

The Irish kick off the 2013 campaign Aug. 31 when they meet ACC foe North Carolina in a non-conference match at the Blue Raider Bash in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

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Event Calendar

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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