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Irish Picked Second In BIG EAST Preseason Poll
Kristen Dealy
 
Kristen Dealy

Aug. 15, 2011

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Notre Dame volleyball team was picked to finish second in 2011 BIG EAST Conference play, according to the league's preseason poll released Monday. The Irish received one first-place vote while defending tournament champion Louisville came in as the 2011 preseason favorite, garnering 11 first-place nods. Cincinnati, tabbed to finish third, picked up a trio of first-place votes.

In 2010, the Irish posted an 18-13 overall record while going 10-4 in BIG EAST play to secure the program's 26th overall - and 20th consecutive - winning season. Notre Dame's 7-2 record through the first nine matches was the program's best start to a season since 2005.

During last season's campaign, Notre Dame sported the nation's sixth-best active regular-season conference winning streak, which was snapped at 19 matches after a loss at Louisville (Oct. 9). The Irish had won their last BIG EAST contest of the 2008 season, went 14-0 in 2009, and swept their first four league matches in 2010.

Representing Notre Dame on the preseason all-BIG EAST team were sophomore Andrea McHugh and senior Kristen Dealy.

McHugh was named the AVCA's Northeast Region Freshman of Year on the heels of being honored as the BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Year. McHugh is the latest of three Notre Dame players to earn the region's top honor for a freshman after leading the Irish with 386 kills (3.48/set) and 32 aces (0.29/set). McHugh, who was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week five times this season to set a Notre Dame record, was also a first team all-BIG EAST selection (and the only rookie on the first team).

Dealy, a senior outside hitter, has three times been named to the league's all-tournament team. This is the first preseason all-BIG EAST honor for the Irish co-captain.

The volleyball season will start on Aug. 26 with every team playing in tournaments prior to conference play, as Notre Dame faces Eastern Michigan at the Shamrock Invitational. BIG EAST play begins with a 14-game opening weekend on Sept. 23-25.

 

 

The BIG EAST's 15 volleyball teams play every league school once for a 14-game schedule. The top eight finishers in the BIG EAST standings, based on winning percentage, advance to the BIG EAST Volleyball Championship hosted by Marquette University at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis.

First-round action of the BIG EAST Volleyball Championship will begin on Nov. 18. The event spans three days and is single elimination. ESPNU will televise the championship game on Nov. 20. The tournament champion will receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA's 31st Annual Division I Women's Volleyball Championship.

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BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year
*Lola Arslanbekova, Louisville, Jr., OH

All-BIG EAST Preseason Team *Jordan Scott, Cincinnati, Jr., MB *Lola Arslanbekova, Louisville, Jr., OH Emily Juhl, Louisville, So., OH Gwen Rucker, Louisville, Sr., MH Ashley Beyer, Marquette Sr., OH Kristen Dealy, Notre Dame, Sr., OH Andrea McHugh, Notre Dame, So., OH Darlene Ramdin, St. John's, Sr., OH/MH Megan Matusiak, Seton Hall, Sr., RS Noemie Lefebvre, Syracuse, Sr., OH *Kim Maroon, Villanova, Sr., L Maggie Mergen, Villanova, Sr., MB

BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll 1. Louisville (11) 2. Notre Dame (1) 3. Cincinnati (3) 4. Marquette 5. Villanova 6. Seton Hall 7. Pittsburgh 8. USF 9. Syracuse 10. St. John's 11. West Virginia 12. Connecticut 13. Georgetown 14. Rutgers 15. DePaul (x) First-place votes in parentheses

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7:00 PM
Seton Hall
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August 27
12:30 PM
Cleveland State
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August 27
7:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 2
7:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 3
12:30 PM
Howard
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 3
7:00 PM
Purdue
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
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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