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    Sciacca Wins BIG EAST's Top Weekly Freshman Honor

    FIGHTING IRISH Sciacca became the first Notre Dame player this season to win one of the league's two top weekly awards.
    FIGHTING IRISH
    Sciacca became the first Notre Dame player this season to win one of the league's two top weekly awards.
    FIGHTING IRISH

    Sept. 17, 2007

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The BIG EAST Conference announced Monday that Notre Dame freshman volleyball middle blocker Kellie Sciacca (Monument, Colo./Lewis-Palmer) was voted the league's Freshman of the Week after she posted several career-best performances for the Irish at the Bronco Invitational in Santa Clara, Calif.

    Sciacca became the first Irish player to record 10+ blocks - since teammate Justine Stremick (Langdon, N.D./Langdon Area) did so last season against Idaho - when she registered 10 against No. 11 California in Notre Dame's 3-2 loss. She turned in the team's highest individual hitting percentage of the season (.625) with a personal-best 16 kills against No. 22 Santa Clara while adding career-highs of three aces and six digs in the winning effort.

    She finished the three-match invite with 37 kills and a .361 mark over 14 games. Sciacca is currently second among Irish players with 1.14 blocks/game and first in hitting percentage (.305).

    Sciacca and the Irish will begin BIG EAST competition Saturday (Sept. 22) at Pittsburgh. First serve is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (ET).

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