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).