September 21, 1998
Shamrock Split: The Irish (2-1) played their first home matches of the season, a five-game win over Georgia and a three-game loss against 12th-ranked Colorado, in the Shamrock Invitational last weekend.
In the Georgia match, Notre Dame came back from a 2-1 game deficit by winning the final two games including the rally scoring fifth game, 15-8. The win improved Notre Dame's all-time record against Georgia to 2-3 with two wins in the last two seasons.
Against Colorado, the Irish were unable to match a high-powered Buffalo squad, which had five players finish with double-digit kill totals. Notre Dame out blocked Colorado 12-6, but had less opportunities on offense. Lindsay Treadwell contributed another great all-around game for Notre Dame with 14 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore Jo Jameyson (Alvin, Texas) also had an outstanding offensive and defensive night, leading the team in kills with 16 and blocks with seven.
Shamrock All-Tournament Team
MVP - Sarah Lodge (CO) Lindsay Treadwell (ND) Denise Boylan (ND) Jo Jameyson (ND) Kelly Campbell (CO) Kristin Dorsch (CO) Kathy Vis (GA)
Player of the Week
Ranked School Previous Ranking 1. Penn State (4-0) 1 2. Long Beach St. (4-0) 2 3. USC (3-1) 3 4. Nebraska (4-0) 5 5. UCSB (3-0) 10 6. BYU (4-0) 8 7. Texas (3-0) 9 8. Wisconsin (4-1) 7 9. Stanford (2-2) 4 10. Pacific (4-0) 11 11. Florida (2-1) 6 12. Colorado (2-0) 12 13. Hawai'i (2-1) 14 14. Ohio State (2-1) 13 15. Arkansas (2-1) 15 16. Michigan State (3-0) 17 17. LMU (3-0) 20 18. NOTRE DAME (2-1) 16 19. Texas A&M (2-1) 19 20. UCLA (0-3) 18 21. USD (2-2) 21 22. Florida State (3-0) 24 23. Washington (0-2) 23 24. Washington St. (2-1) 22 25. Arizona (4-0) NR
Others: Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Louisville, Texas Tech, Pepperdine, Kansas State, Clemson, Utah, Oklahoma, Illinois State, Miami (Ohio), Sacramento State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Oral Roberts, Ball State, Arkansas State, Georgia, Northern Illinois.
Ranked School Previous Ranking 1. Long Beach St.(4-0) 1 2. Penn State (4-0) 2 3. Texas (3-0) 3 4. UCSB (3-0) 9 5. Nebraska (4-0) 6 6. Pacific (4-0) 7 7. USC (3-1) 4 8. Colorado (2-0) 8 9. BYU (4-0) 10 10. Stanford (2-2) 5 11. Florida (2-1) 11 12. Wisconsin (4-1) 12 13. Arkansas (2-1) 13 14. Hawai'i (2-1) 15 15. Michigan State (3-0) 16 16. Washington St. (2-1) 17 17. Florida State (3-0) 19 18. LMU (3-0) NR 19. Arizona (4-0) NR 20. Ohio State (2-1) NR
Emily Schiebout (Blaine, Minn.) set a personal best for digs in the match against Georgia with 10, while sophomore Christi Girton (Muncie, Ind.) set four personal bests against Georgia for kills (17), attack attempts (34), assists (4) and digs (12). Junior Mandi Powell (Monrovia, Ind.) set a career best in aces with three against Valparaiso and Georgia. Her seven aces so far in '98 already beats her career total of four.
Victory at Valpo
Placing in the polls
Scouting the Badgers
Cook's 1998 leaders include 1997 2nd team All-American Kelly Kennedy, Kate Fitzgerald, Keylee Wright and setter Colleen Neels. Kennedy and Fitzgerald both have 68 kills this season and average 4.00 kills per game. Neels is averaging 14.24 assists per game and leading her team with 61 digs.
The Wisconsin-Notre Dame all-time series currently stands at 1-3 in favor of the Badgers, who have won the last two meetings both in 1997. Scouting the Hoosiers: Indiana is 2-1 this year with wins over Colorado State and Middle Tennessee State. The Hoosiers have already played three five-game matches, including the game against Colorado State and a loss to Arizona. Head coach Katie Weismiller, also in her seventh season, has 11 letterwinners and five of six starters returning. Indiana's top players include outside hitters Jen Magelssen and Ryann Connors, who is leading the team in kills.
The Indiana-Notre Dame all-time series currently stands at 6-4 in favor of the Irish who have won four of the last meetings from 1993-96. Welcome Wisconsin: This weekend's tournament will mark a homecoming and a number of reunions for the Irish. First off, freshman Marcie Bomhack will be making her first trip back to Wisconsin. Bomhack's hometown of Waukesha, Wis. is about an hour away from Madison. Along with her family and friends, Bomhack will be reunited with Catholic Memorial high school teammate Colleen Neels (Wisconsin) and Milwaukee Sting club teammates Laurie Gardner (Indiana), Hayley Jones, Jenny Mastricht and Marie Meyer (Wisconsin).
Although she will not see action this weekend because of off-season back surgery, Notre Dame's Lauren Stettin (Burr Ridge, Ill.) will get a chance to see Sports Performance club teammates Kelly Kennedy (Wisconsin), Melissa Rooney, Kristina Sanderson and Jill Mudge (Indiana).
BIG IRISH Honors
Pre-season All BIG EAST Team Denise Boylan (Notre Dame)* Kiran Gill (Georgetown) Janelle Koester (UCONN) Mary Leffers (Notre Dame) Annette Rynn (UCONN) Joi Thomas (St. John's) Paula Zemrowski (Pittsburgh) *=Unanimous selection