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ND Volleyball: Notre Dame drops three matches at home invitational

Michael Todisco | Monday, September 20, 2010

The Irish played a trio of matches this weekend at the Notre Dame Invitational, competing against Delaware, Santa Clara and Dayton. After sweeping a three game tournament last weekend, Notre Dame suffered the opposite outcome this week, dropping all three matches.   

The weekend started on a promising note, as the Irish (7-5) quickly seized a 2-0 lead in their match against Delaware (9-4) on Friday.

The Irish earned a 24-20 match point in the third set in what looked like a sure 3-0 win. However, Delaware stormed back with six unanswered points to capture the set 26-24. The Blue Hens won the next two sets, earning a 3-2 (18-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-17, 15-11) victory over the Irish.

Although such a close loss is particularly disappointing, Irish coach Debbie Brown viewed the match as an important learning opportunity for her team.

“We had so many opportunities to win the match and close it out,” Brown said. “It was emotionally tough