Irish stay perfect after first road trip
Observer Sports Staff | Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Notre Dame remained unbeaten after sweeping the competition at the BGSU/Toledo Invitational.
In a doubleheader Friday night, the Irish (6-0) started the tournament off strong with a 3-1 victory over Virginia Commonwealth University, winning the first two sets 25-12, 23-25, before dropping the third 25-14. The Irish rallied in the fourth set to take the game, 25-22, handing them the match over the Rams (3-2). Both senior outside hitter Sydney Kuhn and sophomore outside hitter Jemma Yeadon recorded double-doubles in the match. Kuhn finished with 17 kills and 13 digs, while Yeadon finished with 12 kills and 14 digs. Senior setter Caroline Holt finished with 43 assists to go along with 6 digs.
To conclude the doubleheader, the Irish swept host Bowling Green (1-3) with a lineup that largely featured underclassmen, included setter Monroe Olsen and outside hitter Hannah Thompson, both freshmen, and sophomore outside hitter Lauren Woodard. The Irish won in straight sets, 25-21, 25-19 and 25-17. Junior libero Ryann DeJarld finished the contest with 22 digs and 6 assists. Woodard recorded 8 kills, 11 digs and 2 assists.
In the third and final game of the tournament, the Irish swept secondary host Toledo (2-4), winning the games 25-19, 25-19 and 25-17. Yeadon finished the match with a near double-double with 10 kills and 9 digs. Holt had another solid performance, leading the team with 30 assists.
Rebecca Nunge was named the BGSU/Toledo Invitational MVP for her performance over the weekend, as the junior outside hitter posted 29 kills on 63 attempts while only making two errors for a hitting percentage of .429 throughout the invitational, while also recording nine blocks. Yeadon and senior defensive specialist Natalie Johnson also earned All-Tournament team honors for the Irish.
Nunge was named ACC Co-Player of the Week on Monday, her first career conference honor. Nunge shares the honor with Miami senior setter Haley Templeton, who tallied 128 assists over her squad’s three matches this weekend.
In addition to having the best start since the program began the 2005 season 7-0, with their 6-0 record, the Irish remain tied for first overall in the ACC standings with Miami.
The Irish hope to stay perfect when they travel to Conway, South Carolina, for the Coastal Carolina Classic, where they will compete against Costal Carolina, Florida International and No. 24 Ohio State.