Notre Dame wins three straight ACC matches over break
Observer Sports Staff | Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Notre Dame secured victories in three of its four matches over the fall break, winning against Clemson, Florida State and Miami . Their defeat came at the hands of Georgia Tech, only the second home loss this season for the Irish.
Sophomore outside hitter Jemma Yeadon and junior outside hitter Rebecca Nunge contributed big kills to lead Notre Dame (16-5, 6-4 ACC) to victory in the first set against Georgia Tech (10-11, 5-5) on Oct. 13.
However, the Yellow Jackets took over in the next three sets, defeating the Irish 3-1. With 14 kills and 13 digs against Georgia Tech, Yeadon recorded her thirteenth double-double of the season and has had at least 10 kills in 16 matches this year.
Against Clemson (6-16, 1-9) at home on Oct. 15, Notre Dame secured a win in three sets. Senior outside hitter Sydney Kuhn posted 12 kills and junior libero Ryann DeJarld recorded 12 digs on the night.
The Irish came out swinging, finishing the first set with a .400 hitting percentages while holding the Tigers to just .071.
While the first two sets were decisive Irish victories, Clemson made the score 11-10 part way through the third set. Notre Dame pulled away by winning 10 of the next 13 points, making the score 21-13 before taking the win.
During Friday’s 3-1 win against Florida State (11-7, 5-5), Yeadon matched her career high in kills with 24, and senior setter Caroline Holt recorded 51 assists.
The Irish won the first set easily by a score of 25-18, but allowed the Seminoles to take the second set 25-17 after keeping the score close for much of the set.
Notre Dame won the third set 25-18 and the fourth set by the closest margin of the night, 26-24.
Senior middle blocker Sam Fry completed her 1000th kill of her career in the victory over Florida State, becoming the 22nd player in Notre Dame volleyball history to achieve this milestone.
Additionally, DeJarld posted 35 digs on the night, and so became just the third player in Notre Dame volleyball program history to reach the 1,500-dig milestone for her career.
Finally, Notre Dame defeated Miami (12-4, 6-4) in a 3-2 comeback win Sunday afternoon after trailing the Hurricanes by losing the first two sets of the match.
Miami secured the first set by a narrow margin, holding off the Irish by a score of 25-23. They carried this momentum into the second set, winning 25-19 and going ahead in the match 2-0.
The Irish came out of the intermission re-energized, going ahead in the third set 21-11 and causing the Hurricanes to call a timeout. They kept the pressure on a won their first set 25-13, making the score of the match 2-1 in favor of Miami.
Miami managed to keep the score closer in the fourth frame, but Notre Dame got the 25-21 win, tying up the match at 2-2.
Several lead changes occurred in the final set, but Kuhn’s kills down the stretch allowed Notre Dame to take the set 15-13.
Nunge recorded her career high with 17 kills in the match against Miami.
Looking ahead, the Irish will host No. 25 Louisville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Pittsburgh on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both matches will take place in Purcell Pavilion.