Sept. 1, 2003
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Junior OPP/OH Emily Loomis (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers H.S.) was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday after slamming a team-high 42 kills in the opening weekend of play. She helped the Notre Dame volleyball team to a 2-1 record against a trio of teams that finished 2002 in the top 25, including a four-game upset against #10 Arizona in Friday’s season opener.
Loomis, who also was named to the Four Points Sheraton Classic all-tournament team, posted a .365 hitting percentage over the weekend, while registering a team-high 14 blocks. Against Arizona, Loomis had 14 kills and only two errors for a .522 hitting percentage. In the Eastern Washington match, she hit .412, registering 18 kills. Overall, Loomis was responsible for 51 points. Dating back to 2002, she has slammed 10 or more kills in nine consecutive matches.
It marked the second time Loomis was named the league’s player of the week, with her also copping a share of the honor on Sept. 30 of last year. In addition, she was the BIG EAST Co-Rookie of the Week on November 5, 2001.
Seton Hall’s Katherine Whitney and Allie Kupec of Virginia Tech shared the first conference rookie-of-the-week honor, also announced Monday.
The Irish return to action this weekend in the Longhorn Classic in Austin, Texas, taking on Houston Friday at 5 p.m. (CDT) and host #23 Texas on Saturday at 7 p.m. (CDT). Notre Dame then begins a stretch of seven consecutive home matches next Tuesday, Sept. 9, against Valparaiso at 7 p.m. (EST).