Nov. 1, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame volleyball freshman outside hitter Andrea McHugh was named BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this year, as announced by the league Monday afternoon.
Cincinnati’s Stephanie Niemer was named Player of the Week for a conference single-season record sixth time. The combination of Niemer and McHugh has been recognized as BIG EAST Player and Freshman of the Week, respectively, three times this season.
McHugh earned the fifth honor after helping Notre Dame to conference wins over St. John’s (Oct. 30) and Connecticut (Oct. 31). The freshman secured her team-best eighth double-double of the season with a 17-kill, 14-dig performance against Connecticut. She also totaled eight kills and 12 digs against St. John’s. McHugh led the Irish with 3.57 kills/set while also posting 3.71 digs/set while recording her 300th kill of the season versus the Huskies.
Both Notre Dame and Cincinnati clinched berths to the BIG EAST Championship (Nov. 19-21) at Fitzgerald Field House in Pittsburgh, Pa. Louisville and Marquette also earned trips with victories last week. There are four remaining slots up for grabs with two weekends remaining in regular-season play.