Sophomores Sam Fry (left) and Maddie Dilfer (right)

Golden Dome Invitational Opens Up Home Schedule

Sept. 11, 2015

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame volleyball fans are in for a treat this weekend, as the Irish open up their 2015 home slate with the Golden Dome Invitational.

Weekend opponents include seven-time national champion Penn State (5-0), who is ranked No. 1 in the country, Mississippi State (6-1) and Eastern Kentucky (1-7).

Golden Dome Invitational (Host: Notre Dame)
Notre Dame, Indiana (Purcell Pavilion)
Sept. 11-12, 2015

Weekend Schedule

Friday, Sept. 11
4:30 p.m.: Eastern Kentucky vs. Penn State
7 p.m.: Mississippi State vs. Notre Dame

Saturday, Sept. 12
10 a.m.: Penn State vs. Mississippi State
12:30 p.m.: Eastern Kentucky vs. Notre Dame
4:30 p.m.: Mississippi State vs. Eastern Kentucky
7 p.m.: Penn State vs. Notre Dame

* Live Stats & Free Video Available For All Six Matches

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Here are five things you need to know to be prepared for the Golden Dome Invitational.

  1. A pair of freshmen turned in outstanding individual performances last weekend at the Seton Hall Classic … Wexford, Pennsylvania native Meg Morningstar totaled 11 blocks against Temple, which was tied for the eighth-most by an ND player since 2001 … Chicago native Ryann DeJarld posted 30 digs versus Hofstra, which proved to be the fifth most in that same time span.
  1. Penn State has won seven national championships and 16 Big Ten titles under legendary head coach Russ Rose … his career record is 1,166-180 and he has led the Nittany Lions to appearances in all 34 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball National Championship tournaments … Penn State has claimed six of the last eight national championships … they have won all 15 sets they have played this year.
  1. The Irish will also meet Mississippi State and Eastern Kentucky this weekend … Notre Dame is a perfect 3-0 against the former, including a 3-0 win at the Shamrock Invitational in 2012 … the Irish and the Bulldogs have never met on the court … Penn State claims wins in eight of the nine meetings, with four of the showdowns coming in the NCAA Championship … the Irish beat the Nittany Lions, 3-1, in the first round of the NCAA Championship at the Joyce Center in 1988.
  1. Sophomore Sydney Kuhn turned in her first double-double of the season last weekend against Hofstra, registering 10 kills and 11 digs … it was the fifth double-double of her career … Kuhn is one of three Irish players (Maddie Dilfer, Katie Higgins) to start all six matches this year so far.
  1. From a marketing perspective, Friday is free shirt Friday, where all fans will receive a free Notre Dame volleyball shirt while supplies last … tickets for Saturday are only $3 … Saturday night is our Jam the Joyce promotion against the Penn State Nittany Lions … schedule cups will be passed out throughout the weekend.

Season and individual match tickets for Notre Dame volleyball are on sale. Visit or call the Murnane Family Ticket Office at 574-631-7356 for more information.

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–Russell Dorn, Athletics Communications Assistant Director