December 4, 1998
STANFORD, Calif. – The Notre Dame women’s volleyball team continued its success in the postseason with a 15-2, 15-13, 15-11, 15-11 win over the Eastern Washington Eagles in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. The Irish advance to play Stanford, a 3-1 winner over Southeast Missouri State, Saturday, December 5 at 7 p.m. PST here.
The Irish got a career effort from freshman opposite Kristy Kreher (Birmingham, Mich.) who hit an amazing .541 with a career-high 24 kills on a career-high 31 attempts. Kreher also added 14 assists for her first career triple-double. Lindsay Treadwell (Austin, Texas) also got her 14th double-double (kills/digs) of the season and her 27th career double-double with a 11-kill, 16-dig performance. Treadwell also led the team with 10 blocks for the Irish, which out blocked the Eagles 16-8. Denise Boylan (Lisle, Ill.) started at setter for the Irish for the first time since spraining ligaments in her right elbow in practice on October 24 and contributed 25 assists, while Michelle Graham (Austin, Texas) added 16.
The Irish began the match with a 4-0 lead on a Christi Girton (Munice, Ind.) ace, a block by Treadwell and Kreher, another block by Marcie Bomhack (Waukesha, Wis.) and a Eastern Washington hitting error. Following a Eagle timeout, the Irish increased their lead by two more with a kill by Emily Schiebout (Blaine, Minn.) and another Eastern Washington hitting error. A few sideouts later, Eastern Washington put its first points on the board after a Notre Dame blocking error. The Irish got that point back on a Eagle hitting error and proceeded to add two more, making the score 9-1. Using their momentum, Notre Dame scored five unanswered points to get to its first game point at 14-1. Following an Eagle point, the Irish ended the game with a block by Kreher and Treadwell.
Eastern Washington opened game two with a 2-0 lead after a Schiebout hitting error and a kill by Lacey Coover. A block by Mary Leffers (Tampa, Fla.) and Girton brought the Irish to within one at 2-1, but the Eagles responded with two points on long rallies. A block by Schiebout got the Irish to two, but the Eagles then scored three points before an Irish timeout at 7-2. Eastern Washington scored two more, before the Irish notched points three, four, five and six and seven on the serve of Adrienne Shimmel (Mission Viejo, Calif.). After a sideout, the Eagles went on a four-point run of their own with Jessica Clish serving aces for two of the four points. Following a sideout, the Irish came back with two points on a ace by Graham, an Eagle ball handling error and kills by Girton and Kreher to make the score 13-11 still in Eastern Washington’s favor. The Eagles moved to their first game point after a long rally, however, the Irish reponded with two more to move to within one at 14-13. Notre Dame fended off six game points, before Eastern Washington finally scored point number 15 on a ball handling error to tie the match at 1-1.
Following a 10 minute break, the Irish began game three with a four point lead on a block, two kills and and an ace. A Treadwell hitting error and a kill after a long rally brought the Eagles back to within two at 4-2. The Irish added another point before Eastern Washington got to within one at 5-4. The two schools traded two point each to advance the game score to 7-6. After a few sideouts, the Eagles finally tied the match at 7-7. A hitting and blocking error later, the Irish found themselves back on top with a 9-7 lead prior to a Eagle timeout. An ace by Girton got Notre Dame into double figures at 10-8, before Eastern Washington scored on a illegal back row attack at 10-9. A hitting error and a block by Girton and Leffers opened Notre Dame’s largest lead at 12-9, since they lead at 5-2 to open game three. The lead quickly decreased as the Eagles pulled to within one at 12-11. A kill by Kreher, a ball handling error and an ace by Jo Jameyson (Alvin, Texas) but the game away for the Irish at 15-11.
Notre Dame maintained its momentum into game four with a 5-0 run, before an Eastern Washington run of five points equaled the match at 5-5. The Eagles then took their first lead since the first game at 6-5. The Irish reclaimed the lead at 7-6 on a hitting error only to have the game tied again at 7-7. A Girton kill, a blocking error, a dig by Shimmel, which fell for a point, and a block by Kreher and Treadwell pushed the Irish to a 11-7 lead. After three points by Eastern Washington, the game was back to a 11-10 score. After a few rotations, the Irish cushioned its lead to four at 14-10 and had their first game point. A service error, however, turned the ball back over to the Eagles, who scored on a block of Kreher. On the third game point, the Irish won the game and match with a kill by Jameyson, 15-11.
The Irish are 0-4 all-time against Stanford.