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Irish Host 11th Annual Block Out Cancer Match On Sunday

Oct. 27, 2017

Notre Dame Notes

By Robby Hamman

The Irish and Panthers are set for a 1 p.m. ET Sunday matinee in Purcell Pavilion for Notre Dame’s 11th annual Block Out Cancer match. Notre Dame enters the match winners of three of its last four outings. Pitt comes into the weekend tied for first in the ACC with a record of 9-1.


Location: Notre Dame, Indiana | Purcell Pavilion
Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 29 — 1 p.m. ET vs. Pitt | LIVE STATS | LIVE STREAM
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Notre Dame volleyball is hosting its 11th annual Block Out Cancer match on Sunday. There will be a silent auction during the match located at Gate 10, where fans will have a chance to bid on great items donated by some of your favorite Notre Dame teams. Paqui Kelly, co-founder and Board President of the Kelly Cares Foundation, will be at the match to serve as an honorary captain. Don’t forget to purchase your Block Out Cancer shirt when you come in and grab pink pompoms that we will be giving out at the door! Proceeds from the match will be donated to St. Joseph Health System in its fight against cancer.

Auction Items:

  • Autographed Volleyball from Coach McLaughlin

  • Autographed Volleyball from Notre Dame Volleyball team

  • Autographed Pink Warm Up from Notre Dame Volleyball team

  • Autographed Basketball from Coach Brey

  • Autographed Basketball from Coach McGraw

  • Autographed Football from Coach Kelly

  • Volleyball Swag Bag

  • St. Joseph Health System Gift Basket


Notre Dame takes on Pitt for the 35th time in program history on Sunday afternoon. The Irish lead the all-time series with a record of 24-10 against the Panthers. Notre Dame swept Pitt in the lone matchup last season in Pittsburgh, posting scores of 25-19, 25-20, 25-21.


.150 – Notre Dame is holding the opposition to a hitting percentage of .150, ranking first in the ACC and 11th in the country. The Irish have held Valparaiso (.037), Rhode Island (.081), Bowling Green (.076), Miami (.099) and Clemson (.066) to percentages under .100 in 2017.

2.79 – The Irish block has been dominant this season, averaging 2.79 blocks per set to lead the ACC and rank 19th in the country. Notre Dame has finished with double-digit block totals in 14 matches this season.

3 – The Irish have gone 3-1 versus top 25 teams in 2017. The three victories have come over No. 24 Ohio State, No. 23 Michigan State and No. 21 Florida State. Notre Dame’s three wins over ranked teams are the most of any program in the ACC this season.
4 – Ryann DeJarld is fourth in the country in digs per set with an average of 6.05 through 22 matches of play this season. The junior has recorded 20+ digs in 17 of 22 matches in 2017.

9 – The Irish have racked up nine wins this season when playing at home, posting a record of 9-3.

10 – The Irish wrapped up the non-conference portion of their schedule with a record of 10-1. The 10 wins are the most the program has recorded in non-conference play since winning 11 matches in 2005.

19 – Jemma Yeadon has recorded double-digit kills in 19 of the 20 matches she has played in during the 2017 season. The junior posted a career-high 24 kills in wins over No. 21 Florida State (10/1), Virginia (10/6) and Miami (10/22). Yeadon has 16 double-doubles on the season.

22 – Sam Fry became the 22nd player in program history to reach the 1,000-kill plateau. Fry currently has 1,025 career kills.

72 – Natalie Johnson and Ryann DeJarld have combined for 72 aces this season, ranking first and second in the ACC, respectively. Johnson has hammered out a team-high 38 aces while DeJarld has added 34.

449 – Senior Sam Fry has 449 career blocks, setting the Notre Dame record for career blocks and passing Jeni Houser (’15, 345) in the record books. The record dates back to 2008 when the NCAA changed the scoring to 25-point sets.

624 – Jim McLaughlin has 624 victories at the collegiate level (includes men’s and women’s volleyball). McLaughlin is the only coach in NCAA history with a national championship on both the men’s and women’s sides.

1,575 – Ryann DeJarld has 1,575 career digs in her three years at Notre Dame. The junior is just the third player in Notre Dame volleyball program history to reach the 1,500-dig milestone for her career.

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Robby Hamman joined Fighting Irish Media as athletics communications assistant director in September 2016, coordinating efforts for the volleyball and men’s lacrosse program. Hamman is a 2010 graduate of Bethel College, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in sport management and business administration, and earned his master’s degree in business administration from Defiance College in 2013.