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Irish Ride Five Match Win Streak Into Final Week Of Regular Season

Nov. 21, 2017

Notre Dame Notes

By Robby Hamman

The Irish will play their final two regular season matches of 2017 over the Thanksgiving holiday week, as Notre Dame takes on Syracuse at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 22. The team then makes the trek to Chestnut Hills, Massachusetts, to play Boston College at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24.


Locations: Syracuse, N.Y. (Wednesday) | Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Friday)
Schedule: Wednesday, Nov. 22 — 7 p.m. ET vs. Syracuse | LIVE STATS
Friday, Nov. 24 — 1 p.m. ET vs. Boston College | LIVE STATS | LIVE STREAMTwitter Updates: @NDVolleyball


Notre Dame and Syracuse will meet for the 31st time in program history on Wednesday, as the Irish hold a commanding 23-7 advantage over the Orange in the all-time series. Notre Dame swept the season series last season.

The Irish lead the Eagles in the all-time series, holding a 16-4 lead. Notre Dame dominated Boston College last season, sweeping the season series with two straight-set victories.



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) Clemson (.066), Virginia Tech (.059) and North Carolina (.051) to percentages under .100 in 2017.


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.


Jemma Yeadon is averaging a team-high 3.89 kills per set this season. No Notre Dame player has achieved an average this high since Christi Girton averaged 4.35 per set during the 2000 season.


Ryann DeJarld is fourth in the country in digs per set with an average of 6.13 through 29 matches of play this season. The junior has recorded 20+ digs in 21 matches in 2017.


The Irish have won five straight matches entering the final weekend of play, including last weekend’s impressive sweep of UNC and the 3-2 win over NC State. The active winning streak is the second longest of the season for Notre Dame.


After logging two sweeps last weekend, 10 of Notre Dame’s 21 victories have come in three sets.


Notre Dame finished the home regular season schedule with a record of 13-4, which are the most home wins the team has recorded in a year since finishing with a record of 15-1 in 2005


The Irish posted 21 team blocks in the win over NC State on Nov. 19, which set a program record for the 25-point scoring era.


Senior Natalie Johnson enters the final week of play with a career-high 49 aces on the year, which leads the ACC and ranks 15th in the country.


Senior Sam Fry has 483 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.


Jim McLaughlin has 629 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.


DeJarld set the Notre Dame program record for digs in a single season in 2017, as the junior has 680 digs on the year. DeJarld passed former Irish standout Meg Henican, who held the top spot since the 2005 season with 628 digs.

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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.