Oct. 12, 2017
By Robby Hamman
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The Irish, winners of three straight matches, return home to Purcell Pavilion to take on Georgia Tech and Clemson this weekend in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Notre Dame hosts the Yellow Jackets on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. ET and then Clemson at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15.
Location: Notre Dame, Indiana | Purcell Pavilion
Schedule: Friday, Oct. 13 — 7 p.m. EST vs. Georgia Tech | | LIVE STREAM
Sunday, Oct. 15 — 1 p.m. EST vs. Clemson | | LIVE STREAM
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SERIES HISTORY VS. GEORGIA TECH & CLEMSON
The Irish and Yellow Jackets will meet for the seventh time in the all-time series on Friday. Georgia Tech currently leads Notre Dame 4-2 and has won each of the last three matchups. Notre Dame’s last victory over Georgia Tech came in a 3-0 victory in Atlanta on October 12, 2013.
Notre Dame holds a 5-3 advantage over Clemson in the all-time series. The Irish have won each of the last three meetings, with the last two coming in straight-set fashion. Notre Dame has gone 4-1 against the Tigers since joining the ACC and hold a record of 2-1 against Clemson when playing at home.
PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Notre Dame has been dominant when playing at home this season, posting a record of 8-1. The Irish won two non-conference tournaments at home, going a combined 6-0 in those matches. Notre Dame has also thrived against ranked opponents in Purcell Pavilion, notching three wins over ranked opponents, as the Irish defeated No. 24 Ohio State (3-1), No. 23 Michigan State (3-0) and No. 21 Florida State (3-2).
HERE TO SERVE
Notre Dame head coach Jim McLaughlin has always emphasized the importance of the serve and it shows in the numbers for the Irish this season. The team is averaging 1.63 aces per set to lead the ACC. Individually Natalie Johnson leads the ACC with 0.47 aces per set and Ryann DeJarld is second in the league with a mark of 0.42. Notre Dame posted a season-high 12 aces in the win over VCU (9/8).
1,000 DIG CLUB
Notre Dame has a pair of student-athletes with over 1,000 career digs on the 2017 squad. Junior Ryann DeJarld leads the team with 1,462 career digs while senior Natalie Johnson became the 15th player in program history to accomplish the feat, as she recorded her 1,000th dig this season vs. Florida State (10/1). Johnson has 1,029 digs in her career.
The Irish are ranked third nationally in digs per set with an average of 18.63. DeJarld paces the team with an average of 6.27 digs per set to rank second in the country in the statistical category.
The Irish have been a force at the net defensively this season, pacing the ACC in blocks per set and ranking 10th nationally with an average of 3.01. Notre Dame has finished in double figures for team blocks in nine of its last 10 outings and recorded a season-high 18.0 against Miami (9/30).
Meg Morningstar and Sam Fry rank second and fourth, respectively, in the ACC in blocks per set. Morningstar leads the way with an average of 1.47 and Fry is right behind with a mark of 1.39. Morningstar recorded a program season-high 11 blocks in the win over Florida State. Fry has two outings of 10 blocks.
Jemma Yeadon has been the catalyst to the Irish attack, averaging a team-high 4.19 kills per set to rank second in the ACC. Yeadon has reached double figures in kills in all 15 matches she has appeared in during the 2017 season. The sophomore has recorded a career-high 24 kills in wins over Florida State (10/1) and Virginia (10/6).
THE ONE AND ONLY
Notre Dame head coach Jim McLaughlin is the only volleyball head coach to have captured an NCAA title on both the men’s and women’s sides. McLaughlin began his coaching career as a men’s coach and won the championship with USC during the 1989-90 season, his first season as a head coach. McLaughlin claimed a title on the women’s side with Washington in 2005, posting a 32-1 record en route to the championship.
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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.