Sept. 7, 2017
By Robby Hamman
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The Irish and Buckeyes were forced to call an audible on Wednesday, as plans to travel to the Coastal Carolina Classic in Conway, South Carolina, were thwarted by the threat of Hurricane Irma. With both teams having an open weekend, Notre Dame and Ohio State agreed to a home-and-home weekend of matches.
The Irish will travel to Columbus, Ohio, for a 7 p.m. ET match on Friday, September 8 and then the two teams will face each other for the second time of the weekend at Notre Dame at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 10 in Purcell Pavilion.
Notre Dame volleyball fans will have their first opportunity of the season to pick up the team’s free schedule posters and coasters during Sunday’s home match against the Buckeyes.
Notre Dame vs. No. 24 Ohio State
Locations: Columbus, Ohio (Friday) | Notre Dame, Indiana (Sunday)
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NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: BY THE NUMBERS
.101 – Notre Dame is holding the opposition to a hitting percentage of .101, ranking first in the ACC and fifth in the country. The Irish have held Valparaiso (.037), Rhode Island (.081) and Bowling Green (.076) to percentages under .100 this season.
3 – In Notre Dame’s six matches this season the Irish have dropped just three sets. Notre Dame has recorded three sweeps, recording 3-0 victories over Rhode Island, Bowling Green and Toledo.
4 – The ACC coaches picked the Irish fourth in the annual preseason poll. The fourth-place selection is tied for the highest the program has achieved since joining the league in 2013.
5 – Jemma Yeadon has recorded double-digit kills in all five matches in 2017. The junior posted a career-high 20 kills in the win over New Mexico State (8/26). Yeadon has four double-doubles on the season.
6 – Notre Dame is off to a 6-0 start for the 2017 season, going undefeated in the Golden Dome Invitational and BGSU/Toledo Invitational. The 6-0 start is the best for the Irish in over a decade, as the Irish began 2005 with a record of 7-0.
7.19 – Ryann DeJarld ranks second in the country in digs per set with an average of 7.19 per set through the first two weeks of the season. The junior has recorded 20+ digs in five of six matches this season.
12 – Notre Dame returns 12 letterwinners to the 2017 squad, including six seniors.
17 – Natalie Johnson has a team-high 17 aces in 2017. The senior ranks third in the country in aces per set with an average of 0.81. Johnson posted a career-high six aces in the win over VCU on September 1.
19.81 – The Irish lead the conference and rank fourth in the country in digs per set with an average of 19.81.
20 – Sophomore Jemma Yeadon posted a career-high 20 kills in the win over New Mexico State. The 20 kills are the most by an Irish student-athlete this season. Yeadon leads Notre Dame with 4.12 kills per set.
363 – Senior Sam Fry has 363 career blocks, setting the the Notre Dame record for career blocks over the weekend, passing Jeni Houser ’15 (345). The record dates back to 2008 when the NCAA changed the scoring to 25-point sets.
614 – Jim McLaughlin has 614 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.
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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.