Aug. 8, 2017
By Robby Hamman
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame volleyball program opened the upcoming 2017 season on Tuesday morning with the first official team practice. The team then had its second session of the day in the afternoon.
The two sessions focused on the importance of passing, hitting techniques and other fundamentals. Jim McLaughlin, who is entering his 28th season as a collegiate head coach, is approaching the 2017 season like he has many before.
“Virtually every year we do it the exact same,” said McLaughlin. “There are little changes here and there, but we’re going to teach the way we teach. We are going to approach it the same way. The big rock list is our challenges, areas we have to get better in, obstacles that I think allow you to get better.”
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The Irish will continue training over the next month in preparation for the season-opening Golden Dome Invitational on August 25 and 26. Notre Dame hosts intrastate foe Valparaiso at 7 p.m. on August 25 and then will host Rhode Island and New Mexico State on August 26. All three matches will be played in Compton Family Ice Arena.
The Irish 2017 schedule features 16 home matches, 10 of which are conference matches. Notre Dame is coming off a 22-10 season and returns five starters and its primary libero from the 2016 roster.
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.