#14 Justine Stremick
Talented athlete who gave the Irish a strong presence in the middle … great natural understanding of the game … good height and good lateral mobility … incredibly bright and coachable … finished four-year tenure ranked fourth in career hitting percentage (.307), seventh in total blocks (437), seventh in solo blocks (92) and eighth in block assists (345).
As a Senior (2008): Preseason all-BIG EAST choice … second team all-BIG EAST for the second straight season … one of two Notre Dame players – joining Kristen Dealy – chosen to the BIG EAST Championship all-tournament team … earned third consecutive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District distinction, a first-team honor shared with twin sister and Army outside hitter, Briana … ranked 49th nationally at season[apos]s end with 1.14 blocks/set … led the Irish with 1.02 blocks/set in league play while totaling 94 kills on a .300 average … paced team with an overall average of 1.11 blocks/set … steered Notre Dame to an 80-45 overall record and a 41-14 mark at home in her four seasons with the Irish … hit over .300 in nine of 25 matches played on the season … missed the first six matches of the season while nursing an injured knee … made her presence felt after seeing action for the first time during her debut at Minnesota[apos]s Diet Coke Classic (Sept. 12-14) … had eight blocks against No. 16 Cal Poly (Sept. 12) and seven kills versus No. 4 California (Sept. 13) … helped the Irish hold one of the league[apos]s top offensive units at bay with a season-high 10 blocks – three solo – in a Nov. 14 match versus St. John[apos]s … the Irish recorded 19 blocks versus the Red Storm, the highest team total of the season … also tagged on 11 kills with only one error for a .455 clip in the five-set match … had 17 kills on a .364 average against Connecticut (Nov. 16) and added five blocks against the Huskies … her efforts helped the Irish snap the Huskies[apos] seven-match win streak … seven of her kills came in the fourth set to swing momentum into Notre Dame[apos]s favor and four more kills were racked in the final frame … had 18 kills on a .455 average with three blocks in the BIG EAST finale against Louisville (Nov. 23) … played in 94 sets … totaled 233.5 points behind 104 blocks and 170 kills … hit .297 on the season … earned Notre Dame[apos]s Francis Patrick O[apos]Connor Award, given to the top Irish student-athlete who best displays the total embodiment of the true spirit of Notre Dame as exemplified by their contributions and inspirations to their respective teams … a talented musician, she was a member of the Academic Honors Program and carried a 3.79 grade-point average … winner of the team[apos]s Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award for the second straight year.
As a Junior (2007): Anchored the front line for the Irish … established herself as one of the league[apos]s top shot blockers … showed the ability to light up the scoreboard with her efficient hitting … second team all-BIG EAST choice … a 3.76 grade point average earned her a spot on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V second team … carried a .369 hitting percentage in conference play while registering 1.58 blocks/set against league opponents … both marks ranked fourth in BIG EAST action … twice listed on the BIG EAST Honor Roll (Oct. 8 and Nov. 5) … her .706 clip against Rutgers (Oct. 6) was the sixth-highest of any league player in any match throughout the season and the fourth-best in league play … that average ranks 13th all-time in Irish history … she notched an average that ranks 23rd on Notre Dame[apos]s all-time list with a .684 clip against Georgetown (Nov. 2), the fifth-highest average in league play on the season … finished five matches with a hitting average greater than .500 … had 13 matches in which she recorded double figure kills … led Notre Dame in blocks in 19 matches, including each of the final nine contests of the season … paced the team in hitting percentage on nine occasions … turned in the most kills of any player in matches with Rutgers (13), St. John[apos]s (11), South Florida (18) and Cincinnati (16) … recorded 15+ kills in five matches … secured one double-double … had 13 kills with a .435 average at Missouri (Aug. 31) … put down 12 kills on 21 swings versus No. 11 California (Sept. 15) for a .524 average … had 10 kills and six blocks in the league opener at Pittsburgh (Sept. 22) … her season- and career-high kill total came at Syracuse (Oct. 14) when she smacked 19 kills on a .389 average … also had five blocks against the Orange … had six consecutive matches with 11+ kills from Oct. 23-Nov. 9 … stuffed 10 shots against Villanova (Sept. 30) and blocked nine more in duels with College of Charleston (Sept. 7) and No. 17 Louisville (Nov. 11) … sported a .336 hitting average through 49 games (13 matches) at home … delivered her lone ace of the season against UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 14) … played in each of Notre Dame[apos]s 110 games … made 28 starts.
As a Sophomore (2006): One of three players to appear in all 114 sets and 32 matches in 2006 … started 31 matches … her .304 hitting percentage (239-72-549) paced the Irish … team leader in blocks with 156 (27 solo and 129 block assists) … reached double figure in kills five times … fourth on the squad with 239 kills (2.10/set) and 330.5 points (2.90/set) … team leader in blocks in 17 matches … second-team all-BIG EAST selection … earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll nods on two occasions (Sept. 4 and Oct. 16) … selected to the Shamrock Invitational all-tournament team (Sept. 2) and named the Best Blocker at the Sun Devil Classic (Sept. 17) … a third-team selection on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V volleyball team … totaled a career-best 14 blocks against Idaho (Sept. 2) in the Shamrock Invitational … those 14 blocks tied for the most ever by an Irish player in a four-set match … she also became the 12th Irish player ever to record 12+ blocks in a match … had eight kills, a season-best three digs and six blocks at Northern Iowa (Sept. 9) at the UNI Invitational … threw down a career-best 15 kills with no errors for a .750 hitting percentage, seven blocks, and a season-high 18.5 points at South Florida (Nov. 15) … her .750 hitting percentage at South Florida was the highest for a Notre Dame player and second-best among league players on the season … had seven blocks against No. 24 St. John[apos]s (Nov. 18) and eight more against Louisville (Nov. 19) in the BIG EAST Championship match.
As a Freshman (2005): Utilized as a front-row sub to improve Notre Dame[apos]s blocking during a single rotation at times … able to transition into the college game by learning from Irish All-American Lauren Brewster … played in 52 sets and 23 matches, posting seven kills on 14 attempts for a .429 average, four digs, and 15 blocks for 14.5 points … turned in three kills on five errorless swings against both South Florida (Oct. 21) and Georgetown (Oct. 23) … accounted for three blocks against the Hoyas and Seton Hall (Sept. 25) … had a kill against DePaul (Oct. 15) … played in all five games in the BIG EAST Tournament finale at No. 7 Louisville (Nov. 20) … took part in a pair of blocks versus Rice (Nov. 25) and Tennessee (Nov. 26) … notched a block and an assist in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Northwestern (Dec. 2) … played the national anthem on the saxophone during the first day of the Irish Thanksgiving Invitational (Nov. 25).
The Stremick File: Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year for the state of North Dakota as a senior at Langdon Area HS … North Dakota Class-B Outstanding Senior Volleyball co-Player of the Year, along with her twin sister, Briana … the pair was known as the ‘Twin Towers’ … three-time all-state and all-North Dakota state tournament pick … helped Langdon Area to an undefeated record and state title in 2003 … led the prep squad to an 88-match winning streak … led team to five consecutive top-seven finishes in the state tournament and a 194-20 overall four-year record … did not play club volleyball until 2005 … set Langdon Area single season records for kills (546), kill efficiency (.454), kill percentage (.558), blocks (125), and attack attempts (1,000) … also broke school records for digs (23) and kills (19) in a two-set match and kills in a three-set match (26) … accumulated 1,790 kills, 951 digs, 266 aces, 400 blocks in 456 career games … three-time captain and all-conference pick … in 2004, finished with 429 kills, 221 digs, 125 blocks, and 121 service aces … also a three-year letter winner as a center in basketball, helping the Cardinals win the 2005 state championship while being named the tournament[apos]s MVP … two-time all-state honoree in hoops, team[apos]s captain and MVP in 2005 … averaged 5.6 blocked shots per game over final two seasons and averaged 14.4 points as a senior … a five-time letter winner in track and field as a jumper and hurdler … three-time top-eight finisher at state meet in the high jump … won one cross country letter … student council president … just the second North Dakota native to sport an Irish volleyball jersey … Jeanette Jacot of Bismarck was a member of the 1989 team … full name is Justine Kaye Stremick … daughter of Lisa Howatt and Trent Stremick … mother played basketball and ran track at Whapeton Community College … one of eight siblings … twin sister, Briana, is a standout volleyball player at Army … last name is pronounced STREM-ick … born March 14, 1987, in Langdon, N.D. … graduated from the College of Science as a math and life science major.
Stremick[apos]s Career Statistics