#7 Kellie Sciacca
As a Senior (2010): A brilliant attacker throughout her Irish career with an equally impressive defensive mindset at the net … Notre Dame Monogram Club Co-MVP … second team all-BIG EAST … ranked second in career hitting pct. (.341) after swinging at a .335 rate in her final season with the Irish … ranked 11th in both block average (1.00/set) and solo blocks (67) … seventh with 368 block assists and eighth with 435 total blocks … named to the Shamrock Invitational all-tournament team and BIG EAST Honor Roll (Aug. 30) after finishing the three-match weekend with 4.00 kills/set and a .429 hitting pct. … posted a career-high 21 kills on a .645 hitting clip – the fourth-best average ever by a Notre Dame player in a four-set match – on 31 swings with just one error against Marshall (Aug. 27) … came back to help Notre Dame defeat Cal Poly (Aug. 28) with 17 kills and six block assists and tacked on 10 more versus Arizona (Aug. 29) for her third-straight double-figure kill total … earned a spot on the Nevada Invitational all-tournament team, her second such honor in as many weeks … hit .338 with 32 kills in three matches, including a pair of double-digit outputs … matched a career-high with three solo blocks in a three-set match versus Weber State (Sept. 4) … totaled at least five blocks in each of her three matches played, topping out with seven against Nevada (Sept. 4) … averaged 2.46 kills/set and 1.31 blocks/set on the weekend … returned to her home state to lead Notre Dame to its first three-match invitational sweep since 2005 … named to Denver[apos]s Pioneer Classic all-tournament team, the third straight all-tournament nod for her this season … averaged 3.70 kills/set on a blistering .582 average across three matches, including a career-best .722 mark against Denver (Sept. 12) … became the first Irish player since 2007 to finish a match with a clip over .700 … had two 14-kill outputs and averaged a team-best 1.30 blocks/set … nine kills and nine blocks against Jacksonville State (Sept. 11) … 15 kills, one ace and five blocks against Delaware (Sept. 17) … posted seven blocks in a 3-0 loss to Santa Clara (Sept. 18) … swatted 19 shots with an error while racking seven kills (.368) versus Dayton (Sept. 19) … hit .412 with nine kills at USF (Oct. 1) and .450 with 11 kills at Georgetown (Oct. 3) … with the stellar performance at USF, wrapped up her four-year regular season performance against the Bulls with a .556 clip in four contests (.500 in 2007, .643 in 2008 and .667 in 2009) … posted double-figure kills with 14 at Louisville (Oct. 9) while bouncing 11 on a .474 hitting clip at Cincinnati (Oct. 10) … recorded her 1,000th career against DePaul (Oct. 15) and finished the night with eight kills, two aces and seven blocks … no. 1,000 came in the second set as she became the 19th player in Irish history to reach the milestone … later ended the frame with one of her two solo blocks on set point … 11 kills with five blocks at Western Michigan (Oct. 19) … had seven kills on 15 errorless swings when the Irish swept Syracuse (Oct. 23) … 12 kills and six block assists were recorded versus Marquette (Oct. 24) … steered Notre Dame[apos]s offense against St. John[apos]s (Oct. 30) with 11 kills for her 13th double-digit kill output of the season … also reached the 400-block plateau with her first rejection against the red storm to become the ninth player in program history with at least 1,000 kills and 400 blocks … went for three blocks and 10 kills versus Connecticut (Oct. 31) … three blocks and 12 kills against Villanova (Nov. 5) … four kills, four blocks and four digs in her final home match versus Northern Iowa (Nov. 7) … had eight blocks assists with five kills at Rutgers (Nov. 13) … seven of those rejections came through the first two sets of action … five kills came in each of her last three matches of the campaign … totaled 306 kills, 10 aces, 119 blocks (17 solos) and 48 digs with 384.0 points to end her senior season … averaged 1.07 blocks/set and 2.76 kills/set.
As a Junior (2009): AVCA all-Northeast Region choice … second team all-BIG EAST … preseason all-BIG EAST selection … climbed the Irish record books with another impressive campaign … ranked second in program history after her junior season with a career hitting pct. of .343 … her .359 single-season clip recorded in 2009 is sixth all-time, and 31st nationally, giving her three of the top 11 marks on the list … led the BIG EAST in league play with a .429 hitting pct. and was 10th with 1.21 blocks/set … totaled 2.32 kills/set and 0.94 blocks/set … accumulated 223 kills and 90 blocks (62 solo, 22 block assists) … hit over .400 in each of the season[apos]s first two matches … seven kills on 10 swings with one error for a .600 average against Wisconsin (Sept. 11) … first double-digit kill output came against Miami (Sept. 19), when she unloaded 14 kills (.345) and seven blocks versus the Hurricanes … three of those blocks were of the solo variety … that started a streak of six matches with 4.0+ blocks … posted 10 kills (.529) at Connecticut (Sept. 25) to start the BIG EAST portion of the schedule … had 10 kills in back-to-back matches with Villanova (Oct. 4) and Cincinnati (Oct. 10) … also had seven blocks against the Bearcats … 10 kills and six block assists came against Seton Hall (Oct. 31) in the opening match of the newly renovated Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center … three solo blocks in a road match at Marquette (Nov. 6) … 11 kills at four blocks were clinched at Syracuse (Nov. 8) … returned home to notch 12 kills against Georgetown (Nov. 13) on a .588 clip to help Notre Dame overcome deficits in each of the three sets to sweep the Hoyas for the eighth consecutive time … six kills without an error on nine swings came in the home finale with USF (Nov. 15) for a .667 average … closed out the season with 16 kills on 34 swings (.382) in a five-set defeat to Ohio (Dec. 4) in the NCAA Tournament … eight matches with 10+ kills … 12 matches with 4.0+ blocks … totaled 279.0 points, fourth-best among Irish players … ranked second in blocks.
As a Sophomore (2008): Followed an outstanding freshman season with an equally impressive sophomore campaign … honorable mention all-AVCA Northeast Region … second team all-BIG EAST … named ‘Best Blocker’ at the Margie Himmelberg Memorial in Modica, Sicily …led the Irish with a .332 overall hitting percentage and posted 2.43 kills/set with 0.89 blocks/set … in fact, her career average of .337 ranked second all-time in school history heading into the 2009 slate … second overall in league hitting percentage with a .376 average … totaled 137 kills in league play and 0.80 blocks/set … selected to the league[apos]s weekly honor roll (Sept. 1) after totaling 30 kills (2.73/set) on a .359 average through three matches at the Shamrock Invitational (Aug. 29-31) … she led Notre Dame with 20 blocks over the course of three matches (1.82 blocks/set) and also registered one ace … had 14 kills on a .464 average against Nevada (Aug. 30) along with 10 blocks for a double-double … seven blocks against Valparaiso (Aug. 31) … finished with nine kills on 18 swings versus IPFW (Aug. 29) … all-tournament team choice at the Shamrock Invitational … collected an all-tournament nod at Minnesota[apos]s Diet Coke Classic … delivered 14 kills (.320) and four blocks against No. 4 California (Sept. 13) … struck down nine kills (.350) in a three-set match at No. 11 Minnesota (Sept. 14) … six blocks against UC Irvine (Sept. 20) … 13 kills and four blocks against Western Michigan (Sept. 21) … named the league[apos]s top player on Sept. 29 for her performances during Irish wins at USF (Sept. 26) and Georgetown (Sept. 28) … had 20 kills in her first BIG EAST match of the season while posting a .643 average against USF … recorded 16 kills versus the Bulls before recording an error and finished with only two faults on 28 attempts … the hitting percentage in the contest was the fourth-highest ever in school history for a four-set match … followed that performance with nine kills on 15 swings with three errors for a .400 average at Georgetown … also added an ace and one solo block against the Hoyas … for the weekend, she averaged 4.14 kills/set with a .588 hitting clip … nine kills against Louisville (Oct. 4), West Virginia (Oct. 11) and Pittsburgh (Oct. 12) … seven blocks and seven kills at DePaul (Oct. 16) … six blocks at Long Beach State (Oct. 21) … pummeled Syracuse (Nov. 1) with 19 kills (.577) and slammed two service aces to go along with a career-high 22.5 points … 12 kills and nine blocks came one day later against Marquette (Nov. 2) … 10 kills and four blocks against St. John[apos]s (Nov. 14) … six blocks against Connecticut (Nov. 16) … when the Irish made their run in the BIG EAST Championship, she stepped up her game by methodically slicing Connecticut (Nov. 21) with an astounding .889 attack pct. by converting eight of her nine errorless swings … nine kills and two aces against St. John[apos]s (Nov. 22) in the second round of the tournament … 12 kills and three blocks versus Louisville (Nov. 23) in the finals … finished the season with eight kills and five blocks versus Xavier (Nov. 28) … played in more sets (117) than any other Irish player … third in service aces (12) … tied for first in blocks (104) … second in solo blocks (17) … third in overall points (356.0) … third in points per set (3.05) … three matches with 20.0+ points … one of eight Irish players that helped win the Collegiate Beach Volleyball Challenge at Fiesta On Siesta Key team title.
As a Freshman (2007): Named the AVCA Northeast Region Freshman of the Year despite missing out on the BIG EAST Conference[apos]s Freshman of the Year honor … became only the second Irish player to earn the recognition, joining Lauren Kelbley, who won the award in 2002 … paced Notre Dame by posting a .343 hitting pct., which was sixth among league players in overall play and the highest clip of any conference freshmen … the average ranked 67th nationally as only four other freshmen hit for a higher average … her single-season hitting average is the eighth-best of any player to don the blue and gold … finished 12 matches with an attack average of .300 or greater, and slammed a career-high 16 kills on two occasions … she is one of only five freshmen to lead Notre Dame in hitting percentage since the program[apos]s inception in 1980 … Kelbley was the last to do so, putting up a .351 average during her first season with the Irish … had an overall average of 1.11 blocks/set – 10th among league players and the best of any freshmen – as Notre Dame was ranked 20th in the nation with 3.09 blocks/set as a team … the Irish finished second in the conference with 3.26 blocks/set, trailing only a Louisville (3.94 blocks/set) squad that topped the nation in that category … against No. 22 Santa Clara (Sept. 16) in the Bronco Invitational, set a school record for hitting percentage in a five-set match (.625) with 16 kills on 24 attempts with only one error … wrapped up the three-match invite with 37 kills and a .361 mark over 14 sets … registered double-digit block totals against No. 11 California (10) and Villanova (11) … a key cog in helping Notre Dame post 22 blocks versus Villanova (Sept. 30) and 21 against College of Charleston (Sept. 7) … scooped a season-high seven digs during a regular season meeting with No. 17 Louisville (Nov. 11), and tacked on three service aces on three separate occasions throughout the year … was named the BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Week three times (Sept. 17, Oct. 22, Nov. 12) – the most among league rookies – and she was a part of the league[apos]s honor roll on four occasions … saw action in 110 sets and all 28 matches for the Irish … second on the team with 111 total blocks … was fifth on the Irish squad with 283 kills (2.57/set) … totaled 373.5 points (3.40/set) on the season … the only freshman ranked in the BIG EAST[apos]s top-10 in hitting pct. and blocks … recorded 20.0 points against Alabama (Sept. 8) and Santa Clara.
The Sciacca File: Ranked 22nd nationally on PrepVolleyball.com[apos]s Senior Aces list and named one of the web site[apos]s top-50 recruits in 2007 … all-conference and all-state selection in Colorado after each of her last two prep seasons … voted team captain as a senior … led prep squad in total blocks as a junior and senior … also led team in hitting percentage in each of her last three seasons … garnered first team academic all-state recognition as a senior … all-tournament selection at the Cherry Creek (Colo.) Tournament … her squad finished fifth in the state each of her last three seasons … led club team, Colorado Juniors, to a ninth-place finish in the Junior Olympics open division in 2006 … named MVP and best offensive player of high school team as a senior … named all-Colorado Springs Player of the Year in 2006 by the Gazette-Newspaper … voted to the Rocky Mountain Region All-Star team … club team advanced to its regional championships in each of the last four seasons while also claiming third-place at the Las Vegas Invitational … she was named to PrepVolleyball.com[apos]s Dream Team for her play in the tournament … served as sports editor of her high school paper … member of Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) … spent time as volunteer volleyball and soccer coach … the fourth Colorado native to play for the Irish following Tracy Bennington (1982-85), Joanna Bruno (1988) and Chris Rosso (1988) … from same area as former Irish basketball player Pat Garrity (1995-98) … full name is Kellie Anne Sciacca … daughter of Kathleen and Anthony Sciacca … last name is pronounced Shock-uh … born Sept. 6, 1989 … has an older sister, Erin, and two younger sisters, Kristen and McKenna … graduated from the Mendoza College of Business as a management consulting major.
Sciacca[apos]s Career Statistics