#2 Mallorie Croal
Two-time team captain … hindered by an ankle injury that kept her off the court for the bulk of her junior and senior seasons … capable of playing on the outside or at the opposite … strong all-around player with good skills in the back row and on the front line … adapted well to her roles with the Irish … smart player and steady performer … played with tremendous poise … the first ever recipient of the Notre Dame Monogram Club Postgraduate Scholarship.
As a Senior (2008):Fought through an ankle injury for the entire season … started the campaign with four kills on six swings (.667) against IPFW (Aug. 29) … also had an assist and a pair of digs in the 3-0 sweep … punched in four more kills at Minnesota (Sept. 14) with a season-high five coming against Western Michigan (Sept. 21) … played in 23 sets throughout 11 matches … was good for 1.00 point/set … totaled 21 kills, three assists and 10 digs … cleanly received each of the 12 serves that came her way, giving her a perfect pct. for the second straight season … after sitting out for most of the BIG EAST portion of the schedule, she made a start against Xavier on Senior Day and threw out the opening serve which resulted in an Irish point.
As a Junior (2007):Saw limited action while recovering from off-season surgery … appeared in six matches while playing in 11 sets … stepped in to log her first action of the season against No. 11 California (Sept. 15) … registered one kill on three attempts for a .333 average against the Golden Bears … in the BIG EAST Conference opener at Pittsburgh (Sept. 22), shot down a season-high eight kills and tacked on one assist … also finished with four digs and 8.0 total points in that match … broke a sweat in matches versus No. 22 Santa Clara (Sept. 16), Marquette (Oct. 12), UConn (Oct. 27) and made her home debut against South Florida (Nov. 4) … posted perfect serve and reception percentages (1.000) in each match played.
As a Sophomore (2006):Led the team in kills on 10 occasions … appeared in 105 sets … played in all 32 matches while picking up 21 starts … finished third on the squad with 315 kills and was fourth with 211 digs … picked up a total of 76 blocks (0.72/set) … second on the team with nine double-doubles and 377 points (3.59/set) … a first-team all-BIG EAST selection … BIG EAST Player of the Week (Nov. 6) … named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Nov. 25) … her run of seven consecutive double-doubles to end the season was the second longest streak ever in the Irish record books … stepped up her play in the BIG EAST Tournament by notching a double-double in each of the squad[apos]s three matches … threw down a season-best 25 kills at Cincinnati (Nov. 17) in the tournament[apos]s first round … registered 16 kills and 19 digs vs. No. 24 St. John[apos]s (Nov. 18) and 12 kills with 14 digs vs. Louisville (Nov. 19) … also pitched in a double-double at Wisconsin (Dec. 1) in the NCAA Tournament with 10 kills and 10 digs … recorded double-figure kills in each of her last 12 matches and double-figure digs in eight of the last nine matches … had 14 kills against No. 13 Missouri (Sept. 2) … tied a career-best with six block assists at Cincinnati (Oct. 28) … had 15 kills on a .462 hitting percentage and 14 digs at Villanova (Sept. 24) … at Georgetown (Oct. 3) she had 13 kills on a .417 hitting percentage … visited USF (Nov. 5) and tallied 15 kills and .560 hitting percentage … had 13 kills and 17 digs against both Pittsburgh (Nov. 11) and West Virginia (Nov. 12).
As a Freshman (2005):Notre Dame[apos]s most-used freshman saw action in 26 matches, made 15 starts at outside hitter and played in 70 sets … averaged 2.79 kills/set on .203 hitting to go with 1.41 digs/set and 3.19 points/set … ranked fourth on team in reception attempts (77) with a .935 reception percentage … started 11 of the season[apos]s first 14 matches … in her Irish debut, she had 15 kills and 10 digs for 16.0 points in Notre Dame[apos]s win over No. 11 Texas (Sept. 3) … also took 14 serves without making an error against the Longhorns … parlayed that performance with 15 kills and 22 digs with four blocks for 18.5 points one day later against Arizona State (Sept. 4) … tabbed to the Shamrock Invitational All-Tournament team for her efforts over the two-match stretch (10 games played, 30 kills, .212 hitting percentage, 32 digs, five blocks, 34.5 points) and was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (Sept. 5) … posted a team-best 19 kills to go with 16 digs and four blocks for season-high 22.5 points against Louisiana State (Sept. 18) … had seven kills on .417 hitting against Seton Hall (Sept. 25)… notched a team-high 17 kills on .400 hitting in three-set win against Syracuse (Sept. 30) … had 11 kills at Marquette (Oct. 2) … in her final start of the early season, posted six kills on 12 errorless swings for a personal-best .500 attack percentage at UConn (Oct. 9) … converted all four of her swings for kills at West Virginia (Nov. 5) … had eight kills on .294 hitting in two sets against Rutgers (Nov. 13) … provided a spark off the bench in the BIG EAST Tournament finale at No. 7 Louisville (Nov. 20), posting 15 kills – her highest total in over two months – on .310 hitting to go with a pair of blocks for 16.5 points … had not played in more than two games in any match prior to that since Oct. 9 … posted a team-high 18 kills to go with five digs and a collegiate-high five blocks for 21 points in the Irish[apos]s NCAA first-round victory against Dayton (Dec. 1) … tied for a team-high 18 kills to go along with seven digs and four blocks for 20.5 points against No. 12 Wisconsin (Dec. 9) to end the season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Prep-Volleyball.com All-American after junior and senior seasons in high school … California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division II MVP in 2003 (also made the all-state tournament team in 2004) … ranked No. 32 on PrepVolleyball.com[apos]s list of top prep seniors … the third Mater Dei graduate to play volleyball for the Irish, following two other outside hitters: Terese Henken (1981-83) and Kathy Baker (1984-87) … other Mater Dei graduates who have been student-athletes at Notre Dame are 1964 football Heisman Trophy winner John Huarte (1962-64) and two-time football All-American guard Larry Williams (1981-84) … became the second Villa Park (Calif.) native to earn a monogram in any sport at Notre Dame, following two-time All-America softball pitcher and Mater Dei alumna Terri Kobata (1993-96) … sports the same #2 jersey worn by Irish career assist average leader Denise Boylan (1997-2000) … helped Mater Dei reach the state finals in her final two prep seasons … three-time CIF Southern Section (CIFSS) Division II player of the year … club All-American in 2004, while serving as captain of the Golden West program in its bronze medal run … three-time Mater Dei and Sierra League MVP … two-time prep team captain … Orange County Player of the Year as a senior … member of the all-county team three times … three times named all-Southern California by Los Angeles Times … her team won three CIFSS Division II titles (2001-03) … had a 4.40 cumulative GPA and received the National Merit Scholar Letter of Commendation … full name is Mallorie Marie Croal … second youngest of four children … daughter of Cathi and Tom Croal … last name is pronounced KROLE … a member of Student Athletes Adviser Council (SAAC) … graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in management consulting.
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