#16 Sammie Brown
Right Side / Defensive Specialist
AT NOTRE DAME (2010-2013): Versatile athlete that was a setter, right side hitter and defensive specialist throughout four years … finished career 10th in school history with 1,515 assists.
HONORS & AWARDS: Shamrock Invitational all-tournament team (2013) … Kansas Invitational all-tournament team (2013) … all-ACC Academic Team (2013) … ACC Academic Honor Roll (2013) … Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award winner for volleyball (2013) … four-year monogram winner (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
AS A SENIOR (2013): Made the move from setter to the right side, while also playing some defensive specialist, and had a solid senior campaign … named to the all-tournament teams at the Shamrock and Kansas Invitationals … played in all 31 matches and started 29 contests while seeing playing time in 119 sets … finished second on the team in service aces (16), third in digs (232) and fourth in kills (171) and also added 51 assists and 23 blocks for 200.5 points total … posted two double-doubles … these included 14 kills and 13 digs against North Dakota State (Sept. 21) and 15 kills and 13 digs versus Miami (Oct. 18) … recorded five or more kills in 18 matches including a stretch of 13 in a row from Sept. 14 through Oct. 20 … produced 10+ kills in three matches … had two service aces in three contests … totaled five or more digs in 21 matches including reaching double-figures in eight contests … had two or more blocks in six matches including a season-high six against Auburn (Sept. 14) … put together an impressive weekend at the Kansas Invitational by finishing with 38 kills, 19 assists, three service aces and 28 digs … totaled 14 kills – while hitting a career-high .542 – to go along with 13 digs, seven assists and two service aces in a win over North Dakota State … concluded weekend with a career-high 18 kills (.316 attack %), seven assists and six digs versus Kansas … had 15 kills on a career-high 40 attacks in a win over Miami … named to the all-ACC Academic Team … selected to the ACC Academic Honor Roll … received the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award for volleyball … earned a monogram.
AS A JUNIOR (2012): Played in 27 matches and earned six starts … earned time at setter and outside hitter … led team in assists three times … turned in five double-digit assist matches … turned in eight matches with two or more kills … finished second on team with 21 service aces and second on the team in assists with 145 … also fifth in digs (124) … averaged 1.65 assists per set, 0.24 service aces per set and 1.41 digs per set … opened season with 25-assist, five dig performance against No. 1 UCLA (Aug. 24) … had 16 assists each against Saint Louis (Aug. 25) and No. 4 Nebraska (Aug. 26) … also had four digs against the Billikens and six against Cornhuskers … totaled 15 assists and five digs in a 3-1 win over Buffalo (Sept. 1) … registered 21 assists and six digs against No. 17 San Diego (Sept. 8) … produced four kills and eight digs against Marquette (Sept. 29) … tallied two service aces in a 3-0 win over Syracuse (Sept. 30) … had seven digs in a 3-1 win over St. John’s (Oct. 7) … recorded two kills, three assists, two service aces and eight digs in a 3-0 win over Georgetown (Oct. 19) … had two kills, two assists, 11 digs and a service ace in a 3-0 win over Villanova (Oct. 21) … produced three kills, two assists, two service aces and seven digs in a 3-0 win over USF (Oct. 28) … registered seven digs and three assists in a 3-1 win over Rutgers (Nov. 3) … had nine digs, three assists, two service aces and a kill in a 3-1 win over Rutgers (Nov. 4) … tallied three kills, two assists, one service ace and six digs in a 3-2 win over Cincinnati (Nov. 9) … had seven digs against Marquette (Nov. 11) … earned a monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2011): Became 11th player in Notre Dame history to record at least 1,000 assists in a career … second on team with 4.37 assists/set (376 total) … two matches with 30+ assists … season-high 35 assists vs. Louisville … 17 matches with double-digit assists … season-high two aces against both Seton Hall and Syracuse … back-to-back matches with double-digit digs against Villanova (11) and Cincinnati (14) … three kills vs. St. Mary’s and Valparaiso … two blocks in season opener vs. Eastern Michigan … an ace in five straight matches from Sept. 9 – Sept. 17 … totaled 12 aces, 17 kills and four blocks … accounted for 111 digs (1.29/set) … played in 86 sets with five starting cameos … named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star … earned a monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN (2010): 51 assists and 10 digs for a double-double in collegiate debut against Marshall … 56 assists and 16 digs in second career match during a five-set win over Cal Poly … tacked on three blocks vs. Cal Poly … one ace in all three matches at the Nevada Invitational (Sept. 3-4) … four blocks and four digs versus Belmont … distributed 47 assists with nine digs and three blocks at Nevada … led Notre Dame to three wins at Denver’s Pioneer Classic (Sept. 10-12) … Notre Dame hit .350 as a team at the Pioneer Classic (Sept. 10-12) … the Irish hit .488 at Denver, the program’s best single-match average since Nov. 4, 2001 … averaged 9.78 assists/set with three aces at the Pioneer Classic (Sept. 10-12) … aced Denver to cap off a six-match streak with at least one ace … had two aces, two kills and two blocks against Pittsburgh … notched three kills, two aces and 36 assists in a three-set win at Georgetown … Notre Dame hit .383 at Georgetown … Notre Dame connected for kills on each of her 24 assist attempts at Western Michigan … dropped a pair of aces against Syracuse … distributed 56 assists with an ace, six blocks and 12 digs against Marquette … 37 assists in a win over St. John’s … aced Connecticut on match point, one of her five aces on the day … notched a double-double with 32 assists and 10 digs at Villanova … went for 39 assists, nine digs and two blocks vs. Northern Iowa … delivered an ace on match point at Seton Hall … accumulated 943 assists (9.16/set) with 45 kills in 103 sets as a freshman … totaled 43 blocks (three solo) with 23 aces and 176 digs on the season … earned a monogram.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Member of USA Girls Youth National Beach Training Team in 2009 and 2010 … played in the 2009 World Championships with the USA U21 Youth National Beach Volleyball Team … three-year varsity starter and team MVP as a senior at Dos Pueblos (Calif.) … led team to Channel League titles in 2008 and 2009 (2008 CIF 1A finalist) … prep team finished first in 2009 Californian Challenge … California Challenge All-Tournament team member … first team all-Channel League in 2008 and a second-team choice in 2007 … led club team to a silver medal at the 2008 and 2009 Junior Olympics … member of the 2008 and 2009 Junior Olympics all-tournament team … gold medalist winner at the 2006 Junior Olympics … three-time all-conference and all-city selection … daughter of Tina and Patrick Brown … mother (volleyball) and father (football) earned varsity letters at Cal Poly … sister, Keslie, was a setter at Cal State Los Angeles … sister, Nicki, played at Colorado … member of National Honor Society … AP Scholar … played for same club team as 2012 graduate Kristen Dealy … graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in management consulting (3.451 GPA) … enrolled at the University of Hawaii for graduate school and will play one year of sand volleyball for the Rainbow Wahine.
**Career Stats Attached Above As PDF**