BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — After suffering a hard-fought, five-set defeat on Friday evening, the Irish bounced back on Saturday morning with an emphatic 3-0 sweep of Miami (Ohio) to improve to 5-2 on the season. All five of the Notre Dame victories in 2018 have come via sweeps.
Junior Jemma Yeadon led the Irish attack, posting a team-high 12 kills, while adding five digs and three blocks. Senior Ryann DeJarld paced Notre Dame back row, recording a team-best 19 digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish controlled the first set from the opening serve, quickly building an early lead at 7-4. Notre Dame continued to build its advantage throughout the first frame, as a block by Meg Morningstar and Rebecca Nunge pushed the score to 18-11. The Irish went on to take the set by a score of 25-19 to go up 1-0 in the match.
The second stanza started as a back-and-forth battle, with the score being tied at 7-7. Notre Dame then won nine of the next 12 points to take a commanding 16-10 lead midway through the set. The Irish then cruised to a 25-16 win to take control of the match at 2-0. Yeadon played a huge role in the second stanza, hammering out six kills in the frame to pace the Irish attack.
The Irish carried its momentum from the second set into the third, jumping out to an early 11-4 lead. The RedHawks tried to fight back, cutting the Notre Dame lead to two at 11-9. However, that is as close as the Irish would allow Miami to get, completing the sweep with a third set score of 25-16.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
For the fourth straight outing Yeadon recorded double-digit kills in a match, finishing with 12 in the win over the RedHawks. The junior has now posted 10 or more kills in five of seven matches this season.
STAT OF THE MATCH
Freshman Sydney Bent put on an impressive performance from the service line, tallying a career-high six aces. The freshman now has 13 aces on the season, tying DeJarld for the team lead.
Notre Dame takes on Chattanooga later today at 5:30 p.m. ET to complete its play in Bowling Green, Kentucky.