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Notre Dame Heads South For Tourney At Western Kentucky

Notre Dame hits the road this weekend, heading to Bowling Green, Kentucky, for three matches at the Holiday Inn-University Plaza Invitational. The Irish are set to face the host Western Kentucky at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 7. Notre Dame then plays two matches on at 10:30 a.m. ET (Miami (OH)) and 5:30 p.m. ET (Chattanooga) to wrap up the weekend.

Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Notre Dame has held the opposition to a hitting percentage of .088 over the first five matches of 2018, ranking fourth in the country. 


Junior Ryann DeJarld ranks first in the Notre Dame record books for career digs (1,905), digs in a season (747 – 2017) and career digs per set (5.11). DeJarld became Notre Dame’s first player since joining the ACC in 2013 to earn first team All-ACC status following her junior campaign.


The Irish rank first in the country in aces per set, hammering out at an average of 2.56 aces per set. DeJarld paces the Irish with an average of 0.63 aces per set.


Notre Dame welcomes four newcomers to the program for the 2018 campaign. Sydney Bent, Charley Niego, Zoe Nunez and Lauren Wenzel each join the team as freshmen.


All four of Notre Dame’s victories have come in straight-set fashion.


Mike Johnson became the sixth head coach of the Fighting Irish on June 15, 2018. Johnson served as the associate head coach for three seasons at Notre Dame before taking the reins of the program.


Dating back to the start of the 2017 season, Notre Dame is 14-2 in regular season non-conference matches. The Irish finished 2017 with a 10-1 mark and are 4-1 in 2018.


Notre Dame is +18 in total blocks through five matches, notching 48.0 blocks through 16 sets while opponents have combined for 30.0 against the Irish.


Notre Dame is averagins 19.75 digs per set, ranking seventh in the country for the statistical category.


The Irish are coming off back-to-back 22-win seasons. Notre Dame finished 2016 and 2017 with records of 22-10.


Mike Johnson has 128 career victories as a head coach, earning 102 wins in five seasons at Xavier and 22 in one season at Austin Peay. Johnson recorded five 20-plus win seasons in his previous six years as a head coach.


Jemma Yeadon has 823 career kills and is looking to become the 23rd player in program history to join the 1,000-kill club. Yeadon earned Golden Dome Invitational MVP after posting 27 kills with a .253 hitting percentage and 22 digs.