Hilary Eppink

Volleyball Returns Home For Golden Dome Invite

Sept. 8, 2011

Golden Dome Invitational (tournament central) | Gameday Program

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame will play host to Lipscomb, Portland and Valparaiso during this weekend’s Golden Dome Invitational (Sept. 9-11) at Purcell Pavilion. UND.com will cover all angles of the event with video, audio, stats and live chats throughout the weekend.

Golden Dome Invitational – Sept. 9-11
Purcell Pavilion – Notre Dame, Ind.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-2 overall – 0-0 BIG EAST)
[und.com – bigeast.org]

Lipscomb Bisons (2-5 overall – 0-0 Atlantic Sun)
Friday, Sept. 9 – 7:00 p.m. (ET)
[lipscombsports.com – atlanticsun.org]
Series: First meeting

Portland Pilots (3-5 overall – 0-0 West Coast)
Saturday, Sept. 10 – 7:00 p.m. (ET)
[portlandpilots.com – wccsports.com]
Series: Portland leads, 1-0
First / last meeting: Portland, 3-1 (9.8.89)

Valparaiso Crusaders (6-2 overall – 0-0 Horizon)
Sunday, Sept. 11 – 1:30 p.m. (ET)
[valpoathletics.com – horizonleague.com]
Series: Notre Dame leads, 21-4
Series streak: Valparaiso, W1
First meeting: Valparaiso, 2-0 (9.22.80)
Last meeting: Valparaiso, 3-1 (8.31.08)

Following the Irish …
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Bump, Set, Spike …
– After opening the season with a 3-0 record (the best start to a campaign by an Irish squad since 2006) Notre Dame dropped each of its two matches last week at the Stanford Invitational, falling to both the host Cardinal and St. Mary’s.
– Freshman Jeni Houser pounded Stanford for a team- and career-high 19 kills … the slugger averaged 3.57 kills/set in the two matches on the West Coast to earn a spot on the Stanford Invitational All-Tournament team.
– Senior Kristen Dealy eclipsed the 1,000-dig mark at the Stanford Invite, just one week after classmate Frenchy Silva accomplished the same feat … Dealy is 30 kills away from joining Notre Dame’s 1,000-kill / 1,000-dig club, a milestone only achieved by seven players in Irish history … sophomore setter Sammie Brown needs 13 assists to reach the 1,000-mark for her career.
– The Irish continue to receive votes (10) in the AVCA Top 25 Poll … Lipscomb, Portland and Valparaiso are neither ranked nor receiving votes.