Sept. 4, 2000
Senior Denise Boylan was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday, Sept. 4. The Irish setter, who was selected as the 2000 preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year, helped her team win three matches during the Shamrock Invitational over the weekend. The Irish defeated Fairfield in three games, rallied for a five-game victory over 15th-ranked BYU after being down two games to none, and added a three-game victory over Clemson.
Boylan performed her best when the BYU match was on the line Saturday night. Her ball control allowed the Irish to post a .421 hitting percentage in the deciding game and she totaled 50 assists, 10 digs, three kills and three blocks in the match. Her spectacular play throughout the tournament earned her the Shamrock Invitational tournament MVP honor.
Notre Dame will return to the court Friday when the 2000 adidas Invitational begins. Top-25 ranked teams UCLA, Nebraska and Michigan State will visit the Joyce Center for a round-robin tournament. The Irish will face #6 Nebraska on Friday, Sept. 8, at 4:00 p.m.