Oct. 1, 2000
The Notre Dame volleyball team (11-4) improved to 2-0 in the BIG EAST with a solid three-game victory (15-8, 15-6, 15-8) over Georgetown (10-6) at the Joyce Center Saturday afternoon. The Irish controlled the match from the start and improved to 10-1 in the all-time series with the Hoyas.
Notre Dame featured some outstanding ball control and defense to negate the Hoya offensive plan. Georgetown was held to a .071 hitting percentage in the match, while the Irish combined for 14 team blocks. Senior setter Denise Boylan helped the Irish hit .275 in the match, as the Irish only committed 18 hitting errors on 138 attempts. Boylan totaled 41 assists, nine digs, four kills and two blocks in the match.
Three Irish hitters benefited from Boylan’s steady play. Senior Christi Girton (Muncie, Ind.) had 16 kills while junior Marcie Bomhack had 12 kills and classmate Kristy Kreher had 11 kills. Bomhack and Kreher also had a double-double in the match with 12 and 10 digs, respectively.
Notre Dame’s middle blockers also played a large part in the victory. Senior Jo Jameyson and Malinda Goralski combined for 12 blocks and 13 kills in the match.
The Hoyas were led by Yulia Vtyurina with seven kills and 12 digs.
Next up for the Irish is a four-match road swing at West Virginia (Oct. 7), Pittsburgh (Oct. 8), Illinois State (Oct.11) and #25 Michigan (Oct.18). The next home match for the Irish will be Oct. 20 when Rutgers visits the Joyce Center.