Notre Dame head coach Debbie Brown recently announced the signing of incoming freshman Sam Brown.

Weekend Volleyball Twinbill Includes Action Against Louisville In Nationally Televised

Oct. 7, 2009

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame volleyball team is back in a familiar spot, sharing the top position of the BIG EAST Conference standings while leading the league with a .692 (9-4) overall winning percentage. The Irish will put their undefeated conference record on the line Saturday (Oct. 10) at the Joyce Center against Cincinnati before facing Louisville on Sunday (Oct. 11). Sunday’s match will be televised live on ESPNU.

The Irish have won six of their last seven outings.

Notre Dame and Cincinnati are both 3-0 in league contests and Saturday’s match will mark the fourth “Fesl Feud,” pitting Irish outside hitter Megan Fesl against her younger sister Annie, a setter for the Bearcats. Megan holds a 2-1 edge in the sibling series.

“With the goals the team has for the season, every weekend is a huge weekend,” Brown said. “This home weekend is no different. Cincinnati is undefeated in league play and Louisville is always one of the strongest teams in the conference. We’ve definitely got our work cut out for us and we’ve prepared well for both teams.

“It will also be a great weekend for the program and community as we help support breast cancer awareness during Sunday’s match against Louisville.”

The match versus Louisville will coincide with Notre Dame’s “Dig Pink” event, as the Irish have partnered with the Side-Out Foundation to help raise money for breast cancer awareness. There will be several free giveaways to early arriving fans and a silent auction will be held throughout the match featuring memorabilia signed by a number of Notre Dame head coaches.

Fans are also encouraged to make a donation for each Irish defensive dig against the Cardinals and Notre Dame head coach Debbie Brown has extended the challenge to the Irish faithful to match her pledge of $5 per dig. Pledge forms and online donations are available at A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Secret Sisters Society of South Bend.

Notre Dame led the nation by raising $6,655 during the 2008 season’s “Dig for the Cure” match against Pittsburgh.

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish
9-4 overall / 3-0 BIG EAST
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Cincinnati Bearcats
12-7 overall / 3-0 BIG EAST
Saturday, Oct. 10 • 2:00 p.m. (ET)
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Louisville Cardinals
9-7 overall / 2-1 BIG EAST
Sunday, Oct. 11 • 5:00 p.m. (ET)
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TV: ESPNU (live)
PxP: Beth Mowins / Color: Cathy Nelson

The Field …
– Series: Notre Dame leads, 8-2 (2-2 BIG EAST)
– First meeting: 9.19.87 – Eastern Kentucky Colonel Invitational (Richmond, Ky.) – Notre Dame, 3-2
– Last meeting: 10.5.09 – at Cincinnati – Cincinnati, 3-1
Christina Kaelin poured in a match-high 17 kills on a .467 clip but Notre Dame could not overcome 17 service errors, falling 3-1 at Cincinnati during last year’s matchup … the Irish were a perfect 3-0 in league play heading into the 2008 matchup … Notre Dame swept Cincinnati in 2007, taking a regular-season contest and downing the Bearcats in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship … in 2006, the Irish redeemed a regular-season loss by knocking the Bearcats out of the BIG EAST Championship with a come-from-behind win in five sets … it was the first time on the season that Notre Dame had trailed 2-1 and came back to win … the match also marked the second time all season that Notre Dame had a pair of players with 20+ kills in the same match … Mallorie Croal had 25 kills while current Irish volunteer assistant coach Adrianna Stasiuk slammed 23 … Cincinnati’s 3-0 win in October 2007 was its first defeat of an Irish squad … the first-ever match between the teams was a five-set affair in the 1987 Eastern Kentucky Colonel Invitational in Richmond, Ky. (Notre Dame won with a 15-10 fifth set) … the schools did not play again until an Irish win in the opening round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio … Zanette Bennett cranked 31 kills against the Bearcats in the 1987 match, a total which stands tied for the third-highest ever by an Irish player in any length match … she finished with a .529 hitting mark in that match, which is the second-highest mark in program history in a five-set affair … Irish great Mary Jo Hensler (1981-84) hails from the Cincinnati area … the Irish hold a 25-12 advantage in sets won in the series … Cincinnati swept this week’s BIG EAST weekly awards … Stephanie Niemer (player of the week) and Megan Turner (freshman of the week) helped the Bearcats extend their home winning streak to 22 matches and improve to 3-0 in conference action after a four-set win over Pittsburgh and a sweep of West Virginia … Niemer ranks eighth nationally in kills/set (4.69) and sixth in points/set (5.35).

– Series: Notre Dame leads, 16-7 (3-1 BIG EAST)
– First meeting: 10.11.86 – at Louisville – Notre Dame, 3-0
– Last meeting: 11.23.08 – BIG EAST Championship (Pittsburgh, Pa.) – Louisville, 3-1
– The Irish have faced Louisville in each of the last four conference tournaments while falling to the Cardinals in three of those matches – and twice in the finale … Notre Dame downed Louisville for the latest of its nine league titles in 2005 … Notre Dame fell by a 3-1 count to Louisville in the final match of the 2009 BIG EAST Championship in Pittsburgh … sophomore outside hitter Kristen Dealy was named to the all-tournament team after recording a double-double (11 kills, 11 digs) in that duel with the Cardinals … Louisville native Christina Kaelin tallied 14 kills in a homecoming match of sorts during the regular-season meeting between the two teams in 2008 … Kaelin also hit .344 during the 3-0 Irish win, which was the first sweep on the Cardinals’ home floor since the first-ever meeting between the two programs on Oct. 11, 1986 … it was just the fourth sweep over Louisville for Notre Dame in the 22-match series history … the Irish battled Louisville twice in 2007, splitting the pair of contests … Kellie Sciacca checked in with a career-best .632 clip with 14 kills on 19 swings for Notre Dame in a 3-0 loss to No. 22 Louisville during the second round of the 2007 BIG EAST Championship … the first meeting of the season, a nationally-televised contest (ESPNU) and Notre Dame’s senior day, saw the Irish deal Louisville a 3-1 defeat to crack a two-match losing streak to the Cardinals … Louisville’s setback dropped its record to 20-5 overall and blemished what was previously an undefeated league mark, as the Cardinals headed home with a 13-1 conference record … the Irish also faced Louisville in the 2006 BIG EAST Championship finale … the fifth-seeded Irish fell to second-seeded Louisville in five sets … Christina Kaelin led the Irish attack with 18 kills … in 2003 postseason action, the Cardinals knocked Notre Dame out of the NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 first-round win … Louisville defeated Notre Dame twice in 2006, the first time the Irish had ever dropped multiple contests to the Cardinals in the same season … in the 1994 meeting in the Joyce Center, the Irish had 94 kills which ranks fifth on the school’s all-time list … the two teams first played in 1986, with the Irish winning 3-0 in Louisville … after six consecutive Notre Dame wins, UofL broke through at home in 1992 with a 3-1 upset of the 20th-ranked Irish … the Cardinals went 1-2 last week, dropping a tough test to Tennessee and BIG EAST foe Pittsburgh while defeating West Virginia.

Next week: A three-match homestand comes to an end as the Irish travel to Pittsburgh (Oct. 17) and West Virginia (Oct. 18).

Bump, Set, Spike …
• Notre Dame is off to its best start since 2005 when that squad was 12-1 through the first 13 matches of the campaign.
• The Irish are 95-7 (.931) on their home floor against league opponents with each of the seven losses coming since 2004 … the Irish have had five home winning streaks of 14 matches or more, highlighted by a school-record stretch of 36 straight home wins from 2000-02 and a 27-match streak from 1993-95 … the Irish have had a winning home record in each of the 18 seasons under head coach Debbie Brown and won 74 in a row at home against conference foes during regular-season play from 1991-2004 … Notre Dame also won 52 straight against unranked teams in the Joyce Center from 1998-2002 … the program’s 79-match conference winning streak in regular-season and tournament play from 1990-98 is the third-longest in Division I volleyball history … upon becoming a BIG EAST member in 1995, the Irish won 41 straight league matches before falling for the first time to a conference team … Notre Dame has lost just six times on its home floor in the month of October since 1991 and only twice since 2000.
• Irish head coach Debbie Brown has shelved over 400 wins with Notre Dame and won five BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year awards since joining the league in 1995 … the 2009 season is her 19th at the helm of the Fighting Irish program … with a career record of 550-250 (.688) in her 25th season as a head coach, Brown has a 433-167 (.722) mark at Notre Dame.

Upward Bound …
Notre Dame is receiving votes (32) in the AVCA Top 25 Poll for the sixth consecutive week … deemed Notre Dame the 33rd-best team in the nation according to its Oct. 5 poll while the Irish are No. 24 in the Pablo Rankings … Notre Dame is the highest ranked BIG EAST Conference team in each poll.

Brown Reaches Milestones …
When Irish head coach Debbie Brown guided her team to a 3-0 win against Villanova on Oct. 4 it marked her 800th overall match on the sideline as a head coach and 600th with the Irish … to top the cake, it was Brown’s 550th career win.

Revenging Villanova …
One of the nation’s top serving teams came into the Joyce Center for a league matchup on Oct. 4, but it was Notre Dame that aced visiting Villanova for a 3-0 win … the Irish recorded eight aces – including four from senior setter Jamel Nicholas – against a Wildcat squad that entered the match ranked second in the country with 2.33 aces/set … Villanova mustered just a pair of aces against Notre Dame … furthermore, the Irish win snapped a two-match losing streak to the Wildcats after Notre Dame had won the first 16 meetings between the two schools.

Nationwide …
Notre Dame ranks 14th nationally – and first in the BIG EAST – with a .272 team hitting percentage … the Irish are 24th overall with 13.96 kills/set and 39th with 12.61 assists/set … Jamel Nicholas is 21st nationally with 11.04 assists/set.

Within the Conference …
Among BIG EAST members in league play only, Notre Dame ranks: first in service aces (2.10), second in hitting percentage (.288), assists (13.20/set) and kills (14.80/set) and third in opponent hitting percentage (.156) and blocks (2.10/set) … the Irish are the only team with three players ranked among the top eight in blocks/set (Serinity Phillips – 1.70, Kellie Sciacca – 1.50, Tara Enzweiler – 1.29) and two among the top eight in digs (Frenchy Silva – 4.70, Kristen Dealy – 4.56).

Just a Little Bit …
Entering this weekend’s doubleheader with Cincinnati and Louisville, senior outside hitter Serinity Phillips needs just 15 kills to reach the 1,000-kill mark for her career … the last Irish player to reach that plateau is current volunteer assistant coach Adrianna Stasiuk, who did so in 2007.

A Steady Sciacca …
Junior middle blocker Kellie Sciacca leads all BIG EAST players with a .537 hitting percentage in league play … Sciacca, whose career hitting average of .339 is second all-time on the Irish charts, is also fifth in the conference with 1.50 blocks/set.

I Know What You Did That Weekend …
BIG EAST Conference play started with the Irish posting a four-set win at Connecticut (Sept. 25) to improve to 14-1 all-time in BIG EAST openers … senior outside hitter Serinity Phillips posted outrageous numbers in that match and nearly clinched a triple-double … Phillips had 16 kills, 12 digs and nine blocks for 21.5 points against the Huskies to open BIG EAST play (she was also one block shy of a triple-double against Marquette in 2008) … senior outside hitter Christina Kaelin led Notre Dame to a 3-0 win at St. John’s with 13 kills and a .500 hitting percentage as the Irish posted their first sweep over the Red Storm since 2004.

Phillips Earns Honor Roll Recognition …
Senior outside hitter Serinity Phillips was part of the Sept. 21 edition of the BIG EAST Honor Roll … Phillips put up stellar numbers and inched closer to the 1,000-kill mark for her career with 37 kills (3.70/set) at Florida State’s Seminole Tri-Tournament … she also averaged 1.70 digs/set over the weekend … Phillips followed an 18-kill, 13-dig, and five-block performance in a win over Miami (Sept. 19) by tagging the host Seminoles (Sept. 20) for 19 kills on a .432 hitting average (her best ever in a five-set match) … she also had two aces and four blocks against the Hurricanes while adding five blocks versus Florida State … Phillips averaged 4.35 points in her 10 sets played and posted 20+ points in both of Notre Dame’s matches.

Career Day for Dealy …
Sophomore outside hitter Kristen Dealy went for 21 kills against No. 19 Florida State (Sept. 20) … the mark was a new career high for the second-year swinger, who also added seven digs, two blocks and an ace versus the Seminoles for 23.0 points … the output came one day after Dealy logged her second double-double of the season against Miami with 14 kills and 11 digs.

The Miami Marathon …
Four Irish players posted double-figure kills as the Irish rallied to down Miami, 3-2, in opening action at the Seminole Tri-Tournament hosted by Florida State … Notre Dame trailed, 2-0, before taking the final three sets behind 18 kills and 13 digs from Serinity PhillipsChristina Kaelin (11), Kellie Sciacca (14) and Kristen Dealy (14) each joined Phillips with 10+ kills on the day … the last time Notre Dame dropped the first two sets in a win was against Houston in 2003 … Dealy added 11 digs to match Phillips’ double-double in Notre Dame’s first five-set match this season … Sciacca had seven blocks – three solo – with Phillips adding four more of the team’s 11.5 rejections.

Stalemates at the Seminole Tri-Tournament …
Notre Dame faced a formidable field at the Seminole Tri-Tournament with matches against Miami (Sept. 19) and No. 19 Florida State (Sept. 20) … both matches lasted five sets and featured 63 knotted scores and 26 lead changes … 18 ties highlighted the second set of the match versus the Hurricanes.

Irish Earn Stripes at Notre Dame / adidas Invite …
The Irish hosted the Notre Dame / adidas Invitational and swept the competition with wins over Wisconsin (Sept. 11) and New Mexico State (Sept. 13) … after dropping the first set of the matchup against Wisconsin, Notre Dame rallied to take the final three periods en route to a 3-1 win … not only was it the first win against the Badgers for Irish head coach Debbie Brown in six tries – and Notre Dame’s first since 1987 – but it was just the second win overall for Notre Dame against a Wisconsin program that eliminated the Irish from their last three NCAA Tournament appearances (2004, 2005 and 2006) … it was the first time Notre Dame lost the first set in a win since Nov. 22, 2008, against St. John’s.

Trio Find Spot On adidas All-Tournament Team …
Sophomore Kristen Dealy and seniors Serinity Phillips and Jamel Nicholas were each named to the Notre Dame / adidas All-Tournament team for their performances against Wisconsin (Sept. 11) and New Mexico State (Sept. 13) … Dealy, the tournament MVP, averaged 4.43 kills/set and 2.57 digs/set … Phillips went for 3.86 kills/set and 1.71 digs/set while Nicholas put up stellar numbers with 11.14 assists/set and 2.57 digs/set while leading Notre Dame to a .324 hitting percentage … in playing pivotal roles for Notre Dame in the opening match against the Badgers, Dealy and Phillips slammed down 19 kills apiece, a career-high for Dealy and season-high for Phillips.

Hang It On the Fridge …
Sophomore outside hitter Kristen Dealy was named the BIG EAST Conference Player of Week on Sept. 14 … the Santa Barbara, Calif., native earned the honor on the heels of being named MVP of the Notre Dame / adidas Invitational after leading the Irish to wins over Wisconsin (Sept. 11) and New Mexico State (Sept. 13) … Dealy posted a season-best 19 kills with 13 digs for a double-double and three aces in the tournament’s opening match against the Badgers … Dealy added 12 kills against New Mexico State while cleanly fielding 24 serves in the tournament finale.

Aces By Irish …
Notre Dame showed signs of improvement in its serving as is evident by its 14 aces and 12 errors in two matches at the Notre Dame / adidas Invitational (Sept. 11-13) … heading into the event, Notre Dame had just 30 aces and 68 service errors … five players – Kristen Dealy, Jamel Nicholas, Megan Dunne, Stephanie Slatt and Frenchy Silva – had multiple aces during the tournament … in fact, a career-high four aces came off the stroke of Slatt after she went back-to-back from behind the stripe on a pair of occasions during pivotal Irish runs against New Mexico State (Sept. 13).

Queen City Queens …
Senior outside hitter Serinity Phillips and senior setter Jamel Nicholas both earned all-tournament nods at the Xavier Invitational (Sept. 4-6) … Phillips poured in a season-high 20 kills against Xavier (Sept. 4) on a .459 average and had 11 digs against Tennessee (Sept. 5) … she averaged 3.40 kills/set while Nicholas punched in 11.10 assists/set … for her efforts, Phillips was named to the BIG EAST Conference’s Weekly Honor Roll.

Fresh Start …
Freshman middle blocker Hilary Eppink made the first start of her career against No. 7 Michigan (Sept. 6) … she came through with eight kills on a .438 swinging average and two blocks – one of the solo variety.

Scoops By Silva …
Second-year libero Frenchy Silva had a career-high 23 digs against Xavier (Sept. 4) … her previous career-best (21) came on Aug. 31, 2008, against Valparaiso … it was the 12th double-digit dig performance of her young career.

Point Irish, Point Wolverines …
Notre Dame and Michigan combined for 60 points in the second set of a Sept. 6 matchup at the Xavier Invitational, setting the Irish record for scores in the 25-point set era … the set had 13 tie scores and three lead changes … Notre Dame stared at set point after a Lexi Zimmerman attack error (24-23) and Michigan would eventually get the win after converting its sixth set point … previously, Notre Dame and Valparaiso combined for 58 points in the third set of an Aug. 31, 2008, meeting … Valparaiso won the set, 30-28, while escaping with the match victory.

Conquering the Cardinal …
For just the second time in program history – and the first since 1993 – Notre Dame earned a win over a top-five opponent, as the Irish dealt No. 5 Stanford a 3-0 loss on Aug. 29 … Notre Dame’s last win over a ranked opponent came at home against Louisville on Nov. 11, 2007, while the lone win versus a top-five opponent came on Sept. 25, 1993, when the 14th-ranked Irish defeated No. 3 Nebraska at the Joyce Center … the Irish and Cardinal last met in 2003 with Stanford pulling out a 3-0 win … the 2008 NCAA Championship runner-up had never dropped a match to Notre Dame in six tries until this season … the Irish have earned 32 wins against ranked teams and 13 victories over top-10 teams … furthermore, the 1,843 fans in attendance to watch Notre Dame knock off Stanford made up the largest crowd to view a game in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse and the 15th-largest crowd overall in Irish history.

BIG EAST Deals Honor To Dealy …
Sophomore Kristen Dealy was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll (Aug. 31) one day after being tabbed to the Shamrock Invitational all-tournament team … the outside hitter narrowly missed out on a pair of double-doubles during Irish sweeps over Denver (Aug. 28) and No. 5 Stanford (Aug. 29) … Dealy had nine kills against both the Pioneers and Cardinal before peppering LSU with 15 on a .400 average … she also cleanly fielded 40 consecutive serves through three matches before committing an error … Dealy led Notre Dame with 3.67 kills/set and 2.78 digs/set over the three matches.

All-Tournament Nods …
Senior Serinity Phillips joined sophomore Kristen Dealy on the Shamrock Invitational all-tournament team … Dealy led the Irish against the Tigers with 15 kills while narrowly missing out on double-doubles in Notre Dame’s first two matches … Phillips steadied the Irish attack with 3.11 kills/set and 2.89 digs/set in the three matches … LSU’s Michele Williams, who was named the tournament’s most valuable player, finished the three-match event with 37 kills (2.85/set) and 19 blocks (1.46/set) … Brittnee Cooper (LSU), Cassidy Lichtman (Stanford), Gabi Ailes (Stanford) and Emmy Davidsmeyer (Denver) rounded out the all-tournament team.

Smacks By Sciacca …
Early into her third season with the Irish, junior middle blocker Kellie Sciacca already sits second on Notre Dame’s career list for hitting percentage … Sciacca’s mark of .339 still significantly trails Malinda Goralski’s (’01) best of .361 … Sciacca has totaled 671 kills on 1,364 attacks with 209 errors … on the program’s single-season chart, Sciacca’s averages of .343 (2007) and .332 (2008) rank eighth and tenth, respectively.

Preseason Honors …
Senior outside hitter Christina Kaelin and junior middle blocker Kellie Sciacca both earned all-BIG EAST preseason nods, as voted upon by the league’s coaches … the duo brought home second team all-BIG EAST honors at the conclusion of last year’s regular season … Kaelin went on to rack up all-region and Honorable Mention All-America honors from the AVCA in 2009 … Notre Dame was picked alongside Cincinnati to finish second in the BIG EAST standings.

All In the Family …
Senior Tara Enzweiler will be joined on campus this year by a few familiar faces … two of her brothers, Thomas and Matthew, are also undergraduates at the University … moreover, each of the three were valedictorians at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C.

Bringing ‘Em Back …
The Irish added two new – but recognizable – members to their coaching staff during the offseason in assistant coach Robin Davis and volunteer assistant coach Adrianna Stasiuk …Davis was named assistant volleyball coach in June 2009 … Davis, who spent the last three seasons as the head coach at Boise State, rejoined the Irish after spending five seasons with the Notre Dame program from 2001-2005 … with the arrival of Davis in 2006, Boise State got an immediate boost to its program … in his first season with the program, Davis posted the largest win increase for a first-year coach in Bronco history in leading the squad to 13 wins, five more than the 2005 edition of the Broncos … as an assistant coach with Notre Dame for four seasons and an associate head coach for one season, Davis helped lead the Fighting Irish to five consecutive BIG EAST Conference regular-season championships and appearances at the NCAA Tournament, reaching the round of 16 in 2005 … Notre Dame also finished that year with its highest-ever final national ranking – No. 12 in the AVCA poll and No. 11 in the Volleyball Magazine poll … Stasiuk was a four-time monogram winner with the Irish volleyball team from 2004-2007 … a three-time all-BIG EAST honoree, Stasiuk also copped All-American honors as a sophomore and was twice named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first team … she also became only the seventh Irish player ever to register 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career.

Freshmen Orientation …
Three highly touted freshmen will see action for the Irish this season … outsider hitter Marie Roof (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores), middle blocker Hilary Eppink (Westfield, Ind./Westfield) and libero Christina Theofilos (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley) each dominated the prep volleyball circuits in their respective regions of the country before donning the blue and gold … Eppink was part of Volleyball Magazine’s “Fab 50”, Theofilos was a All-American and Roof was a finalist for Michigan’s Miss Volleyball award … Eppink made her collegiate debut at the Shamrock Invite against Denver, registering one kill on her lone swing along with a solo block.

This Calls for a Party …
Eight members of the Notre Dame volleyball team traveled to Florida in late April and came back to campus with the team title after winning the Collegiate Beach Volleyball Challenge at Fiesta On Siesta Key … the four tandems of Megan Fesl and Angela Puente, Kellie Sciacca and Frenchy Silva, Kristen Dealy and Serinity Phillips, and Christina Kaelin and Beth Wildermuth totaled enough points in both pool and championship play to earn the distinction for the Irish … the Fiesta On Siesta Key tournament featured 48 two-person teams … the initial stage of the tournament had teams broken into 12 pools … at the conclusion of pool play, the top 16 overall teams moved to the Gold bracket, the next 16 to the Silver bracket and the final 16 to the Bronze bracket … all four of Notre Dame’s teams won or came in second in their respective groupings during pool play.

Action Across the Pond …
Notre Dame spent nearly two weeks in Italy this past summer while posting a 6-1 record against the nation’s finest club teams on top of splitting a pair of matches against the Italian Junior National Team … Notre Dame hoisted the championship trophy after sweeping through four matches unscathed at the Margie Himmelberg Memorial Tournament in Modica, Italy. … at the tournament, Christina Kaelin was named “Best Attacker”, Kellie Sciacca was named “Best Blocker” and Serinity Phillips was named the showdown’s MVP.

Looking Back at 2008 …
With a 17-14 overall record (9-5 BIG EAST) Notre Dame secured its 22nd winning season – and 18th consecutive – since the program’s inception in 1980 (each of the last 18 coming under the direction of head coach Debbie Brown) … the completion of the 2008 BIG EAST Championship saw the Irish earn a spot in the final match for the 13th time in 14 seasons since joining the league in 1995 … Notre Dame now sports a 27-5 (.844) all-time record in the league tournament with nine championships and four runner-up finishes … the Irish have faced Louisville in each of the last four conference tournaments while falling to the Cardinals in three of those matches – and twice in the finale … Notre Dame downed Louisville for the 2005 title … four Notre Dame players – Christina Kaelin, Serinity Phillips, Justine Stremick and Kellie Sciacca – were named to the all-BIG EAST second team … the season marked the first time ever that Notre Dame had four players on the second team … Kristen Dealy found a spot on the league’s all-tournament squad.