October 31, 1998
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s volleyball team squeezed by BIG EAST Conference opponent Syracuse 15-8, 5-4,7-15, 16-14 to give Irish head coach Debbie Brown her 200th career win at Notre Dame.
The Irish (10-11 overall, 6-1 in the BIG EAST) were led by Christi Girton’s (Muncie, Ind.) 15 kills, while Jo Jameyson (Alvin, Texas) led the team on a defensive end with a team and career-high 20 digs. Jameyson also added 11 kills and setter Michelle Graham (Austin, Texas), starting her third-straight game in relief of the injured Denise Boylan (Lisle, Ill.), had 44 assists.
Rachel Watson, who is ranked fifth in the nation in digs for Syracuse, registered 23 digs in the four-game match, while teammates Keri Potts, Dana Fiume and Desiree Hobbs led the Orangewomen with 12 kills apiece.
Down by two games in the match, Syracuse (17-10 overall, 2-5 in the BIG EAST) battled back to take game three 15-7 and almost won game four. The Orangewomen were up 14-11 in what proved to be the final game of the match, but were unable to convert on three games points.
The Irish plays host to Georgetown on Friday, November 6 at 7 p.m.. With a win, the Irish could pull into a three-way tie for first place with the Hoyas and the University of Connecticut, who beat the Irish, but lost to Georgetown earlier this season.