Robby Hamman | August 28, 2017
Notre Dame (2-0) rolled to a straight-set sweep of Rhode Island (0-2) in the team's first match of day two of the Golden Dome Invitational in Compton Family Ice Arena. The Irish dominated, posting set scores of 25-13, 25-14 and 25-21.
The Irish were led by the duo of Sam Fry and Lauren Woodard, who each posted 12 kills to pace the team. Fry also added four blocks to become the Notre Dame career block leader (346 blocks) since the 2008 scoring change to 25-point sets.
The Irish wasted little time taking control of the match, as Notre Dame raced out to a 17-7 lead in the opening set. The hosts went on to take the first frame 25-13 to go up 1-0 in the match.
The second stanza was competitive up until the midway point, as Notre Dame held onto a 13-12 lead. The Irish then reeled off nine straight points with Sydney Kuhn controlling the service line to give Notre Dame a 22-12 lead. The hosts went on to win the set 25-14, putting the Irish on the brink of a sweep.
Notre Dame and Rhode Island played a highly contested third set that the Irish managed to claim. Holding a one-point advantage at 22-21, Notre Dame won the final three points of the match to complete the straight-set victory over the Rams.