Robby Hamman | February 2, 2018
A program-record five University of Notre Dame volleyball student-athletes were selected to the 2017 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Volleyball Team on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Junior Ryann DeJarld, senior Sam Fry and sophomore Jemma Yeadon earned the honor for the second time in their careers. Senior Natalie Johnson and junior Rebecca Nunge also earned the recognition.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
Fry, a management consulting major in the Mendoza College of Business, saved her best season of her career for last, posting personal bests in blocks (163), blocks per set (1.34) and hitting percentage (.329). The senior finished second in the ACC and ranks 10th in blocks for the season with 163.
Fry ended her career with 498 career blocks, setting the program record for career blocks. The record dates back to 2008 when the NCAA changed the scoring to 25-point sets. Fry also became the 22nd player in program history to reach the 1,000-kill milestone this year.
Johnson, an information technology management major in the Mendoza College of Business, has been a mainstay in the Irish rotation over her four-year career. The senior played in all 122 sets for Notre Dame this season and finished with a career-high 309 digs. Johnson made a big impact from the service line, dishing out 50 aces to lead the ACC and rank fifth in program history for most in a single season.
The libero/defensive specialist finished her career as a three-time team captain. Johnson totaled 1,166 career digs and is one of just 16 players to have reached the 1,000-dig mark for a career in program history. Johnson also totaled 118 career aces to rank sixth in the Notre Dame record books.
DeJarld, a management consulting major in the Mendoza College of Business, cemented her status as one of the top liberos in the country this season, shattering the program record for digs in a season with 747, which ranks fourth in the nation. The junior finished the 2017 season averaging an astounding 6.12 digs per set. DeJarld has also excelled in the service game, hammering out 41 aces, the second most on the team this season.