Notre Dame Athletics | October 3, 2018
ATLANTA -- The Notre Dame volleyball team overcame a furious Georgia Tech rally to earn a 3-2 victory on the road Sunday afternoon. After the Irish took the first two sets, the Yellow Jackets stormed back to tie the contest, 2-2. Notre Dame kept its composure in the final frame to earn the victory and improve to 9-5 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
Freshman Charley Niego paced the Irish attack with a career-high 23 kills in addition to 13 digs. Freshman Sydney Bent added 17 kills while junior Lauren Woodard posted 11 kills.
Freshman Zoe Nunez notched a career-high 64 assists through the five sets of play. It was the first time an Irish player collected 60-plus assists since Caroline Holt also reached 64 helpers in a 3-2 victory over Howard on September 3, 2016.
Senior Ryann DeJarld led the Irish defense with 22 digs, marking the eighth time this year she's gone over the 20-dig mark.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The two sides battled to a 9-9 tie in the opening set before a 3-0 Irish run gave Notre Dame a 12-9 advantage. The Yellow Jackets responded with a 9-2 streak to grab an 18-14 lead. Rebecca Nunge spearheaded a 7-1 Irish run with two kills and two aces that put Notre Dame up 21-19. After the hosts rallied to tie the score, 23-23, the two teams traded points before a kill by Woodard and an attack error by the Yellow Jackets gave the Irish a 28-26 win.
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