Notre Dame volleyball: Fast start not enough for Irish

Staff reports
ND Insider

After turning back North Carolina State in the first set, Notre Dame couldn’t maintain the momentum and dropped a 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-9) decision in Raleigh.

“It was a disappointing weekend,” said head coach Debbie Brown, whose team dropped to 6-7 and 0-2 in the ACC. “It was not at all the way we wanted to start ACC play. We’re committed as a team to turning things around and getting back in the win column.”

After a promising first set on offense, the Irish went on to hit just .144 for the day, including .086 in the second, -0.83 in the third and 0.30 in the fourth. Toni Alugbue finished with 12 kills and Nicole Smith totaled 10. Jeni Houser (9) and Sammie Brown (8) were the only other Irish performers to register more than one kill.

NC State, 10-4 and 1-1 in the ACC, hit .388 on the afternoon and had four players with double-figure kill totals.

Notre Dame looks to snap a four-match skid and win its first ACC contest at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening when Duke visits Purcell Pavilion.