Irish fall in Mississippi State – Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Official Athletics Site


The Fighting Irish fell in their second game of the year against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Game 2 of the Irish Invitational. Dropping all three sets (19-25, 16-25, 18-25), Notre Dame fell to 0-2 on the season. For the second straight night, rookie Avery Ross led the Irish with nine wins, followed by runner-up Phyona Schrader with six and rookie Lucy Trump who collected five. Junior Hattie Monson also recorded 12 recoveries for the Irish.


The Bulldogs came out strong, taking a 5-0 lead. Mississippi State built a 10-point lead (16-6) until the Irish responded with their own 13-5 series. The run was started by kills from Trump and Schrader and Notre Dame was able to bring it within two (21-19). The Bulldog offense caught fire and closed the set with four straight points to claim the 25-19 victory.

The Irish and Bulldogs went back and forth to start the second, tying at 5-5. A Schrader kill kept the Irish within three (10-7), but the Bulldogs began to slip away after going 10-1 to take a 20-8 lead. Although the Irish went 6-2, the Bulldogs were able to claim two sets 25-16.

Again, the Irish and Bulldogs traded points early in the third, making it tied at 5-5 after a Trump kill. After another Schrader kill, the set was again tied at 10-10, but Mississippi State would go on a 6-0 run to take the 16-10 lead. The Irish brought it in with two (16-14), but struggled to slow the Bulldog attack for an eventual final score of 25-18.


  • The Irish are back home tomorrow as they take on Milwaukee at 2pm in the final game of the Irish Invitational.
  • Three signed volleyballs will be distributed during Sunday’s game against Milwaukee.
  • The Irish hit the road Sept. 2-3 as they travel to Long Beach, Calif., to take on Boise State and Long Beach State.

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