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

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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.

HOW DID IT HAPPEN

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.

NEXT

  • 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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