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Saint Mary's volleyball star Maddie Plumlee picks Notre Dame

tstevens@newsobserver.comSeptember 25, 2012 

Saint Maryaïs Maddie Plumlee (6) hits during a game against Cary Academy on September 20, 2012.

GREG MINTEL — newsobserver.com

Saint Mary’s Maddie Plumlee, the younger sister of the basketball-playing Plumlee brothers of Duke, committed to play volleyball at Notre Dame Sunday.

Maddie Plumlee is a 6-foot-tall junior. She is expected to enter Notre Dame during the fall of 2014, the same time the Irish join the ACC in all sports except football.

Saint Mary’s coach Jim Freeman said Plumlee has been an outstanding defensive player in recent years, but has become more powerful on offense as she has grown and gotten stronger.

“She goes higher now and hits harder,” Freeman said. 6

Freeman said Plumlee is a terrific teammate.

“She is great player on a team that doesn’t always play great,’ Freeman said. “She is always encouraging, always positive.”

On Monday, Plumlee had a season-high 30 kills, 17 digs and two blocks in the Saints 3-2 win at Ravenscroft. The victory was the Saints (7-10) first Triangle Independent School Athletic Conference win in the last six years.

Her brothers, Marshall, Miles and Mason, attended Arden Christ School near Asheville, although the family lives in Indiana.

Great American CC Festival: The Green Hope girls, one of the top high school cross country teams in the region, will face some of the nation’s best runners Saturday at the Great American Cross Country Festival at Cary’s WakeMed Park.

Among the girls field are three teams that were ranked among the top 20 in the country by cross country guru Marc Bloom. Tatnall (Del.) was No. 2, Saratoga (N.Y.) was No. 7 and Assumption (Ky.) was No. 20. Broughton and Cardinal Gibbons also are entered.

“Our girls have been coming along,” Green Hope coach Mike Miragliuolo said. “We have had some injuries (to three of the top six returning runners) and are slowly getting healthy. Mo McDonnell has been running well. Our No. 2 girl had a great Wednesday race last week – Kristen Lospinoso (a junior) ran a 19:05 without truly going all out. Our No. 3 girl, Allie Worsdale, has been sick lately, but has also run well this year.”

Lincroft (N.J.) Christian Brothers Academy, the top ranked boys’ team in the country, leads the boys’ field that includes Broughton and Cary, which are the Nos. 1 and 2 ranked 4A teams in the state, plus Cardinal Gibbons.

“The Broughton boys are probably the best boys teams I have ever seen in the state,” Miragliuolo said. “Cary is not far behind and would win the state title any other year easily, but it will be a battle this year.”

Cary coach Jerry Dotson said he is excited about the race.

“We’re going to see many of the top teams and runners in the East (United States),” he said.

Another world record: The Guinness Book of World Records has recognized another soccer freestyle record by Green Hope High graduate Indi Cowie. Now a freshman at North Carolina, she entered the Guinness book the first time by doing 102 heel taps in a minute.

The new mark is for doing 53 “around the worlds” in a minute. She balances the ball on top of her foot and then sweeps her foot all the way around the ball, catching it before it hits the ground.

Cowie has been recognized as the greatest soccer freestyler in the world. She had knee surgery last spring and is rehabilitating her knee this season.

She will be presented her new Guinness certificate Thursday at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill during halftime of UNC’s game against No. 1-ranked Florida State.

Shutout string snapped: The Sanderson boys’ soccer team had its shutout string stopped last week in a 2-1 win over Apex. The Spartans had shut out eight straight opponents before allowing the goal.

Sanderson (14-0-1) began a new streak, shutting out Broughton 1-0 Monday.

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