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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Volleyball, Cross Country Fare Well

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The Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in volleyball and cross country, while no. 2 men’s soccer and no. 10/13 women’s soccer took their first losses of the season.

No. 2 men's soccer & no. 10/13 women's soccer take their first losses of the season.
No. 2 men's soccer & no. 10/13 women's soccer take their first losses of the season.
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Without further ado, we give you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups and look ahead at what's on the schedule this week.

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No. 2 men's soccer (4-2-1) had a bit of a down week, earning 2 losses after a strong start. Xavier won out over ND, 1-0, and no. 3 North Carolina bested them, 4-2. Xavier's game-winner came in the 47th minute from a guy named Jalen Brown (which might make you spontaneously picture Jaylon Smith playing soccer and somehow being really, inexplicably, terrifyingly good at it). The Irish were unable to answer, despite outshooting their opponent, 13-8 and 10-3 in just the second half.

The Irish fell to the Tar Heels, 4-2, on the road, after gaining an early lead and falling behind only mid-way through the game. They were unable to rally and North Carolina held them at bay for the last 20 minutes. Notre Dame goals came off the foot of Jon Gallagher and Mark Gormley. North Carolina put more shots on goal, leading ND 12-6 with those; they also had 7 corner kicks to ND's 2.

Next up for the Irish are Michigan State in East Lansing, MI (Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. ET) and Virginia at home (Friday, 7:00 p.m. ET).

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No. 10/3 women's soccer (7-1-1) also earned it's 1st loss of the season this past week no. 11/13 Clemson. The 1-0 defeat took 2 overtimes and a turn of momentum towards the Tigers to register after ND played a very strong 2nd halfq.

This Thursday, the Irish play Virginia on the road (7:00 p.m. ET). They'll host Florida State on Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET).

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Coming off of a slow start, the Irish volleyball team (5-7) split their weekend road matches, sweeping Ball State (25-16, 25-18, 25-19) and losing to South Dakota State, 3-2 (25-23, 20-25, 25-14, 19-25, 15-6) before dropping a close one to no. 22 Purdue, 3-1 (25-12, 24-26, 28-26, 25-16).

The Irish host Louisville this Friday (7:00 p.m. ET), then Florida State on Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET).

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After opening the season the previous week with a 1st-place finish, the women's golf team finished 5th in a field of 12 at the Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, OK, this past weekend. To get a sense of the competition and of just how well the Irish played, it's worth noting that the team finished under par at the tournament, and it was just the 3rd time in school history that they've done so. Notre Dame had 3 top-20 individual finishes, with Emma Albrecht leading the way at 12.

Next, the Irish travel to Lincoln, NB, for the Chip-N-Club Invitational at the beginning of September.

Men's golf is right in the middle of their week's tournament, hosting the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic this Monday and Tuesday. As of Monday night, the Irish were in the lead by a slim one-shot margin (569, 288-281), 36 holes in, in a field of 6.

Once the Irish close out the Fighting Irish Classic on Tuesday, they'll look ahead to the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, NC, at the beginning of October.

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This weekend, cross country swept the top spots at the National Catholic Championship, which they hosted. Both men's and women's teams earned a 1st-place finish in their respective Division I fields of 12. The men's team had runners come in 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 8th in the championship 8k; the women earned 5 spots in the top 10 of their championship 5k, including 1st and 3rd.

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Men's tennis got things started this past week. They were all over the place, with players competing at the Duke James Bonk Invitational in Cary, NC, the Ivy Plus Tournament in Princeton, NJ, and the Oracle/ITA Masters in Malibu, CA. Most of the results from the matches can be found here. The Irish earned several upset victories and victories in rounds of 16, 8, and 4. It seems to have been a solid warm-up weekend for the team.

The Irish next travel to Tuscaloosa this weekend for the Crimson Tide Four in the Fall.

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We'll bring you updates again next week on the whole range of Notre Dame sports. For now, go Irish. Beat UMass and everybody else.