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Notre Dame volleyball’s Kate Rubel etches name in MSHSAA record book

Notre Dame volleyball sophomore middle blocker Kate Rubel recorded a career-high 10 blocks in the Bulldogs season opener last Tuesday at Farmington. Photo by Nick McNeal

To begin her sophomore year of volleyball, Notre Dame’s middle blocker Kate Rubel recorded a career-high 10 total blocks in the Bulldogs road match against Farmington last Tuesday.

This performance tied Rubel for the 14th most blocks in MSHSAA single-game history and surpasses her older sister and 2023 Notre Dame graduate Tori Rubel’s mark of nine blocks, which ranks 16th all-time.

Kate’s previous career-high blocks record was seven, which she recorded last fall and finished with a total of 88. Additionally versus the Knights, Rubel had a game-high 12 kills, while she also had eight digs.

As a team, the Bulldogs combined for 21 total blocks as junior middle blocker Courtney Tatum paced Rubel with seven blocks of her own. Notre Dame senior Aubrey Neumeyer added four blocks, while sophomores Claudia Jones and Kate’s twin sister Brie Rubel each tallied three.

Notre Dame picked up its first win over Potosi 3-2 on Thursday, where Kate Rubel finished with a career-high 17 kills and 14 digs while also recording four blocks.

Brie Rubel produced a match and career-high 27 digs, while she also had 21 serve receptions. Tatum led with 25 serve receptions and also notched 11 kills.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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