Dealy had 14 kills and eight digs for the Irish (3-1), who were led offensively by freshman Andrea McHugh. McHugh lit up the box score with 15 kills, two aces, five digs and five blocks – including two of the solo variety.
Senior Kellie Sciacca (11) joined Dealy and McHugh with double-digit kills. Sciacca added five block assists. Sophomore Hilary Eppink stuffed seven shots, and Notre Dame out-blocked Belmont (2-3) by a 14.0-10.5 margin.
Notre Dame also out-hit Belmont, .263 to .180, despite hitting under .100 in two sets. Freshman setter Sammie Brown stayed cool and fought through a bit of errant Irish passing to dish out 38 assists. Brown also had four digs and four blocks.
The Bruins received a match-high 17 kills from Kayla Albritton and four Carly Frazier aces. Belmont’s nine aces were offset by 16 service errors.
Senior Megan Dunne had a team-high 13 digs for the Irish, who return to the court for two matches Saturday (Sept. 4), with the first starting at 10:00 a.m. (PT) versus Weber State.