Prior to her arrival at Baylor, Lee spent one season with the United States Professional Volleyball league touring team under the direction of world-renowned coach Arie Selinger. She also served as coach of the Celtic Force, a USAV junior club team in Palos Heights, Ill. Prior to that, Lee spent one year with the Switzerland Professional Volleyball League, playing in Division 1 and coaching in Division 2.
A 1998 Cum Laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, Lee earned CoSIDA Academic all-America honors as a senior. She was a starter all four years, twice being named team most valuable player. Lee was tabbed Big East Conference Player of the Year twice and was a three-time AVCA all-Midwest Region honoree. As a senior, she was named honorable mention all-America and the Notre Dame Female Athlete of the Year. Lee also received the university's Kanaley Award, presented annually to the student-athlete most exemplary as a student and a leader.
During Lee's career at Notre Dame, the Irish posted a 107-32 record and captured four consecutive Big East Conference titles. The Irish also appeared in the NCAA Tournament all four seasons, advancing to the round of 16 three times.
Lee also participated in the 1994 and 1995 Olympic festivals, winning gold both years. She was the captain of the silver-medal winning United States World University Games team in 1997, and spent six months with the USA National Team in 1998.