Junior outside hitter Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) of The University of Scranton women's volleyball team received one of the top honors in the nation on Tuesday when she was named honorable mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Kirwan becomes just the second player in Scranton history to earn All-American honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), joining Julia Crilly, who was an honorable mention selection in 2014.
Kirwan led the Royals to a 35-5 record and an appearance in the Landmark Conference championship match. The team's 35 victories led the nation entering NCAA Tournament play. She was the team's top offensive threat, leading the team in kills (501) and kills per set (3.98) while finishing second in digs (359) and third in total blocks (61).
Kirwan finished the season with double-digits in kills in 27 matches, including the final nine of the season and 13 of the final 14. She had 20 or more on five occasions, including a season-high 27 in a 3-1 win at SUNY-Geneseo on Oct. 24. She also had 15 matches in which she had double-digits in both kills and digs, including 16 of each in a 3-2 win at Juniata on Oct. 28 that snapped the Eagles' incredible 378-game winning streak against conference opponents.
The 501 kills for Kirwan this season rank second in program history behind only the 558 she had last season. She now has 1,381 career kills, which are fifth-most in program history.
Earlier this fall, Kirwan was named first-team all-region by the AVCA and first-team All-Landmark Conference, both for the first time in her career. She was a second-team all-conference choice last season.
To see the complete AVCA All-American teams, visit https://www.avca.org/awards/all-regional-all-america-awards/division-iii-allamerica.html.