Senior outside hitter Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) of The University of Scranton volleyball team became the Royals' all-time leader in career kills last week while leading the team to a pair of non-conference victories. For her performance, she has been named The University of Scranton Athlete of the Week.
In a three-set victory over Frostburg at the Rowan Quad on Saturday, Kirwan notched the 1,651st kill of her career in the third set against the Bobcats to break Anne McGovern's previous record which had stood since 1999.
Kirwan finished the Frostburg match with nine kills, which was tied for a match-high, and led all players with five aces in Scranton's sweep.
Later in the day, Kirwan added five more kills to bring her career total to 1,656 while picking up a match-best 15 digs as the Royals defeated host Rowan in three sets.
Kirwan, who is one of just eight players in Scranton history with at least 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a Royals' uniform, also had 11 kills in a three-set loss to Eastern on Friday evening to open the Rowan Quad.
For the season, Kirwan leads Scranton and ranks second in the Landmark Conference with 275 kills to average 3.35 kills per set. She also ranks third on the team in digs with 204 and in aces with 29.
This week's award marks the second time in her career that Kirwan has been named The University of Scranton Athlete of the Week after also capturing the honor during her freshman season. She is also a five-time Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week award recipient.
Kirwan and the Royals visit Susquehanna on Wednesday night for a key Landmark Conference match starting at 7 p.m.