Player of the Week: October 28, 2013

Each Monday during the indoor and sand seasons, one player originally reported as a recruit by AVSR Global is named Player of the Week for an exceptional performance.

Week #10:  Kiriana Hirini

University of Alabama-Birmingham
Junior, Middle Blocker
Home: Tauranga, New Zealand.
Reported by AVSR Global in 2009.
See Kiri Hirini’s bio at the UAB web site.

Last Week’s Action:

• Hirini continued to excel as one of Conference USA’s best middles. She ranks among the league’s top four leaders in hitting efficiency at .369 and in blocks per set at 1.14.
• UAB defeated Texas-El Paso and Alabama A&M, both on the road. Hirini stuffed UTEP with seven blocks in the four-set win.
• As a sand player, Hirini reached last spring’s national championship pairs tournament.

Excerpt from 2009 AVSR Global report:

“A strong, fluid athlete and a clean, controlled player. … Solid foundation of advanced skills plus much talent for development. … Generates big power easily with a compact swing.”

Other Notables Last Week:

Marie Reiterova

University of Central Florida, Junior, Setter.
Home: Luxembourg.  Reported by AVSR Global in 2009.
Guided UCF past Temple and Memphis, running a tidy offense at .278 team efficiency.

Kelsie Wills

Hofstra University, Junior, Outside Hitter.
Home: Walton, New Zealand.  Reported by AVSR Global in 2010.
The Colonial league’s top hitter lifted Hofstra to its highest standing in the CAA since 2007.

Anna Budinska

University of North Florida, Senior, Outside Hitter.
Home: Prague, Czech Republic.  Reported by AVSR Global in 2009.
The sand, indoor and academic whiz led UNF again, scoring 49 kills at .271 efficiency.