|Kiriana Hirini - 21
AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2011)
One of the top reserves off the bench for the Blazers ... a spark for Coach Messersmith in the front row ... competed in 40 sets over the course of 19 matches, making three starts ... totaled 44 kills and averaged 1.10 per stanza ... hit .263 (44k-13e-118ta) for the season ... totaled a season-high four kills in five matches ... accounted for an impressive 62 total blocks, with 14 solo swats for a 1.55 per frame average ... added 20 digs ... posted 4.0 or more blocks in eight contests ... in first collegiate game posted four kills, hit .500 (4k-0e-8ta) and added 5.0 blocks in a 3-1 win at UT Martin on Sept. 2 ... tallied 8.0 swats, including a career-high three solo blocks, in only two sets in a five-set win at Southern Miss on Oct. 2 ... stonewalled the UTEP offense with a career-best 10.0 blocks in a four-set win on Nov. 6 ... was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 3 ... first UAB player to ever earn American Volleyball Scouting Report (AVSR) Global Player of the Week on Nov. 7 ... member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
REDSHIRT SEASON (2010 AT LONG BEACH STATE)
Attended Long Beach State but sat out her first collegiate season as a redshirt.
Attended Bethlehem College in Tauranga, New Zealand ... led Bethlehem to three straight top 10 finishes in New Zealand's Division I high school national championships, including an appearance in the finals as a senior ... played on New Zealand's junior national teams for both indoor and beach volleyball ... competed in the 2009 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Junior World Championships in Turkey ... played on the New Zealand Beach Volleyball Tour ... won a national club championship with the Tauranga women's club team ... a three-sport athlete at Bethlehem, who also excelled in swimming and netball, a variant of basketball.
Kiriana Elizabeth Hirini ... born Jan. 8, 1992 in England ... daughter of John and Jane Hirini ... has one brother, Sonny ... majoring in philosophy.