- Kiriana Hirini
Kiriana  Hirini


Tauranga, New Zealand

High School:
Bethlehem College

Last College:
Long Beach State Univ.



AS A JUNIOR (2013)
Played in all 124 sets and started all 35 matches for the Blazers ... finished with a team-best 30 solo blocks and 109 block assists to total 139, second most on the team ... second on the team with a .336 hitting percentage (355k - 100e - 760ta) ... put down 25 service aces, which was third most on the team ... had a career-high 18 kills against Jacksonville State (Aug. 31), while also hitting a career-best .593 in that match ... member of Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.

Played in 21 matches while starting four ... recorded 10 solo blocks and 35 block assists in 61 sets ... had a career-best 13 kills against Furman (Aug. 25) ... tallied 12 kills against UC-Davis (Aug. 25) ... notched a season-high eight total blocks (2bs, 6ba) against UC-Davis ... totaled 98 kills and averaged 1.61 per set ... hit .294 (98k- 33e- 221ta) for the season.

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.

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.