Volleyball's Kirton Honored As League Player of the Week
Senior outside hitter Dionna Kirton connected on 32 kills and hit better than .300 over two matches last week, earning America East Player of the Week accolades as announced by the league office on Monday. Kirton is the second Hartford player to earn a weekly distinction, joining Jackie Tamburri, who earned Setter of the Week honors earlier this season.
Kirton opened the week leading Hartford with 15 kills and 15 digs in a four-set loss to the Albany Great Danes. The double double for the Everett, Wash., native is her fourth of the season and her first since the Hawks opened America East play. Her 15 kills against Albany tied the Great Danes Samantha Brostrom for the match-high, while she hit .180 overall with six errors in 50 attempts. She was one of four players to finish with double figures on the defensive side of the floor.
In the second match of the week, Kirton put down a season-high 17 kills as Hartford surged to a three-set sweep of the defending league champion Binghamton Bearcats on Sunday. Her 17 kills led all players in the match and she was one of three Hawks to finish with double figures. For the match, Kirton finished with an impressive .533 average suffering just one error in 30 attempts.
Kirton and the Hawks will play their next four matches on the road beginning with a trip to Lowell, Mass. for a date with the newest member of the America East Conference, UMass Lowell. Hartford and the River Hawks are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start on Thursday at Costello Athletic Center.