Irwin Named NJAC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Year

Montclair, NJ (11/4/10) – Freshman libero Kaitlyn Irwin (Cranford, NJ/Cranford) was named the Defensive Player of the Year and also earned a spot on the Second Team as New Jersey Athletic Conference released is 2010 All-Conference Team on Thursday. In total, 22 student-athletes earned all-conference recognition in NJAC women’s volleyball in 2010. All selections were determined by a vote of the league’s nine head coaches.

Freshman outside hitter Marta Topor (Bogota, NJ / Bogota) was named Honorable Mention.

Irwin's selection as Defensive Player of the Year marks the second consecutive season and third time in the last four years that Montclair State had captured the honor. Meghan Stevens was chosen for the award in 2007 and 2009.

Irwin was a five-time weekly award winner this season, including three consecutive Defensive Player of the Week accolades in addition to two Rookie of the Week selections. Irwin registered a single-season record 748 digs averaging 6.03 per set. She also added 44 service aces, which was tied for second on the team and had registered 17 kills. Fifteen times during the season, Irwin topped the 20-dig mark in a match and had five matches with 30-plus and two with 40 or more including a season-best 48 in MSU's 3-2 win over Centenary at the Kean Invtational on September 18. She registered 42 digs along with seven service aces in a 3-2 loss to Brooklyn College.

Irwin currently leads the conference in digs, while ranking 26th in the league in service aces (0.35 per set). She was ranked 17th in the latest NCAA Division III statistical report. Against NJAC competition, she led the league in kills (6.04 per set), while ranking 11th in the conference in service aces (0.42 per set).

Topor led Montclair State in kills this past season as she accumulated 295 in addition to leading the team with 47 service aces and posting 290 digs and 15 total blocks. Topor was a Rookie of the Week selection during the year and had 13 matches of 10 or more kills. She had seven double-double performances, including 14 kills and season-high 23 digs against William Paterson on October 21. Topor also recorded 13 kills, five aces and 10 digs against Centenary and collected a season-high 21 kills versus Manhattanville in the Red Hawks' 3-2 victory at the Hunter Invitational on October 31.