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Athlete of the Week: Kirsten Longueira, DMA volleyball

 

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THE WEEK: The senior reached 1,000 career digs with 35 in a 3-0 loss to top-ranked Archmere last Tuesday. Added 41 digs in a 3-0 victory over Cherry Hill (N.J.) East on Saturday.

THE MILESTONE: “They told me that I was really close,” Longueira said. “I had like 30 left, but I had no idea when I was going to hit the thousand. I looked over to the side of the court and my coach told me I got it. I was surprised.”

THE DIG: Longueira’s primary role is to dig out the opponent’s kill attempts and keep the ball alive for the DMA offense to swing into motion. “It all starts with a dig,” she said. “All the responsibility is on me for the first pass so the hitters can get their kills and the setter can get her assist.”

THE COACH SAYS: “They rely on her a lot, and they trust her a lot to get almost every ball that comes back there,” DMA coach Sydney Cook said. “Anything that comes past that 10-foot line, they expect her to be able to get it up.”

THE SATISFACTION: “It makes me really happy, knowing that they can’t get a kill on me,” Longueira said. “That’s my main goal, to make sure they don’t get a lot of kills.”

THE QUIET LEADER: “I think a lot of people underestimate her,” Cook said. “I think they think, ‘Well, she’s kind of quiet.’ She may not be the loudest libero out there, but [opponents] can get pretty frustrated, because she does read [offenses].”

THE PAIN: Blocking the other team’s top hitters doesn’t come without a physical price. “I’ve gotten used to it,” Longueira said. “It doesn’t hurt as much anymore. But at first, it hurts a lot.” She said most of the hits go off her knees.

THE CLASSROOM: Longueira said her favorite subject is English. “I just like writing,” she said. “I can go on and on about writing.”

THE FUTURE: Longueira hopes to continue her volleyball career in college. She has received some recruiting interest, but has yet to decide on a destination.

Send Athlete of the Week nominations to bmyers@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter: @BradMyersTNJ

Delaware Military Academy volleyball senior Kirsten Longuiera, is the Athlete of the Week.

Delaware Military Academy volleyball senior Kirsten Longuiera, is the Athlete of the Week.

Delaware Military Academy volleyball senior Kirsten Longuiera, is the Athlete of the Week.

Delaware Military Academy volleyball senior Kirsten Longuiera, is the Athlete of the Week.

Delaware Military Academy volleyball senior Kirsten Longuiera, is the Athlete of the Week.

Delaware Military Academy volleyball senior Kirsten Longuiera, is the Athlete of the Week.

Delaware Military Academy volleyball senior Kirsten Longuiera, is the Athlete of the Week.

Delaware Military Academy volleyball senior Kirsten Longuiera, is the Athlete of the Week.

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