SportsDesk Fall Athlete to Watch: Kristen Overton

Overton attempting a spike against LaSalle (Credit: Temple Athletics)

The 2015 season was a successful campaign for Temple Women’s Volleyball. The team posted a record of 24-8, and a conference record of 15-5. The Owls will be looking for more success entering the upcoming 2016 season. Senior middle blocker Kirsten Overton will look to lead the Owls to another strong season in 2016.

Overton had a stellar 2015 season, in which she recorded 190 kills, and 54 total blocks. She posted her season high in kills of 13 four times throughout the season, while reaching her season high in blocks (8) came against Tulsa on October 11th.

Overton’s best season came as a sophomore in the 2014 season. She recorded 272 kills, and 93 blocks during the 2014 campaign, while receiving Second Team All-American-American Athletic Conference honors. Overton was also named the MVP of the Syracuse Invitational, and earned Big 5 All-Tournament honors.She played in a team high 118 sets, and was the team leader in total blocks. She was named to Temple’s 2014 Director’s Honor Roll for having a GPA above 3.0 during her sophomore season.

As a freshman, Overton played in 19 total matches, and started 18 of them. She recorded 81 total kills, and 45 total blocks, good for fourth on the team.

Overton’s success at Temple has been no surprise. In high school, Overton broke record of career blocks (212), and career kills (602). at Spring Ford High School. She received first team all league honors twice, and was named All-State during her senior campaign.

Her athleticism is no accident either. Overton lettered twice in high school, while placing second in the high jump for her conference as a sophomore. 

If Temple Women’s Volleyball has another successful season, look to the play of Kirsten Overton to be a key factor in the success of the team.

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