#retriever50for50 - Volleyball's O'Brien Reaches Major Milestone

#retriever50for50 - Volleyball's O'Brien Reaches Major Milestone

Baltimore Sun article

Perhaps no UMBC student-athlete, competing in a team sport, dominates that sport's record book like the volleyball player who is responsible for Moment No. 47.

Kelly O'Brien, who competed from 1990-93, is still ranked amongst the top seven in eight career categories. On Oct. 20, 1993, before the Retrievers' biggest crowd of the year, O'Brien became the first (and only) UMBC volleyball player to reach the 2,000-kill mark in a 3-2 victory at Towson State. She put down 23 kills in that match as UMBC rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat their local and league rivals.

For her career, the psychology major registered 2,161 kills, which at the time was ranked 12th in NCAA Division I history. (The mark is still likely in the top 40 overall, 23 years later.)

As a freshman, O'Brien earned East Coast Conference Rookie of the Year honors and followed up by earned First Team ECC accolades for the second consecutive season in 1991. Then, she became the first player in Big South Conference history to earn back-to-back Player of the Year honors.

O'Brien was inducted into the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.