Player of the Week:  April 20, 2015

Each week during the indoor and sand seasons, one player originally reported as a recruit by AVSR Global is named Player of the Week for an exceptional performance.

2015 Sand Week #6:  Jekaterina “Kate” Stepanova

Florida State University / Quimper Volley 29 (France).
Reported to subscribers in 2007 by AVSR Global.
Home:  Riga, Latvia.
6'2" Graduate.
Indoor Position:  Outside Hitter.
See Kate Stepanova’s collegiate bio at the Florida State website.
See her professional bio at the Quimper Volley 29 website.
See video clips of Stepanova in 2007 as an AVSR Global recruit.

Last Week’s Action:

• Stepanova led Quimper Volley 29 to a crucial playoff victory over Evreux in France’s elite women’s league.  She is Quimper’s top outside hitter in her first year with the team.
• As a collegiate player Stepanova was an All-America sand and indoor star at Florida State.
• She led Florida State to the Final Four in both sports as a senior, then transferred to Florida International for her final beach season.
• As a junior college star, Stepanova powered Missouri State University-West Plains to a second-place finish at the 2009 national championship tournament.

Excerpt from 2007 AVSR Global report:

“Swift, light, dynamic athlete and an experienced, all-purpose player. … Recruitable as a LH or RH for a Top 20 Division I team. … Exceptional transition speed for a 6'2" athlete. … As a beach player she placed 9th at the 2007 Under-21 World Championships.


2015 Sand Players of the Week

Week Name College Year Home
#1 Maryna Samoday Florida International U. Senior Ukraine
#2 Kiriana Hirini Alabama-Birmingham Senior N. Zealand
#3 Anete Brinke Long Beach State U. Freshman Latvia
#4 Martyna Gluchowicz Florida International U. Senior Poland
#5 Hazel Perrens Cal State Bakersfield Junior Norway
#6 Kate Stepanova Florida State University Graduate Latvia

2014 Indoor Players of the Week

Week Name College Position Year Home
#1 Marie Reiterova Univ. of Central Florida Setter Sr. Luxembourg
#2 Stacey Niao Illinois State University OH Sr. N.Zealand
#3 Aleksandra Petronijevic University of Memphis Libero Sr. Serbia
#4 Monica Corrujedo University of Denver OH So. Mexico/U.S.
#5 Kelsie Wills Hofstra University OH Sr. N.Zealand
#6 Ivana Kazic Columbus State Univ. Setter So. Serbia
#7 Simona Sekulova Seton Hall University OH Sr. Macedonia
#8 Marie Reiterova Univ. of Central Florida Setter Sr. Luxembourg
#9 Ivana Didanovic Barry University MB So. Serbia
#10 Anete Brinke Long Beach State U. OH/MB Fr. Latvia
#11 Stacey Niao Illinois State University OH Sr. N.Zealand
#12 Anne-Mari Kaur Midland College MB Fr. Estonia
#13 Sonja Vasovic Siena College RH So. Serbia
#14 Aleksandra Petronijevic University of Memphis Libero Sr. Serbia
#15 Anete Brinke Long Beach State U. OH/MB Fr. Latvia

2014 Sand Players of the Week

Week Name College Year Home
#1 Zuzana Markova U. of Louisiana-Monroe Grad. Czech Rep.
#2 Martyna Gluchowicz Florida International U. Junior Poland
#3 Kiriana Hirini Alabama-Birmingham Junior N. Zealand
#4 Anna Budinska Univ. of North Florida Senior Czech Rep.
#5 Dagnija Medina Univ. of North Florida Grad. Latvia
#6 Andrea Tauai Hillsborough C.C. Soph. N. Zealand
#7 Hazel Perrens Cal State Bakersfield Soph. Norway
#8 Maryna Samoday Florida International U. Senior Ukraine
#9 Zuzana Markova U. of Louisiana-Monroe Grad. Czech Rep.

2013 Indoor Players of the Week

Player of the YearAndrea Tauai, Hillsborough C.C., LH, Soph., New Zealand
Week Name College Position Year Home
#1 Jelena Cobanovic Northeastern College Libero So. Serbia
#2 Lauma Knupke CentralArizonaCollege LH/RH So. Latvia
#3 Stacey Niao Illinois State University LH Jr. N. Zealand
#4 Viktorija Teivane University of Memphis LH/RH Sr. Latvia
#5 Aleksandra Nowak Kent State University Setter Sr. Poland
#6 Monica Corrujedo University of Denver LH Fr. Mexico/U.S.
#7 Kelsie Wills Hofstra University LH Jr. N. Zealand
#8 Vladi Kopanarova MidAmerica Nazarene MB Sr. Bulgaria
#9 Erika Gelzinyte Columbus State Univ. LH Fr. Lithuania
#10 Kiriana Hirini Alabama-Birmingham MB Jr. N. Zealand
#11 Anna Budinska Univ. of North Florida LH Sr. Czech Rep.
#12 Laura Avena Macalester College RH/LH Sr. Latvia
#13 Jelena Jovanovic Florida Atlantic Univ. Setter So. Serbia
#14 Andrea Tauai Hillsborough C.C. LH So. N. Zealand
#15 A. Petronijevic University of Memphis Libero Jr. Serbia

2013 Sand Players of the Week

Week Name College Year Home
#1 Kiriana Hirini Alabama-Birmingham So. N. Zealand
#2 Kate Stepanova Florida International U. Grad. Latvia
#3 Tanya Sukach U. of Louisiana-Monroe Sr. Ukraine
#4 Anna Budinska Univ. of North Florida Jr. Czech Rep.
#5 Maryna Samoday Florida International U. Jr. Ukraine
#6 Andrea Tauai Hillsborough C.C. Fr. N. Zealand
#7 Dagnija Medina Univ. of North Florida Sr. Latvia
#8 Zuzana Markova U. of Louisiana-Monroe Sr. Czech Rep.
#9 Maryna Samoday Florida International U. Jr. Ukraine

2012 Players of the Week

Player of the Year:Kelsie Wills, Hofstra University, LH, Soph., New Zealand
Team of the Year:University of North Florida, Atlantic Sun Conference
Week Name College Position Year Home
#1 Kelsie Wills Hofstra University LH So. N. Zealand
#2 Laine Cielena Barry University MB Fr. Latvia
#3 Anna Budinska Univ. of North Florida LH Jr. CzechRep.
#4 Eseta Maka College of S. Idaho MB So. N. Zealand
#5 Marta Machos Towson University RH Sr. Poland
#6 Sabina Piegza St. John’s University Setter Sr. Poland
#7 Jelena Jovanovic Florida Atlantic Univ. Setter Fr. Serbia
#8 Martyna Gluchowicz Cowley County C.C. RH/LH So. Poland
#9 Dagnija Medina Univ. of North Florida MB Sr. Latvia
#10 Katarina Bursac U.of Texas-Brownsville Setter Fr. Serbia
#11 A. Petronijevic University of Memphis Libero So. Serbia
#12 Iva Partaleva Binghamton University LH Sr. Bulgaria
#13 Kelsie Wills Hofstra University LH So. N. Zealand
#14 Viktorija Jablonska Texas Woman’s Univ. RH/Set Sr. Latvia
#15 Vladi Kopanarova MidAmerica Nazarene MB Jr. Bulgaria

2011 Players of the Week

Player of the Year:Jekaterina “Kate” Stepanova, Florida State Univ., LH, Sr., Latvia
Week Name College Position Yr. Home
#1 Kate Stepanova Florida State University LH Sr. Latvia
#2 Maryna Samoday Seminole State College LH/RH So. Ukraine
#3 Iva Partaleva Binghamton University LH Jr. Bulgaria
#4 Zuzana Markova U.of Louisiana-Monroe Set/OH Jr. CzechRep.
#5 Ingrida Zauere University of Houston LH Sr. Latvia
#6 Kelsie Wills Hofstra University LH Fr. N. Zealand
#7 Martyna Gluchowicz Cowley County C.C. RH/LH Fr. Poland
#8 Rachael Morgan Florida State University RH Sr. N. Zealand
#9 Paulina Piegza St. John’s University RH/MB Sr. Poland
#10 Elzbieta Klein Colby Comm. College LH So. Poland
#11 Kiriana Hirini Alabama-Birmingham MB Fr. N. Zealand
#12 Viktorija Jablonska Texas Woman’s Univ. RH/Set Jr. Latvia
#13 Martyna Gluchowicz Cowley County C.C. RH/LH Fr. Poland
#14 A. Petronijevic University of Memphis Libero Fr. Serbia
#15 Kate Stepanova Florida State University LH Sr. Latvia

2010 Players of the Week

Player of the Year:Svenja Engelhardt, University of the Pacific, LH, Sr., Germany
Week Name College Position Yr. Home
#1 Maija Strazdina Univ. of South Florida LH So. Latvia
#2 Tsvetelina Dureva Boston College LH/RH Jr. Bulgaria
#3 Izabela Kozon Middle Tennessee State LH Sr. Poland
#4 Viktorija Jablonska Frank Phillips College Set/RH So. Latvia
#5 Natasa Kolunija Troy University RH/LH Jr. Serbia
#6 Asia Stawicka Georgia Tech MB Jr. Poland
#7 Viktorija Teivane Western Wyoming C.C. RH Fr. Latvia
#8 Svenja Engelhardt University of the Pacific LH Sr. Germany
#9 Izabela Grot Tulane University LH/RH So. Poland
#10 Maryna Samoday Seminole State College LH Fr. Ukraine
#11 Monika Kasperek Dowling College MB Sr. Poland
#12 Aleksandra Nowak Kent State University Setter Fr. Poland
#13 Izabela Kozon Middle Tennessee State LH Sr. Poland
#14 Christine Bach University of Memphis Lib/Set Sr. Germany
#15 Rachael Morgan Florida State University RH/LH Jr. N. Zealand

2009 Players of the Week

Week Name College Position Yr. Home
#1 Asia Stawicka Georgia Tech MB So. Poland
#2 Dagnija Medina Univ. of North Florida MB Fr. Latvia
#3 Zuzana Markova Kent State University Set/RH Fr. Czech Rep.
#4 Iva Partaleva Seminole State College LH Fr. Bulgaria
#5 Sabina Piegza Western Nebraska C.C. Setter So. Poland
#6 Liva Brivule Kent State University MB Jr. Latvia
#7 Rachael Morgan Florida State University LH/RH So. N. Zealand
#8 Svenja Engelhardt University of the Pacific LH Jr. Germany
#9 Monika Kasperek Dowling College MB Jr. Poland
#10 Aleksandra Niemiec Jefferson College LH/RH Fr. Poland
#11 Aksiniya Slavcheva Frank Phillips College MB Fr. Bulgaria
#12 Svetlana Simic Long Island University LH Sr. Serbia
#13 Anzelika Lukjanska Frank Phillips College LH So. Latvia
#14 Rachael Morgan Florida State University LH/RH So. N. Zealand
#15 Izabela Kozon Middle Tennessee State LH Jr. Poland

2008 Players of the Week

Week Name College Position Yr. Home
#1 Paulina Piegza Western Nebraska C.C. MB Fr. Poland
#2 Ingrida Zauere University of Houston LH/RH Fr. Latvia
#3 Christine Bach University of Memphis Lib/Set Jr. Germany
#4 Izabela Kozon Middle Tennessee State LH So. Poland
#5 Kate Stepanova Mo. State - West Plains LH Fr. Latvia
#6 Svenja Engelhardt University of the Pacific LH So. Germany
#7 Jola Kelner Texas A&M University Setter Jr. Poland
#8 Julia Borecka Florida Southern College LH/RH Jr. Poland
#9 Svetlana Simic Long Island University LH Jr. Serbia
#10 Sabina Piegza Western Nebraska C.C. Setter Fr. Poland
#11 NataliaTomaszewska University of the Pacific MB Jr. Poland
#12 Nataliya Panova University of Houston LH/RH Fr. Bulgaria
#13 Monika Kasperek Dowling College MB So. Poland
#14 Rachael Morgan Florida State University LH/RH Fr. N. Zealand