Player of the Week • April 15, 2014

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.

2014 Sand Week #6:  Andrea Tauai

Hillsborough Community College (Florida).
Home:  Greerton, New Zealand.
Reported to subscribers in 2011 by AVSR Global.
5'9" Sophomore.
Indoor Position:  Outside Hitter.
See Andrea Tauai’s bio at the Hillsborough Community College website.

Last Week’s Action:

• Tauai capped her remarkable two years as the best indoor-outdoor player among American junior colleges.  She paired with Becca Conrad for three wins in four matches at the massive Fiesta on Siesta Key tourney, which drew entries from 32 colleges and universities.
• Hillsborough, led by Tauai, was Florida’s dominant junior college beach squad this year.
• As an indoor star Tauai led Hillsborough to a 41-5 record last fall and third place at the junior college national championship tournament.
• Her next move will be to New Mexico State University, defending champion of the Western Athletic Conference.  She committed last month to join the Aggies.

Excerpt from 2011 AVSR Global report:

“Two-time MVP of New Zealand’s high school championships. … Bold, instinctive player and a powerful, dynamic athlete. … Natural, emotional competitor. … Can thrive at six rotations.”

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

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 Aleks. 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 AleksandraPetronijevic 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 VladislavaKopanarova 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 AleksandraPetronijevic 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