Player of the Week

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

May 2, 2016: Jekaterina “Kate” Stepanova

Florida State University / Florida International University.
Graduated from Florida International in 2013.
Current Team: Sm’Aesch Pfeffingen (Switzerland).  Website and Facebook page.
Reported to subscribers in 2007 by AVSR Global.
Home: Riga, Latvia.
6'3" Outside Hitter.
See Kate Stepanova’s collegiate bio at the Florida State website.
See her professional bio at the Image 4 Sport website.
See video clips of Stepanova in 2007 as an AVSR Global recruit.

Latest Action:

• Stepanova finished her third professional season by lifting Sm’Aesch Pfeffingen to second place in Switzerland’s top league, falling in the finals to world power Volero Zurich.
• Last year Stepanova played in France as the leading outside hitter of Quimper Volley 29.
• In college she was an All-America beach and indoor star at Florida State University. She led the Seminoles to the nation’s Final Four in both sports as a senior.
• Stepanova transferred to Florida International for her final beach season in the USA.
• 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. … Can play 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.


2016 Beach Players of the Week

Week Name College Year Home
#1 Martyna Gluchowicz Florida International Univ. Graduate Poland
#2 Svenja Engelhardt University of the Pacific Graduate Germany
#3 Zoyia Konstantopoulou Long Beach State Univ. Freshman Cyprus
#4 Gaby Nieto Gomez Jacksonville University Senior Mexico
#5 Hana Tresnakova San Jose State Univ. Freshman Czech
#6 Natalia Tomaszewska University of the Pacific Graduate Poland
#7 Hana Tresnakova San Jose State Univ. Freshman Czech
#8 Anna Budinska Florida International Univ. Graduate Czech
#9 Kate Stepanova Florida State University Graduate Latvia

2015 Indoor Players of the Week

Week Name College Position Year Home
#1 Gaby Nieto Gomez Jacksonville University Middle Sr. Mexico
#2 Natalija Djordjevic American International Outside Jr. Serbia
#3 Lauma Knupke MidAmericaNazareneU. Opposite Sr. Latvia
#4 Monica Corrujedo University of Denver Outside Jr. Mexico/U.S.
#5 Ivana Didanovic Barry University Middle Jr. Serbia
#6 Andrea Tauai New Mexico State Univ. Outside Sr. N. Zealand
#7 Erika Zembyla Hillsborough C.C. OH/Opp. So. Cyprus
#8 Lise Alaiwan University of Cincinnati Middle Jr. France
#9 Sonja Vasovic Siena College Opposite Jr. Serbia
#10 Gaby Nieto Gomez Jacksonville University Middle Sr. Mexico
#11 Alyse Barclay Nicholls State University Setter Sr. N. Zealand
#12 Andrea Tauai New Mexico State Univ. Outside Sr. N. Zealand
#13 Erika Zembyla Hillsborough C.C. OH/Opp. So. Cyprus
#14 Katie Adamson Saint Leo University Middle Jr. N. Zealand
#15 Jola Kelner Texas A&M University Setter Gr. Poland

2015 Beach 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
#7 Anna Budinska Florida International U. Senior CzechRep.
#8 Anete Brinke Long Beach State U. Freshman 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 Beach 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 Beach 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