Player of the Week: August 29, 2011

Each Monday in the fall, one collegiate player originally reported as a recruit by AVSR is named AVSR Player of the Week for her performance in the past week and current season.

Player of the Week:Jekaterina “Kate” Stepanova

Florida State University
Senior; 6'2"Outside Hitter
Home:Riga, Latvia
Reported by AVSR:November 2007
See Kate Stepanova's bio and a news story at the Florida State web site.

Last week’s action:
• Most Valuable Player of the Florida State Invitational. Led the Seminoles over Tulsa 3-1, Albany 3-0 and Kentucky 3-0.
• Dominated #23-ranked Tulsa with 15 kills at .467 hitting efficiency, committing only one error in 30 swings. Added 15 digs and four blocks.
• Scored a total of 26 kills, 31 digs and a .339 hitting rate for the tournament.

Excerpt from original AVSR report (2007):
"Recruitable to play LH or RH for a Top 20 Division I team. .... Swift, light, dynamic athlete and an experienced, all-purpose LH. .... Exceptional transition quickness for a 6'2" athlete."

Special Mention:Aleksandra Petronijevic

University of Memphis
Freshman; 5'4"Libero
Home:Novi Beograd, Serbia
Reported by AVSR:December 2009
See Aleksandra Petronijevic's bio and a news story at the Memphis web site.

Last week’s action:
• Launched her collegiate career with 75 digs (5.0 per set) and four victories, pacing the Tigers past Georgia State, Arkansas-Little Rock, Southeast Missouri and Alabama A&M.
• Named to the Memphis Invitational All-Tournament team.
• Scored 29 digs in the four-set championship match against Georgia State.

Excerpt from original AVSR report (2009):
"Can be a starting libero immediately in the top quarter of Division I. .... A superior recruit in terms of skills, competitive experience, athleticism and off-court character.”