Player of the Week: November 5, 2012

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

Player of the Week:Aleksandra Petronijevic

University of Memphis
Sophomore, 5'4"Libero
Home:Belgrade, Serbia
Reported by AVSR Global:December 2009
See Aleksandra Petronijevic’s bio and a news story at the University of Memphis web site.

Last week’s action:

• Scored 33 digs in a five-set victory over Marshall, then picked up 26 more in a four-set win against East Carolina. She added 10 assists and three aces.
• For the season Petronijevic is averaging 4.9 digs per set in Conference USA.
• An instant starter last year as a freshman, she’s played in all 234 sets since then.

Excerpt from original AVSR Global 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.”

Special Mention:Andrea Tauai

Hillsborough Community College (Florida, NJCAA Division I)
Freshman, 5'8½"Outside Hitter
Home:Tauranga, New Zealand
Reported by AVSR Global:August 2011
See Andrea Tauai’s bio at the Hillsborough Community College web site.

Last week’s action:

• Tauai led HCC to the Florida Gulf District title and a bid to next week’s NJCAA National Championship. The Hawks beat eight-time national champion Miami Dade in the final.
• In four matches Tauai scored 62 kills, hit at .370 efficiency, and picked up 52 digs. Already named to this year’s All-Florida team, she added state all-tournament honors.
• A freshman, Tauai leads Hillsborough in kills this season. HCC is returning to the NJCAA National Championship tourney for the first time since 2009.

Excerpt from original AVSR Global report (2011):

“Bold, instinctive player and powerful, dynamic athlete. .... Physical attacker with a big jump, a fast arm, and great agility in the air. .... Can thrive as a six-rotation passer. .... Two-time MVP of New Zealand’s high school national championships.”