Player of the Week

Each week of the spring and fall seasons, one player who was originally reported as a recruit by AVSR Global is named Player of the Week for an exceptional performance.

November 20, 2017: Erika Gelzinyte

North Dakota State University.

Summit League, NCAA Division I.

Reported to subscribers in 2011 by AVSR Global.

Senior.  6'0" Outside Hitter

Home:  Siauliai, Lithuania.

Club:  TSK Siauliai.

See Erika Gelzinyte’s bio at the NDSU website.

Last Week:

• NDSU’s top hitter closed her career with 1,083 total kills. She finished in a Summit League semifinal loss to eventual champion Denver.
• In her last four matches Gelzinyte scored 43 kills at .213 efficiency.
• Gelzinyte transferred to North Dakota State after starring for two years at Division II Columbus State University in Georgia.
• In Lithuania she competed for the country’s junior national team.

Excerpts from 2011 AVSR Global report:

“A powerful athlete and a disciplined, six-rotation player. … Combines a terminator’s mentality with controlled, varied shotmaking. … She’s a slugger, but her vision and patience might be her best talents.”

Update: Last Week’s Player of the Week

Laura Parts

San Jose State University, Mountain West Conference, NCAA Division I.
Reported to subscribers in 2015 by AVSR Global.
Rs. Freshman, 6'2" Middle Blocker/Opposite.
Home:  Viljandi, Estonia.
Last Week:  Parts hit .297 for 17 kills in two losses as San Jose State ended its best season since 2006. The Spartans fell to Boise State and Utah State. San Jose State finished at 17-12 and placed fifth in the Mountain West.


Fall 2017 Players of the Week

Week Name College Position Year Home
#1 Erika Gelzinyte North Dakota State U. OH Senior Lithuania
#2 Liisel Nelis Sacred Heart University OH Soph. Estonia
#3 Paula Neciporuka Virginia Commonwealth OH Fresh. Latvia
#4 Luisa Nieto Gómez Midland College MB Soph. Mexico
#5 Radi Marinova Long Beach State Univ. MB/Opp. Fresh. Bulgaria
#6 Laura Parts San Jose State Univ. MB/Opp. Fresh. Estonia
#7 Eva Deisa Stetson University OH Soph. Latvia
#8 Anna Budinska Florida International U. OH Grad. Czech
#9 Antonia Steinbach Eastern Arizona College Opp./OH Soph. Germany
#10 Kristel Moor George Washington U. Opp. Senior Estonia
#11 Ani Bozdeva Eastern Arizona College OH Fresh. Bulgaria
#12 Laura Parts San Jose State Univ. MB/Opp. Fresh. Estonia
#13 Erika Gelzinyte North Dakota State U. OH Senior Lithuania

Spring 2017 Players of the Week

Week Name College Position Year Home
#1 Z. Konstantopoulou Long Beach State U. Beach Soph. Cyprus
#2 Jolanta Kelner Texas A&M University Setter Grad. Poland
#3 Liene Mellupe Florida Atlantic Univ. OH/Opp. Grad. Latvia
#4 Anna Budinska Florida International U. OH Grad. Czech
#5 Anete Brinke Long Beach State U. Beach Junior Latvia
#6 Radostina Marinova Class of 2017 Recruit MB 2017 Bulgaria
#7 Erika Zembyla Alabama-Birmingham Beach Junior Cyprus
#8 Aleksandra Niemiec Saint Louis University OH Grad. Poland
#9 Maryna Samoday Florida International U. Beach Grad. Ukraine
#10 Paula Neciporuka Class of 2017 Recruit OH/Opp. 2017 Latvia

Fall 2016 Players of the Week

Week Name College Position Year Home
#1 Erika Zembyla Alabama-Birmingham OH Junior Cyprus
#2 Ivana Didanovic Barry University MB Senior Serbia
#3 Anete Brinke Long Beach State U. OH/Opp. Soph. Latvia
#4 Ivana Kostic Manhattan College MB Senior Serbia
#5 Gala Galabova Central Connecticut Opp./OH Fresh. Bulgaria
#6 Luisa Nieto Gomez Midland College MB Fresh. Mexico
#7 Anete Brinke Long Beach State U. OH/Opp. Soph. Latvia
#8 Zoya Trendafilova UMBC OH Senior Bulgaria
#9 Ivana Kazic Union College Setter Senior Serbia
#10 Lise Alaiwan Univ. of Cincinnati MB Senior France
#11 Aleksandra Niemiec Saint Louis University OH Grad. Poland
#12 Kristel Moor George Washington Opp./MB Junior Estonia
#13 Sonja Vasovic Siena College OH/Opp. Senior Serbia
#14 Jola Kelner Texas A&M University Setter Grad. Poland
#15 Lise Alaiwan Univ. of Cincinnati MB Senior France

Spring 2016 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

Fall 2015 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

Spring 2015 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

Fall 2014 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

Spring 2014 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.

Fall 2013 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

Spring 2013 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