Player of the Week - September 14, 2009

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

Player of the Week:  Zuzana Markova

Freshman;  5' 11" Setter/RH;  Kent State University.
Home:  Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic.

Last week:  After opening the season on the bench, Markova has emerged as the starting setter and part-time RH for a team on the rise.  She paced the Golden Flashes last weekend to a sweep of the Wright State tourney, beating Evansville, St. Peter's and the host team, delivering 109 assists (8.4/set) and hitting at a .348 rate (8 kills, no errors, 23 swings).

Excerpt from original AVSR report:  "A world-class beach player, Zuzana is less refined as an indoor setter but has vast talents at the position.  She has a strong, broad base of skills, athleticism, and instincts plus a superior competitive mentality.  She's ready for court time in high-Division I as a setter and/or RH and will improve swiftly with experience. .... Driven competitor and steady performer.  Plays a smart, imaginative game with few errors. .... Mother is a long-time player who still competes locally (originally a LH but plays all positions)."  [October 2008]

See Zuzana Markova's bio at the Kent State web site.

Special Mention:  Svetlana Simic

Senior;  5' 9" LH;  Long Island University.
Home:  Klek, Serbia.

Last week:  Scored 98 kills (6.13/set), hit at .248 efficiency, and picked up 68 digs (4.25/set) in wins over Colgate, Siena, and Seton Hall and a loss to Georgia.  Was named Northeast Conference Player of the Week.  Leads LIU this year in kills, digs, and aces.

See Svetlana Simic's bio at the Long Island web site.