Player of the Week - September 27, 2010

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.

Week #5:Natasa Kolunija

Troy University
Junior; 6' 2½"Right-Side Hitter
Home:Novi Beograd, Serbia
Reported by AVSR:January 2008

Last week:
• Troy's top hitter and blocker this year hit .404 on the road in a 3-0 sweep of Louisiana-Monroe and a 3-1 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette.
• Was an all-tournament standout the previous week at Kennesaw State's Owl Invitational.
• Leads Troy this fall with .313 attacking efficiency (146 kills, 39 errors, 342 swings).

Excerpt from original AVSR report:"Versatile, experienced player and a powerful, mobile athlete with a sturdy build and big, broad shoulders. .... Most experienced at MB but has played mainly RH and LH the past two years. .... Hits hard from everywhere, including the back row, with a fast, heavy arm plus quick, efficient feet in transition and on approach." [January 2008]

See Natasa Kolunija's bio at the Troy University web site.
See the news release at the Troy University web site.

Special Mention:Monika Kasperek-Szulc

Dowling College (NCAA Division II)
Senior; 5'10"Middle Blocker
Home:Bielsko-Biala, Poland
Reported by AVSR:March 2007

Last week:
• Continued to dominate Division II opponents in the northeast, leading Dowling to 3-0 shutouts of Mercy College and Massachusetts-Lowell.
• Hit at a .476 rate and scored 10 blocks with no blocking errors.
• Ranks #3 nationally in Division II this year with a .454 attacking percentage.
• Has led Dowling to a perfect record of 10 victories in 30 consecutive sets.
• Was named to the AVCA All-East Region team as a sophomore and junior.

See Monika Kasperek-Szulc's bio at the Dowling College web site.