Player of the Week - October 18, 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 #8:Svenja Engelhardt

University of the Pacific
Senior; 5' 11"Outside Hitter
Home:Sinsheim, Germany
Reported by AVSR:November 2006

Last week:
• The top hitter in the Big West Conference powered Pacific in a win over Cal Poly and a loss to UC Santa Barbara, scoring 42 kills (5.25/set) at .323 efficiency while collecting 25 digs (3.13/set) and anchoring the Tigers' serve reception.
• Ranks #12 nationally and #1 in the Big West with 4.53 kills per set (331 total).
• Leads Pacific in aces this season and ranks #5 in the Big West.
• Earned all-tournament awards at four events this year, leading Pacific at Texas A&M, Nevada, Arizona State and the Tigers' home tourney.
• Was a First-Team All-Big West selection as a junior.

Excerpt from original AVSR report:"A complete, perceptive, efficient player and a fast, easy-moving athlete ready to play L1 or L2 for a Top 30 Division I team. Smooth, controlled swinger. .... Plays a comfortable, intelligent game with swift, clean movement in all phases. .... Placed third at the 2006 Under-19 Beach World Championships." [November 2006]

See Svenja Engelhardt's bio at the University of the Pacific web site.
See the news release at the University of the Pacific web site.

Special Mention:Marina Georgieva

St. Francis College (New York)
Sophomore;5' 10"Outside Hitter
Home:Sofia, Bulgaria
Reported by AVSR:September 2008

Last week:
• Continued to boost St. Francis to its best season since 1994. Scored 51 kills at .248 efficiency as the Terriers beat Bryant and Quinnipiac and fell to Fairleigh Dickinson, moving to sixth place in the nine-team Northeast Conference.
• Ranks #1 on the team in aces, #2 in kills and #3 in digs. St. Francis has built a 7-14 record this year after going 7-161 during the previous six seasons.

See Marina Georgieva's bio at the St. Francis College web site.