2012 Player & Team of the Year

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.

2012 Player of the Year:Kelsie Wills

Hofstra University, Sophomore, 6'1" Outside Hitter
Home:Walton, New Zealand
Reported by AVSR Global:October 2010
See Kelsie Wills’s bio at the Hofstra University web site.

Season Highlights:

• Wills powered Hofstra to the Colonial Athletic Association championship and into the NCAA tournament. It was the Pride’s first bid to the NCAA tourney since 2006.
• Earned the Most Outstanding Performer award at the CAA Championship.
• The sophomore carried a giant load for Hofstra all season. She scored 4.4 kills per set on 1600 swings while posting 293 digs (2.2/set), 72 blocks (0.6/set), and 39 aces (0.3/set).
• Wills stood tall in Hofstra’s first-round NCAA tournament loss at Florida State. She led both teams with 14 kills, hitting at .270 efficiency.

Excerpt from original AVSR Global report (2010):

“Exciting but unrefined player with a lively body and sharp instincts everywhere on the court. .... Has big moments as an aggressive swinger. Especially dangerous at terminating off-target sets. .... Can play six rotations in the top third of Division I as a LH or RH.”

2012 Team of the Year:University of North Florida

Atlantic Sun Conference Championship runner-up.
Overall record 22-12, Atlantic Sun 11-7.
Jumped 123 RPI places in two years — from 273 to 150 — with three AVSR Global starters.

Starters reported as recruits by AVSR Global:

Anna Budinska; Junior; 5' 9" Outside Hitter; Prague, Czech Republic.
Excerpt from original AVSR Global report (2009):
“Above all else, Anna is a player. .... What separates her are her knack for making choices and her adaptive skills as six-rotation, old-school gamer. A sound recruit for mid-Division I.”

Dagnija Medina, Senior; 6' 0" Middle Blocker; Riga, Latvia.
Excerpt from original AVSR Global report (2008):
“Can be an immediate, six-rotation starter in upper/mid-Division I. .... Plays an observant, efficient, spontaneous game, excelling in out-of-system reactions and decisions.”

Marija Pantovic; Senior; 6'2" Opposite; Belgrade, Serbia.
Excerpt from original AVSR Global report (2007):
“Light, long, easy-moving athlete. Ready to play RH in upper/mid-Division I. Also recruitable as a middle blocker. Seven years of high-level experience and good, all-purpose skills.”

2012 Players of the Week

Click name for bio and Player of the Week report.

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 South. 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 College 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 AleksandraPetronijevic 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 VladislavaKopanarova MidAmericaNazareneU. MB Jr. Bulgaria