Player of the Week: September 10, 2012

Each Monday in the fall, one player originally reported as a recruit by AVSR Global is named AVSR Global Player of the Week for her performance of the past week and current season.

Player of the Week:Anna Budinska

University of North Florida
Junior, 5'9"Outside Hitter
Home:Prague, Czech Republic
Reported by AVSR Global:September 2009
See Anna Budinska’s bio at the University of North Florida web site.

Last week’s action:
• Ignited North Florida and supersized her comeback from last year’s knee injury. She led the Ospreys to the championship of the North Florida Invitational.
• Jumped off the bench and scored 15 kills in two sets as UNF rallied to defeat Davidson 3-2 after trailing 2-0. Budinska sat out earlier sweeps of Florida A&M and Presbyterian.
• In sand volleyball last spring, Budinska was champion of the Atlantic Sun league. She teamed with UNF middle blocker Dagnija Medina, first reported by AVSR Global in 2008.

Excerpt from original AVSR Global report (2009):
“Above all else, Anna is a player. .... What separates her are her knack for making good choices and her balanced, adaptive skills as a six-rotation, old-school gamer. She’s a sound recruit for L1, L2 or RH in mid-Division I and a good bet to keep improving.”

Update:Laine Cielena, last week’s Player of the Week

Barry University
Freshman, 6'2"Middle Blocker
Home:Krimulda, Latvia
Reported by AVSR Global:December 2011
See Laine Cielena’s bio at the Barry University web site.

Last week’s action:
• Continued to be Barry’s dominant blocker and most efficient swinger as the Buccaneers won three of four road matches in Michigan.
• Scored 15 blocks in 12 sets. Barry defeated Lake Superior State, Stonehill and Seton Hill, falling to tournament host Grand Valley State.
• Cielena leads Barry as a freshman with 1.2 blocks per set and a .307 hitting rate.

Excerpt from original AVSR Global report (2011):
“Laine’s size, skills and elite experience make her an easy pick to be a freshman starter in mid-Division I as a MB, RH, or possibly LH. Her academic excellence and disciplined mentality add extra stability. She’s a solid, low-risk recruit.”