2013 Player of the Year

Each Monday during the indoor and beach seasons, one player originally reported as a recruit by AVSR Global is named Player of the Week for an exceptional performance.

Andrea Tauai

Hillsborough Community College (Florida), NJCAA Division I.
Sophomore, Outside Hitter.
Home:  Greerton, New Zealand.
Reported by AVSR Global in 2011.
See Andrea Tauai’s 2013 statistics, her Hillsborough bio, and a news story.
See the NJCAA Division I All-America teams.


• Tauai led Hillsborough to a 41-5 record and third place at the junior college national finals. It was HCC’s best season ever and Tauai’s second year as an NJCAA all-tourney star.
• She’s the first junior college player to be named Player of the Year by AVSR Global.
• Tauai was Suncoast Conference Player of the Year and a first-team All-America selection.
• She averaged 3.8 kills and 3.6 digs per set while hitting at .372 efficiency. Even better at the NJCAA finals, she scored 4.0 kills and 3.7 digs per set against four Top 20 teams.
• A veteran beach player, Tauai leads HCC’s sand team, partnering with Mariam Maldonado.

Before Hillsborough:

• Two-time MVP of New Zealand’s high school national championships.
• Competed for New Zealand’s youth and junior national teams.
• Played netball and badminton in high school.

Excerpt from 2011 AVSR Global report:

“Bold, instinctive player and a powerful, dynamic athlete. … A proven winner and a natural, emotional competitor. … Big jump, fast arm. … Can thrive as a six-rotation passer.”

2013 Indoor Season - Players of the Week

Week Name College Position Year Home
#1 Jelena Cobanovic Northeastern College Libero So. Serbia
#2 Lauma Knupke CentralArizonaCollege LH/RH So. Latvia
#3 Stacey Niao Illinois State University LH Jr. N. Zealand
#4 Viktorija Teivane University of Memphis LH/RH Sr. Latvia
#5 Aleksandra Nowak Kent State University Setter Sr. Poland
#6 Monica Corrujedo University of Denver LH Fr. Mexico/U.S.
#7 Kelsie Wills Hofstra University LH Jr. N. Zealand
#8 Vladi Kopanarova MidAmerica Nazarene MB Sr. Bulgaria
#9 Erika Gelzinyte Columbus State Univ. LH Fr. Lithuania
#10 Kiriana Hirini Alabama-Birmingham MB Jr. N. Zealand
#11 Anna Budinska Univ. of North Florida LH Sr. Czech Rep.
#12 Laura Avena Macalester College RH/LH Sr. Latvia
#13 Jelena Jovanovic Florida Atlantic Univ. Setter So. Serbia
#14 Andrea Tauai Hillsborough C.C. LH So. N. Zealand
#15 Aleks. Petronijevic University of Memphis Libero Jr. Serbia

2013 Beach Season - Players of the Week

Week Name College Year Home
#1 Kiriana Hirini Alabama-Birmingham So. N. Zealand
#2 Kate Stepanova Florida International U. Grad. Latvia
#3 Tanya Sukach Louisiana-Monroe Sr. Ukraine
#4 Anna Budinska Univ. of North Florida Jr. Czech Rep.
#5 Maryna Samoday Florida International U. Jr. Ukraine
#6 Andrea Tauai Hillsborough C.C. Fr. N. Zealand
#7 Dagnija Medina Univ. of North Florida Sr. Latvia
#8 Zuzana Markova Louisiana-Monroe Sr. Czech Rep.
#9 Maryna Samoday Florida International U. Jr. Ukraine