Player of the Week: March 20, 2017

Each week of the spring and fall seasons, one player who was originally reported as a recruit by AVSR Global is named Player of the Week for an exceptional performance.

Spring Week #3: Liene Mellupe

Florida Atlantic University, Conference USA, NCAA Division I.
Reported to coaches in 2010. Graduated in 2015.
Home:  Riga, Latvia.
Current Team:  SK Babite (Latvia).
5'10" Outside Hitter/Opposite.
See Liene Mellupe’s bio at the 2017 European Championship website.

Last Week:

• Mellupe led SK Babite to a two-match sweep of its semifinal series in the Latvian Championship, qualifying for next month's national final.
• She was Babite’s top hitter, blocker and receiver in a pair of victories over VK miLATss, taking the best-of-three series 2-0.
• At Florida Atlantic from 2013 to 2015 Mellupe lifted the Owls to their best two seasons since 2005.
• Mellupe started her American career at the College of Southern Idaho. She won the junior college national championship in 2012.

Excerpt from 2010 AVSR Global report:

“Swift, powerful athlete and a dynamic, all-purpose player. … Recruitable as a RH, LH or setter. … Most experienced at RH and LH. She has greater potential as a setter but would need development.”