Player of the Week: May 6, 2019

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 #8: Maryna Samoday

Florida International University.

NCAA Division I. Graduated in 2015.

Current: Pro beach player/FIVB World Tour.

Reported by AVSR Global to coaches in 2009.

6'0" Outside Hitter/Opposite/Beach.

Home: Sumy, Ukraine.

See Maryna Samoday’s bio at

Latest Action:

• Samoday jumped higher in the beach world rankings after tourneys in China, Thailand and Malaysia on the FIVB World Tour.
• She’s on track for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Samoday and her partner, Diana Lunina, stand 21st in the latest Olympic ranking.
• Samoday’s next event will be the Aydin Masters in Turkey next week. She’s in her fourth year as a pro beach player.
• Samoday played both indoor and beach at Florida International.
• She remains the top player in FIU beach volleyball history. She reached the Final Four of the national championship pairs tourney.
• Samoday’s brother, Valeriy Samoday, is a pro beach player. He won the FIVB World Championship at the under-21 and under-19 levels.

Excerpts from 2009 AVSR Global report:

“Sleek athlete and veteran player from an elite volleyball family. … Can play LH or RH in upper-Division I. … Surgical shotmaking skills and a light jump. … Comfortable, adaptive ball control.”