Dec. 7, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Junior outside hitter Visnja Djurdjevic has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-East Region Team, announced today by the organization.
Accompanying Djurdjevic on the regional awards list is senior outside hitter Stephanie Neville, who was named to the All-East Region honorable mention list. Both student-athletes were named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team two weeks ago.
“I’m very proud of the entire team. We are continuing to win individual awards that bring a lot of attention to our program and Visnja and Steph both had a great season,” head coach Chris Poole said. “This was definitely a total team effort this season, because we were forced to often move our roster around to accommodate missing players.”
Djurdjevic is now a two-time representative of the AVCA All-Region Team, making the All-Midwest Region Team as a sophomore at Tulane last season. She finished her junior year with 410 kills, the most at FSU since Mira Djuric’s 438 in 2007. Djurdjevic, a Zitiste, Serbia, native, also averaged 3.42 kills per set, totaled 357 digs and averaged nearly four points per set.
Djurdjevic finished the season with match highs of 25 kills (vs. Miami on Nov. 26), a .615 hitting percentage (at Houston on Sept. 3), 27.5 points (vs. Miami on Nov. 26) and four service aces (vs. Florida on Sept. 22). She posted a team-leading 15 double-doubles in 31 matches played this year.
“Visnja is a great all-around player. She takes charge on the court and plays with a lot of confidence. I’m excited to see what she can do next year, once she has had a full spring/summer to train with us,” Poole added.
Neville, from Cambridge, Ontario, finished with a career-high 310 kills and a .273 hitting percentage in 2010. In conference play, Neville averaged 2.32 kills per set, hit at a .267 clip and tallied 188 kills in 81 sets. She had eight matches in which she recorded at least 12 kills and finished with a .300 or better hitting percentage.
The energetic team leader came through in FSU’s opening round win over Georgia Southern at the NCAA Championship last weekend. Neville had 14 kills, a .419 hitting percentage and three blocks to carry the Seminoles.
“Steph has been such a great player the last three years and I’m proud of the way she really stepped up the last part of the season when we were missing Visnja and Rachael,” Poole said.
Although her awards come at different schools, Djurdjevic joins five other Seminoles in becoming a multiple AVCA All-Region Team member. The program now boasts 22 all-region honorees, and three honorable mention members.