Sept. 11, 2010
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior outside hitter Visnja Djurdjevic of the 17th-ranked Florida State University women’s volleyball team has been named Most Valuable Player of the Kentucky Invitational, announced tonight at the conclusion of the event.
“Visnja had an outstanding tournament,” coach Chris Poole said. “She is such a complete player and there is a lot of confidence in her ability to make plays.”
Djurdjevic joins outside hitter Jekaterina Stepanova and setter Duygu Duzceler on the Kentucky Invitational All-Tournament Team. Djurdjevic finished with 37 kills in 13 sets played, 48 digs and five blocks. She had double-doubles against Kansas State and Kentucky, and leads the Seminoles with 111 kills and 124 points through nine matches this season.
Djurdjevic was named MVP of the Florida State Invitational on opening weekend, and also earned Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week honors on Aug. 30.
Stepanova played in all 14 sets and led FSU with 2.93 kills per set over the three-match span. She finished with 20 kills and 17 digs in a five-set victory over Kansas State on Friday afternoon. The talented outside hitter is third on the team with 77 kills and 82 digs.
“Kate really broke out of her shell this weekend,” Poole added. “After playing two years at a junior college, this was a big step up in competition. She has continued to improve every week and her confidence is growing. She is starting to figure out the speed of the game at this level.”
Duzceler recorded 85 assists and four kills this weekend, playing all 14 sets. She had 31 assists versus Kansas State, only three shy of her career high of 34 against Clemson in her freshman season.
“Duygu has been very consistent all season. She has been a great mentor for our new setter, Paty (Figueiredo), and has done a great job of leading the team with our offense,” Poole stated. “Duygu does so many valuable things that go unnoticed in the stats, so it is great that she was recognized for her effort in this tournament.”
The rest of the Kentucky Invitational All-Tournament Team includes Lauren Matthewson of Kansas State, Whitney Billings and Blaire Hiler of Kentucky and Jessica Ojukwu of Virginia Commonwealth.