May 23, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
As one of the up-and-coming programs in the country, the Florida State volleyball team is garnering attention from all four corners of the country. The prospects of making an immediate impact on burgeoning team is what made Mira Djuric the newest Seminole as announced by head coach Todd Kress.
Djuric (Belgrade, Serbia) joins Florida State after two years at the University of Oregon and will have two years of eligibility remaining. The 6-foot-2 outside hitter was named to the 2005 Pac-10 All-Freshman team following a tremendous rookie campaign. Over the last two years, Djuric has been the best server in the Pac-10, finishing her freshman year tops in the conference with 59 aces – the fourth-highest single-season total in school history – to go along with 44 this past season to rank second.
“The loss of Jess (Skower) this past year – give all the credit to Jess for what she was able to accomplish her senior year playing a brand new position; she was probably one of the best opposites in the region this year – that was a big loss and to be able to replace her with somebody like Mira is very critical,” Kress said.
“She’s going to help us out in so many facets. She hits the ball with a lot of pace, puts up a big block and has a big jump serve.
“She brings the international style that is only going to help us be better as a program. We’re really excited about her joining us. Having her here now in the summer, training and working out, she’s going to be further along in her maturation process as a Seminole.”
In 2005 she burst onto the volleyball scene in the Pacific Northwest by setting Oregon single season records for points (546) and points per game (5.10), while rating seventh at 448 kills and 4.19 kills per game. Within the league she was sixth for points and seventh for kills. Against Evansville she set the single-match record with 35.5 points.
As a sophomore she was the number two attacker for the Ducks, averaging 4.16 points per game and 3.36 kills per game while hitting .246. In addition she was fifth on the team with 0.68 blocks per game. Five times she hit .500 or better, including a career-best .667 at Boise State. Two weeks prior she notched a personal-high seven aces against Utah State. This season Djuric helped the Ducks to their best record since 1989 with a 17-12 record and seven conference wins.
“I heard a lot of good things about the volleyball program and the success that coach Kress has had,” Djuric said. “I really liked the support and all if the success that all the programs have had and after I weighed my options I felt that this was the best choice for me.”
Prior to arriving at Oregon, Djuric was a member of the Serbian Junior National Team. She was voted the best server at the Under-18 European championship in Croatia and the junior national championship in Turkey.
Florida State is coming off one of its best season under Kress as it won a school-record 13 victories to go along with a 19-12 record. Returning for the Seminoles are AVCA Honorable Mention All-American Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass.) and ACC All-Freshman selection Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.).