Dec. 1, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University volleyball head coach Todd Kress announced today (Wednesday, December 1, 2004) that 5-foot-11 setter, Zrinka Tomic, signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and compete in volleyball at the University next fall. Tomic, a native of Vinkovci, Croatia, is a junior college transfer from Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas.
“Zrinka is an all-around outstanding player,” FSU associate head coach Rita Buck-Crockett said. “Having a left-handed setter is always a positive because they have a natural attack. Also, her defense is exceptional which will compliment Jessica Skower, our other setter, so they can work together as a good setting team. Jessica is a power player and Zrinka is a defensive player, so they will combine to be a strong force for our team next season.”
Tomic led the Garden City Broncbusters to a 20-14 record and they finished their season at the Region VI Division I Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., where Tomiæ paced her squad with three service aces in the final match. She earned first team All-Region VI honors for the second time in her career. Before junior college, she played for Vibrobeton in the First League of Croatia.
Tomic is the third international volleyball player the Seminoles have signed in as many years.
“International players are unique because they grow up playing the game,” continued Buck-Crockett, who played professionally and coached international volleyball for over 25 years. “Their court sense is better because they’ve devoted their whole life playing one sport. As Americans, we were raised playing volleyball, basketball, running track, etc., so we don’t entirely devote all our time to one sport as international players do. I think Zrinka will come to Florida State with a passion to play and we expect big things out of her.”
Outside of athletics, Tomic has a perfect 4.0 GPA at Garden City Community College.