Aug. 30, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After finishing 3-0 at last weekend’s Florida State Invitational, the FSU women’s volleyball team has moved up to the No. 13 spot in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, released today.
The ranking marks the third-highest weekly spot in school history, trailing only last season’s No. 11 finish in the final poll as well as the No. 12 ranking during the week of Nov. 30, 2009.
Adding to FSU’s early-season credentials is the selection of junior outside hitter Visnja Djurdjevic as the Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week. The Zitiste, Serbia, native posted a .359 hitting percentage and registered a team-high 36 kills to lead the Seminoles to victories over New Mexico State, FIU and USF.
In her debut as an FSU student-athlete, Djurdjevic had solid all-around performances in each match. Against New Mexico State in the season-opener, she finished with a game-high 17 kills, 12 digs and two block assists. Djurdjevic followed with an eight-kill, five-dig performance against FIU, and finished the invitational with 11 kills and nine digs against USF.
Djurdjevic’s weekly honor marks the fourth-straight season that at least one Seminole has been named ACC Player or Co-Player of the Week. Last year, former standouts Jordana Price and Mira Djuric were selected by the conference, while Brianna Barry (2008), current athlete Stephanie Neville (2008) and Djuric (2007) were also recognized in recent years.
Joining Djurdjevic as co-player of the week is N.C. State setter Alex Smith, who finished with a .456 hitting percentage, 30 kills and 19 digs over three matches.
FSU remains the only ACC team in the AVCA poll. The Seminoles head to Houston, Texas, this weekend to face No. 17 Tennessee, Oklahoma and tournament host Houston on Friday and Saturday.