March 24, 2022 - by

Indoor Volleyball Adds Three Signees

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Indoor Volleyball has added three signees to its 2022 roster, including senior setter Andjelija Draskovic (Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia), sixth-year middle blocker Emily Ryan (Bethesda, Md.) and freshman middle hitter Greta Gelumbickas (Boca Raton, Fla.).

“We are excited about this class and adding both to our experience level and our depth,” FSU Head Coach Chris Poole said. “We had both a young roster and an unusually short number of hitters last fall and it put a big strain on our season. We are looking forward to adding our five new signees this summer and a chance to build upon our success last fall.”

Also included in FSU’s signing class are incoming freshmen Audrey Rothman (Birmingham, Ala.) and Laila N’Diaye (Longwood, Fla.), who were previously announced in the Fall 2021.

Indoor Volleyball Adds Three Signees

Draskovic spent the 2021 season as one of the best setters in the country at Maryland Baltimore-County out of the America East Conference. She was named the America East Championship Most Outstanding Player, guiding the Retrievers to the NCAA Tournament where they faced No. 3 Pitt in the first round.

Draskovic was also named to the America East All-Championship Team and the America East Second Team-All Conference. Last season she recorded a league-best 11.11 assists per set in conference play as UMBC finished first in the America East in hitting percentage, kills and assists. She shined the brightest in the postseason, racking up 54 assists and 17 digs vs. Stony Brook in the conference semifinal and then adding 51 assists and 10 digs in a 3-2 win over Albany in the conference championship.

She is the seventh Serbian-born player to suit up for the Garnet and Gold, which includes All-Americans Visnja Djurdjevic, Mira Djuric and Milica Kubura.

“Jelli has a tremendous amount of experience and we are excited and lucky to have added her to our team for this year,” Poole said. “Jelli had high-level training in Serbia at a young age and in fact, Milica Kubura was one of her heroes as she was growing up. Jelli can run a good offense and played a huge role for her team at UMBC last season.”

Ryan spent her previous five seasons as an All-Pac 12 performer at UCLA. In 2019, she led the Bruins with 1.04 blocks per set to rank in the Top 10 in the conference. She also added 1.68 kills pet set in that season, which included a prolific 11-kill match vs. Oregon State with no errors and a .550 hitting percentage.

During the COVID-19 affected season in the Spring 2021, Ryan once again earned All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention accolades. She ignited her team with 1.25 blocks per set, a mark that ranked fourth in the league. She developed her offensive game as well with a .316 hitting percentage to lead the team. In that year, Ryan produced 11 matches with at least five blocks, most notably a nine-block performance vs. rival USC.

“Emily was an impactful player for UCLA during her career,” Poole said. “She is using her last extra COVID year to get her Master’s Degree at FSU and we are excited about adding another experienced player to our roster. Emily is a legit 6-foot-4 and will add to our depth on the front row. Her experience will help lead a young roster.”

Gelumbickas has spent the last few years playing at Boca Raton High School, recording 94 kills and averaging 0.8 blocks per set this past season as a senior. She helped her high school squad to the 7A FHSAA Volleyball Tournament as a senior.

Gelumbickas is a welcome addition to the Seminoles and gives the FSU coaching staff another opportunity to work with a player with plenty of potential.

“Greta has great physical potential and we are excited about helping her grow as a player,” Poole said. “She is a young volleyball player in experience and we believe she can continue to improve as she plays with high level players.”

Florida State looks to continue riding the momentum of a strong 2021 campaign where it achieved its first 20-win season since 2016. FSU finished 20th in the final NCAA RPI and earned 11 wins against the RPI Top 100.

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