Nov. 23, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - An exciting weekend for the Florida State volleyball program carried over to Monday as senior outside hitter Mira Djuric was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Player of the Week for the first time in her career, league officials announced today.
FSU also moved up to No. 14 in the AVCA Division I Coaches poll.
Djuric, who took a medical redshirt last season after a phenomenal junior season in 2007, helped FSU (27-2, 18-1 ACC) achieve an automatic NCAA Championship berth and first-ever outright conference crown in school history this past weekend.
The Belgrade, Serbia native had a season-high five service aces, which is tied as the second-best total in the ACC this season, 10 kills and a .444 hitting percentage in a sweep over Boston College on Friday. Then, against Maryland on Sunday, Djuric followed up that performance with 11 kills, six digs, three service aces and three total blocks against the Terrapins.
She also hit .421 in that victory, which gave the Seminoles the ACC Championship.
"Mira was outstanding this weekend," FSU head coach Chris Poole said. "It is always tough to come back from an injury and particularly when you have to sit out a year of competition. She has worked very hard in the last few weeks to be more consistent and limit some of her errors.
"There's no doubt she is an impact player and when she is playing well, our team is successful."
Djuric currently leads the ACC with 55 service aces and a 0.51 per-set average in the category this season. She also averages 2.58 kills per set on a .232 hitting percentage and 0.62 blocks per set.
Djuric will enter the 'Noles final regular-season game of the year on Wednesday at Miami after moving into sixth place in FSU history with 138 career service aces. She is now just one behind former Seminole Sarah Griffin for fifth place on the all-time service-aces list.
Djuric's selection as conference volleyball player of the week is the second such honor for an FSU student-athlete this season. Senior middle blocker Jordana Price was given the honor for the week ending Oct. 11.
In the latest release of the AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, the Seminoles once again set the school record for highest ranking they had already broken two times this year
At No. 14, Florida State is one spot higher than Florida, which had been in the top 10 for much of the season.
According to records, this is the first time in the history of FSU volleyball that the Seminoles are ranked ahead of the Gators in a national poll.
"This team continues to amaze me," Poole said. "It is unusual for a team to climb in the Top 25 poll when they have not had a recent history of being ranked. I believe there are still a lot of coaches and fans that do not know what to think about our program this season. We can't control the votes, but we can control our effort and focus on our side of the net. We have maintained a strong NCAA RPI all season and continue to move up the AVCA Coaches poll.
"We will continue to work hard and determined to make some noise in the NCAA Tournament."