Djurdjevic Named Player of the Year; Four Named All C-USA

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Visnja Djurdjevic was the only league player to rank in the Top 20 in the conference in kills, aces, points and digs.
Visnja Djurdjevic was the only league player to rank in the Top 20 in the conference in kills, aces, points and digs.

Nov. 19, 2009

HOUSTON, Texas - Sophomore outside hitter Visnja Djurdjevic was named the Conference USA co-Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference USA, while senior setter Rachel Lindelow and senior outside hitter Ksenija Vlaskovic picked up Second Team honors. Freshman middle blocker Marija Milosavljevic earned All-Freshman team accolades.

Djurdjevic led the conference in points per set (4.84). She ranks second in C-USA in kills per set (4.25), 14th in digs per set (3.30) and also leads the conference in service aces (.43 per set). The native of Zitiste, Serbia, was the only league player to rank in the Top 20 in the conference in kills, aces, points and digs.

She posted 11 of her 17 double-doubles (all kills and digs) in league play, including a career-high 29 kills and a school-record 36 digs against SMU on Sept. 27. She posted 4.57 kills per set in C-USA action, with 3.29 digs and conference leading 5.21 points per set in C-USA action.

Djurdjevic, last season's C-USA Freshman of the Year, shared Player of the Year honors with Jennifer Eichler of Tulsa, and each also earned a spot on the All C-USA First Team.

Lindelow was named Second Team All-Conference USA in her first year playing all six rotations at setter (the past three seasons Tulane ran a 6-2 system which required two setters sharing time so that the setter was always in the back row).

Now a full-time player, Lindelow ranks third in C-USA in assists with 10.91 per set, and second in assists in C-USA matches with 11.57. She has averaged 0.26 service aces per set, which ranks 12th in the conference for all matches. In C-USA play, she's 19 service aces, 0.33 per set, which is second in the conference behind Djurdjevic.

The Mandeville, La., native ranks fourth in Tulane history with 3,077 assists, while her assists per set average of 7.38 checks in at eighth on Tulane's all-time list. She also sits 15th in Tulane history in digs, registering 837 for an average of 2.07 per set (23rd on Tulane's all-time list).



Senior outside hitter Ksenija Vlaskovic earned Second Team All-Conference USA honors, her third time being named to one of the All C-USA teams in four seasons. She ranks 11th in C-USA in kills per set (3.31) and 13th in points per set (3.68).

For her career, the native of Pozarevac, Serbia is on the cusp of become just the third player in Tulane history to reach the 1,500 kills, registering 1,490 entering the C-USA tournament. With 676 career digs she ranks 19th on Tulane's all-time list, and is 24 away from becoming the 14th member of Tulane's 700-700 club.

Milosavljevic was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team. The middle blocker ranks second in C-USA in hitting percentage at .354 (221-61-452), which would rank fifth in school history as a single-season mark. In C-USA action, she is the conference leader with a mark of .396 (151-38-285). The Bajina Basta, Serbia, native also registers 0.79 blocks per set, second on the team. Milosavljevic's spot on the All-Freshman Team give Tulane six All-Freshman selections in the past five seasons.

The quartet helped Tulane to a 17-8 overall record, 12-4 in Conference USA and the third seed in the Conference USA Tournament. The Green Wave, the 2008 C-USA regular season and tournament champions, will begin their defense of the C-USA crown on Friday in the quarterfinals against SMU at 12 p.m. from Rice's Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston.

Meredith Schamun of Rice and Kelsea Seymour of Southern Miss shared co-Setter of the Year honors. Rice's Tracey Lam was named Libero of the Year. Michelle Uzoh of UAB was named Newcomer of the Year, while Tulsa's Tyler Henderson earned Freshman of the Year honors. The Coach of the Year award went to Ricci Luyties of regular season champion Southern Miss.

Joining Djurdjevic on the First Team were Emily Sullivan (Marshall), Lam, Schamun, Natalie Bogan and Ashleigh McCord (Rice), Seymour, Angela Hlavaty, Ashley Mell (Southern Miss), Eichler and Henderson (Tulsa)

Kinsey Cave (Houston), Elizabeth Fleming (Marshall), Kendra Kahanek and Dana Powell (SMU), Maia Ivanova (Southern Miss), Jessica Adams, Julia Kenealy and Hannah Stout (Tulsa) and Erin Campbell (UCF) joined Lindelow and Vlaskovic on the Second Team. Joining Milosavljevic on the All-Freshman Team were Jasmine Terry (Houston), Altrese Hawkins (Memphis), Nancy Cole (Rice), Adams and Henderson (Tulsa) and Sam Serley (UAB).