Lexington, Ky., – Sonja Udovcic's dynamite performance on the court this past weekend continues to reap prestigious accolades as the Lynn University volleyball star was named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II National Player of the Week on Tuesday, as announced by the AVCA.
This is the first National Player of the Week honor for the Lynn University volleyball program in the team's 23-year existence. Yesterday, Udovcic was named the Sunshine State Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. She has bookended this season's offensive awards, winning on the first announcement of the season and now the last of the year.
On Friday, Lynn outlasted Embry-Riddle in a five-set marathon before closing out the season with a dominant 3-0 sweep over Florida Tech on Saturday. On the week, Udovcic totaled 49 kills, averaging 6.12 per set, with a .352 hitting percentage. She also added 30 digs (3.75 per set) and four blocks on defense.
Against the Eagles, Udovcic logged a career-high 31 kills, marking the most kills by a Fighting Knight in over 17 years and the second most by an SSC player this season. Udovcic's 31 kills are tied for the third most all-time in any match in program history and are the most since Fernanda Campos logged 33 on Nov. 3, 2001. Udovcic's 77 attack attempts are also tied for the third most all-time in any match in program history and are the most since Camila Lins swung 79 times on Sept. 12, 2008. Udovcic is the 10th player in all of NCAA DII this season to record more than 30 kills in a match.
She followed up with another strong performance against the Panthers, tallying a match-high 18 kills on 31 attempts with just one error for a career-high .548 hitting percentage. Udovcic's .548 attack clip is the 20th-best mark in program history and the highest since Morgan Dulaney's .562 in 2015.