MONROE, La. - After an outstanding performance in all four
of ULM's matches last week, Zuzana Markova was named the American Volleyball
Scouting Repot Global Player of the Week Monday. Markova is the first ULM player
in history to earn the honor, which is the second of her career.
The AVSR Global Player of the Week award recognizes the best
cumulative performance of international players that have been previously
reported on through the AVSR. Markova is just the second Sun Belt Conference
player to be selected for the award since 2008, with Middle Tennessee's Izabela
Kozon winning the award four times over her tenure. The junior transfer also
earned the honor in 2009 during her freshman season at Kent State.
The native of Cesky Kromlov, Czech Republic, had a
phenomenal showing all-around for the Warhawks with four triple-doubles in all
four matches last week, bringing her season total to six out of 10 matches
played this season. The setter capped her performance in a five-set thriller
over Alabama A&M in which she led ULM to victory by crushing a career-high
20 kills while collecting 20 assists and 14 digs to earn a spot on the
Markova is averaging a triple-double over the entire 2011
season, with 13 kills, 18 assists, and 10 digs per match. After collecting 3.78
kills per set last week, the junior's season average improves to 3.02 kills per
set to move her into ninth place in the Sun Belt rankings. Markova also ranks
seventh in service aces (0.36 per set) while leading the Warhawks in assists
with 4.29 per set.
ULM begins conference play this weekend when it travels to
Troy, Ala., to face Troy on Friday at 7p.m. followed by a match against South
Alabama Saturday at 6 p.m. in Mobile, Ala.