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Player of the Week - No. 7

October 18, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Fresno Pacific (Calif.) outside hitter Martina Gregusova has been named the NAIA Volleyball National Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Gregusova was selected based on her performance from Oct. 10 – 16 and was chosen out of a pool of conference player of the week selections among 23 conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.

The two-time Tachikara-NAIA First Team All-American fueled the eighth-ranked Sunbirds to a pair of four-set Golden State Athletic Conference wins over the past week. In the victory over No. 12 Biola (Calif.) on Oct. 11, Gregusova paced Fresno Pacific with 23 kills and 18 digs. She followed that up with 25 kills and 25 digs in the win over No. 14 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) on Oct. 15. For the week, she posted a .320 hitting percentage.

The selection of the 6-1 senior from Nitra, Slovakia, means the award has now gone to student-athletes from five different countries this season. Gregusova, who also received Player of the Week honors on Sept. 29, 2009, leads Fresno Pacific with 224 digs and ranks third with 170 kills. In 2010, she placed 10th in the NAIA with 4.44 kills per set.

The next Player of the Week announcement will be on Oct. 25.

Nominees: Stephanie Kruggel, Dakota State (S.D.); Brittany Lhota, Point Park (Pa.); Vesna Trivunovic, Columbia (Mo.); Linjun Ji, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Ashley Hamilton, Indiana Tech; Ana Guerra, Texas at Brownsville; Gabrielle Powell, Talladega (Ala.); Ciara Lawson, Friends (Kan.); Sashalee Wallen, Bethel (Tenn.); Devon Jensen, Grand View (Iowa); Lauryn Herrick, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Marija Zelenovic, Lee (Tenn.); Abby Hall, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Kendra Fiddler, Milligan (Tenn.); Lindsay Ibold, Asbury (Ky.); Kristin Pressley, Oklahoma Baptist; Jazzmyne Robbins, St. Francis (Ill.); Terra Andreasen, Doane (Neb.); Kelsee Evans, Marian (Ind.); Whitney Smith, Rio Grande (Ohio); Kelsey Soos, College of Idaho; Rachel Vartanian, Holy Names (Calif.); Mariah Mock, College of the Ozarks (Mo.).

2011 Composite Winners
Week 1: Danica Markovic, Texas at Brownsville
Week 2: Paula Ferreira, Columbia (Mo.)
Week 3: Yiting Cao, Spring Hill (Ala.)
Week 4: Kim Weaver, Cornerstone (Mich.)
Week 5: Kristin Pressley, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 6: Paula Ferreira, Columbia (Mo.)
Week 7: Martina Gregusova, Fresno Pacific (Calif.)