Danika Markovic - UT-Brownsville (TX)
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2013) - Markovic helped lead the Ocelots to their first ever perfect season (37-0) and their second NAIA National Championship in three years. She was named the tournament MVP for the second time in three years culminating in a 12-kill, 13-dig performance in the championship match against Biola.
She has certainly been one of the most dominant players in the game, averaging 3.47 kills, 2.63 digs and 0.47 blocks per set and hit an impressive .374 for the season. Her 409 total kills ranks her first in the Red River Conference, with the second-most notching 99 lfewer, and her .374 hitting percentage is first by .098 (.272). The Serbia native also registered a team-high 91 service aces, including a match-high nine against Jarvis Christian (TX) on October 4th.
The RRAV Player of the Year was also named to the Champions of Character and Academics Teams. She is a Communications major whose favorite athlete is former Serbia National Team volleyball player Ivan Miljkovic.
“(Markovic), in my opinion, she is the best player in the country,” said Biola Head Coach Aaron Seltzer to the Sioux City Journal. “She’s such a dynamic player. I’ve seen her for so many years. She does it all for them.”
As it turned out, Biola’s beliefs were not solely his own.
The formal presentation of the 2013 AVCA NAIA National Player of the Year will be made Dec. 20 in Seattle, Wash. at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet held in conjunction with the 2013 AVCA Annual Convention and NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball National Championships.