Cielena Named AVSR Global Player of Week

Barry University freshman middle blocker Laine Cielena was named the American Volleyball Scouting Report Player of the Week Monday.

Cielena, a Krimuldas Novads, Latvia, native, made her collegiate debut, pounding a team-high 40 kills, hitting .333, blocking 17 balls, including two solos, serving six aces and coming up with seven digs as the Buccaneers went 2-2 with a five-set win over the No. 18-ranked team in the nation.

"She had a great weekend overall, and not just in hitting in blocking, but also in serving," Bucs coach Steve Hendricks said. "She was a big reason we were able to pull the upset on Lewis because of her transition and work ethic as a player."

The AVSR, spearheaded by editor Bill Feldman, selects one college volleyball player in the country from all of the NCAA Divisions and junior colleges to be represented as its Global Player of the Week.

Cielena became the first Barry player to be chosen for the award and only the third Sunshine State Conference volleyball student-athlete since its inception in 2007.