May 14, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University Head Volleyball Coach Fernanda Nelson has announced the signing of 12 student-athletes. The signing class includes eight high school seniors and four transfers, all of whom will join the Owls in fall.
"We welcome this wonderful group of ladies to the FAU family," said Nelson. "This is a very talented group and I am confident that these young ladies will be successful in the classroom and will elevate our program."
Erika Brown (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales High School) is an all-district outside hitter who helped her team to the state final four. As a student, she is a National Honor Society member. Rightside hitter Ivana Bulajic will come to FAU from Tyler Junior College. Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, Bulajic was named to the NJCAA All-Tournament Team as a sophomore.
Alexandra Harvard, a setter from Orlando's Boone High School, had more than 1,000 assists while helping the Braves to a state runner-up finish as a senior. Savannah Hicks (Merritt Island/Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy) has had success both on the court and academically. Hicks, an outside hitter, was named "Rookie of the Year" and an all-star selection at the AAU national tournament. In the classroom, she was a member of the National Honor Society, the National Latin Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, a mathematics honor society.
Liene Mellupe (Riga, Latvia/College of Southern Idaho) was a four-time team MVP in high school, who later earned all-conference team member and a Regional MVP honors while in junior college. Madeline Osburn will come to FAU as an all-region selection while at Barron Collier High School in Naples. Nathalie Rosado (Lakeland/McKeel Academy of Technology) is a two-time 3A Player of the Year who helped the Wildcats to back-to-back district championships and is projected to impact the Owls' back line defense.
Katarina Stepanovic (Lazarevac, Serbia) will transfer to FAU after helping the University of Texas at Brownsville to an NAIA Final Four appearance. At UT-Brownsville, she played for Todd Lowery, who coached Nelson as a player at National American University. Sisters Chelsey and Kristi Tekavec also will join the Owls. Chelsey, a four-year member of the varsity volleyball team at Solon High School (Ohio), helped the Comets to a district title as a junior. She will transfer after playing one season at Valparaiso University. Kristi, Chelsey's younger sister, was a four-time first-team all-conference selection who also won the scholar-athlete award for four-consecutive years. She will be a freshman in the fall.
Nicole Unger (Lake Mary /Lake Mary High School) holds the school record for digs in a match and in a season. Her defense led the Rams to the first state Final Four in school history. Rounding out the class is Brianne Wojciakowski, a middle blocker from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Wojciakowski was a two-time all-conference selection and was named all-state as a senior. She also was a four-time Forest Hills Northern High School honor roll member.
"I can't wait to get started," said Nelson. "Our staff will continue to work hard to give the team the best experiences of their lives."