Dec. 14, 2012
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina University volleyball team will welcome in three newcomers as part of the 2013 class, head coach Jozsef Forman announced on Friday.
Miona Milovanovic (Kragujevac, Serbia), Beatris Petelkova (Sofia, Bulgaria) and Morgan Hammer (Round Hill, Va.) have all committed to continue their volleyball careers at CCU.
"We are very excited to welcome Mioana, Beatris and Morgan to the Chanticleer volleyball family," said Forman. "They are not only talented athletes, but outstanding students and high-character players. This 2013 recruiting class will give us a well-rounded team next season. We look forward to the unique assets that each of these players will bring to our program and Chanticleer fans will enjoy watching them."
Position: Opposite/Outside Hitter
Club: ZOK SMEC 5
Milovanovic is a 6-4 opposite/outside hitter from Kragujevac, Serbia, and will join the Chanticleers as a freshman. She has been a member of `Smec 5' volleyball club since 2008. In 2010, her team entered an international tournament in Italy and finished in seventh place in the cadet group. She was nominated for the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award.
"In my opinion, Miona is very talented and devoted player," said Milovanovic's former coach Vladan Avramovic. "On the court, she is always hard-working and focused. She has a great potential and she is also willing to work on herself and improve her skills. She is very ambitious person with a lot of quality and she is a great team player."
"I am very excited to be given the opportunity to play for Coastal Carolina University because it has strong coaching personnel, which will help me in my future development in volleyball," said Milovanovic. "I really like the whole team and I am really excited to be a part of it. Coastal Carolina is also a strong academic school, where I will have the possibility to build my knowledge. Thanks to Coastal Carolina University I will have the opportunity to accomplish all my goals."
"We are thrilled to have Miona join the Chanticleer volleyball program," said Forman. "Miona is a very talented pin hitter with impeccable credentials. She will be able to compete with some of the top-level players and has a determined mentality and work ethic. We are really excited about what she's going to bring to the net in terms of physicality and ability to end plays. She's a player that has really bought into our program and is going to make an immediate impact on our roster."
School: Gen. Vladimir Stoychev Sport School
Club: VC CSKA SOFIA
Petelkova is a 5-11 setter from Sofia, Bulgaria. She will enter the 2013 season as a freshman. She was a member of the Bulgarian Junior National Team in 2010 and received the Best Setter Award in 2011. Her club team finished first in the Bulgarian Junior Championship in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. The team finished second this past season.
Petelkova also excels in the classroom where she won first place in a Bulgarian literature competition. She also received a diploma for excellent presentation in Bulgarian literature and was awarded a medal for excellence in academics and athletics.
Her father was an elite soccer player for CSKA Sofia and his team held the championship from 1980-1985.
"I've been a coach to Beatris since 2005," said Petelkova's former coach Atanas Lazarov. "We've worked together for more than seven years. For that time she was the leader and the captain of the team. She is a six-time champion of Bulgaria. She was part of the junior national team in 2010-2011. She has a very strong character and she is very stubborn. She shows motivation at every practice and everything she does and gives a 100 percent every time. She's a very responsible person and you can always count on her."
"I am very excited about my opportunity to play and study at Coastal Carolina," said Petelkova. "It has been my dream since eighth-grade and now it will come true. I am very thankful to coach Forman and everybody else for giving me this opportunity. I am really happy about coming to Coastal Carolina because studying abroad is a unique experience. I know that I will make life-long friendships and gain valuable experiences that will benefit me long into the future."
"Betty is a well-rounded setter who has great experience from the youth international level," said Forman. "Her leadership ability and game organization skillset are outstanding. She has the full complement of volleyball skills and competes aggressively all the time. She will be able to draw on her strong volleyball IQ and gifted approach to the game to help us take the next step as a program."
Position: Outside Hitter
School: Loudoun Valley HS
Club: Northern Virginia Volleyball Association (NVVA)
Hammer is a 6-0 outside hitter/defensive specialist from Round Hill, Va. She competes for Loudoun Valley High School as well as the NVVA 18 ICE team. She was voted team captain of both her Virginia Elite 15s and NVVA 17s teams. While playing for Virginia Elite as a 14- and 15-year-old, her teams advanced to nationals twice. As a member of the LVHS varsity team she was named first team all-district this past season. She was also selected to the all-region team. She was named the Most Valuable Player at LVHS in 2012. As a junior she was named second team all-district and named the team MVP. As a sophomore she was also named second team all-district. As a freshman she helped lead her team to the State Championship. Along the way her team won the Cedar Run Regular Season Championship as well as the Regional Championship. She has earned the student-athlete award all four years on the team. To earn the award you have to finish with a 4.0 GPA or higher.
"Morgan was our "go to" player, the player that every team needs to be successful," said Laird Johnson, Hammer's high school coach. "With her skill and competitive attitude, she is the player who can change the atmosphere of a match either by her dynamic serving or her commanding offensive presence along the net. Overall, she is a coaches' player, bringing her best to every practice and every game and making those around her better."
"I am so excited to be joining the Chanticleers next season," said Hammer. "I chose to play for Coastal because everything is a perfect fit. I love the coaches, girls and the school. Everyone truly makes me feel so welcomed and like family. When you find the school where you are meant to be, you get this feeling that no other place can touch, and Coastal was it for me. After visiting, there was no school that compared to it. Going down on my official visit and watching the girls play and coaches interact with the team just really hit home. I'm not even down training with the girls and I feel like a part of the team and cared for by the coaches. I can't wait to be down in South Carolina in only a few short months."
"Morgan is a skillful athlete and a well-rounded competitive player who has the full potential to be a six rotation player," said Forman. "She will be a great asset to our team, particularly the OH position with her ball control ability. She is a very goal-oriented and motivated player. She will have a great impact to increase our work ethic and competition in the gym."