University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball outside hitter Sinisa Zarkovic was selected as the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week for his performance in the Rainbow Warriors’ stunning two-match sweep of then-No. 2 BYU last weekend.
Zarkovic is the second Rainbow Warrior to receive the award this season, joining Brook Sedore who was honored following UH’s two-match sweep of UCLA. This marks the 19th time in program history a Hawai’i student-athlete has garnered Sports Imports/Player of the Week honors and the first time since 2003 that UH student-athletes have earned multiple awards in the same season.
Zarkovic, a 6-4 sophomore from Belgrade, Serbia, averaged 4.25 kills, 1.00 digs, and 0.88 blocks per set while hitting .309 during the series. He tallied 12 kills, one ace, three digs, and three blocks in a five-set, come-from-behind victory in the opener. With the Cougars on match point going for the sweep, Zarkovic pounded a kill to tie up the third set and went on to post 10 kills in 20 attempts, hitting .450 in the final three sets after a horrible start.
In the rematch on Saturday, Zarkovic tied his career high with match-high 22 kills on .410 hitting along with five digs, and four blocks in straight-set victory. It was his second career 20-plus kill match.
Zarkovic earned AVCA Player of the Week honors last season after leading UH to a pair of five-set wins over USC. He and the Rainbow Warriors wrap up the regular season with a two-match series at Pepperdine. UH will clinch a spot in the MPSF Tournament with a pair of wins.
*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*