Bjelica was a standout outside hitter for three years at FIU.
Bjelica was a standout outside hitter for three years at FIU.
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Carolina Adds Bjelica To 2013 Newcomers
Release: 07/09/2013

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - In addition to four incoming freshmen, the North Carolina volleyball team will be adding a fifth newcomer in graduate student Jovana Bjelica, head coach Joe Sagula announced this week.

Bjelica, an outside hitter, earned her undergraduate degree at Florida International.

"Jovana is a solid and experienced six-rotation player who should be able to contribute with solid ball control and high percentage hitting," Sagula said. "She performed at a high level at FIU and has a good knowledge of NCAA Division I level of play.

"I look forward to her being able to stabilize our serve receive game, and being a smart attacker who can score points in critical times throughout the season. With the majority of our team being underclassmen, she is the perfect complement for our squad as a veteran,  and I will look to Jovana for leadership  both on and off the court," Sagula said.

Bjelica and the class of the 2017, which includes Abbey Curry, Sheila Doyle, Tatiana Durr and Warner Tidwell, join 13 returning Tar Heels for the 2013 season.

UNC closed out the 2012 campaign with a 26-6 overall mark, finishing third in the ACC with a 16-4 conference record after advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Jovana Bjelica
Outside Hitter • Belgrade, Serbia • Florida International University

At Florida International:  Started all 30 matches as a junior, posting team-high marks of 479 kills and 21 aces • Also recorded 285 digs and 63 blocks and a team-best 11 double-doubles in 2011 • Named to 2011 Sun Belt Conference First Team and 2011 SBC Academic Honor Roll • Named the SBC Player of the Week four times in 2011 • Named to the SBC Commissioner's List for positing a 3.5 GPA or higher in 2010 • 2009 AVCA All-South Region • 2009 SBC Freshman of the Year and named to All-Conference second team 2009 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention.

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