Sinisa “Siki” Zarkovic, a 6-4 freshman outside hitter for No. 10 University of Hawaii, today named the Sports Imports/AVCA Men’s Division I-II National Player of the Week.
Zarkovic helped lead the Warriors to a two-match home and home sweep of then-No. 13 USC in what was a critical week for Hawaii in the MPSF standings. Against the Trojans in the first match of the weekend, the Serbian native tied a team-high with 16 kills, hit a team-best .452 and also recorded 10 digs for his third double-double of the season. In the five-set win, Zarkovic notched two of his four service aces in the deciding fifth set.
In the rematch on Sunday, the freshman smashed another 12 kills on .400 hitting to go along with his seven digs. Hawai’i currently sits ninth in the MPSF standings, just 0.5 match behind No. 11 UC Santa Barbara. This is the 17th time an athlete from Hawai’i has taken home Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week honors, with the most recent coming from Jonas Umlauft after he won it on March 12, 2011