Position
Outside Hitter
Height
5'11
Class
Freshman
Hometown
Zagreb, Croatia
High School
First Economic School

HONORS AND AWARDS
2009 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention
2009 AVCA All-South Region First Team
2009 All-SEC First Team
2009 All-Louisiana First Team
2009 CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Third Team
2009 Sugar Bowl Classic All-Tournament Team (09/12)
2009 Tiger Classic All-Tournament Team (09/05)
2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2007 All-Louisiana First Team
2007 Mizuno Tiger Classic All-Tournament Team
2007 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2006 AVCA Honorable Mention All-South Region
2006 All-SEC First Team
2006 All-Louisiana Second Team
2006 LSU Student-Athlete of the Week (10/24)
2006 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2005 SEC Freshman of the Year
2005 All-SEC Second Team
2005 SEC All-Freshmen Team
2005 All-Louisiana First Team
2005 SEC Player of the Week (09/19)
2005 SEC Freshman of the Week (09/19, 10/24, 11/07, 11/14)
2005 Georgia State Invitational All-Tournament Team
2005 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll

REDSHIRT SENIOR SEASON (2009)
One of three Tigers to play in all 32 matches and 116 sets … Racked up All-Louisiana, All-SEC and AVCA All-South Region First-Team accolades … One of five players in program history to register over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs … Finished career with 1,500 kills and 1,273 digs to rank fifth and sixth, respectively in program history … Powered home double-digit kills in 27 of 32 matches … Second on the squad with 403 kills and 319 digs en route to a team-best 14 double-doubles … Smacked 30 aces highlighted by eight multi-ace efforts … Her 3.47 kills per set and 0.26 aces per set ranked sixth in the SEC … Knocked 11 kills and 19 digs against No. 5 Stanford (Aug. 28) … Reeled in a season-high 22 digs to go along with 10 kills against Denver (Aug. 29) … Connected for 13 kills on a .520 hitting percentage against Tulane (Sept. 5) to open a stretch of 13 straight matches with double-digit kills (Sept. 5-Oct. 16) … Notched All-Tournament Team status at the Tiger Classic (Sept. 4-5) and the Sugar Bowl Classic (Sept. 11-12) … Upped her average to 3.90 kills per set in conference play to rank fourth in the SEC … Popped 19 kills and added 16 digs against Tennessee (Sept. 18) … Ripped 19 kills and three aces at Alabama (Oct. 2) … Compiled 13 kills and 11 digs against No. 6 Florida (Oct. 11) … Cranked 15 kills and five blocks against Arkansas (Oct. 16) … Belted 19 kills and 10 digs at No. 7 Kentucky (Oct. 24) to start a stretch of six of seven matches with a double-double … Put together an 18-kill, 15-dig and four-block performance at Tennessee (Oct. 26) … Pounded a season-best 20 kills to go along with 15 digs at No. 10 Florida (Nov. 13) … Totaled 13 kills and 10 digs at Rice (Nov. 27) … Recorded 19 kills against Texas A&M (Dec. 5).

SENIOR SEASON (2008)
Sat out the 2008 season with a medical redshirt.

JUNIOR SEASON (2007)
Played in all 132 games in all 33 matches … Named to the All-Louisiana first team … Member of the Mizuno Tiger Classic All-Tournament Team … Ranked fifth in the SEC and 106th in the NCAA in aces per game … Ranked second on the team in digs and digs per game … Posted the 10th most single-season digs and sixth most single-season digs per game in LSU history … Became just the 15th Tiger and only sixth junior in school history to record 1,000 career kills … Now ranks seventh in career kills per game in school history … Currently ranks third in career attempts per game and ranks ninth in career total attempts … Also ranks sixth in career service aces and aces per game in LSU history … Ranks 10th in career digs per game in LSU history … Became just the 12th player in school history to record 900 career digs … Needs only 46 digs to become only the ninth Tiger to record 1,000 career digs and just the fifth to record both 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs … Also posted 100 single-season blocks, becoming the first LSU non-middle blocker to reach the century mark in blocks since 1990 … Recorded 14 double-doubles, the second most on the team … Posted 21 double-figure kill matches … Also had three matches with 20 or more kills … Had 20 double-figure dig matches, the second most on the team, including five 20-dig matches … Had a career-high nine blocks against Tulane (Nov. 24), putting her one block away from a triple-double against the Green Wave … Posted a season-best 21 kills against Tulane … On two occasions recorded a season-high 25 digs … Highest hitting percentage of the season was .500 against Louisiana-Monroe (Aug. 25)… Slapped a season-best five aces against the Warhawks … Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006)
Played in all 114 games in all 32 matches … Named an honorable mention AVCA All-South Region selection … Earned first-team All-SEC honors and named to the All-Louisiana second team … Named the LSU Student-Athlete of the Week (Oct. 24) … Led the team, ranked ninth in the SEC and 166th nationally in kills per game … Also led the team and the SEC while ranking sixth in the NCAA in service aces per game … Posted a school single-season record with 10.55 attempts per game … Recorded the third best service ace per game average in LSU single-season history and now ranks fifth in career service aces per game … Had the fifth-most single-season attempts in LSU history … Recorded the third most attempts in a three-game match and second most attempts in a four-game match in school history … Ranked second on the team in digs and digs per game … Recorded 17 doubles-doubles, the most of any player on the team … Posted 28 double-figure kill matches, failing to record double-figures in only four matches … Also had four matches with 20 or more kills … Had 19 double-figure dig matches, the second most on the team … Had a career match against nationally ranked Florida (Nov. 23), recording career bests with 23 kills, 74 attempts and 23 digs … Had a season-best seven service aces against Texas A&M (Sept. 1) … Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2005)
Played in 101 games in all 29 matches … Named the 2005 SEC Freshman of the Year … Earned Second-Team All-SEC honors and named to the SEC All-Freshman team … Selected to the All-Louisiana First Team … Named the SEC Player of the Week (Sept. 19) … Earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors on four occasions (Sept. 19, Oct. 24, Nov. 7 and Nov. 14), the most of any freshman in the league … Selected to the Georgia State Invitational All-Tournament team … Ranked third on the team in kills, kills per game, blocks, blocks per game, assists and assists per game … Ranked second on the team in service aces and aces per game … Ranked fourth on the team in digs and fifth in digs per game … Tied for the second-best hitting percentage with 20 or more attempts in LSU history with a .700 clip against Auburn (Oct. 28) … Recorded four doubles-doubles … Posted 13 double-figure kill matches, including seven of her final eight matches; and five double-figure dig matches … Recorded a season-best 22 kills at Ole Miss (Nov. 4) … Posted a season-best 21 digs against Kentucky (Nov. 11) … Recorded a season-best seven blocks against Rice (Sept. 11), while recording a season high of five service aces against Alabama (Oct. 30) … Named to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.

HIGH SCHOOL
Helped lead the Croatian Junior National Team to a fourth-place finish at the European Junior Championships in the Netherlands in 2004 … Qualified for the World Junior Championships in Turkey in 2005 … Led the Croatian Youth National Team to the 2003 European Youth Championship, losing only one game in the tournament … That team went on to place fifth at the World Youth Championships in Poland … Started for the Volleyball Club “Mladost” as they won the Croatian Junior Championships.

PERSONAL
Full name is Marina Skender … Parents are Damir and Mira Skender … Graduated in May 2009 with a degree in management … Born on Oct. 8, 1986, in Zagreb, Croatia.

Career Highs
Hitting Pct. (min. 5 kills): .700 Auburn (10/28/05)
Kills: 23 Florida (11/03/06)
Attempts: 74 Florida (11/03/06)
Assists: 8 vs. Notre Dame (09/18/05)
Digs: 25 two times, last Notre Dame (10/23/07)
Service Aces: 7 vs. Texas A&M (09/01/06)
Total Blocks: 9 Tulane (11/24/07)

 

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