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.
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.
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.
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)