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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State volleyball Head Coach Tom Hilbert announced on Friday the signing of Sanja Cizmic. A native of Split, Croatia, Čizmić will join the Rams’ roster this fall.
"Sanja is an incredibly seasoned player," Hilbert said. "She’s physically good, as well, so I think she’ll come in and immediately compete for a starting position with our team."
As a 6-1 outside hitter, Čizmić was a two-sport athlete in high school at IV. Gimnazija Marko Marulić. She earned all-conference honors in both volleyball and basketball, helping her team to a league title in volleyball.
Čizmić currently plays club volleyball for OK POREČ, where her team won the 2013-14 HRV National Cup, and will compete in the 2014 European Cup. She previously played for ZOK Split 1700, helping her club to the 2012 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup and 2012 CEV Junior Volleyball European Championship. She also was selected to play in the 2013 Junior Volleyball World Championship with the Croatian Junior National Team.
"The club system in Croatia integrates youth athletes with older athletes, so in my opinion, it helps develop her and makes her a mature and smart player," Hilbert added.
She was born to Teo and Maja Čizmić, and has a younger brother, Leo.
Čizmić is the third member of the 2014 signing class, joining Jasmine Hanna and Alexandra Poletto.
LAWRENCE NO LONGER ON ROSTER
In addition to the signing of Čizmić, freshman Michelle Lawrence has decided not to return for her final three seasons at CSU. Lawrence, a native of Walnut Creek, Calif., has instead chosen to move closer to home. During her freshman campaign, the outside hitter averaged 2.89 kills on .280 hitting, in addition to 0.68 blocks per set for the Rams.
Despite the loss of Lawrence, CSU is still expected to retain the majority of its starting lineup from last year’s roster, including 68.1 percent of its kills, 99.8 percent of its assists, 99.2 percent of its aces, 95.9 of its digs and 34.5 of its blocks.
The Rams finished the 2013 season 28-2, winning their fifth consecutive Mountain West championship and playing in the NCAA tournament for a 19th straight season. CSU was ranked No. 21 in the final AVCA top-25 poll.