Courtesy: Southeastern Louisiana Athletics
HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana volleyball head coach Jim Smoot announced the addition of a pair of incoming student-athletes Thursday who will continue their academic and athletic endeavors for the Lady Lions.
Joining the program for the upcoming 2018 season are Tijana “Jo” Simovic, a transfer from Garden City Community College, and Amanda Caluda, a libero from Northshore High School in Slidell, Louisiana.
Simovic, who hails from Gornji Mianovac, Serbia, spent the 2016 season at Odessa Community College before transferring to Garden City. This past season, she recorded 83 kills and 39 total blocks in 102 sets (34 matches).
“Jo is a very experienced player with the ability to play any of the attacking positions,” Smoot said. “Her primary contribution should be as an opposite, but she also is very strong in the middle. We also think she could step into the outside spot if needed. Her maturity as a player will provide stability and leadership.”
Congrats to Jo Simovic!! She has signed with Southeastern Louisiana University! pic.twitter.com/MkCAnMHuqM
— GCCC Volleyball (@GCCC_Volleyball) April 18, 2018
Caluda, an Under Armour All-American, helped lead Northshore to the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Volleyball Tournament. She was also a member of the LHSAA Academic All-State team.
“We are very excited that Amanda has committed to join our team,” Smoot said. “She is an excellent defensive player as well as a passer and server. She will make a significant contribution to our team’s defensive and offensive areas.”
.@nhs__volleyball @acaluda1 signs with @southeastern_vb pic.twitter.com/jAyDliPjtK
— David Folse II (@davidfolse) April 10, 2018
Southeastern opens the 2018 season Aug. 24 against Southeast Missouri State at the Troy Invitational in Troy, Alabama.