August 3, 2010

MELICHARKOVA SIGNS WITH GERMAN CLUB

MELICHARKOVA TO PLAY WITH GERMAN SQUAD OFFENBURG

Former Virginia Commonwealth University volleyball standout Lenka Melicharkova will continue her playing career after recently signing with Offenburg of Germany's second division.

"Being here is a great compromise," Melicharkova said via e-mail. "I get to continue playing volleyball and use the education I got at VCU. I can say I am more than happy right now and it is just a beginning. The team and the club are like a family, Offenburg is very, very nice and the volleyball is on a good level."

Melicharkova, a native of Zlin, Czech Republic, spent two seasons in a Ram uniform after transferring from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. In 2009, Melicharkova enjoyed her finest collegiate season to lead VCU to 27 wins and a Colonial Athletic Association regular season title.

The 5-10 setter averaged 9.55 assists, 0.99 kills, 2.77 digs and 0.30 blocks per set and earned Third Team All-CAA recognition. Behind her direction, the Rams' offense hit .211 and produced a league-high 11.67 kills per set. Her 1,308 assists last year are the third most by a Ram in a single season. Additionally, Melicharkova ranks sixth on the school's career assist ladder.

The 24-year-old Melicharkova received her bachelor's degree in business from VCU in May and decided to forgo her final season of collegiate eligibility.

Offenburg, which was 16-32 a year ago, begins its 2010 season in September.

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