Volleyball Program Signs Two

CORVALLIS – The Oregon State volleyball team is prepared to welcome Anastasija Svetnik and Katerina Tkachenko to the program for the upcoming season, head coach Mark Barnard announced Friday.

“I am extremely excited to be able to get two players from Europe that will make a significant impact from the very start,” Barnard said. “We are fortunate to be able to have some time with the postponement of the season to be able to integrate them into the team. They have had significant experience at the international level and playing with women’s teams so I am hoping that maturity translates well to the Pac-12. I also feel as though it is another opportunity for our U.S. players to learn from players that have had vastly different experiences both in life and also on the court.”

Svetnik, a 6-foot-3 middle blocker from Minsk, Belarus, comes from a family of elite athletes. Her mother, Elena, captained the Belarus National Volleyball Team, and her father, Sergey, played for the national team for 10 years and earned the title of Master of Sport of the USSR. Svetnik has played for one of the top club teams in Belarus since 2017, Minsk, earning accolades as the best middle blocker at multiple international tournaments and the Belarusian youth championships. She helped lead her squad to a second-place finish at the Russian Open Youth Volleyball Championships during the 2019-20 season. In addition to her club play, Svetnik has been a member of the Belarusian National Volleyball Junior Team since the age of 14.

Tkachenko, who will play as an outside hitter for the Beavers and hails from Lubny, Ukraine, has helped her teams to top finishes at every level beginning with three consecutive city championships in grades 7-9. She helped lead her Derazhnya team to a U-12 championship of Ukraine in 2015, and then secured a championship title in the Ukraine girls U-16 with Bila Tserkva Sports Lyceum. Tkachenko played for team Poltavchanka from 2016-18, winning the Higher League of Ukraine. She made her Super League debut in 10th grade finishing fifth in 2019 and went on to help her squad to a first place standing with Prometheus this year before the COVID pandemic suspended her season. In addition to club ball, Tkachenko has been involved with the Ukrainian National Team. She joined the Junior National Team in 2016 earning a third-place finish at EEVZA in 2016 and second in 2018. Her 2018 squad advanced to the Euro Girls U-17 final finishing ninth. Tkachenko moved up to the Ukrainian National Team in December of 2018 for which she participated in the Golden League.

Svetnik and Tkachenko, who are scheduled to arrive in Corvallis next week, join a class of newcomers that include Aliyah McDonald, Izzi Szulczewski, Ellie Turner, Mychael Vernon and Emma Villaluz, all of whom have already arrived on campus.

2020-21 Oregon State volleyball recruiting class

  • Aliyah McDonald, Middle Blocker (Pearland, Texas / Glenda Dawson HS)
  • Anastasija Svetnik, Middle Blocker (Minsk, Belarus / School Number 175)
  • Izzi Szulczewski, Setter (Beaverton, Ore. / Mountainside HS)
  • Katerina Tkachenko, Outside Hitter (Lubny, Ukraine / Lubny Children’s and Youth Sports School)
  • Ellie Turner, Libero/Defensive Specialist (Austin, Texas / Westlake HS)
  • Mychael Vernon, Outside Hitter (Ossining, N.Y. / Ossining HS)
  • Emma Villaluz, Libero/Defensive Specialist (Camas, Wash. / Camas HS)

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