Oct. 16, 2008
American University volleyball senior Rubena Sukaj was featured in an article on ESPNU.com on Wednesday. The article details Sukaj's move from her native Albania to the United States and her impact on the AU volleyball team since her arrival. Below is an excerpt from Dave Reed's article entitled "Hitting the Jackpot." To read the full article on ESPNU.com, click here.
When Rubena Sukaj's mother won the United States Green Card Lottery in 2004, the American University volleyball program hit the jackpot.
Since Sukaj joined American's roster, the Eagles have won three consecutive Patriot League titles and berths to the NCAA tournament. And as AU begins the final half of the 2008 season, the 6-foot-1 outside hitter could help the Eagles advance past the first round of the tournament for the first time in the program's history. All this thanks to Zana Sukaj winning the right to move to the U.S. with husband Qemal and daughter Rubena from their home in Tirana, Albania, after particpating in the lottery for the second time.