McNeil earns ASC's second straight RMAC honor
by Chris Day
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— For the second straight week, the Adams State College volleyball team can lay claim to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference/Baden West Division Player of the Week as true freshman Mary McNeil (Phoenix, Ariz.) received the honor on Monday.
Grizzly sophomore Darcy Jennings (Lakin, Kan.) had received last week’s award becoming the first Grizzly to do so since October 18, 2005.
McNeil, a 5-foot-9 setter, averaged 12.12 assists, 1.88 kills, 2.00 digs, 0.50 blocks and 0.38 service aces per game while hitting an impressive .483 as the Grizzlies won two RMAC matches to stand in a first place in the West Division.
The Paradise Valley High School graduate recorded 53 assists and 10 kills, both career-highs, in Saturday night’s win over arch-rival Western Sate. She also hit .526 in that match and was just one dig shy of a triple-double.
McNeil, who ranks second in the RMAC in assists per game (11.54), orchestrated the potent Grizzly attack that hit .358, ASC’s best RMAC-match hitting percentage in nearly seven years.
On Wednesday night, McNeil recorded 44 assists, five kills, three blocks, a service ace and a .400 attack percentage in a road win at Colorado State-Pueblo. The Grizzlies hit .266 as a team in that match and .316 during the 2-0 week.
The Grizzlies, 6-4 overall, have already surpassed their 2006 win total and have won three straight and four of their last five matches.
They play at Fort Lewis (5-5, 1-1 RMAC) and West Division Preseason favorite Mesa State (4-6, 0-2 RMAC) this Friday and Saturday, respectively. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.