Tuck becomes third Grizzly to earn RMAC Player of the Week honor
by Chris Day
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.ó Adams State College sophomore outside hitter Andrea Tuck (Erie, Colo.) has been named as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West Division/Baden Player of Week becoming the third different Grizzly to earn the award this season.
The announcement was made by conference officials on Monday and allowed her to join teammates Darcy Jennings (Lakin, Kan.) and Mary McNeil (Phoenix, Ariz.), who earned the honors in back-to-back weeks on Sept. 3 and Sept. 10. ASC is now the only RMAC school to have three different players earning the award in 2007.
Tuck had a strong all-around weekend averaging 4.83 kills, 0.83 service aces, 2.50 digs, 1.17 blocks and 6.33 points per game as the Grizzlies swept both New Mexico Highlands and Western New Mexico on the road last weekend.
In Fridayís 30-25, 30-18, 30-18 win at New Mexico Highlands, the 6-footer recorded a match-high 17 kills while also registering five digs, three blocks, two service aces and 21 total points. She hit .268 in the match. In Saturdayís 30-25, 30-27, 30-23 win over Western New Mexico, tabbed third in the Southwest Regional Rankings, Tuck had 12 kills, 10 digs, four blocks and a team-high three service aces. She had 17 total points in that match and recorded her second double-double of the season.
In the process, Tuck re-took the RMAC lead in points per game and is now averaging 4.90 this year. She is also second in the RMAC with her 4.38 kills per game average.
Tuck has had 10 or more kills in all but one of ASCís 23 matches this year. Her season-total of 368 is already seventh best in ASCís NCAA Division II history.
The Grizzlies, winners of four of their last five, are now at home for their next three matches starting Friday against Mesa State. First serve is at 7 p.m.