Tuck claims RMAC Offensive honor
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— Adams State College junior outside hitter Andrea Tuck (Erie, Colo.), the conference’s kills and points leader, was named as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference/Baden Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday afternoon.
She earned the honor after averaging 5.00 kills and 5.96 points per set while leading the Grizzly volleyball team to a pair of conference wins last week.
On Tuesday, Tuck had a match-high 22 kills while hitting an impressive .404 in a 4-set road win at Colorado State-Pueblo. She also had two service aces and eight digs in that match and recorded 10 kills in the third set alone as she had kills on three successive points to start the Grizzlies’ comeback from 22-15 down to take momentum and the all-important set, 26-24.
The Grizzlies then closed out the ThunderWolves 25-13 in the fourth.
On Saturday, Tuck recorded eight kills in the first set and a match-high 13 overall as the Grizzlies swept Mesa State, which had previously not lost in RMAC play, in just 70 minutes. She also had two service aces, five digs and a career-high matching five blocks in that home match, ASC’s third victory in the last four.
Tuck, who hit a combined .341 during the week, also averaged 1.86 digs, 0.71 blocks and 0.57 service aces per set.
She leads the 14-team RMAC by considerable margins in both kills and points averaging 4.02 kills and 4.49 points per set and is also ranked amongst the conference’s top 25 players in hitting percentage and service aces.
Tuck, who came to ASC via Division I Wyoming, where she played in 2004, and Metro State, where she redshirted in 2005, was a First Team All-RMAC and all-region selection for the Grizzlies last year.
Tuck, a 2004 graduate of Erie High School, now has two career RMAC Player of the Week honors earning the West Division honor on Oct. 22 of last season.
In previous years one player in each of the RMAC’s two divisions last year. In 2008, an offensive player, defensive player and setter of the week are selected from around the conference each week.
The Grizzlies are now 3-3 in RMAC play and 6-7 overall heading into another important week in which they host Colorado Mines (9-6, 4-2 RMAC) and UC-Colorado Springs (7-8, 2-4 RMAC) on Thursday and Friday nights at 7 o’clock, respectively.
Colorado Mines has won four of its last five and will be held by sophomore outside and right side hitter Elizabeth Serra-Hsu, who was named as the RMAC’s Defensive Player of the Week.
Nebraska-Kearney’s Cola Svec was named as the Setter of the Week for the second straight week.
Tuck is the second Grizzly to earn a RMAC honor this season joining junior middle hitter Darcy Jennings (Lakin, Kan.), who received the defensive honor last week and the offensive accolade on Sept. 8.