Tuck named to AVCA all-region team
LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Adams State College junior outside hitter Andrea Tuck (Erie, Colo.) received her second all-region honor in as many days as she was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Central Region team for the second straight year on Wednesday.
Tuck, who was named to the First Team Daktronics All-Central Region team on Tuesday, also earned the AVCA honor in 2007 and is the first player in ASC’s NCAA Division II era (1992-Present) to claim it twice.
Junior Darcy Jennings (Lakin, Kan.), selected in 2007, is the only other Grizzly to earn a First Team selection, but did not earn the honor this year. Amy Cousin was an honorable mention selection in 2003.
A panel of three AVCA member coaches selects the 14-player first team and honorable mention selections.
Tuck, a 2004 graduate of Erie High School, led the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and the region in both kills and total points this season as she recorded 483 kills and 536 total points. Averaging 4.27 kills per set, Tuck is ranked seventh in the NCAA Division II National Statistics.
In just two seasons as a Grizzly after beginning her collegiate career at the University of Wyoming and Metro State College, Tuck already has put down 986 career kills to break the NCAA Division II era school record, formerly held by Cousin, who had 928 in her 2-year (2002-03) stint. Tuck, who also ranks third on the Division II era career points chart behind only Jennings and Cousin, could threaten the overall kills record of 1,421, held by Jennifer Owens, if she were to have another solid season in 2009.
Tuck now has two of the top four single-season kills in ASC history after she put down 503 in 2007 when games were played to 30 points. Sets, the current term for the individual rally-scored parts of a match, are now played to just 25 points under a rally scoring or point-per-play format. Cousin holds the overall record of 519 set in 2003 while Owens holds the best pre-rally scoring mark of 486, set her 1994 senior season.
She had nine matches in which she recorded 20 or more kills this season and was in double-figures in 26 of ASC’s 28 matches while leading the Grizzlies into the RMAC Tournament semifinals for the second straight year.
The 14-member First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention AVCA All-America teams will be announced on Dec. 3.
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