Tuck receives another All-America honor
Named to Daktronics Second Team squad by nation's SID's
HILLSDALE, Mich.— Adams State College junior outside hitter Andrea Tuck (Erie, Colo.) earned her second All-America honor this week as she received second team honors on the Daktronics All-America squad, announced Friday.
Tuck became ASC’s first volleyball All-American at the NCAA Division II level on Wednesday when she received work that she was selected for third team honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Moving up a level in the opinion of Division II Sports Information Directors who voted for the awards, the 6-footer is just the second player in ASC’s all-time history to earn All-America honors of any kind and the first to receive the acclaim from Daktronics, which also gave her First Team All-Central Region honors last month.
Keri Abbott, an ASC Hall of Famer, earned NAIA All-America honors in 1991.
A 2005 Erie High School graduate, Tuck has also earned First Team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honors after each of her two seasons as a Grizzly and was an All-Southwest Region pick by both the AVCA and Daktronics (Second Team) in 2007.
Tuck originally played at the University of Wyoming as a freshman in 2005 and then attended Metro State College for three semesters before transferring to ASC in the fall of 2006.
She sat out that season due to NCAA transfer regulations but has since taken the Grizzly program and the RMAC by storm. Tuck has recorded 986 kills in those two seasons, already an NCAA Division II era (1992-Present) school record.
She had 503 in 2007, when games were played to 30 points, the second most in ASC’s all-time single season history. In 2008, Tuck had 483 kills when sets, the new official name for the individual parts of a match, were played to just 25 points. That mark gave her two of the top four single seasons in ASC history.
With another solid senior season in 2009, Tuck could break the all-time school kills record of 1,421 held by Jennifer Owens. Abbott, who played from 1990-93, is second on that list with 1,174.
Tuck led the RMAC and the Central Region in both kills and total points (536) this year and ranked seventh in the NCAA statistics for kills per set (4.27). She had nine 20 or more kill performances this season and was in double figures in all but two of ASC’s 28 matches. She also recorded 11 double-doubles in 2008 and also led the Grizzlies in service aces with 31.
Tuck, who had nine 20-plus kill efforts and six double-doubles as a sophomore in 2007, recorded a career-high 29 kills in ASC’s RMAC Tournament quarterfinal win over tournament host Nebraska-Kearney, ranked fifth in the nation at the time, last month and was named to the All-RMAC Tournament for the second straight season.
Tuck was just one of two RMAC players on the Daktronics All-America squad. RMAC Player of the Year Jeri Walkowiak of Nebraska-Kearney was a third team selection. She earned first team honors from the AVCA.
Seven players were named to each the first, second and third Daktronics All-America teams by position. Another seven were honored with honorable mention honors. The AVCA selected 14 players to each level of their team, not necessarily by position.
The Grizzlies finished the 2008 campaign, the fourth with coach Lindy Mortensen at the helm of the program, with a winning record (15-13) for the second straight year and also advanced to the RMAC Tournament semifinals for the second straight year.
The Grizzlies went 3-2 against nationally-ranked teams and finished 2-1 against those ranked in the top 10 of the Bison/AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll at the time of the match. The wins over ranked teams were ASC’s first during Mortensen’s tenure.
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