NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Another week, another award for Virginia Commonwealth University freshman Martian Samadan (Split, Croatia). On Monday, the Atlantic 10 Conference tabbed Samadan its Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season.
Samadan, who also owns a pair of A-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors this season, led the Rams (21-3, 7-2 A-10) to their sixth and seventh consecutive wins this weekend. The 6-foot-5 middle blocker averaged 3.00 kills and 1.50 blocks, and hit .378 as VCU swept George Washington and Duquesne at the Verizon Wireless Arena. She spiked 12 kills against Duquesne on Saturday.
For the season, Samadan is averaging 2.34 kills, 1.63 blocks and hitting .354. She also ranks second on the team in service aces with 20 and is nearing VCU's single-second record for blocks of 157, held by teammate Jasmine Waters and Kelsie Clegg. Samadan has 135 blocks this season.
With three weeks remaining in the regular season, Samadan and Duquesne setter Mary Henry appear to be in a near dead-heat for the A-10 Rookie of the Year award. Henry (five) and Samadan (four) have won every A-10 Rookie of the Week honor this season.
VCU and Samadan will seek an eighth straight victory when the Rams take on Temple on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in Philadelphia.