RICHMOND, Va. – If Virginia Commonwealth University volleyball fans weren't familiar with freshman Martina Samadan (Split, Croatia) last week, they should be by now. Following a standout performance at the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge, won by VCU, Samadan has been named Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week.

A middle blocker, Samadan averaged 1.92 blocks per set in three matches over the weekend, all victories. Samadan was particularly dominant in a win over host Ball State Saturday, providing 11 kills and eight blocks in a 3-1 triumph. She hit .688 for the match and did not commit an error.
Samadan hit .333 for the weekend and averaged 1.92 kills. She recorded at least seven blocks in each of the Rams' three matches. For her efforts, Samadan was named to the All-Tournament Team.
With Samadan's help, VCU is 3-0 for the first time since 2009. It also marked the Rams' first tournament victory since capturing the Third Degree Sportswear Invitational that season.
The 6-foot-5 Samadan will look to keep VCU undefeated this weekend, when the Rams travel to Raleigh, N.C. for the N.C. State Courtyard Midtown Invitational. VCU will open with Kent State on Friday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. The Rams will also meet N.C. State and South Florida on Saturday.