RICHMOND, Va. – VCU freshman Martina Samadan (Split, Croatia) must've liked winning the Atlantic 10 Conference's Rookie of the Week Award, because she decided to hang onto the honor for one more week.
Samadan was crowned the league's top rookie Monday after leading Virginia Commonwealth University to a 3-0 record and a tournament championship at the West Point Challenge. It's Samadan's third A-10 weekly award of the season.
A 6-foot-5 middle blocker, Samadan was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, hosted by Army, after she averaged 2.70 kills and 1.30 blocks per set and hit .511 in victories over Albany, Sacred Heart and the host Black Knights. Samadan spiked 13 kills, hit .579 and registered four blocks in a 3-1 victory over Army on Friday, Sept. 14. She added eight kills and seven blocks in Sunday's three-set win over Sacred Heart.
Samadan's first season in black and gold is off to an outstanding start. She is hitting .387 and averaging 2.40 kills and 1.30 blocks per set in 13 matches as the Rams have charged to the first 12-1 start in school history.
After success in the non-conference portion of VCU's schedule, Samadan will try her hand at A-10 competition this weekend when the Rams make their league debut in a trip to Duquesne in Pittsburgh, Pa.