NEW ORLEANS - A season after Middle Tennessee set a Sun Belt record for most Player of the Week awards, the Blue Raiders kept the trend going as Ashley Adams took home the season's first such honor as announced by the league office on Monday.
"Ashley had one of the best weekends we've seen from a Blue Raider against competition of that caliber," head coach Matt Peck said. "We certainly hope that she can continue to excel and lead us throughout the rest of the season."
Adams, who tallied 30 kills over the weekend's two matches, shared the weekly honors with Western Kentucky's Tiffany Elmore. This marks the second time that Adams has earned the award in her career, and the 22nd time a Blue Raider has taken it home since joining the conference in 2000.
After earning All-Sun Belt Preseason accolades last week, Adams validated the recognition in the season opener against 15th-ranked Colorado State. Matching up with a traditionally strong blocking team, the junior posted 17 kills over the three sets, and hit at a .297 rate. Later in the day, Adams posted 13 more kills with a .306 attack percentage against Arkansas.
The Middle Tennessee volleyball team will next play on Thursday when they host Missouri before welcoming in four other teams for the Blue Raider Bash, which is set to begin on Friday.