Adams Named GBR.com November Athlete of the Month

Sophomore dominates; leads team to Sun Belt Title

December 15, 2006 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Ashley Adams is not too fond of her new nickname but she may have to get used to it. After helping Middle Tennessee volleyball to a Sun Belt Tournament Championship victory and an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament it seems "Automatic Adams" is the perfect adjective to describe the Blue Raiders talented rising star.

How did she get the nickname "Automatic Adams?" It was given to Adams by play-by-play announcer Russell Luna and members of the Middle Tennessee media relations staff after witnessing the almost deadly proficiency on the court when comes to attacking the ball. Adams just doesn't miss.

Her prolific attacking style and her high-octane play is why the 6-1 outside hitter from Columbus, Ohio has been named GoBlueRaiders.com Player of the Month for November. She joins recent winners Kala Morgan (soccer) and Damon Nickson (football).

In six matches in November Adams recorded 126 kills, averaging 6.0 kills per game, with a .424 attack percentage. Adams showed her dominance November 11 as her career-high 26 kills assisted the Blue Raiders in their first victory over Sun Belt foe Western Kentucky since 2000. The win also gave Middle Tennessee the No. 1 seed heading into the Sun Belt Tournament.

"I knew I had to be a leader and felt a lot of responsibility to make sure we played together," Adams said. "I don't feel any pressure on the court to get the ball over the net and get it down. I just try to be consistent."

In the tournament, Adams was almost unstoppable. The Blue Raiders posted two shutouts including a 3-0 blanking of Florida International in the finals as Middle Tennessee rode the powerful left arm of Adams to claim the tournament crown. She had 63 kills in the tournament, averaging 6.30 kills per game, and a .361 attack percentage.

Adams' prowess on the court has not gone unnoticed. She was voted to the Sun Belt First Team and also was named Sun Belt Tournament MVP.

It would be remiss to leave out Adams' and the team's final accomplishments of the season, though it did occur in December. The Blue Raiders won their first match in the NCAA Tournament, defeating Louisville 3-2 with Adams notching 25 kills. In the two matches in the tournament, Adams recorded 45 kills averaging 5.00 kills per game. For her efforts, Adams was also named an Honorable Mention All-American and All-South Region.

"The individual awards are great but I am still bummed that we lost to Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament," Adams said. "I would trade all the individual awards if we could have beaten Ohio State."

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