Green Wave to play Mercer on Saturday before squaring off against host Blazers on Sunday
Green Wave to battle Seminoles at Coconut Beach in Slidell; match slated to begin at 4 p.m.
2012: Did not play as sand volleyball as a redshirt-sophomore.
Indoor: Three-year letterwinner of Tulane's indoor program, posting 91 kills (0.29/set), 2352 assists (7.37/set), 48 service aces (0.15/set), 757 digs (2.37/set) and 28 blocks (0.09/set) in 84 matches and 319 sets of action...has 82 double-digit assist matches, 33 double-digit dig outings and 33 double-doubles...posted career highs of 65 assists and 25 digs vs SMU (10/1/10), five aces vs Binghampton (8/27/11), four kills vs UCF (10/17/10) and vs UTEP (10/23/11), and four blocks at Marshall (10/30/11)...earned all-tournament honors at the Terrapin Invitational as a freshman in 2010 and the Kathy Trosclair Memorial Tournament as a junior in 2012...claimed Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane 3.0 Club distinction in each of her first two collegiate seasons.
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Clovis West High for coach Rhonda DeRuiter...helped lead the Golden Eagles to a combined 90-33 record with a pair of Tri-Rivers Athletic Conference titles, a CIF Section championship and a tirp to the California Division I Elite 8...set Clovis West career records with 3,878 assists and 917 digs to go with 729 kills, 174 aces and 92 blocks...also the established single-season assist mark with 1,201 as a senior en route to claiming AVCA All-American and first-team all-state honors...earned first-team All-TRAC honors her final two prep season while claiming second-team recognition as a freshman and sophomore...named all-city each prep season, first-team All-District 33-11 as a junior and senior, and second-team all-district as a sophomore...began playing volleyball in third grade and was the starting center on the 12-and-Under Far Western Champions at age 9...played club volleyball for Central Cal where she helped her teams win the Junior Olympics and Far Western National Division in 2006...helped club teams finish second at the Colorado Crossroads and Far Westerns in 2008 and at the California Kickoff 18 Open in 2009, third in the 2008 SoCal Qualifier and 2009 Colorado Crossroads, and ninth at the 2009 Las Vegas Classic...also lettered four years in badminton, where she helped Clovis West win three conference and two CIF section titles, and once year in basketball...off the court, earned Scholar-Athlete honors all eight semester and was named to the High Honor Roll four times.
Personal: Born Melody Ellen Mandelbaum on Aug. 1992, in Clovis, Calif...daughter of Phil Mandelbaum and Leisa Donley...has one brother, Ian, and two sisters: Mariah and Nicole...sister, Mariah, played at Fresno Pacific where she won an NAIA National Championship...majoring in sociology.