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Mel Mandelbaum
Mel Mandelbaum


Clovis, Calif.

High School:
Clovis West





2013-14 Student-Athletes Honored at Annual Awards Banquet

Mandelbaum and Doss named Female and Male Athletes of the Year, Schelske and Schmidt earned Female and Male Scholar Athletes of the Year Honors and Magee and Walker receive the James W. Wilson, Jr. Award


Volleyball Drops Season Finale At East Carolina, 3-1

Martone tallies 16 kills, 17 digs in the loss; Green Wave conclude the year with 6-21 record


Volleyball Celebrates Senior Day With 3-0 C-USA Win Over SMU

Grot, Jovic combine for 27 kills as the Green Wave post first straight-sets win of the year


Volleyball To Celebrate Senior Day On Sunday vs SMU

Green Wave look to send Senior Class of Izabela Grot, Milica Jovic and Lilly Wolfe out in style


Volleyball Drops Hard-Fought, 3-2 Decision To Conference USA-Leading Tulsa

Grot, Mandelbaum, Wolfe post double-doubles; Weaver tallies career-best 32 digs in the loss

Mandelbaum's Career Honors
Year Honor/Award
2013 AVCA Honorable Mention All-American
2013 AVCA All-Southwest Region First Team
2013 LSWA All-Louisiana
2013 Conference USA Setter of the Year
2013 All-Conference USA First Team
2013 Conference USA All-Tournament Team
2013 C-USA Setter of the Week (Oct. 7)
2013 C-USA Setter of the Week (Nov. 18)
2013 Kathy Trosclair Memorial All-Tournament Team
2013 Youngstown State Invitational All-Tournament MVP
2010 Terrapin Classic All-Tournament Team

Career: Ended her indoor career as one of the top setters in school history...became the first Tulane setter to earn All-Conference USA First Team and Setter of the Year honors from C-USA...finished her career having played in 432 sets across 116 matches...tallied 160 kills, 3,684 assists, 71 service aces, 1,031 digs, 58 total blocks (four solo) and 262.0 points...leaves Tulane ranked second in career assists (3,684), fifth in assists per set (8.53), seventh in service attempts (1,613), 12th in digs (1,031) and 19th in digs per set (2.39).

Senior (2013): Named an American Volleyball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American and an AVCA All-Southwest Region First Team member...earned LSWA All-First Team honors...named the Conference USA Setter of the Year, as well as earning All-Conference USA First Team honors and Conference USA All-Tournament Team honors...Appeared in 113 sets during all 32 matches on the season...started all 32 matches on the year...tallied 69 kills, 1,332 assists, 23 service aces, 274 digs, 30 total blocks (one solo) and 107.5 points...led the Green Wave in assists (1,332) and assists per set (11.79) while ranking third on the team in service aces (23) and digs (274)...led Conference USA in assists per set (11.79), while also ranking ninth in the NCAA in the same category...tallied 12 double-doubles on the year...managed double-digit assist totals in 30 of the 32 matches on the year...named to the Kathy Trosclair Memorial All-Tournament Team after recording 30 assists and two service aces against Rider (8/30) and 37 assists and two service aces against Nicholls State (8/31)...tallied a season-high 59 assists versus Toledo (9/6), while adding 47 assists and 10 digs at Youngstown State (9/6) and 33 assists versus Saint Francis (Pa.) to earn the MVP during the Youngstown State Invitational Tournament...recorded 43 assists and 12 digs against North Dakota (9/14)...posted 55 assists and 16 digs at Radford (9/20)...managed 43 assists and 14 digs during the Conference USA opener against UTSA (9/27)...posted 35 assists against Lamar (10/1) as well as 48 assists at Marshall (10/4) and 34 assists and 13 digs at Charlotte (10/6) to earn Conference USA Setter of the Week honors (10/7)...tallied a season-high three service aces to go along with 50 assists and 13 digs at ECU (10/13)...notched 35 assists and 10 digs against FAU (10/25)...totaled 49 assists and 15 digs at UAB (10/1)...led the Green Wave with 44 assists to go along with 14 digs at North Texas (11/3)...had back-to-back double-doubles of 44 assists and 13 digs and 54 assists and 16 digs at Tulsa (11/8) and at Rice (11/10)...earned her second Conference USA Setter of the Week honors (11/18) after totaling 31 assists against Louisiana Tech (11/15) and 48 assists against Middle Tennessee (11/17)...recorded a career-high seven kills versus UAB in the Conference USA Championship (11/22)...posted her final double-double versus Tulsa at the Conference USA Championship (11/23) with 56 assists and 15 digs.

Earned Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll honors for a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the spring.

Junior (2012): Appeared in all 27 matches, starting all 27 and playing in a total of 109 sets...one of only two Greenies to play in all 109 sets on the season...posted 28 kills, 758 assists seven service aces, 258 digs and seven blocks (one solo) on the year...12th in Conference USA in assists per set with 6.95...led the team in assists with 758, and was third on the team with 258 digs...scored 39 points on the season...notched double-digit assists in all but one match on the season...recorded two service aces in the season opener against Nevada (Aug. 24)...notched a season-high three kills at Southern Miss (Sept. 21) and vs. UCF (Sept. 23)...posted 13 double-digit digs matches on the year...boasted a season-best 16 digs against UAB (Oct. 5)...notched her lone solo block against Houston (Oct. 21)...posted a season high two total blocks against UCF (Sept. 23)...scored a season-high four points on three different occasions: vs. Nevada (Aug. 24), at Southern Miss (Sept. 21) and against UCF (Sept. 23)...earned Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll honors...also named the team's Most Inspirational Player during the Tulane Student-Athlete banquet.

Sophomore (2011): Appeared in and started 25 matches during the season and played 97 sets, missing the final five matches of the season due to injury ... led the team in assists (615) as a part of the two-setter system...was second on the squad in digs (227) and fourth in service aces (17)...was tenth in Conference USA in assists per-set (6.34)...had 24 double-digit assist matches and 11 double-digit dig matches...had 11 double-doubles (assist/digs)...topped the 20-assist mark 18 times, which included two 30-plus, two 40-plus and one 50-plus assist matches...had 22 assists and seven digs versus Idaho State (8/26) at the Tiger Invitational...added five service aces to 16 assists and four digs versus Binghamton (9/27) to close out the Tiger Invitational...had 28 assists and ten digs versus San Diego State (9/2) to open the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic...boasted 34 assists and 17 digs at FIU (9/9)...had 25 assists and 14 digs versus Belmont (9/16) to open the Kathy Trosclair Memorial...added 28 assists versus Lamar (9/17) and 24 assists and 17 digs versus South Alabama (9/17) to close out the KTM...had 33 assists versus UAB (9/30)...boasted three consecutive double-doubles at SMU (10/8-9) with 27 assists and 13 digs in the first match and 22 assists and ten digs in the second match to go along with 20 assists and ten digs versus Marshall (10/14)...had 26 assists versus East Carolina (10/16) and 22 against Southern Miss (10/19)...had 44 assists, 13 digs and four kills against UTEP (10/23)...handed out 53 assists and added six digs and two kills at East Carolina (10/28)...had 21 digs and 42 assists to go along with four kills at Marshall (10/30)...posted back-to-back double-doubles versus Tulsa (11/5-6) with 25 assists and 13 digs in the first meeting and 24 assists and 13 digs in the second meeting...was a Tulane 3.0 Club and Conference USA Commissioner Honor Roll Selection.

Freshman (2010): Started all 32 matches during the season and played all 113 sets...ranked tenth in Conference USA in assists per-set (8.68) and was 18th in service aces per-set (0.21)...led the team in assists (979) and service aces (24)...ranked second on the squad in digs (272)...her assists total of 979 ranks tenth on the single season charts at Tulane...posted double-digit assists in all 32 matches...posted nine double-doubles during the season...handed out 11 assists in her collegiate debut versus#4 Stanford (8/27) at the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic...grabbed her first career double-double in her second career match at New Mexico (8/28) with 17 assists and ten digs...posted 45 assists, eight digs and two blocks - one solo - versus Purdue (9/4) at the Pitt Invitational...grabbed 30-plus assists and three kills in all three matches at the Terrapin Invitational to earn All-Tournament honors...posted 36 assists and 12 digs in the tournament opener versus Fairfield (9/10), added 34 helpers and 14 digs versus Penn (9/11) and had 42 assists and nine digs at Maryland (9/11) in the tournament finale...had 46 assists in the finale of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic versus FIU (9/18)...grabbed a double-double in the Conference USA opener versus Houston (9/25) with 38 assists and 11 digs...posted a career-high 65 assists and 25 digs in a five-set loss to SMU (10/1)...grabbed a double-double with 26 assists and 11 digs at Tulsa (10/3)...handed out 42 helpers against UTEP (10/15) and 56 versus UCF (10/17) in a Conference USA homestand...posted a career-high four kills and added 11 assists for a double-double versus the Knights (10/17) in the five-set loss...collected a double-double with 22 assists and 20 digs at Southern Miss (10/20)...had two kills, 33 assists and eight digs versus Marshall (10/23)...had 27 assists and nine digs versus Memphis (11/12)...grabbed her final double-double of the season at Marshall (11/19) with 22 assists and ten digs...closed the season with 21 assists and five digs versus Southern Miss (11/27) in a three-set win.

About Mel Mandelbaum

Prep: Lettered all four years at Clovis West High School for coach Rhonda DeRuiter...selected as team captain and MVP during her junior and senior seasons...earned All-American honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association and Prep Volleyball...was an All-State selection as a senior season when she led the state of California (all divisions) with 1,201 assists...named First Team All-Tri-River Athletic Conference as a junior and senior...earned Second Team All-TRAC during her freshman and sophomore seasons...was an All-City selection all four seasons at CWHS...earned First Team All-District 33-11 her final two seasons on campus and was a second team pick as a sophomore...was chosen as the California Interscholastic Federation Central Section Player of the Year as a senior...was a Division I First Team All-Region pick as a junior and senior...helped CWHS to the first CIF Division I Central Section Championship in 2008 and repeated the feat in 2009...holds the school record for career assists (3,878) and digs (917)...owns the single season assists mark (1,201) for the Golden Eagles...also lettered once in basketball and four times in badminton...helped her team to the TRAC title twice and the CIF Central Section crown once...played her club volleyball for Central Cal...off the court, earned Scholar-Athlete honors during all eight semesters...named to the High honor Roll four times.

Personal:Born Melody Ellen Mandelbaum on August 7, 1992...daughter of Phil Mandelbaum and Leisa Donley...has one brother, Ian Wilson, and two sisters, Mariah Mandelbaum and Nicole Wilson...sister Mariah has won three NAIA National Championships at Fresno Pacific College...plans to major in Business while at Tulane.

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