Jan. 2, 2013
New Orleans - Junior Cori Martone was named to the second team All-Louisiana Volleyball squad for her efforts during the 2012 campaign, as announced by the LWSA on Saturday, Dec. 29th.
The middle blocker from Baton Rouge, La., has been honored by the LWSA for the third straight season, after being named to the first Team during her sophomore season in 2011 and the second team during her freshman campaign in 2010.
"Cori had a solid season last year for the most part and deserves the recognition," said Tulane Volleyball Head Coach Sinisa Momic.
Martone's willingness to play multiple positions for the Green Wave factored into her success in 2012.
"At the beginning of the season, she started as an outside hitter and showed her versatility and strong all-around skills, and also proved that she can play that position at a very high level," added Momic. "Later, we moved her to play her original position, where she contributed well for the team."
The second team All-Conference USA member made her presence felt for the Green Wave this season in many ways. In 22 matches, Martone recorded 311 kills, 24 service aces, 241 digs and 44 blocks.
In Conference USA play, she led the Green Wave in kills per set (2.98). She was also second in kills (137), points (163.5), third in aces (10), fourth in blocks (28) and blocks per set (0.61).
She ranked sixth in C-USA in aces per set (0.27) and eighth in kills per set and points per set (4.00). The junior from Baton Rouge, La., recorded double-digit kills on 18 different occasions this season, and she added double-digit dig totals on 13 occasions. She was named C-USA Player of the Week on Sept. 17th.
"I hope Cori will use this as a motivation to improve and better herself for the next year," added Momic.
The team was selected based on nominations by the various volleyball playing schools in the state. Under LSWA guidelines, no school voter could vote for athletes from their own schools and each school nominating had to submit a final ballot for their nominees to be eligible for the team.