Nov. 18, 2013
IRVING, Texas - For the second time this season, Tulane volleyball's senior setter Mel Mandelbaum has picked up the Setter of the Week award from Conference USA, announced the league offices on Monday.
Mandelbaum helped the team secure the second-place seed in the Conference USA Championship to be held later this week with victories over Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee this past weekend.
During those two matches, Tulane posted two of the best offensive performances of the season, as they hit .315 against the Lady Techsters and.410 against Middle Tennessee. The .410 clip against the Blue Raiders was not only a season-high for the Green Wave, but it was also the ninth-best team effort in a single match in Tulane history.
While helping her team to those high hitting percentages, Mandelbaum tallied 79 assists over seven sets for an average of 11.29 assists per set. She posted a setting percentage of .451 over the two matches, as well.
Mandelbaum also got in on the action offensively over the weekend, as she notched a career-high five kills against Louisiana Tech before adding another four against Middle Tennessee.
The Clovis, Calif., also reached a milestone on Sunday, as she became the 12th Green Wave volleyball player in program history to record 1,000 career digs.
"It's obvious that Mel is having a great season," said the director of Tulane volleyball Sinisa Momic. "I think she is the best setter in the conference, and we have a good chance to win whenever she has a good match. I think she had a great weekend."
On Oct. 7, Mandelbaum was also honored with the Setter of the Week award from the league offices, as she and freshman Tea Juric - who was named Offensive Player of the Week - became the first pair of Green Wave volleyballers to win two C-USA Player of the Week awards in the same week since Sept. 28, 2009.
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