Women's Volleyball
Martone Named Top Freshman, Grot Earns All C-USA
 
Freshman Cori Martone Was Named Conference USA Freshman of the Year on Tuesday

 
Freshman Cori Martone Was Named Conference USA Freshman of the Year on Tuesday
 
 

Nov. 23, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - For the fourth time in the last six seasons, the Freshman of the Year in Conference USA hails from Tulane. Cori Martone earned the top freshman award and Izabela Grot was named to the All-Conference Second Team as Conference USA announced their All-Conference selections on Tuesday (Nov. 23).

Martone is the fourth Tulane rookie to earn the Freshman of the Year award and is the 11th player overall to earn a spot on the All-Freshman Team. This season, Martone ranked second among Conference USA rookies in kills, averaging 2.45 per set, and has posted a .377 hitting percentage since moving from the outside hitter spot to the middle blocker position.

In Conference play, the Baton Rouge native averaged nearly one block per set (0.94), posted 2.57 kills per set and tallied 1.61 digs per set. On the year, she posted seven double-doubles overall this season, with five of them being of the kill-dig variety and two being kill-blocks. She as the only freshman to earn Conference USA Player of the Week accolades this season, earning the award on Nov. 8, and started all 31 matches for Tulane this season.

"Cori really did a good job from the start this season," said Tulane head coach Sinisa Momic. She played on the outside early in the season and made a move to the middle late in the season, which showed her all-around game. She is a natural middle and really showed that when she made the move with about ten matches to go in the season. She proved that this freshman class truly did deserve the honors they received in the preseason. This is our fourth freshman of the year in six years, so that really shows that our program is moving in a good direction.

Grot has been one of the most consistent performers for the Green Wave al l season, leading the team lead in kills for the majority of the season. The redshirt-sophomore ranked 12th in Conference USA with 394.5 points and sits ninth on the C-USA kills list with 353. She has led the Green Wave in kills 14 times this season and has reached double-digits in kills in 20 times in 2010.

 

 

She is the 31st Green Wave selection to the All-C-USA team and averaged 3.32 kills per set and 0.68 blocks per set in Conference USA matches. Her 229 total kills also lead the Tulane squad, while her 47 blocks rank third on the squad. The Krakow, Poland native has started 27 of the team's 31 matches this season after transferring from Kansas State last spring.

"Izabela really showed a lot of improvement this season," Momic said. "She was really leaned on to produce at the net and she delivered by leading our squad in kills. We expect her to continue to improve from here on our and it is a great award for her."

The Green Wave will close out the season on Saturday evening against Southern Miss at Fogelman Arena. The match will start at 7:00 and will feature senior day festivities prior to the contest. In honor of the senior's final match at Fogelman and to honor the Thanksgiving holiday, the ticket office will offer $5.00 adult admission and free admission to all children.

FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE USA
Lucy Charuk, Houston
Chandace Tryon, Houston
Elizabeth Herman, Marshall
Altrese Hawkins, Memphis
Tracey Lam, Rice
Dana Powell, SMU
Kathryn Wilkerson, SMU
Ashley Mell, Southern Miss
Kelsea Seymour, Southern Miss
Jordan Clampitt, Tulsa
Tyler Henderson, Tulsa

SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE USA
Nancy Cole, Rice
Asheligh McCord, Rice
Kelli Becerra, SMU
Courtney Manning, SMU
Jessica Oliver, SMU
Izabela Grot, Tulane
Jessica Adams, Tulsa
Diana Silva, Tulsa
Hannah Stout, Tulsa
Sam Serley, UAB
Kristin Fisher, UCF

ALL FRESHMAN TEAM
Cori Martone, Tulane
Elizabeth Kale, Tulsa
Ally Slaughter, UAB
Nichole Riedel, UCF
Jeane Horton, UTEP
Melissa Toth, UTEP

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tyler Henderson, Tulsa

SETTER OF THE YEAR
Jordan Clampitt, Tulsa

LIBERO OF THE YEAR
Tracey Lam, Rice

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Cori Martone, Tulane

COACH OF THE YEAR
Ed Allen, Tulsa

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