Women's Volleyball
Martone, Wruck Earn Postseason Honors
Freshman Anna Wruck Had One of the Most Prolific Blocking Seasons Since 2005
Freshman Anna Wruck Had One of the Most Prolific Blocking Seasons Since 2005

Nov. 23, 2011

Conference USA Release

IRVING, Texas - The Conference USA office announced their postseason awards on Wednesday (November 23) afternoon and two players from the Tulane volleyball team were honored. Sophomore Cori Martone earned Second Team All-Conference USA accolades and freshman Anna Wruck was named to the C-USA All-Freshmen Team.

"Cori and Anna truly deserve the honors that they received from the conference," said Tulane head coach Sinisa Momic. "After being freshman of the year last year, we expected Cori to develop and be more of a leader this season. She had a difficult move to make from middle blocker to outside hitter and she made some strides this season. I think this is the first step for Cori and it is our job to make sure that she continues to develop and we think she can be one of the best players in our conference in the future."

Martone was the top offensive producer for the Green Wave all season and ended the year with a team best 3.45 kills per-set average and 4.03 points per-set mark. She totaled 376 kills and 439 points to go along with 164 digs, 72 blocks and 21 service aces. Among her conference constituents, Martone ranked fifth overall in kills per-set and was sixth overall in points per-set.

A native of Baton Rouge, La., Martone ended the season with three double-doubles and 17 double-digit kill matches. She set a new career-high for kills in a match on October 30 at Marshall when she led all players with 29 successful attacks. She also set a career-best in points with 30 against the Thundering Herd, becoming the first player Tulane player since 2009 to top the 30-point barrier in a match. A day prior to setting the kills mark, the all-around player boasted 21 digs versus East Carolina to establish a career-best standard.



Martone has led the Green Wave in kills 17 times this season, while owning the top digs total on XX occasions. Her kill and point totals each led the team in 2011, while she was second in service aces and total blocks. This is the second straight season that Martone has been honored by C-USA, as she was an All-Freshmen Team pick last season and won the C-USA Freshman of the Year award.

"Anna is one of the top young players in our conference and she has a big upside," said Momic. "It is great that she was honored as an all-freshmen performer. She has just started to really learn the game and she has a very high ceiling. We expect her to continue to improve and be a big for us in the middle in the coming years."

The Olive and Blue bring home an All-Freshmen Team selection for the fourth consecutive season as Wruck grabs that distinction after a solid rookie campaign. Wruck owns the best blocks per-set average (1.05 bps) for a freshman in recent history and is the first player since 2006 to own an average of better than one block per-set (Boatwright, 1.17 bps). Her total of 124 is matched only by Jen Linder's 125 blocks in 2008 over the past five seasons.

The Monmouth, Ore. native has totaled 194 kills this season, ranking third on the team, 269 points, to rank second on the squad, and sits atop the team charts in solo blocks (24) and blocking assists (100). Wruck set her season-best with 18 kills against UAB on September 30 and has topped the ten-kill mark four times in 2011. Her nine blocks at Marshall on October 30 are a season best, while she surpassed five blocks in a match 11 times.

The Conference USA postseason awards are voted on by the 12 conference head coaches and compiled by the conference office.

Lucy Charuk, Houston
Altrese Hawkins, Memphis
Nancy Cole, Rice
Courtney Manning, SMU
Kelsea Seymour, Southern Miss
Jessica Adams, Tulsa
Tyler Henderson, Tulsa
Diana Silva, Tulsa
Sam Serley, UAB
Angelica Crump, UCF
Xitlali Herrera, UTEP

Katie Norris, Houston
Chandace Tryon, Houston
Abby Tomas, Marshall
Megan Murphy, Rice
Jessica Oliver, SMU
Dana Powell, SMU
Lisa Knecht, Southern Miss
Ashley Mell, Southern Miss
Cori Martone, Tulane
Kellie Culbertson, Tulsa
Heather Thomas, UAB
Evija Vilde, UCF
Rachel Vukson, UCF
Jeane Horton, UTEP

Caitlin Ogletree, Houston
Sammie Bane, Marshall
Jillian Humphrey, Rice
Caroline Young, SMU
Anna Wruck, Tulane
Delaina Sarden, UCF

Tyler Henderson, Tulsa

Kelsea Seymour, Southern Miss

Jessica Adams, Tulsa

Delaina Sarden, UCF

Steven McRoberts, Tulsa
Kerry Messersmith, UAB



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