Dec. 19, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The honors and accolades have continued to pour in for the Tulane volleyball team, as two seniors - Cori Martone and Mel Mandelbaum - were named Honorable Mention All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, announced the organization late Wednesday.
Late last week, freshman Tea Juric joined Martone and Mandelbaum on the All-Southwest Region team by the AVCA.
Martone and Mandelbaum, who were both All Conference-USA First Team members, were the first two volleyballers from Tulane to earn All-American status since Visnja Djurdjevic and Rachel Lindelow earned the honorable mention honors from the AVCA in 2009. Martone and Mandelbaum join Djurdjevic, Lindelow, Jen Linder (2008), Sara Radosevic (2005-08), Bridget Wells (2007-08), Jen Miller (2007) and Deva Fowler (2003) as the only AVCA All-Americans in Tulane history. All earned honorable mention honors.
The 2013 Tulane volleyball squad went 28-4 on the season, by far one of the best seasons for the Green Wave in recent memory.
Martone posted 388 kills for an average of 3.77 kills per set, while hitting .271 and adding 265 digs, 2.57 digs per set, 17 service aces, 73 total blocks (six solo) and 444.5 points. Martone wrapped up her senior campaign by helping the senior class double their win total in just one year, as the Green Wave managed to win just 28 matches from 2010-12.
Mandelbaum became the first setter in Tulane history to be named to the All-C-USA First Team, and she was also named the league's Setter of the Year. Mandelbaum ranked ninth in the NCAA in assists per set with an average of 11.7, totaling 1,332 assists on the season for the sixth-best single-season total in school history. She moved to second place during the year on the career assists list at Tulane, as she tallied 3,684 assists for her career.
"I feel like I've been repetitive in what I've said about these two receiving honors, but it's obvious that the talent and hard work from Mel and Cori paid off," stated the director of Tulane volleyball Sinisa Momic. "They've been recognized by the conference, regionally and now as All-Americans. This is great for the both of them, and for the program, as we haven't had an All-American in quite awhile."
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