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#1 Tori Mellinger
Position: Outside Hitter/Libero
Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
High School: Lake Highlands
Club: Skyline Juniors
Experience: 3 Letters
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One of the most complete, fundamentally sound players on the team...Has taken on a leadership role and has gained invaluable experience as the team’s libero her first two seasons and as a starting outside hitter as a junior...Is a crafty and calculating attacker who gets a good jump and has a technically sound and deceptively quick arm swing...Sees and reads the defense extremely well...Is especially efficient at tooling the block to get the kill...Is a confident cornerstone in the back row with her excellent all-around ball handling skills and her innate ability to keep the ball in play...Has an instinctive knack of being in the right spot defensively and goes all out to make the play...Continued to hone her skills over the summer, traveling with a USA Select Team and competing in China...Is a dedicated player who has a high understanding of the game...Also demonstrates a strong commitment to the team, the university and the community through her involvement in numerous campus organizations and activities.

MELLINGER'S HONORS

2012
Delaware Invitational All-Tournament Team
SEC Community Service Team
Texas A&M Most Inspirational Player

2010
Texas A&M Best Defensive Player

2012 (SENIOR)

The team captain started all 31 matches and played in 113 of 115 sets at outside hitter...Led the team with 14 double-doubles...Ranked second on the team and 16th in the SEC with 3.18 digs per set for the full season and was second on the team and 16th in the SEC with 3.37 digs per set in SEC matches only...Ranked second on the team with 2.74 kills for the full season and 2.76 kills per set in SEC matches only...Was third on the team with 3.12 points for the full season and 3.15 points per set in SEC matches only...Posted double-figure digs in 20 matches...Tallied double-figure kills in 17 matches...Finished her career ranked second in A&M records with 1, 480 career digs, the most by an A&M player in the rally scoring era, including the 30-point scoring cap which began in 2001...Led or tied for the team lead in kills in seven matches and in digs five times...Led the team in points in six matches, including a career-high 21.5 points vs. Kentucky (Sept. 23) after posting a career-high 18 kills.

2011 (JUNIOR)

After playing libero and appearing in every match in her first two seasons, came in as an outside hitter for the first time in her career in the third set of the season opener against Creighton...Started 25 matches as an outside hitter and was the starting designated libero in three matches...Was third among starters with 2.91 digs per set and fourth with 1.83 kills and 2.18 points per set for the full season...Reached double figures in kills in nine matches and double figures in digs in 18 matches...Posted the first double-double of her career with 10 kills and 15 digs in the win against Northern Illinois and finished the season with seven total double-doubles...Led or tied for the team lead in digs seven times, including a personal season-high 20 digs in the NCAA first-round victory against Lipscomb...Led or tied for the team lead in kills three times and in points in two matches...Her four aces in the five-set win against Oklahoma tied for second in the Big 12 for most aces in a conference match and tied for the most in a Big 12 five-set match...Became the 19th player in school history to post 1,000 career digs, tallying 13 digs against Iowa State on Oct. 22 to surpass the milestone...Finished the year with 1,121 digs for her career, ranking 13th in the A&M records.

2010 (SOPHOMORE)

Was Texas A&M's designated libero in all 113 sets and received the Best Defensive Player award at the team's year-end banquet...Led the Aggies in digs and set an A&M record with 329 digs in Big 12 matches only...Tallied 467 digs for the full season, fourth most in school history and the most by an A&M player since 1988, three years before Mellinger was born...Recorded a career-high 34 digs against Missouri on Oct. 13, the most digs by an A&M player in the rally-point scoring era -- using both the 30- and 25-point scoring cap -- and ranking fifth all-time in the Aggie record books...Finished the season ranked eighth in the Big 12 with 4.13 digs per set for the full season and eighth in the league with 4.22 digs per set in conference matches only...Led or tied for team-high honors in digs in a team-best 19 matches...Posted 20 or more digs in eight matches and finished the season with a team-high 25 double-figure dig performances.

2009 (FRESHMAN)

Made an immediate impact in A&M's back row defense, appearing in every match and 106 of 109 sets...Was the team's designated starting libero in all but the first four matches of the season...Led the Aggies with 354 total digs and ranked second on the squad with 3.34 digs per set...In Big 12 matches only, led A&M with 245 digs and a 3.45 dig average, ranking 10th in the conference for digs per set...Reached double figures in digs in a team-leading 22 matches, including double-digit dig performances in nine of the last 10 matches of the season...Surpassed the 20-dig mark twice, including a career-high 24 digs in the 3-1 victory at No. 17 Baylor...Claimed team-high honors in digs in a team-leading 13 matches...Averaged 3.75 digs per set in A&M's NCAA Sweet 16 tournament run.

PREVIOUS ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE

Was a four-year varsity letterwinner and four-time all-district selection at Lake Highlands High School where she played outside hitter for coach Cory Williams...A 2008 high school All-American by PrepVolleyball.com and a two-time selection to the Texas Girls Coaches Association all-state team...As a senior, was named District 9-5A Most Valuable Player after leading the league in total and average kills and ranking second in total and average digs while captaining the Wildcats to a 12-0 district record and their fourth consecutive district title...Garnered MVP honors at the prestigious Duncanville Tournament of Champions and also was named all-tournament at the State 5A championships after directing Lake Highlands to its first state tournament appearance in its 42-year history...Wildcats fell to Westlake and future A&M teammate Abby Howden in the semifinals and finished the season 45-5...As a junior, was named to PrepVolleyball.com's All-American Highest Honorable Mention list and became the first player from Lake Highlands to earn TGCA all-state honors in volleyball...Received District 9-5A Best Hitter honors, led the district with 660 kills and also led in kill average...Also led the district in total digs (694) and was second in average digs per game...As a sophomore, named to PrepVolleyball.com's Soph 79 listing of the top sophomores in the country...Started as a freshman and received special recognition on LoneStarVolleyball.com's All-Texas Team...Played club ball for seven years, most recently for Skyline Juniors...Her club teams finished in the top 10 at Junior Olympics in each of her last five years, including Skyline Junior RoShamBo's second-place finish at 2008 JOs...Was voted to the all-tournament team at the 2008 JOs and to the All-American Team at the 2008 AAU tournament after placing third in the 17 Open division...Named to PrepVolleyball.com's 2008 list of "Defensive Dandies"...Participated in numerous USA Volleyball High Performance camps...Most memorable athletic moments of pre-college career are playing in the finals of the 2008 Junior Olympics Open Division and receiving MVP honors at the 2008 Duncanville Tournament of Champions.

PERSONAL

Victoria Paige Mellinger is the daughter of David and Jill Mellinger...Is the second of four children...Is a third-generation Aggie as both her mother and grandfather attended A&M, as well as numerous cousins...Began playing volleyball in the fourth grade for the Spring Valley Athletic Association...Chose to attend A&M because, "I wanted to play in a competitive conference at the highest level"...Was most impressed with the coaches and overall feel of A&M and felt like "the opportunity (volleyball and education) seems so much greater at A&M"...Hobbies include cooking, baking, hanging out at the pool and going to the movies...Served as the volleyball team's representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and is a member of Aggie Athletes Involved...A two-time Champs/Texas A&M scholar athlete, is majoring in sport management and minoring in coaching and communications...On schedule to graduate in May 2013...Career ambition is to be a college coach...Born February 9, 1991, in Dallas, Texas.

MELLINGER UP CLOSE

  • Favorite class subject: anything involving coaching
  • Favorite quote: "The mind is the athlete, the body is simply the means it uses."
  • Favorite volleyball player: Lindsey Miller J
  • Favorite athlete (any sport): Derek Jeter
  • Favorite professional sports team (any sport): Dallas Mavericks
  • Favorite website: Twitter
  • Favorite app: Pandora
  • Favorite type of music and musical artist: alternative music, but I'm not picky
  • Favorite food: quesadillas
  • Favorite TV show: Grey's Anatomy
  • Favorite book: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Favorite movie: Almost Famous
  • Favorite part about the sport of volleyball: the competition and winning
  • Favorite sport to play other than volleyball: softball
  • Favorite summer job: coaching swim lessons
  • Favorite thing about A&M: the Aggie network - meeting Aggies all over the country
  • Favorite Aggie tradition: the 12th Man
  • Favorite Karaoke song to sing: I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
  • Favorite piece of advice: The only good thing to do with advice is to pass it on, it is never of any use to oneself.
  • The person who has had the greatest impact on my athletic career: Cory Williams (high school volleyball coach)
  • The accomplishment (athletic or non-athletic) that I am most proud of: playing for Texas A&M University
  • People have told me that I look like (name of celebrity): I never get that I look like anyone famous L
  • When I was little, I dreamed of being an: Olympic athlete
  • Something I've always wanted to do but haven't: play professional volleyball
  • I can't believe I watch this show: Toddlers and Tiaras
  • Few people know that I: know how to swing dance
  • My best non-athletic talent: baking
  • My most prized possession: my Aggie ring
  • My most memorable athletic moment: playing volleyball in China this past summer
  • After I graduate, I plan to: play professional volleyball and go to grad school
  • My dream job is: be a head coach at a Division I university

 

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