Heise, Young and Acker named to First Team; Giordano selected to Second Team
Acker earns second offensive award; Giordano named Defensive Player of the Week
Four Mustangs named to preseason team
SMU sophomore was part of silver medal national team
SMU freshman is one of 12 players selected for tour of Europe
2013 (Fr.): Named to the All-American Athletic Conference first team as a freshman...Started 30 of 31 matches, playing 111 sets...Recorded 219 kills on the season with a season-high 11 against Davidson (9/6)...Had a career-high eight total blocks in five sets against San Francisco (9/13)...Hit over .500 in six different matches, with a career-high hitting percentage of .714 against Alabama A&M (9/21)...Ranked sixth in the league and first on the team in hitting percentage for the year...Finished sixth in The American and second on the team for blocks in conference matches.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner for head coach Sylvia Ortiz at Keller High School...Named first team All-District as a junior and senior...Named All-District MVP in 2012...Selected to Tournament of Champions and San Marcos Tournament All-Tournament teams as a senior...Member of the National Honor Society...Twice named Academic All-District...Led her club team to a runner-up finish at the 2010 USAV National Championships, earning All-Tournament honors...Two-time selection to the Lone Star Volleyball All-Texas team.
PERSONAL: Full name is Janelle Marie Giordano...Born Sept. 17, 1995 in Upland, Calif....Daughter of Dave and Donna Giordano...Has one older brother, Brent...Chose SMU because of its academic reputation and the volleyball coaching staff...Would like to have dinner with Jesus Christ, Albert Einstein and Josh Hamilton...Favorite movie is The Blind Side...Favorite restaurant is Olive Garden...Major is mathematics.