SMU picked to finish second; Heise and Giordano named to preseason team
Acker, Giordano, Hegarty and Heise will attend tryout in Colorado Springs
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
2014 (So.): All-Region Honorable Mention…All-American Athletic Conference Second Team…Led the conference with 160 blocks, third most in a season at SMU…Averaged a league-best 1.31 per set, ranking 38th in the NCAA…Posted a career-high 13 blocks in four sets against Connecticut (11/21), third most in a match at SMU…Had 10 blocks at Connecticut (10/26)…Scored at least 10 kills 12 times, recording 261 for the season…Tallied a career-high 12 kills four times this season, including a four-set match against Tulsa (11/26)…Also had nine assists and 48 digs…Named American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week (11/24).
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.