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Former Waxahachie volleyball standout makes history with East Carolina

East Carolina sophomore Shelby Martin is a Waxahachie grad.
East Carolina sophomore Shelby Martin is a Waxahachie grad. Courtesy

East Carolina began playing volleyball in 1977 so it’s been 41 years. In 1,300 previous games, the Pirates never had a single triple-double recorded. Not until Game No. 1,301.

Former Waxahachie all-state setter Shelby Martin became the first on Sunday vs. Memphis with 34 assists, 14 digs and 10 kills.

It’s also the first triple-double this season in the American Athletic Conference.

Martin, who had seven triple-doubles as a junior and senior back when she was an Lady Indian, has come close on multiple occasions at ECU. Most notably earlier this season when she was one kill shy of the first. She had 40 assists, 14 digs and 9 kills vs. North Carolina Central in September.

The ECU sophomore was named the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year last season, marking the first time for ECU in any league in program history. Martin had eight double-doubles and ended the season with the fourth-most assists among all setters in conference. She was three kills shy a triple-double vs. SMU on Sept. 29 (49 assists, 11 digs, 7 kills).

In August, Martin was named to the Preseason AAC team. In March, Martin made the trip to Colorado Springs, Colo. to participate in the USA Volleyball Women’s National Team Open Tryouts at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Martin has recorded 611 assists in 21 games this season and needs 84 more to break into the program career top 10 list.

She also has six additional double-doubles.

During her prep career, Martin was a three-year starter at Waxahachie, where the Lady Indians amassed a 115-30 record. Martin recorded 847 assists, 751 kills, 566 digs, 126 aces and 91 blocks.

Martin was selected to the 5A all-state team and district offensive POY as a junior after tallying 468 assists, 382 kills, 325 digs and 75 aces. The Indians went to three regional tournaments with Martin on the roster.

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