In 2009 (Junior): Melanie was one of three Golden Eagles to appear in all 112 sets and one of three to have started in all 28 matches…she served as the primary setter leading the team with 1,107 assists (9.88 aps) which ranked fourth in the OVC...she compiled 245 digs, 19 block total blocks, 15 kills and nine aces as well...posted four games with 50 assists or more including a career-high 62 against Southeast Missouri (10/10)…set a career-high in kills and attempts with four and five, respectively vs. North Florida (9/4)…named the OVC setter of the week (9/14)…record 11 double-doubles in assists and digs including a 49 assist, 15 dig performance vs. North Florida (9/4).
In 2008 (Sophomore): Melanie appeared in 25 sets for the Golden Eagles, finishing the season with 29 assists, 20 digs, two kills and one ace...she set a single-game career high for assists with 11 against Miami of Ohio on Sept. 12 and helped Tech to a five-set victory over Jacksonville State on Sept. 23 with a career-high eight digs...also had six assists in a victory over Ball State on Sept. 6.
In 2007 (Freshman): Melanie saw action in 60
games in a supporting role and finished the season with 70 assists
and 32 digs...she had a season high with seven assists and five
digs on Nov. 2 against Tennessee State...she recorded two kills on
the season, one against Bulter and one against Utah Valley, both on
Prep Highlights: Culp led her Heritage Christian team to a 2006 sectional championship and received both the team’s best server (2003-04) and best defensive player awards (2004)... Culp was coached by Michelle York, who played for Tech helmer John Blair at Mississippi and was an assistant coach for Blair at Ole Miss for eight seasons... Culp also has club experience competing for Team Indiana, playing for the 18 Gators coached by Rich Coleman. The team competed over the summer in the USA national 18 open Championships in Minnesota... Also lettered three years in softball as a center fielder / second baseman for coach Brenda Jones.
Personal: The daughter of Timothy and Kathie Culp of Indianapolis... full name is Melanie Lee Culp... born October 2, 1988... majoring in nursing.