In addition to jumping two spots to finish the season with No. 5 national rank, the ISU volleyball team grabbed a large share of Big 12 honors.
Coach Christy Johnson-Lynch received Big 12 Coach of the Year and libero Ashley Mass unanimously won her second straight Libero of the Year award, which is pretty much the top defensive player. In addition to that Mass, setter Kaylee Manns and outside hitter Victoria Henson were named to the All-Big 12 First Team, outside hitter Rachel Hockaday received Honorable Mention and middle blocker Jamie Straube was a unanimous selection for the All-Freshman team.
I figured Manns would be in the running for Player of the Year, but I forgot about Destinee Hooker from Texas, who came away with the award. Either way, big ups to Kaylee for her spectacular career and huge part in turning around the volleyball program. Considering she is the only graduating senior who saw significant playing time, the future is looking bright for the Cyclones.
This has been a great team to watch all season and I can't wait to see what they can do in the postseason. Their bracket is pretty tough, but they've beat the likes of Nebraska and Texas before.
The rest of the teams can be seen at cyclones.com and the official release is available here.