AMES, Iowa - Sara Stribe, a freshman setter on Iowa State's volleyball team last season, announced today she will concentrate on volleyball for the remainder of her career at Iowa State.

Stribe transferred to Iowa State from Drake, where she was a member of the basketball team, averaging 4.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg in her only season in 1998-99. Due to the NCAA transfer rule, Stribe sat out the 1999-2000 women's basketball season as a redshirt, but was eligible to compete in volleyball. The Carroll, Iowa native started the last 20 matches at setter for the ISU volleyball program, leading the team in assists with 563. In the second to last match of the season, Stribe dished out 54 assists vs. Missouri, breaking the school record for most assists in a three-game match. She finished the year with 139 digs (2.17 dpg) and 28 blocks (0.44 bpg).

"After discussing my options as a student-athlete at ISU with my family and coaches, I have decided to direct my attention on volleyball for the remainder of my career at Iowa State," Stribe said. "I feel I have a great opportunity with the Cyclone volleyball program and I am going to pursue that avenue."

Stribe was a first-team all-state selection in both volleyball and basketball at Carroll High School, earning Des Moines Register's 1998 High School Female Athlete of the Year Award. She played on two state championship basketball teams and finished runner-up state champions in volleyball her junior season. She ended her career as Iowa's all-time leading scorer in five-player basketball history.

"I am extremely pleased and honored that Sara has chosen to focus solely on volleyball," ISU head volleyball coach Linda Grensing said. "Sara is a fine student and athlete that possesses tremendous potential. Sara's competitiveness, athleticism and desire are qualities good setters need and something we can build this program on."

Stribe is one of four returning starters and one of four freshmen who saw considerable action in their rookie seasons last year for the ISU volleyball team.