Cyclone Trio Set For National Team Tryouts
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State Volleyball All-Americans Victoria Henson, Kaylee Manns and Ashley Mass will be taking part in the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout Feb. 19-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Henson and Mass will be competing for a spot in the A2 program, while Manns will be vying for a place on the U.S. National Team.
Henson, one of 41 outside hitters attending the tryouts, posted 4.14 kills per set to lead the Cyclones as a junior. The Leavenworth, Kan. native hit .239 and earned third-team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honors. She was named to the All-Big 12 first team for the second time in her career. Henson was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors three times and AVCA National Player of the Week honors once last season. She was the only player in the Big 12 to record 400 kills and 300 digs in 2009.
Mass, a Muskego, Wis. native, became Iowa State’s first AVCA first-team All-America selection after being named Big 12 Libero of the Year for the second consecutive year. She was the first libero to earn first-team All-America honors since 2004. Mass led the Big 12 and was 10th in the nation averaging 5.49 digs per set as a junior. She captured Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors six times in the fall and is among 39 liberos vying for a spot.
Manns, a two-time member of the U.S. A2 program, wrapped up her stellar Cyclone career last fall. The two-time All-American from Topeka, Kan., became the only player in Big 12 history to record 5,500 assists, 1,000 digs, 300 kills and 300 blocks. She finished her senior year third in the nation in assists per set (12.09), while leading the Cyclones to a school-record .237 hitting percentage. Manns is one of 31 setters attending the tryout.
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