01/24/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2020 15:06
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State head coach announced the Cyclones' 2020 spring volleyball schedule on Friday. The slate features five days when ISU will be in competition, including two inside Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State will take on four teams who played in the 2019 NCAA Volleyball Championships.
ISU will start spring practices on Feb. 17 and begin preparation for its first match on Sunday, March 8 at Wisconsin. The Badgers finished as NCAA Runners-up in 2019, falling to Stanford in the National Championship match. Seven of the 10 Badgers who took the court against Stanford return in 2020, led by First Team All-Americans Sydney Hilley and Dana Rettke, Second Team All-American Molly Haggerty and Honorable Mention All-American Grace Loberg.
Post-Spring Break, the Cyclones will be back in action on Saturday, March 28 in Omaha at the TVA Collegiate Challenge in Omaha, where ISU will take on Creighton and Kansas State. ISU's 2019 season came to an end against the Bluejays in the NCAA First Round, with CU returning four starters from that team. K-State returns three starters from the 2019 season.
ISU's final road trip of the spring takes them to UNI for the Panthers' annual spring tournament on Saturday, Apr. 5. Opponents for the weekend are still TBA, but the host Panthers advanced to the 2019 NCAA Tournament and return four starters.
Iowa State hosts its annual spring tournament on Saturday, Apr. 11 at Hilton Coliseum. The two-court event will feature the Cyclones against Iowa, Missouri and UNI. Missouri was also a 2019 NCAA Tournament team and returns its top four hitters and starting setter, while also adding K-State transfer outside Anna Dixon, who led the Wildcats in kills in 2019. Iowa returns five starters from its 2019 squad.
The Cyclones will close out the spring campaign with an intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday, Apr. 16 at Hilton Coliseum.
Iowa State returns everyone except graduating senior from its 2019 squad which reached the NCAA Volleyball Championships. In addition, true freshman Alexis Engelbrecht has graduated early from high school, enrolled at Iowa State and will be practicing with ISU this spring.
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