The Iowa State volleyball team saw junior right-side hitter Mackenzie Bigbee and senior outside hitter Victoria Hurtt named to the 2014 Big 12 Preseason Volleyball team, the conference announced Thursday. This marks the second consecutive season that both Bigbee and Hurtt have been named to the Preseason Team. Bigbee was one of five unanimous selections to the squad.
Bigbee, a junior from Williamsburg, Iowa became the 10th All-American under Iowa State head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch when she received Honorable Mention All-America honors from the AVCA. She was also named to the AVCA All-Region Team, and was a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection. Bigbee finished 2013 with 324 kills at 3.20 kills per set. In adjusting to her role as an all-rotations player, Bigbee finished the season with 136 digs at 1.35 digs per set.
Hurtt, a senior from Kansas City, Missouri, received Honorable Mention All-Big 12 honors in 2013. She will be looking to regain the form that made her a 2012 All-Big 12 First Team selection and a 2012 AVCA Honorable Mention All-American. She finished her junior season with 239 kills at 2.49 kills per set. Hurtt begins her senior season en route to a spot on some of Iowa State’s career lists, as she ranks 11th in school history with 2.72 kills per set in her career, 19th in ISU history with a career .220 hitting percentage and 25th in school history with 759 career kills.
Bigbee, Hurtt and the Cyclones will open their 2014 regular season by hosting Stanford as part of the AVCA Challenge on Friday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m.
(release courtesy of Cyclone Athletics)