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Cyclone volleyballers garner Big 12 honors


AMES (KWWL) -- Iowa State volleyball players Victoria Henson and Ashley Mass have been recognized by the Big 12 as offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively.

The award is the second of Henson's career and the eighth for Mass, who now has received more Big 12 Player of the Week honors than any female student-athlete in school history. Mass is also tied with Texas' outside hitter Destinee Hooker for the most awards by an active volleyball student-athlete in the Big 12.

Henson had a great all-around week as Iowa State went 3-0 to capture the tournament championship at the Hawkeye Challenge. In three matches, Henson racked up 3.64 kills while hitting .323. She also averaged 3.00 digs and 3.77 points per set to capture tournament MVP accolades. The junior also had three block assists last week.

In the opening match of the tournament, Henson posted a double-double with 14 kills and 14 digs while hitting .300 in a 3-1 win over intrastate rival Iowa. The Leavenworth, Kan., native followed that performance by hitting .387 with 15 kills against Drake. She also had 11 digs for her second double-double of the weekend.

In the tournament finale, Henson posted 11 kills and eight digs as Iowa State swept Northern Colorado to win the tournament.

The Big 12's leader in digs, Mass had another solid week for the Cyclones, earning Best Libero honors at the tournament. The junior from Muskego, Wis., averaged 5.18 digs and 0.82 assists for the Cyclones, who enter Big 12 play this week with an 8-1 record.

Mass opened the tournament with a season-high 27 digs in Iowa State's win over Iowa. She also tallied a service ace and an assist in the win.

Against Drake, Mass notched 18 digs and three assists in a four-set win over the Bulldogs before posting 12 digs, five assists and a service ace in a sweep of Northern Colorado.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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