AMES (KWWL)-- For the first time in school history Iowa State has multiple players on the AVCA All-American teams. Junior Kaylee Manns is a second-team pick, while sophomores Ashley Mass and Victoria Henson were named third team and honorable mention selections, respectively.
The trio joins Erin Boeve as the only players in school history to earn All-America recognition. Boeve was an honorable mention selection in 2006.
Manns, a native of Topeka, Kan., set the Cyclones to a school-record .234 hitting percentage in her third season as a starter. The first-team All-Big 12 selection dished out 11.69 assists per set, which ranks fourth in the country heading into the final week of the season. Her 1,508 assists broke the regular season school record. She also averaged 2.63 digs per set, becoming just the 11th player in school history to post 1,000 career digs in a match earlier this season.
Henson had a breakout season for the Cyclones this year, joining Manns on the All-Big 12 first team. The Leavenworth, Kan. native ripped 540 kills, the third-most ever by an ISU player. Her 4.19 kills per set average led the Big 12. Henson was named CVU.com's National Player of the Week after posting 50 total kills in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. She also garnered one Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honor this season.
Mass was named the Big 12's Libero of the Year after leading the Big 12 with 5.01 digs per set. Her 646 digs shattered the previous school record of 606 set by Steph McCannon in 1995 and helped her earn All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. The Muskego, Wis. native became the fastest Cyclone ever to reach 1,000 career digs, doing it in her 59th career match. Mass sits just 726 digs off the school record with two years left to play.