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Volleyball: Iowa State picked third in Big 12 preseason poll

The following is a press release from Iowa State Athletic Communications.

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State volleyball team was picked to finish third in the 2020 Big 12 Preseason Volleyball Poll, released Tuesday. This marks the 11th time in the past 12 seasons that the Cyclones have been selected to finish in the conference’s top-three.

In head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch’s first 15 seasons at Iowa State, the Cyclones have reached or out-performed their Preseason Coaches’ Poll selection 13 times.

Iowa State returns everyone except graduating senior Josie Herbst from its 2019 squad which reached the NCAA Volleyball Championships. Yesterday, senior middle blocker Candelaria Herrera and junior right side Eleanor Holthaus were both named to the 2020 All-Big 12 Preseason Team.

2020 Big 12 Volleyball Preseason Poll

1. Texas (6)

2. Baylor (3)

3. Iowa State

4. Oklahoma

5. TCU

6. Kansas

7. Texas Tech

8. Kansas State

9. West Virginia

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.