AMES, Iowa – Iowa State had three players named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Midwest Region teams, announced on Tuesday. For the third-straight season, Jess Schabenearned All-Midwest Region team honors, while she was joined by senior middle blocker Grace Lazard. Sophomore setter Piper Mauck earned All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention.
Schaben adds to her lengthy awards collection which now includes a trio of AVCA All-Midwest Region Team and All-Big 12 First Team awards. In 2015, Schaben was named the Midwest Freshman of the Year by the AVCA. Schaben has led the Iowa State attack this season with 4.04 kills per set and is second on the team with 2.93 digs per frame. Her 452 total kills this year ranks ninth in ISU history and she is the sixth player in ISU history to post consecutive 300 kill-300 dig seasons.
Lazard got her first career All-Midwest Region Team honor to go with her first career All-Big 12 First Team recognition received last week. The senior from London ranks second on the team with 2.84 kills per set at a team-best .341 hitting percentage, the fourth-best hitting mark in a season in school history. Lazard currently has 126 total blocks for the season, her second-straight season over 100 blocks and third-straight season with at least 90 blocks.
Mauck earned her first career award from the AVCA. The Cyclone setter has recorded 11.04 assists per set on the season, setting Iowa State to .250 hitting as team, the third-highest team hitting percentage in program history. The Des Moines native has seven double-doubles to her name on the season, posting 202 total digs at 1.94 per set. She also contributes 0.62 kills per set at .273 efficiency and 0.62 blocks per set to help the ISU efforts.
To see the full AVCA All-Region Teams and postseason award winners, click here.
Iowa State will be in action in the quarterfinals of the 2018 National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. against North Texas.