Cyclones make return to NCAA tournament, draw Stanford in first round


Iowa State volleyball players celebrate a point against No.1 Texas on Oct. 21.

Aaron Hickman

Following a season that resulted in a fourth-place finish in the Big 12 with a 16-11 overall record and 8-8 conference record, Iowa State volleyball is headed to Minneapolis for the NCAA tournament.

Making the tournament as an unseeded team, the Cyclones face off against Stanford in the first round. Some familiar faces in Baylor and Minnesota are in Iowa State’s portion of the bracket.

Stanford finished the regular season with a record of 18-10, and it holds impressive victories over Florida, Penn State, Nebraska, Utah and Washington State.

This comes after the team missed the big dance in a down season last year for Iowa State, and the program has now made the postseason in 14 out of 17 seasons under Head Coach Christy Johnson-Lynch.

Iowa State’s match against the Cardinal is this Friday.