Iowa State hitter Jess Schaben named to U.S. Collegiate National Team


Then junior Jess Schaben attempts to block the ball during Iowa State’s second round loss to Wisconsin at the NCAA Tournament. 

Trevor Holbrook

Before Jess Schaben will lead the Iowa State volleyball team in her final season in Ames, the senior-to-be will represent the U.S. in Europe in July.

USA Volleyball named Schaben and 11 other college volleyball players to the U.S. Collegiate National Team after tryouts in the beginning of March.

The U.S. Collegiate National Team will be coached by Louisville’s Dani Busboom Kelly, and the team will be together from July 4-15. 

Schaben, a Defiance, Iowa native, found her name near the top of a handful of Iowa State statistical categories last season.

Schaben tallied 338 kills, averaging 3.31 kills per set. Schaben also passed the 1,000 career kill milestone in her junior campaign. 

Defensively, Schaben piled up 312 digs.

The selection of Schaben marks the fourth straight year a Cyclone has been involved in the U.S. Collegiate National Team process.

In 2015, Morgan Kuhrt went to China as a member of the U.S. Collegiate National Team. In 2016, Ciara Capezio went to Italy and Croatia with USA Volleyball.

Last season, setter Monique Harris went to Minneapolis for the process of the U.S. Collegiate National Team.