Jess Schaben named Big 12 Freshman of the Year


Freshman outside hitter Jess Schaben jumps up for the kill and hits it over the Miami blockers in the 25-21, 26-24, 25-20 win on Dec. 3. This means that Iowa State will advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and play on Dec. 4. Schaben had 16 kills in tonight’s win. 

Ryan Leon

The ISU volleyball team added another individual honor to its impressive collection when Jess Schaben became the second Cyclone ever to win Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

Schaben has been a force for the Cyclones all season long, and was a big part of the team’s offensive output. She has posted an impressive 318 kills on the season, which ranks her second all-time in ISU Volleyball history. Schaben also averaged 3.35 points per set, which was good for 10th in the conference.

She also was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team, joining fellow Cyclones Cailin Nolan, Alexis Conway, and Morgan Kuhrt who were named to the All-Big 12 First Team. This honor also comes on the heels of Nolan’s second consecutive Big 12 Libero of the Year.

Schaben’s award can be a stepping stone for the rising star, who was one of the top Cyclones in almost every offensive category. The Cyclones’ future seems to be in good hands going forward behind the talented young player, and she can be a cornerstone for the team going forward.