volleyball team added one more member to first-year head coach Christy Johnson's
initial recruiting class with the signing of Sioux City Heelan star Mary
Bisenius. Bisenius will join three other recruits at
month when fall drills begin.
is a great addition to our program," Johnson said. "She's a hard worker, great
athlete and a great student. She's got a ton of potential and it will be
exciting to watch her develop over the next four years. Mary had some very good
universities in on her late in the recruiting process. Earlier this year, she
was named one of the most improved players in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com.
We are thrilled that one of the best players in
decided to stay in Iowa and
become a Cyclone."
was one of the most heralded players from Iowa as a
prep at Heelan. The six-foot outside hitter was one of five
players to be honored as a PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American. She
earned all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald and The Des
Moines Register and was an Iowa Girls Coaches Association Elite All-State
honoree. Bisenius, who led Heelan to the 2004 Class 3A state semifinals, was
also honored as an all-tournament selection in her senior season.
set the school record for kills in a season with 560 last fall, the highest
total for any player in any class in the state of
2004. She had a .349 hitting percentage as a senior and led the team with 121
blocks and 409 digs. She also competed in softball, earning five letters as well
as all-conference and all-state honors at first base.
was a member of the Nebraska Elite club team that qualified for nationals in
last year. Her club team also won the President's Day Tournament, which included
teams from five states, and the Drake-Asics Classic.
prep star is not the first in her family to choose
Kelly (Cizek) Hanfelt, a former ISU volleyball and basketball letterwinner, is
her cousin. Bisenius' brother, Joe, was selected in the 2003 and 2004 Major
League Baseball drafts and is a pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies
prospective design and architecture major at Iowa
State, Bisenius earned academic all-conference honors as a