ISU volleyball squad inks another commit

The Iowa State 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 Iowa State next month when fall drills begin.

"Mary 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 We are thrilled that one of the best players in Iowa decided to stay in Iowa and become a Cyclone."

Bisenius was one of the most heralded players from Iowa as a prep at Heelan. The six-foot outside hitter was one of five Iowa players to be honored as a 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.

Bisenius 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 Iowa in 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.

Bisenius was a member of the Nebraska Elite club team that qualified for nationals in Salt Lake City, Utah, last year. Her club team also won the President's Day Tournament, which included teams from five states, and the Drake-Asics Classic.

The prep star is not the first in her family to choose Iowa State. 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 organization.

A prospective design and architecture major at Iowa State, Bisenius earned academic all-conference honors as a senior.


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