This summer the ISU volleyball squad spent a lot of time together, more than they ever had before – and that's saying a lot on this close-knitted team.
"Most of our team was here all over the summer," senior setter Amanda Craig said. "We were really serious in the weight room all of our maxes went up and we were coming in twice a week in the summer and playing as a team. We did a lot of work over the summer more than we've ever done before, so hopefully that will pay off."
Middle hitter Ashlie McWee can attest to that – she's entering her fifth season with the Cyclones.
McWee missed the last 21 matches of her initial freshman year with a stress fracture in her foot; she had surgery on her shoulder this summer but is ready to get going.
"I'm very fortunate to be able to have a fifth year," McWee said. "I'm very excited to be playing under Christy [Johnson] and [to be here] for my senior year."
With Johnson taking over the program last winter, McWee said everybody became familiar during the spring months.
"I think we've done fairly well," McWee said. "It was a smooth transition coming in for the team. This spring we got to find out what her expectations were for us and the goals for our program."
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McWee said she feels the squad is the closest she's seen in her five years here and that should do nothing but aide the Cyclones for years to come.
"I feel this is the season we will