Nicole Lorenzen was born into the Cyclone family

In some cases maybe cardinal and gold really does run through the blood lines.

Nicole Lorenzen was born a Cyclone – her father was a standout fullback on the ISU football squad from 1979-82, her grandfather Donn played football for the Cyclones in 1954.


Her cousin Lynne Lorenzen played on the ISU women's basketball team and is the all-time leading scorer in United States prep basketball history. Lorenzen's aunt and uncle currently work for the university.


To top it all off – Lorenzen's brother Tyler is a redshirt freshman on the football squad.


"I've always been a Cyclone," Lorenzen said. "I didn't know [growing up if I] was going to go to college here, but I'm an engineering major, so this is a good school. I can play volleyball and it's close to home."


At Eddyville-Blakesburg High School Lorenzen was a four-sport standout. She participated in basketball, track and softball besides volleyball. In fact she said volleyball wasn't her best sport – basketball was.


She was a two-time first-team all-conference pick and a first-team all-district selection in volleyball and basketball. On the basketball court, Lorenzen garnered third-team all-state honors.


Lorenzen was a state meet qualifier in the 400 meters and 4x800 meter relay. On the softball diamond she was a three-time all-conference and two-time all-state softball selection.


And yet Lorenzen still found time to play on the IPVA club team out of Des Moines with current teammate Amanda Craig.


Perhaps the best way to describe Lorenzen is determined.


"The great thing about Nicole is that she's a hard worker and a competitor and those two things are contagious for our team," head coach Christy Johnson said.


Last season Lorenzen led the Cyclones in attack attempts with 968, she was second on the team in kills (269) and fourth in digs (237). Lorenzen also led the squad in service aces with 30.


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