"We are excited to be hosting this tournament," said head coach Christy Johnson. "All the teams here this weekend are solid and we'll have to be ready for every match. It's tough to play 4 matches in two days - so it will be a test of our fitness level and our ability to prepare for and make adjustments to four different teams."
ISU enters the tournament with a 2-0 record after sweeping Northern Colorado and Creighton last weekend in Omaha, Neb. Katie Churm, Katie Jessen and Nicole Lorenzen were selected to the all-tournament team last weekend. Lorenzen was also named the tournament's MVP and Churm earned Top Libero honors.
About the Cyclones: Churm, a junior from Irvine, Calif., is averaging a Big 12 leading 6.83 digs. Jessica Klein, a transfer from Marquette, came off the bench last weekend and ranks fifth in the Big 12 in blocks with 1.60 per game.
Lorenzen and Jessen each recorded a pair of double-doubles last weekend. Meghan Ferrie posted a team-high 13 kills in the Cyclones season-opening win over Northern Colorado.
About SDSU: South Dakota State, the Cyclones first opponent this weekend, brings a 1-3 record with them to Ames, with its lone win coming over Gonzaga at the Oregon Kickoff Classic in Eugene, Ore. The Jackrabbits are led by junior outside hitter Minette Ridenour. Ridenour enters this weekend averaging 3.79 kills.
The Jackrabbits, coached by Andrew Palileo, are in their second year of a five-year process to reclassify from Division II to Division I in all sports.
About Montana: Montana comes into the tournament with a 3-0 record after capturing the ASICS Invitational championship last weekend in Orono, Maine. The Grizzlies are led by the reigning Collegiate Volleyball Update National Player of the Week, Claudia Houle. In 12 games, Houle totaled 62 kills, 60 digs and nine blocks. Against Maine, Houle posted 28 kills and 24 digs in a five game win over the Black Bears.
Jessica Petersen posted 31 kills and 11 blocks last weekend and was named to the all-tournament team while EvaLyn Whitehead had 34 kills and 14 blocks. Montana, coached by Nikki Best, has now won five straight matches dating back to last season.
About Drake: The Bulldogs will come to Ames looking for their first win of the season. Drake went 0-2 last weekend at the Iowa Tournament, falling to the Hawkeyes and Wisconsin-Milwaukee in three games. Lindsey Johnson is averaging 3.67 digs and 2.67 kills to lead the Bulldogs. Sara Schuster had 57 assists last weekend and Beth Kanske recorded 23 digs to lead Drake.
Drake is coached by Amy Knowles, who served as an associate head coach for Iowa State last season.
About Stephen F. Austin: The Ladyjacks travel to Ames with a 1-1 record, with a win over Wichita St. and a loss to Houston. The Ladyjacks are coached by Debbie Humphreys, who has an impressive 378-193 record in 18 years at Stephen F. Austin.
The Ladyjacks are led by libero Stephanie Figgers, who is averaging 4.67 digs. Laura Cramer is leading the team with 40 kills while Traci Rohde has 30 kills this season.
Live stats will be available for all Cyclone matches on www.cyclones.com.