"I expect a couple of these players to contribute as freshman. They are all very good athletes and have been playing at a high level of ball in high school or club," said ISU head coach Christy Johnson.
Victoria Henson, a 5-11 outside hitter/middle blocker from Leavenworth, Kan., was a four-year letterwinner at Leavenworth High School and earned first-team all-conference honors her junior and senior years. This season, Henson was also named to the Seamon all-tournament team. She played club volleyball for OZ Volleyball, which placed first in the Des Moines tournament last summer.
Henson has also earned four letters in both basketball and track and field.
"Victoria is an exceptional athlete, one of the most athletic players I have ever recruited," Johnson said. "She's only 5-11, but touches over 10 feet. Fans will love to watch her play, she is so explosive and dynamic. We had her in camp over the summer and she impressed everyone in the gym. She's a blue chip type athlete who could have an impact right away."
Diane Kieger, a 6-4 middle blocker from Shoreview, Minn., was a three-year all-conference selection at Mounds View high school and earned all-state honors this season. Kieger averaged four kills and over a block per game in her senior campaign, garnering all-state honorable mention honors from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She earned Gatorade Rookie of the Year honors as a sophomore at Mounds View.
Kieger played club for Minnesota One and was coached by Doug Bergman.
"I am really excited to see Diane develop over the next several months, I think this will be a big club season for her," said Johnson. "She has a great arm and she is awesome on the slide. It took Diane about five minutes to say yes after we offered her a scholarship. She really wanted to be a Cyclone and we couldn't be more excited to have her join the team."
Kaylee Manns, a 5-10 setter from Topeka, Kan., was a three-year starter and earned all-city, all-league and all-state tournament team honors as a junior and senior. She was named the Most Valuable Player in the Centennial League this year and has been named Who's Who Among High School Students as well as being named to the Outstanding Honor Roll all four years in high school. Manns has also lettered three times in basketball and soccer and is very active in the community, volunteering for the Special Olympics and Capper Foundation for the Mentally Handicapped.
Manns' Topeka Impact club team finished in the top-15 at Nationals.
"Kaylee Manns is just what you look for in a setter," Johnson said. "She's athletic, outgoing, tough and a great leader. She comes from an athletic family - her dad played football and Kansas State and her mom played volleyball at Kansas - so she understands the commitment and drive it takes to succeed in college athletics."
2005-06 Iowa State Volleyball Signees
Victoria Henson, 5-11, Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker, Leavenworth, Kan. (Leavenworth HS)
Diane Kieger, 6-4, Middle Blocker, Shoreview, Minn. (Mounds View HS)
Kaylee Manns, 5-10, Setter, Topeka, Kan. (Washburn Rural HS)