The league requires first team honorees to have earned a grade point average of 3.20 or greater and second team members to attain a 3.00 grade point minimum. Underclass members of both teams must also meet participation minimums to qualify.
Katie Kruenegel, a senior middle blocker from Leawood, Kan., earned first team honors for the first time in her career. Kruenegel ranks in the top-10 all-time at ISU in hitting percentage and has played in 97 matches in her career. Kruenegel, a fashion design/merchandising major was an ISU scholar-athlete award winner in 2003.
Nicole Lorenzen was named to the first team for the third time in her career. Lorenzen, a junior chemical engineering major from Fremont, Iowa, is third on the team in kills and digs and recently eclipsed 600 kills and 500 digs in her career in a match against Kansas State. Lorenzen, an outside hitter, was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII second team last week.
Senior middle blocker Ashlie McWee joined Kruenegel and Lorenzen on the Big 12's academic first team. McWee, a native of Aurora, Colo., is a communications major and earns the award for the first time in her career. McWee ranks seventh on the all-time ISU block assists list with 243.
Amanda Craig, a senior setter from West Des Moines, was named to the second team. Craig, a marketing major, was a first team selection last year. She is among the all-time leaders in ISU history with 2,418 career assists, good enough for sixth in Cyclone history. Craig is just 12 digs shy of 800 in her career and has been a major contributor in the Cyclones' success this season.
Katie Jessen joins Craig on the second team, marking the second year in a row that she has been honored. Jessen, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., earned first team honors last year and is a marketing major. The outside hitter is the Cyclones' active leader in career kills with 734.
The Cyclones, with four regular season matches remaining, will host Oklahoma on Wednesday at Hilton Coliseum at 7 p.m.