AMES, Iowa – Iowa State right side hitter Eleanor Holthaus was named to the 2019 All-Big 12 Preseason Team, the conference announced Wednesday. This is the first honor of any kind Holthaus has received from the Big 12.
A sophomore from Richmond, Minnesota, Holthaus had an outstanding freshman season, with her strong play at the end of the season seeing her earn National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) All-Tournament Team honors. Holthaus was third on the Cyclones last year with 268 kills at 2.37 per set, while her .270 hitting percentage was the second-best on the team and the fourth-best by a Cyclone freshman in program history.
Holthaus had some of the most efficient hitting matches in ISU history in her debut season. Against Kansas on Nov. 21, she finished with 13 kills and no errors on 18 attack attempts for a .722 hitting percentage, the eighth-best in a match in ISU history. In her first match at Iowa State against Ole Miss, she recorded 10 kills and no errors on 14 swings to hit .714. She had particular fun against Oklahoma in 2018, posting her career-best 17 kills in the home meeting, and getting 13 at .650 hitting in the road meeting later in the season.