Iowa State Adds MEAC Rookie of the Year in Florida A&M Transfer

  0 Derek Johnson | May 18th, 2018 | Big 12, College - Women's Indoor, College Transfers, Division I Mid-Major, News

The Iowa State women’s volleyball program has made an addition for 2018 via transfer in Candelaria Herrera, who comes to the Cyclones from Florida A&M. Herrera will be a sophomore in the fall of 2018 with three years left of play and will be immediately eligible after enrolling in summer classes.

Herrera was an immediate impact freshman in 2017 for Florida A&M, totaling 2.69 kills per set on a .354 hitting percentage and 0.89 blocks per set. That was enough for her to earn the MEAC Rookie of the Year award and make it on the league’s all-conference first team.

Prior to her short stint in college, Herrera was a native of San Juan, Argentina. In the South American country, she was a member of the Argentinian Junior National Team and played in the 2015 U18 World Championships, 2015 U20 Pan-American Cup and a few other events.

A 6’1″ middle blocker at her previous stop, Herrera is also listed as a right side as part of the release for the Cyclones. Iowa State head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch sounded excited about the versatility.

“I am really excited about adding Candelaria to an already talented group,” Johnson-Lynch said in the team’s release of the addition. “She has a tremendous amount of experience playing a couple of different positions, and it will be fun to experiment and see how she can most help our team.”

Herrera’s departure also gives Florida A&M just two returning middle blockers to a team that went 15-12 and 9-1 in the Southern division of the MEAC.

For her new team, she becomes the fourth middle blocker and second opposite for 2018, plus any other newcomers. The Cyclones finished 2017 with a 22-7 record in which they went 11-5 in the Big 12 and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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