Lyman to Add Basketball to College Resume

Pocatello, Idaho – Tressa Lyman the Idaho State University (ISU) volleyball senior, finished up her final year of volleyball and was looking to the future when she got a call to play basketball for the ISU Bangles. This is Tressa’s 5th year with ISU and will be playing as a senior. “I only get 5 years of NCAA eligibility from the time you begin playing,” Lyman said.

So what does this mean for the volleyball all-star? Lyman now steps into the roll as a Forward. “I will mainly rebound and play defense.”  ISU suffered injuries to their main posts players Grace Kenyon and Megan Hochstein, and Tressa was asked to join the team. “It was pretty unreal when I got the call, I just kept asking if I was in a dream or something,” Lyman said as she talked to her sister Riley Lyman a ISU Volleyball team mate.

Head coach Seton Sobolewksi of ISU said, “Tressa is a natural athlete that we actually recruited out of high school to play basketball.” Lyman averaged 15 points a game and 8.9 rebounds in her high school years at Enterprise High School. She also brought home a 2A Utah Championship in 2011 and earned the Salt Lake Tribune’s 2A girls basketball MVP. “I love basketball and was excited for the opportunity to play again,” Lyman said.

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Tressa has made an incredible impact helping transform an average ISU team into the Big Sky Championship regular. ISU also has younger sister Riley Lyman, who has a year under Tressa’s wing, and will make make a name for herself with her serious skills. Idaho State Volleyball reached a 20-win mark each of the past four years, making seniors (Tressa Lyman, Makenzie Filer and Kaitlyn Johnson) the only group to accomplish that feat in school history. Tressa gathered two first team all-conference awards in addition to being named the Big Sky Conference MVP in 2014, CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 first-team, Big Sky All-Conference first team, and was named to the Big Sky All-Academic team for four years.  Her team made it to the NCAA Big Sky Conference Tournament four out of her five years on the team.

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Lyman averaged this season 4.03 kills and 2.81 digs per set and she set ISU records. She ranked first in total points (1,862.5), second in kills (1,599), second in attacks (4,553), third in kills per set (3.51) and eighth in digs (1,191) and also was the sixth player in their school history to reach 1,000 kills, digs and points.

Lyman is not only all about Athletics, but she focused her Major on elementary education with a 3.97 overall GPA. Keep your eye on Tressa Lyman as her future will continue to only get brighter.

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