The 2m-tall McSweeney joined Iowa, her home state, ahead of the start of last season, arriving as a transfer from Wake Forest. In her first campaign with the Hawkeyes, she ranked third in kills (195) and second in blocks (46).
It’s easy to see how much of a larger role she has with Iowa this season as not only McSweeney is already at 126 kills and 43 blocks after only two conference matches, but also her kills per set (1.91 to 2.38) and blocks per set (0.45 to 0.81) averages have both skyrocketed from last year’s.
“This season I just want to improve my blocking skills,” McSweeney reflected. “Blocking has been a big thing that I’ve worked on all spring and something that I know I need to improve on. I also want to continue being set by Bailey Ortega (setter). She’s been forcing me the ball a lot and I love it.”