University of Iowa Athletics

#11 Blythe Rients

Height 6-2
Class So.
Hometown Eagan, Minn.
High School St. Paul Academy and Summit School
Blythe Rients - Volleyball - University of Iowa Athletics

2021 as a junior

  • Saw action in two sets
  • Named to Academic All Big Ten and Fall Dean’s List
  • Letterwinner

Spring 2021 as a sophomore

  • Academic All-Big Ten (Fall 2020)
  • Ranked second on the team in blocks (48) and blocks per set (0.6)
  • Recorded season-best eight blocks against Indiana on Feb. 5
  • Posted back-to-back matches with eight kills against Michigan State
  • Tied career-best attacking percentage (.538) for second time this season with eight kills and only one attacking error in 13 chances at Northwestern on Feb. 26
  • Tallied season-high nine kills in season opener against Illinois on Jan. 22

2019 as a freshman

  • Appeared in 16 matches in 2019 with 68 kills and 37 blocks.
  • Made her collegiate debut against UC Davis.
  • tallied a career-high 11 kills against Michigan State on Oct. 13.
  • Etched her name in the record books with an 11-block performance against Indiana on Oct. 20. Rients’ 11 blocks sixth in Iowa’s single-match history.

High School

  • Three-time conference champion
  • School-record holder in digs, kills, aces, and blocks.
  • Played six years for Northern Lights volleyball club, winning a national championship in the 17 open division.
  • Spartan Spirit Award honoree in eighth grade.
  • Team MVP all four years of high school.
  • Three-time conference Player of the Year.
  • All-State honorable mention honoree
  • Honor Roll honoree all four years.
  • Academic All-American
  • Club coach was Adam Beamer


  • Born Dec. 7, 2000.
  • Daughter of Randy and Amy Rients
  • Has two siblings: Carter and Taylor
  • Uncle, Jeremy, swam at Minnesota