Kober Earns First Career Big 12 Weekly Honor

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Following a career-high 37 digs at TCU on Saturday, K-State junior Kersten Kober earned her first career Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honor for the period ending October 4, the conference office announced.

A native of Southlake, Texas, Kober is the first K-State libero to earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors since Lauren Mathewson in 2009. It is also the fifth time a Wildcat libero has earned the conference’s top weekly defensive accolade, an award that started in 2007.

Kober’s 37 digs are the third-most in a match in program history – and just four shy of tying the all-time record – while the total was the most by a Wildcat in a road match since 1987 (40, Mary Kinsey at Drake). The libero notched 33 of the digs after the first set, including 11 in the third and 10 in the fourth. In those sets, K-State held TCU to its lowest hitting percentages of the match (.120 in the third, .103 in the fourth). 

The 37 digs are also the most by a Big 12 player this season and most in any conference match since October 22, 2014 (Caitlin Nolan, Iowa State - 43 vs. KU).

Kober now has two 30-dig matches in her career and eight 20-dig efforts, with the latter being the eighth-most in program history and the former the fourth-most in school history. The Southlake Carroll High School product’s previous career-high of 31 digs was set last season against Eastern Michigan.

Kober currently leads the Big 12 with 6.42 digs/set in conference-only matches, a figure boasted by her conference-best 7.4 digs/set in last week’s match. In all matches, Kober is fifth in the Big 12 with an average of 4.47 digs. She has 15 or more digs in six straight matches and in nine of the 15 matches this season.

This is the first conference weekly award earned by a Wildcat this year and 41st under head coach Suzie Fritz.

The Wildcats (9-6, 1-2 Big 12) continue their stretch of five road matches over seven contests when they travel to Ames on Wednesday to take on Iowa State (9-5, 2-1 Big 12). First serve is at 6:30 p.m.