Zumach Tabbed as Big 12 Rookie of the Week

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kylee Zumach of the K-State volleyball team was named the Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week for the period ending September 7, the conference office announced.
 
Zumach was named the MVP of the Varney's Invitational last week after she helped lead K-State to a 3-0 record and paced the Wildcats in kills (36), hitting percentage (.377) and points (39.0). The outside hitter led all Big 12 freshmen with an average of 4.0 kills per set and 4.33 points per set over her nine sets played.
 
The native of Buffalo, Minnesota hit over .300 and had double-digit kills in each of the three matches last week. After recording 12 kills with a .346 clip against Arkansas on September 4, Zumach tallied a season-high 13 kills on a .333 hitting percentage against Middle Tennessee on September 5. On September 6, Zumach was flawless on her 24 attempts, totaling 11 kills and no errors as she hit .458.
 
Having played in each of K-State's six matches so far this season, Zumach is the team leader in kills (57) while also adding 10 blocks and nine digs in 18 sets. She enters the week as the only Big 12 freshman to rank in the conference's top 10 in kills per set, ranking ninth with a 3.17 average.
 
The honor is Zumach's first player of the week award of her career and the first given to a Wildcat in 2014. She is the first K-State player to earn the Big 12 Rookie of the Week award since Katie Brand was named the top freshman on September 16, 2013.
 
K-State garnered five Big 12 player of the week awards in 2013, and since 2001 when head coach Suzie Fritz took over the program, 33 Wildcats have been recognized by the conference for their weekly performances.
 
Zumach and the Wildcats (5-1) return to action tonight at 5 pm when they take on Missouri State (4-3) in Ahearn Field House.