Liliom Big 12 Player of the Week

MANHATTAN, Kan. Outside hitter Rita Liliom was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for her performance during the Varney’s Kansas State Invitational this weekend. Liliom averaged 4.60 kills per set during the tournament en route to being named the tournament MVP.


The Wildcats also played Cal State Bakersfield earlier in the week to bring Liliom’s total for four matches to 67 kills (4.79 kps) at a .272 hitting percentage. It is the second consecutive offensive player of the week award for K-State after middle blocker Kelsey Chipman received the honor last week.


During the Varney’s Invitational, Liliom helped lead the Wildcats to the win with victories over NCAA Tournament teams Liberty and Northern Iowa. She also helped the team sweep Cornell. Liliom recorded her third double-double of the season in a 3-1 win over Liberty in the final match of the tournament. She tallied 18 kills on a .325 hitting percentage along with 13 digs and four block assists. She had 46 kills in the tournament overall, along with 21 against Cal State Bakersfield. She opened the tournament with 16 kills against Northern Iowa and 12 against Cornell.


She led the entire Big 12 in points per set with 5.57. Her 4.79 kps paced the conference as well.


Liliom and the rest of the Wildcats host No. 2 Nebraska in their first conference match of the season at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Ahearn Field House. Fans are encouraged to help “Keep the Red Out” and stick around to watch the Kansas State-Louisville football game afterward as the contest will be shown on projection screens without commercials following the volleyball match.