Zumach Named Top Big 12 Rookie Once Again

MANHATTAN, Kan. - For the second consecutive week, K-State freshman Kylee Zumach was named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week for the period ending September 14, the conference office announced.
 
A native of Buffalo, Minnesota, Zumach averaged 3.88 kills and 4.41 points per set in four matches last week, marks that not only led Big 12 freshmen but were second-best among all conference players. The outside hitter started K-State's 4-0 week by tallying a then career-high 16 kills in a 3-2 win over Missouri State, a figure she later supplanted when she had 23 kills in the next match on September 12 vs. Marshall. The 23 kills are the most by any Big 12 player so far this season and the most by a Wildcat in nearly a year (October 5, 2013, Kaitlynn Pelger, 23). In 16 sets last week, Zumach led K-State with 62 kills while hitting .298 and tallying 13 digs and 12 blocks.
 
With the help of her eight kills on September 12 at Southern Illinois, Zumach became the fastest freshman Wildcat (nine matches) to tally 100 kills in a season since Cari Jensen used eight matches in the 2000 season to reach the century mark. 
 
Zumach currently leads K-State in kills (119) and points (133.5) while she is third on the team in hitting percentage (.293). She is also third among Big 12 players in both kills per set (3.50) and points per set (3.93).
 
Zumach is the first Wildcat to earn a Big 12 player of the week award in consecutive weeks since Kaitlynn Pelger earned offensive player of the week honors on September 19 and 26, 2011. Zumach is the third Wildcat ever to earn back-to-back player of the week awards from the Big 12, joining Pelger and Angie Lastra (Nov. 5 and 12, 2007).
 
The Big 12 player of the week honor for Zumach is the 43rd in K-State history and 34th under head coach Suzie Fritz.
 
Zumach and the Wildcats (9-1), currently riding a seven-match winning streak, return to action at home on Tuesday, September 16 when they take on South Dakota State in Ahearn Field House at 6 pm.