Zumach Earns Fourth Big 12 Rookie of the Week Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State volleyball freshman Kylee Zumach became the first Wildcat in school history to earn four Big 12 player of the week awards in a season on Monday as she was named the conference's Rookie of the Week for the period ending October 5.

Zumach, who garnered the Big 12's top rookie honor for three straight weeks from September 8-22, led all conference freshmen in kills, kills per set, and points per set last week to help K-State earn a pair of road wins. The outside hitter had a team-best 18 kills in K-State's five-set, come-from-behind win at KU on October 1 while she once again led the team in kills at Texas Tech on October 4, helping the Wildcats sweep the Red Raiders with 15 kills and a .300 hitting percentage.
In eight combined sets over the two matches, Zumach totaled 33 kills, four blocks and two digs to lead the Wildcats to their first wins in both Lawrence and Lubbock since 2011.
Zumach enters this week among the Big 12's leaders in kills (3.67) and points per set (4.04) for overall matches, checking in at number three in both categories. In conference-only matches, the Buffalo, Minnesota native is averaging 3.92 kills per set, which is the sixth-highest mark in the Big 12. Her 4.27 points per set in Big 12 matches are also sixth best.
With her 18 kills last week at KU, Zumach became the fastest Wildcat freshman to record 200 kills in a season since Cari Jensen also took 16 matches to cross the threshold in 2000. Zumach leads the Wildcats with 231 total kills on the year.
Zumach's four Big 12 weekly awards pass the previous most for a season of three earned by Kaitlynn Pelger in 2013. The quartet of weekly awards for Zumach are already the second-most by a Wildcat for an entire career, trailing Pelger's eight from 2010-2013.
The Wildcats (15-2, 2-1 Big 12) will return to action on Wednesday, October 8 when they take on Iowa State (8-5, 1-2 Big 12) in Ahearn Field House at 7 p.m.