Jones, Zumach Earn Big 12 Player of the Week Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. - For the second time this season, two Wildcats earned Big 12 weekly awards in the same week as Natali Jones and Kylee Zumach were honored by the conference for the period ending October 26. Jones was tabbed as the Big 12 co-Offensive Player of the Week, sharing the award with Oklahoma's Kierra Holst, while Zumach was named the Rookie of the Week for a program-record fifth time.

Jones, who earned her first career Big 12 weekly honor, hit higher than .600 and matched her career-high in kills in both of K-State's wins last week, helping her finish second in the Big 12 in hitting percentage (.676) and tied for ninth in kills/set (3.0). Her final performance of the week, during K-State's 3-2 win at West Virginia, saw her record 12 kills and hit an errorless .667, the second-highest hitting percentage by a Wildcat in a five-set match in program history. In the first match of the week, Jones reached double-figures in kills for the first time in her career, registering 12 kills on 16 attempts with one error for a .688 clip. 

Jones also had 12 blocks over the two matches, placing in a five-way tie for the fourth-most in the Big 12 with 1.5 stuffs per set. The redshirt senior leads the entire Big 12 with 1.63 blocks/set in conference-only matches this season while her 1.45 per set in overall matches are 13th-best in NCAA Division I.

Zumach led all Big 12 freshmen in kills (32, 4.0/set) and points (34.0, 4.25/set) last week while she also added nine digs and four blocks. After tallying eight kills in K-State's sweep of Oklahoma, Zumach had 24 kills on a .305 hitting percentage at West Virginia. The outside hitter tallied a team-best six kills in sets two through four while her three kills in the match-deciding fifth helped put away the Mountaineers and improve the Wildcats to 7-0 in true road matches.

Zumach is one away from tying the record for the most Big 12 Rookie of the Week awards garnered in a season, a record set by Hannah Werth of Nebraska in 2009. The five weekly honors are already the second-most for a career in K-State history (Kaitlynn Pelger, 8).

As a team, K-State has earned a program-record eight weekly awards this season. In addition to Jones and Zumach, Katie Brand (Defensive, Oct. 13) and Katie Reininger (Offensive, Oct. 13) were also tabbed for weekly awards.

K-State (19-3, 6-2 Big 12), which remained at No. 22 in this week's AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, returns to action later this week following a midweek bye with a match against Texas Tech in Ahearn Field House on Saturday, November 1 at 1 p.m.