Sept. 18, 2012
Pelger Interview - AVCA Profile
MANHATTAN, Kan. – After helping the K-State volleyball team win the Golden Hurricane Classic and defeat two ranked teams last week at Tulsa, junior middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger has been selected as the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week. Pelger averaged 4.18 kills while hitting .440 in victories over Tulsa, No. 10 Minnesota and No. 20 Dayton to earn the award.
Pelger becomes the first Wildcat since Dawn Cady in 1999 to receive the nation’s top player of the week award after Cady guided the Wildcats to their first-ever win over Nebraska. This is the fourth AVCA National Player of the Week in K-State history with Kate DeClerk winning it in 1995 and again in 1996.
The Wildcats opened the Golden Hurricane Classic with a sweep over host Tulsa that saw Pelger post a double-double with 11 kills on a .455 hitting percentage to go with 12 digs. She also was in on five block assists.
Against the Golden Gophers, Pelger played a huge role down the stretch as she led the team with 16 kills, nine digs, five blocks and three aces. Four of her kills came in the shortened fifth set alone as K-State went on to dominate Minnesota in the deciding set 15-7. Pelger stormed out against No. 20 Dayton to close the tournament, pounding out 19 kills and hitting .654 to roll over the Flyers. Pelger added six digs, two blocks and a pair of aces in the win.
In addition to her kills and hit hitting percentage for the weekend, Pelger added 2.45 digs per set and 1.09 blocks and her five aces led the team.
K-State opens Big 12 play this week when the Wildcats travel to Oklahoma for a match at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The match will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
The next opportunity for K-State fans to see their Wildcats in action at Ahearn Field House will be Saturday at 3 p.m. when they host the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks. Saturday’s match will be Community Night for Fremont and Grand Island, Neb. Fans from the communities of Wildcats Courtney Cook, Katie Brand and Taylor Johnson can receive $3 tickets with a promo code. Contact the Fan Experience and Sales office for more information on Community Night discounts at 785-532-6650.
The AVCA player of the week for NCAA Division II was Minnesota-Duluth’s Kate Lange and the Division III winner was Kristen Guercio from SUNY Cortland.