Sept. 26, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the second straight week Kansas State middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger has been recognized for her prowess on the court being named Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Pelger received the honor last week after averaging 5.19 kills per set over four matches. This week she repeats with an amazing average of 5.67 kills in a sweep over the Baylor Bears in K-State’s only action of the week.
Pelger pounded out 17 kills in a win over Baylor to open Big 12 play for the Wildcats with a strong hitting percentage of .333. But it was not only her offensive play that aided in the win. Pelger also tied her career-high of 18 digs in the victory, a mark she had previously reached in five sets against Drake. The sophomore also had four blocks and a service ace in the win. The match marked her sixth double-double of the season as well.
The Wildcats have won eight straight matches with Pelger playing a major role in the team’s success midway through the season. She currently leads the Big 12 in kills per set and points per set and is the only player in the conference to rank among the top 10 in five of the seven statistical categories.
This is Pelger’s second Big 12 Player of the Week award and third of her career as she earned Big 12 Rookie of the Week once last season. The Wildcats are preparing to take on conference foe Missouri on the road Wednesday night. She was joined on the awards list this week by Oklahoma libero Maria Fernanda as Defensive Player of the Week and Iowa State’s Hannah Willms earned Rookie of the Week