Oct. 1, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger continues to prove she is one of the best players in the Big 12 Conference as she helped lead the Wildcats to a pair of wins last week, including a big road win at Baylor. For her efforts she was named Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
Pelger opened the week with 13 kills on 20 swings with only one error to hit .600 against new Big 12 member West Virginia. She also added nine digs to just miss out on her fifth double-double of the season as the Wildcats swept the Mountaineers 25-8, 25-19, 25-17. It marked the first time K-State has ever held a Big 12 opponent under 10 points in the rally scoring era in a set that was not a shortened fifth set to 15 points.
Pelger did get that elusive double-double in Saturday’s match as the Wildcats posted their first road win at Baylor since 2008. K-State won the match 3-1 and Pelger took control of the match blasting out 23 kills for a new season-high, surpassing her previous best of 22 in a five set match. The junior added 12 digs from the back row as she remains one of the few middle blockers in the country to play all six rotations, and she hit .321 for the match.
On the week Pelger averaged an impressive 5.14 kills per set while hitting .397. She also contributed 3.00 digs per set. She is one of only two players in the Big 12 to rank in the top 10 in four different statistical categories in overall matches. In conference play she is leading kills per set by nearly half a kill.
This is Pelger’s second Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week award this season and fourth overall. She also received Big 12 Rookie of the Week once during her freshman season. She is joined this week by Iowa State’s Kristen Hahn as Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week and Tianna Dockery of Kansas was named Rookie of the Week.
The Wildcats and Pelger host two important matches this week as they take on the Iowa State Cyclones at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ahearn Field House. It will be 80’s Night with the first 250 students receiving free period designed T-shirts. It also is Manhattan Community Night and fans from Manhattan can purchase tickets for only $3 by using a promo code online or showing their ID at the ticket window in Ahearn. For promo code information, contact the Fan Experience and Sales Office at 785-532-6650.
Saturday will mark the second Wildcat Weekend of the season as the Wildcats host No. 9 Texas at 7 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets for only $3 when they show their ticket stub from Saturday’s football game against Kansas as well. The Longhorns were the preseason favorite to win the Big 12 title this year and have been to the Final Four three of the last four years.