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Pelger, Brand Earn All-Big 12 Honors


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Dec. 2, 2013

K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Two Wildcats were honored with All-Big 12 awards, the conference announced on Monday, as Kaitlynn Pelger was selected to the All-Big 12 First Team and Katie Brand was unanimously named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team.

Pelger becomes only the second Wildcat in program history to be named to the All-Big 12 First Team three times in a career. Brand, the Big 12's preseason Co-Freshman of the Year, is only the second Wildcat to be named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team and first since Pelger was selected in 2010.

Pelger, a rare middle blocker who plays all six rotations, was the only player in the Big 12 to finish in the top 10 for kills per set, aces per set and blocks per set in conference-only matches. The senior averaged 3.07 kills per set (10th in the Big 12), 0.35 aces per set (3rd) and 1.07 blocks (9th). She also finished fifth in the conference in Big 12 matches with 3.99 points per set.

Pelger completed her career second on K-State's career lists in points (1,879), third in kills (1,511), seventh in aces (131) and eighth in blocks (424). The two-time AVCA All-America honorable mention also earned three Big 12 Player of the Week awards this season, giving her a program-record eight conference weekly honors in her career.

Brand led all Big 12 freshmen with 10.06 assists per set in conference-only matches, becoming the first Big 12 freshman to average 10 or more assists per set since 2010. The setter also finished ninth among all Big 12 players with 0.26 aces per set in overall matches.

Brand finished the 2013 season with 1,056 assists, 250 digs, 95 kills, 87 blocks, 27 aces and 169 points after playing in all 105 of K-State's sets this season. The blocks, kills and points totals for the native of Grand Island, Neb. are the most by a K-State setter since 2007. Brand is only the third K-State freshman to have 1,000 assists in a season and first since 1998.

K-State has garnered 43 All-Big 12 selections - third-most in conference history - and 31 since head coach Suzie Fritz took over the program in 2001.

All-Big 12 honors were selected based on a coaches' vote. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.

The Wildcats wrapped up their season with a sweep of No. 25 Iowa State on Senior Night this past Saturday. K-State finished the 2013 campaign with an 18-11 record and 6-10 mark in the Big 12.

ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM

Name School Pos. CL HT Hometown/Previous School
Mackenzie Bigbee Iowa State^ RS SO 6-1 Williamsburg, Iowa/Williamsburg
Kristen Hahn Iowa State^ L SR 5-6 Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy
Chelsea Albers Kansas OH JR 6-1 Papillion, Neb./Papillion LaVista
Caroline Jarmoc Kansas MB SR 6-2 Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Springbank Community
Sara McClinton Kansas OH JR 6-2 Omaha, Neb./Millard North
Erin McNorton Kansas^ S SR 5-9 Dallas, Texas/Plano West
Kaitlynn Pelger K-State MB SR 6-2 Olathe, Kan./Olathe South
Sallie McLaurin Oklahoma^ MB SR 6-2 Midwest City, Okla./Carl Albert
Yvonne Igodan TCU MB SR 6-2 Houston, Texas/Hightower
Khat Bell Texas MB/OH JR 6-1 Mesquite, Texas/North Mesquite
Haley Eckerman Texas^ OH JR 6-3 Waterloo, Iowa/East
Chiaka Ogbogu Texas MB FR 6-2 Coppell, Texas/Coppell
Molly McCage Texas MB SO 6-3 Spring, Texas/Klein Collins
Bailey Webster Texas^ OH SR 6-3 Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School for Girl

 

ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION

Name School Pos. CL HT Hometown/Previous School
Zoe Adom Baylor OH SR 6-0 Euless, Texas/Euless Trinity
Victoria Hurtt Iowa State OH JR 6-2 Kansas City, Mo./Archbishop O'Hara
Tenisha Matlock Iowa State MB SR 6-2 North Platte, Neb./North Platte
Keila Rodriguez Oklahoma OH SR 5-9 Gurabo, Puerto Rico/Colegio Bautista de Caguas
Rachel Brummitt Texas Tech DS/L JR 5-6 Plano, Texas/Radford
Jordan Anderson West Virginia OH FR 6-0 Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound

 

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Name School Pos. HT Hometown/Previous School
Ciara Capezio Iowa State^ OH 6-3 Williams Bay, Wis./Burlington
Tayler Soucie Kansas^ MB 6-1 Osawatomie, Kan./Osawatomie
Katie Brand K-State^ S 6-1 Grand Island, Neb./Central Catholic
Madison Ward Oklahoma OH 6-1 Lawton, Okla./Cache
Chiaka Ogbogu Texas^ MB 6-2 Coppell, Texas/Coppell
Jordan Anderson West Virginia OH 6-0 Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound

 

 ^ Unanimous Selection