Johnson recognized for defense

By The Mercury

Kansas State middle blocker Taylor Johnson was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

The junior led the Big 12 with 18 blocks last week, including a career-high 10 at Texas Tech on Nov. 6. Johnson added eight blocks on Nov. 9 against West Virginia, helping the Wildcats tally 13.5 team blocks — the most in a Big 12 three-set match this season.

Johnson leads the Big 12 with 1.36 blocks per set in conference-only matches.

The Defensive Player of the Week award is the first for Johnson in her career, and it is the second time a Wildcat has garnered a Defensive Player of the Week award this season. Senior Kaitlynn Pelger was named the Big 12’s top defensive player for the week of Sept. 16. The Wildcats are No. 1 in the Big 12 with 252 blocks, including 102 by Johnson.

K-State has earned five Big 12 player of the week awards this season, tying the school-record for most in a single season.

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