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.