Pelger earns All-America Honorable Mention

By Brady Bauman

Kansas State volleyball player Kaitlynn Pelger finished her season with 500 kills to tie for fifth in school history and on Wednesday she was named honorable mention to the AVCA All-America Team.

This is the sophomore middle blocker’s first such honor from the AVCA and she is the third Wildcat to receive honorable mention from the organization.

Pelger posted 500 kills on a .309 hitting percentage in helping the Wildcats to the Regional Semifinals of the NCAA tournament for the third time in the program’s history.

Pelger had 20 or more kills in 11 matches to rank second for a single season at K-State. For the second straight year Pelger also tallied a triple-triple season, reaching triple digits in three statistical categories.

To go with her 500 kills, Pelger had 337 digs and 121 blocks. Her 15 double-doubles this season also stand 10th.

“Kaitlynn has made an enormous amount of progress in her first two seasons and we are very proud of her accomplishments,” K-State coach Suzie Fritz. “She proved to be a valuable six-rotation player for our team and responded well to her additional role and responsibilities this season. She is well-deserving of this honor.”

During the season, Pelger was recognized as Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks for her efforts against Drake and in three matches at the Saint Mary’s Tournament and the opening week of Big 12 play.

Pelger was named to the all-tournament team for all four nonconference tournaments the Wildcats played in this year, including MVP awards at the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational at Missouri State and the Saint Mary’s Tournament. Pelger also earned National Player of the Week for her performances at the Saint Mary’s Tournament.

Pelger is the sixth overall All-America honorable mention in school history with Dawn Cady receiving that honor once from Volleyball Magazine and Liz Wegner twice.

The Big 12 Conference was well-recognized with seven players being named to the first, second and third teams combined. Six other Big 12 players joined Pelger as honorable mention.

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