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Pelger earns second Big 12 Player of the Week

By Brady Bauman

K-State middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger continues to prove she is one of the best players in the Big 12 as she helped lead the Wildcats to a pair of wins last week, including a big road win at Baylor.

For her efforts, Pelger 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 to fewer than 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 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.

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