Volleyball now No. 11 in latest poll

By The Mercury

After winning the Golden Hurricane Classic and defeating two ranked teams in the process this weekend, the Kansas State volleyball team climbed eight spots in the latest AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll to No. 11 on Monday.

The Wildcats were the big movers this week in the poll and marks the highest ranking for K-State since being ranked No. 11 on Nov. 26, 2007.

The Wildcats swept host Tulsa at the tournament on Thursday night, followed with a dramatic 3-2 win over then-No. 10 Minnesota on Friday afternoon. K-State closed the tournament with a sweep of then-ranked No. 20 Dayton that saw the team hit .352 overall — highlighted by Kaitlynn Pelger’s .654 hitting percentage with 19 kills.

At the Golden Hurricane Classic, Pelger earned tournament MVP and was joined on the Golden Hurricane Classic All-Tournament Team by Kathleen Ludwig and Caitlyn Donahue.

Three Big 12 teams continue to be ranked, as Texas dropped three spots to No. 9 after losing to No. 23 Illinois at home last week. Iowa State jumped from No. 25 to No. 19 after upsetting No. 1 Nebraska in Ames on Saturday in five sets. Oklahoma remains among the teams listed as receiving votes.

K-State opens Big 12 play on Wednesday at Oklahoma, beginning at 7 p.m.

The next opportunity for K-State fans to see the Wildcats in action at Ahearn Field House will be Saturday at 3 p.m. when they host Nebraska-Omaha.

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