Kansas State volleyball freshman Jayden Nembhard earned more recognition from the Big 12 on Tuesday.
The conference office announced Nembhard, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter, won the league’s rookie of the week award after she helped K-State sweep its two-match series at Texas Tech last week. It marks Nembhard second weekly honor of the season.
Nembhard had 14 kills off the bench in Friday’s five-set win over the Red Raiders. She followed that with a personal-best .471 hitting percentage in Saturday’s straight-sets victory. She notched eight kills on 17 swings without committing an error.
Nembhard averaged a team-high 3.14 kills per set last week while hitting at a .327 clip.
A Keller, Texas, native, Nembhard is second on the team, and seventh in the conference, with 3.21 kills per set.
She ranks third among Big 12 freshmen in kills per set. K-State teammate Aliyah Carter ranks first in the category with 3.70 per set.
Nembhard’s honor Tuesday is the sixth of the season for K-State and the 61st during head coach Suzie Fritz’s tenure.
Other winners for the Wildcats this season include Abigail Archibong (defensive), Shelby Martin (offensive) and Carter (rookie).
K-State’s six weekly accolades ties Baylor for the most in the Big 12 this year.
The Wildcats (8-4, 8-4 Big 12) have their final home series of the 2020 season this weekend.
K-State will host TCU at Bramlage Coliseum on Friday and Saturday. Both matches will begin at 6:30 p.m. The matches will stream live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.