The Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) is pleased to announce that Kansas State sophomore Kaitlynn Pelger has been selected as the CVU.com National Player of the Week for Sept. 12 through Sept. 18.
A 6-2 middle blocker from Olathe, Kan., Pelger earned MVP honors at the St. Mary's tournament, led the Wildcats to a 4-0 week and helped extended the team's win streak to seven.
In an early-week home match, Pelger provided the offensive power with 32 kills on .308 hitting as Kansas State was able to fend off Drake in five. Defensively, the sophomore also picked up 18 digs and four blocks.
The strong hitting would continue through the weekend's tournament for Pelger, as she hit better than .300 in all three matches. She knocked down 22 kills in a 3-1 victory over Sacramento State to open the tournament, then followed with a matching 11-kill, 11-dig double-double in a sweep of Utah Valley.
In the finale against the host Gaels, Pelger hit .429 with 18 kills, nine digs and six blocks as the Wildcats won 3-1. For the week, the middle averaged 5.19 kills per set on .345 hitting while adding 2.94 digs and 1.06 blocks per set.
Pelger is the second Wildcat to earn the CVU.com honor as setter Stacey Spiegelberg picked it up in 2006.
In addition to the Player of the Week, CVU.com will be announcing selections for the Top Performers from the past week. These selections will include the Player of the Week and up to 10 others. Choices will consist of players who were finalists for the weekly honor and others who had exceptional individual matches. The additional selections will be based on nominations and CVU.com staff criteria.
Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a series of Player-of-the-Week selections that will be made through the remainder of the season and announced on Tuesday or Wednesday of each week.
College and conference SIDs are welcome to make Player-of-the-Week nominations. Nominations are due every Monday by 1 p.m. Pacific time.