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CVU.com National Player of the Week (Sep. 11): Kaitlynn Pelger, Kansas State


The Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) is pleased to announce that Kansas State junior Kaitlynn Pelger has been selected as the CVU.com National Player of the Week for Sept. 3 through Sept. 9.

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A 6-2 middle blocker from Olathe, Kansas, Pelger picks up the award for the second time in her career as she has the Wildcats off to a school-record 9-0 start.

Playing all six rotations as a middle blocker, Pelger not only led the defense at the net, but she also anchored the back row and paced the attacking, leading the team in kills, blocks and digs through three matches last week.

Starting with a sweep of Missouri State, the junior posted the first of two weekend double-doubles, notching team highs with 11 kills and 10 blocks, also adding seven digs while hitting .304. That was followed up with an eight-kill match in a sweep of Saint Mary's.

Finally, Pelger ended the weekend with another double-double, this time adding digs to the mix. In a 3-0 win over Utah State, the middle had 11 more kills, 12 digs and six blocks. For the weekend she averaged 3.33 kills, 2.56 digs and 2.11 blocks per set.

This is the third time a Wildcat has been recognized with the CVU.com weekly award and the second of Pelger's career as she pick up the honor last season.

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.

Top Performers

  • Margy Acton, Pittsburgh, Senior, Libero, 5-6
  • Cecilia Aragao, VCU, Sophomore, Setter, 5-11
  • Leslie Cikra, Tennessee, Senior, Right side, 6-4
  • Caroline Jarmoc, Kansas, Junior, Middle blocker, 6-2
  • Alex Johnson, Miami, Junior, Right side, 6-0
  • Alisia Kastmo, Texas A&M, Senior, Opposite, 6-4
  • Alli Kirk, Oakland, Senior, Libero, 5-8
  • Alysia Mayes, Southern Illinois, Senior, Middle blocker, 6-1
  • Kaitlynn Pelger, Kansas State, Junior, Middle blocker, 6-2
  • Ziva Recek, Florida, Freshman, Outside hitter, 6-0
  • Madalyn Shalter, Northwestern, Senior, Setter, 6-2
  • Juliette Thevenin, South Carolina, Junior, Outside hitter, 6-2

Editor's Note: This is the third 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.

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