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Underclassmen Tabbed Weekly Award Selections
September 15, 2014

Jordan Anderson (West Virginia), Alexis Conaway (Iowa State) and Kylee Zumach (Kansas State) have earned Big 12 volleyball weekly awards for matches played from Sept. 8-14.

Anderson earns her first career Offensive Player of the Week accolade after claiming three Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors in 2013. Conaway picks up Iowa State’s second Defensive Player of the Week selection for the year, while Zumach repeats as the Rookie of the Week honoree.

Offensive Player of the Week
Jordan Anderson, West Virginia, So., OH, Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound
Anderson led the Mountaineers and the Big 12 in kills last week, averaging a league-best 4.86 per set along with 5.43 points per set. She also averaged 2.43 digs. The sophomore helped WVU go 4-0 to win the Mountaineer Invitational, winning MVP honors for the second straight week. She hit for a .295 clip on 173 total attacks and posted 10 blocks.

Defensive Player of the Week
Alexis Conaway, Iowa State, Fr., MB, Orange City, Iowa/MOC-Floyd Valley
Conaway was dominant at the net for the Cyclones as she helped lead Iowa State to a 2-1 record at the Diet Coke Classic. After a “quiet” effort of one solo block and four block assists in ISU’s sweep of Milwaukee, Conaway put up the best blocking numbers in the Big 12 this season as she recorded 11 block assists in Iowa State’s four-set win over Tulsa. Conaway broke ISU’s freshman record for most total blocks in a match, tying for the fourth-most in a match by any Cyclone in school history. She also became the first Cyclone with at least 10 blocks in a match in seven years and did all that while recording a double-double as she added a team-high 12 kills in the process. Against No. 19 Minnesota, Conaway finished with six more block assists. Conaway finished the week with a Big 12-high 2.00 blocks per set.

Rookie of the Week
Kylee Zumach, Kansas State, Fr., OH, Buffalo, Minn./Buffalo
Zumach led all Big 12 freshmen and was second overall in the conference in kills last week, totaling 62 in 16 sets for a 3.88 kills per set average. Zumach, who also ranked second in the conference last week with an average of 4.41 points, paired her nearly four kills per set average with a .298 hitting percentage to lead K-State to a 4-0 record. The outside hitter started her week by tallying a then career-high 16 kills along with four solo blocks and five total blocks against Missouri State on September 8. Her career-high in kills that was nullified in the next match when she had 23 on a .419 hitting percentage in a 3-1 win against Marshall on September 12. The 23 kills are the most by a Big 12 player this season and the most by a Wildcat in a four-set match since September 29, 2012 (Kaitlynn Pelger, 23). Zumach had 15 or more kills as well as three or more blocks in three of the four matches last week. Overall in the 16 sets, she had 3.88 kills, 0.81 digs and 0.75 blocks.

Date Offensive Player Defensive Player Rookie
9/1 Lauren Douglass, Texas Tech, So., MB/RS    Caitlin Nolan, Iowa State, Jr., L         Lamprini Konstantinidou, West Virginia, S
9/8 Chiaka Ogbogu, Texas, So., MB Rachel Brummitt, Texas Tech, Sr., DB/L      Kylee Zumach, Kansas State, OH
9/15 Jordan Anderson, West Virginia, So., OH Alexis Conaway, Iowa State, Fr., MB  Kylee Zumach, Kansas State, OH
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