Kansas State’s Natali Jones has been selected as the Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week.
Jones, the Big 12 co-Offensive Player of the Week, hit well over .600 and reached double-digits in kills in both of K-State’s wins last week, helping her rank second in the Big 12 with a .676 hitting percentage while also placing among the top 10 in kills per set (3.0, T-9th) and points per set (4.06, 5th). The middle blocker, who leads the Big 12 in blocks for the season, was also tied for fourth in blocks per set (1.50).
In K-State’s sweep of Oklahoma on Wednesday, the redshirt senior reached double-figures in kills for the first time in her career, registering 12 on 16 attempts for a .688 hitting percentage (one error). Jones only needed the next match to once again reach double-digits in kills, matching her career-high with 12 on 18 errorless attempts (.667) in a five-set win at West Virginia on Saturday. Overall, Jones averaged 3.0 kills/set, 0.25 aces/set, 0.75 digs/set and 1.50 blocks/set while hitting .676 in eight sets played last week.
Jones is the first Big 12 student-athlete to claim the award this season and 38th all-time. She is the first K-State recipient since 2012.