Nov. 19, 2001
Dallas, Texas -
True freshman setter Gabby Guerre was named the Big 12 Conference Volleyball Player of the Week by the league office on Monday afternoon after she totaled back-to-back double-doubles (assists-digs) in helping Kansas State to victories over Baylor and 13th-ranked Texas A&M this past week.
This marks the third straight week that a Wildcat student-athlete has received the honor following senior Lisa Mimick and sophomore Cari Jensen's selections on Nov. 5 and 12, respectively. It is the most selections for a Kansas State team in one season.
"Since Laura (Downey) got hurt in September, Gabby has really been carrying a big load for us," said head coach Suzie Fritz. "We knew when we recruited her that she had the ability to be a great setter, but for a true freshman to come and in and play the way she has this season is tremendous. She played against one of the best setters in the nation in Texas A&M's Jenna Moscovic and helped lead us to victory. She has done that all season long, playing one of the most important positions in one of the toughest conference in the country."
A 6-foot-1 setter from Houston, Texas, Guerre averaged 12.12 assists per game and 3.12 digs per game in helping the Wildcats take the season series from Baylor before upsetting 13th-ranked Texas A&M. She also added 1.38 kills per game on .292 hitting and 0.88 blocks per game. In the Wildcats' first victory over the Bears in Waco, Texas since 1998, she tallied her 10th double-double of the season with 42 assists and 10 digs to go with four kills in a three-game sweep. In a hard-fought five-game victory over the 13th-ranked Aggies, she had a complete all-around effort with seven kills on .429 hitting to go along with 55 assists, 15 digs and a career-high five blocks.
Since Guerre took over the starting setter role from the injured Laura Downey on Sept. 26, she has led the Wildcats to a 14-3 record, including victories over three Top 25 teams. She paces the team with an 11.77 assists per game average, while she is second in hitting percentage (.305), third in digs per game (2.94) and fourth in blocks per game (0.65). She has totaled 11 double-doubles this season and was a mere dig short of her first career triple-double against Texas on Nov. 7.
Guerre is the third Wildcat to be honored as conference Athlete of the Week this season following Mimick and Jensen's selections on Nov. 5 and 12. It also marks the first time in school history that three players have earned the distinction in three consecutive weeks. Overall, she becomes the 12th Kansas State player to garner the prize in the conference's five-year existence, including the second freshman following Disney Bronnenberg's selection in 1998.
On the strength of its season-best six-match winning streak, including an upset of 13th-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday, Kansas State continued to move up the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 on Monday, moving three spots to No. 19 after ascending three spots last week to No. 22. It is the highest ranking of the season for the Wildcats since being ranked No. 19 in the preseason AVCA poll released August 19. By virtue of its win over the Aggies, K-State clinched at least a tie for third place in the Big 12 standings with a 18-7 overall record and a 14-5 mark in league action. The team can claim a share of second-place with a win against Missouri on Wednesday and a loss by Texas A&M to either Texas or Texas Tech this week. A win over the Tigers clinches third place outright for the Wildcats.
Kansas State hits the road for its final regular-season match of the season on Wednesday, Nov. 21, as the Wildcats travel to Columbia, Mo., to face the Missouri Tigers (20-8, 10-8 Big 12) at the Hearnes Center beginning at 7 p.m. K-State, who has won 13 of the last 14 meetings against Missouri, will be looking to sweep the season series after posting a tough 3-2 victory in Manhattan on Sept. 26.