Dec. 20, 2012
Season Review Notes
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The 2012 volleyball season saw the Kansas State Wildcats make their 14th NCAA Tournament appearance, finishing the year with a 21-9 record, and another All-America performance from middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger. The middle blocker was one of only a handful of players at her position playing all six rotations again, and she earned AVCA National Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Three Wildcats were named to the All-Big 12 Conference Team with two earning AVCA All-Central Region.
Some of the best performances in school history came on the volleyball court in 2012 with Alex Muff posting one of the highest hitting percentages for a five-set match during a victory over Texas Tech. The team hit a strong .318 in that match to rank sixth in school history as a team.
The high hitting percentages were not limited to the Texas Tech victory, though. In September, the Wildcats upset then-ranked No. 10 Minnesota at the Golden Hurricane Classic. K-State defeated the Golden Gophers in five sets and hit an astounding .818 in the fifth set with nine kills on 11 attacks without a single error. It was the highest hitting percentage in school history for an individual set by the Wildcats.
It was another great year blocking for the Wildcats as Muff led the Big 12 Conference with 1.39 blocks per set and ranked No. 22 in the nation. Muff ended her career as one of the top blockers in school history as well.
Senior setter Caitlyn Donahue also ended her career as one of the best to play her position at K-State. She is among only two setters in school history to rank in the top 10 in career digs and assists. Fellow senior Kathleen Ludwig ended her career with a strong match against Northern Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and found herself just shy of cracking the top 10 in career aces. Senior libero Kuulei Kabalis finished her career with the Wildcats with 800 digs in just two years.
The Wildcats said goodbye to a total of five seniors this year with defensive specialist Ali Boehler joining the team during training camp in August as a walkon. She saw action serving and on the back row in a 3-0 victory over Nebraska-Omaha.
Success was not limited to the court this year as the Wildcats placed eight student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Team this season. Seven of those honorees were named to the first team with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher.
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