With three victories to clinch the Varney's Invitational tournament Aug. 24-25, including a thrilling 5-set comeback win over Oregon State in the championship, Kansas State women's volleyball climbed to No. 21 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll. The Wildcats were previously ranked No. 22.â†µ
Kansas State was 8-1 in sets over the course of the tournament, routing UC Irvine and Oakland in the first two matches.
Senior setter Caitlyn Donahue was named the tournament's MVP after averaging 11.18 assists and three digs per set. Junior middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger averaged 3.64 kills and hit .344 to go along with 2.82 digs, landing her on the All-Tournament Team. Joining Donahue and Pelger was junior outside hitter Lilla Porubek, who averaged 3.8 kills and hit .380.â†µ
The Wildcats (3-0) take their undefeated streak to Omaha, Neb., for the Bluejay Invitational beginning Friday. They'll play the University of Denver (Aug. 31), host Creighton University (Sept. 1) and Syracuse (Sept. 1).