WICHITA—McPherson's Lexi Kite and Jamie Siess have been tabbed the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Attacker and Defender of the Week, the league office announced. The honor was determined by a vote of the league's sports information directors. Kite earns the honor for the second time in as many weeks and her career, while Siess grabs the award for the first time in her career.
The Bulldogs went 5-0 last week, starting with a victory at Baker (Kan.) before picking up four wins and a Royals Labor Day Classic, hosted by Warner (Fla.), championship after beating Saint Thomas (Fla.), the Royals, Trinity International (Ill.) and Florida College.
Kite and Siess have helped McPherson jump out to its best start in school history at 9-0. The Bulldogs are one of just four remaining unbeaten teams in the NAIA with at least nine wins. McPherson is receiving votes in the latest Top 25 poll announced Tuesday.
Last week, Kite posted four double-doubles in five matches and has seven on the season. She averaged 3.0 kills per set and 4.8 digs per set. In the win at Warner, Kite passed Jessica Miller for second in school history in career kills.
Siess averaged 6.7 digs per game in the five wins. In the win at Baker, she posted 50 digs, breaking McPherson's single-match record of 44 by Nikki MacKay against Bethany in 2007. Siess' 50 digs are the most by any player in a NAIA match this season.
McPherson hosts defending KCAC Championship winner Tabor (Kan.) in its first home match this year Wednesday. First serve from the Sport Center is 7 p.m. CT.
Jana Boston of Friends (Kan.) was named the league's Setter of the Week.