Heath, Vogel win weekly conference honors, volleyball moves up in rankings

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Sophomore wide receiver Dominique Heath celebrates his touchdown during the game between Kansas State and Florida Atlantic in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Sept. 17, 2016. (George Walker | The Collegian)

Heath earns Special Teams Player of the Week

On Monday morning, Kansas State wide receiver and returner Dominique Heath was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week.

Heath returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter of Saturday’s game. The punt return put the Wildcats up 49-0 against Florida Atlantic. It was Heath’s first career punt return touchdown.

This was Heath’s first weekly Big 12 award and it was K-State’s 21st Special Teams Player of the Week honor since 2011.

It was also K-State’s nation-leading 41st combined kick and punt return touchdown since 2005 and nation-leading 102nd non-offensive score since 1999.

Vogel earns Offensive Player of the Week

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Junior opposite hitter Bryna Vogel sets the ball during the K-State volleyball match against Loyola, in Ahearn Field House on Sept. 10, 2016. (File Photo by Shelton Burch | The Collegian)

Junior opposite hitter Bryna Vogel earned the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week award for her play in the Arkansas Invitational this past weekend.

Vogel had a week to remember. On Tuesday against Creighton, Vogel set a career high in kills with 18. Then this weekend against Southern Miss, Vogel set a new career high in kills with 21.

Vogel was also named the Arkansas Invitational MVP. Vogel attributed her Big 12 honor to the Wildcats’ success as a team.

“It’s truly an honor,” Vogel said to K-State Sports. “Volleyball is a team sport, and I think it’s just a reflection on how well the team is playing right now.”

News and notes

Speaking of volleyball, the K-State volleyball team moved up in the American Volleyball Coaches Association rankings from No. 25 to No. 23.

The team moved into the top 25 last week for the first time since 2014. They then won all four games last week pushing their winning streak to nine games. They start Big 12 play on Wednesday when they take on Iowa State at home.

In K-State football news, the Big 12 announced Monday that the Oct. 1 game against West Virginia will start at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

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