Kansas freshman Caroline Bien named Big 12 rookie of the week for second consecutive week

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KU freshman Caroline Bien, of St. Thomas Aquinas, has been named the Big 12 Conference's Preseason Freshman of the Year.

Kansas freshman Caroline Bien was named the Big 12 rookie of the week for the second consecutive week, the conference office announced Tuesday.

Bien averaged 10.7 kills and hit .387 for the Jayhawks, who won the Jayhawk Classic with wins against Kansas City, Missouri State and Albany last week.

A native of Overland Park, Bien’s 14 kills against Kansas City tied her season/career high as she posted a .565 hitting percentage against the Roos. In the win over Missouri State, Bien had 10 kills for the sixth time this season and hit .444 against the Bears. Her 16 digs against Missouri State were her second most this year.

Kansas (8-3) has won six matches in a row heading into Big 12 play, which begins Friday at Texas Tech. KU will play the Red Raiders (10-3) at 6 p.m. on Friday and again at 6 p.m. Saturday.

This preseason, Ray Bechard’s squad was picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 by the conference’s head coaches.


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