The Wildcats then traveled to California for the Cal Invitational, attended and covered by our very own Intern. K-State got off to a rough start, losing its first match of the season, a sweep at the hands of Santa Clara. But the Wildcats got back on track in impressive fashion, jumping out to a 2-0 lead before finishing off Cal Poly, 3-1. In Saturday's finale, K-State matched up with its first ranked opponent of the season, the No. 23 California Golden Bears. K-State dropped the opening set, but bounced back to win two straight before Cal forced a decisive fifth set. K-State proved rude hosts, swiping the host's title with a 15-9 win in the final set.
While the win knocked Cal from the AVCA Top 25, K-State was not able to move into the rankings. The Wildcats are the fifth team receiving votes. This week, K-State returns to the road. The Wildcats will make the short trip to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Razorback Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The host Arkansas Razorbacks await, as do the Saint Louis Billikins and South Alabama Jaguars. None of the teams is ranked or receiving votes.
K-State Women's Golf
Oliva Eliasson led K-State to an eighth-place finish at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic in Windsor, Colo. The junior from Sweden followed up an opening-round 79 with an impressive 69, before finishing with a 74. K-State tied with the host Colorado State Rams at +47, 38 shots behind Cal.
The Wildcats take this week off before hosting their home invitational, the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational at Colbert Hills.
K-State Men's Golf
On the men's side, the Wildcats began play yesterday in Columbia, Mo., at the Columbia Regional Preview. K-State stands fifth (+5) among 11 teams after the opening 36 holes at The Club at Old Hawthorne. Kyle Weldon led the way for the Wildcats, and is in third place after opening rounds of 71 and 69 (-4). The tournament concludes tomorrow. You can follow the action at Golfstat. Our own Ahearn Alley was in Columbia and may be able to chip in a few thoughts.
Next week, K-State will travel to the St. Mary's Invitational at the Bayonet and Blackhorse Golf Club in Monterey, Calif.