It’s a Big 12/B1G matchup in Bramlage Coliseum. But it’s not basketball, it’s NCAA tournament volleyball. And it’s a second-round game with the Sweet 16 on the line.
The VolleyCats are already doing better than they have the last few years just by making it out of the first round.
The last time the Cats made it to day two was also the last time the Cats made it to the Sweet 16. In 2011, the Cats swept Wichita State before upsetting #2 national-seed Nebraska in Lincoln to earn a trip to the second weekend.
But the last time the Cats hosted a tournament weekend, the Cats didn’t leave home. In 2007 the Cats were the #9 national-seed and swept Tulsa in game one before falling to Oregon in five sets. And those games were in Ahearn Fieldhouse.
But we are in Bramlage Coliseum for tonight's action. Your K-State VolleyCats take on the Ohio State Buckeyes for a trip to the Sweet 16 and a rematch (for either team) with Wisconsin. The Cats and the Buckeyes both swept their round one competition, with the Cats in straight-sets over Lipscomb (28-26, 25-15, 26-24), and the Buckeyes, in a rematch, in straight-sets over Missouri State (25-21, 25-15, 31-29).
There is also a side-story between these two teams, as K-State and Ohio State each have a girl named Sandbothe. And yes, they are sisters. Taylor, a senior, is a key component of the Ohio State squad. Her little sister Elle came on strong mid-season and wrested a spot in the starting rotation as a freshman for the VolleyCats.
If you are in the Manhattan area, you definitely should get to Bramlage for this game, with first serve set for 7pm CST. Tickets are $8-$10 for adults, $5 for kids, and FREE for K-State students thanks to the K-State Athletics Department.
If you’ve never been to a K-State volleyball game, I promise you won’t be disappointed. The matches are exciting, loud, energetic, and it’s not hard for a novice to watch and figure out what’s going on. If you’ve been, you know, and you know you should go see this game.
If you can’t make it to Bramlage tonight, then you have some options to still watch the Cats play. The match will be broadcast on ESPN3, WatchESPN and the ESPN app, as presented by the K-StateHD.TV crew with Mitch Fortner (play-by-play), who is the voice of the K-State soccer team, and Liz Wegner-Bush (color), the first K-State volleyball player to be named an All-American twice (2000-01), on the call there. In the Manhattan area, you can listen on 1350 KMAN (and on 93.3/93.7 FM), but you can also get the online free live audio stream at kstatesports.com.
Also, be sure and check out Greg Woods’ intro to the NCAA tournament for more info on the Cats.