The Volleycats (8-7, 1-1) lost a thrilling heartbreaker in the Sunflower Showdown yesterday at Bramlage, forcing the 12-ranked Jayhawks (12-2, 1-0) not only to a fifth set but to overtime before bowing 20-25, 25-21, 25-22, 15-25, 14-16. Peyton Williams led the way with 14 kills while Bryna Vogel notched her fifth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 15 digs. More on the match from VolleyMob’s Derek Johnson and the Capital-Journal’s Ken Corbitt.
An uncredited own goal spelled doom for the Wildcats (5-5-1, 0-2) at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium in Fort Worth as K-State fell 1-0 to TCU (8-3, 2-0) Sunday. Despite the bad luck and the score, it was not a close contest; K-State only had three shots to TCU’s 15, and earned no corner kicks to TCU’s 15.
After a sterling weekend in Columbia, some other Wildcats were in Stillwater for the ITF Professional Tournament. Rosanna Maffei earned her first victory as a Wildcat, dispatching Tulsa’s Mahitha Dadi Reddy in straight sets, while Maria Linares -- also making her K-State debut -- lasted three sets against Alona Bodarenko, formerly the 19th ranked player in the world. Maffei takes on Felicity Maltby of Texas Tech at 10am this morning.
In today’s Sports Extra, Corbin McGuire profiles yet another Wildcat. Margot Decker will be playing in the Riviera Women’s All-American Tennis Championships beginning Saturday.
Jeremy Gandon is in a tie for 14th at 1-under 70 after one round of the Trinity Forest Invitational in Dallas. He’s five shots off the lead, but the team as a whole is in last place at 12-over 296, 21 strokes behind Florida.
The Wildcats are still nearly invisible in the AP poll, but still sitting in “30th” in the Amway-USA Today Coaches poll in the editions released yesterday. The big loser yesterday was Florida State, which fell completely out of the AP poll from 12th after losing to North Carolina State to start 0-2; the Seminoles are still ranked in the coaches poll, at 25th. Mississippi State also ate a big drop, falling 7 spots in the AP and 5 in the coaches; they’re 24th in both polls now. Oklahoma State was the other big victim, falling 9 spots in the AP and 7 in the coaches. But they’re still in the top 15, so the loss to TCU didn’t hurt that bad.
Speaking of our purple brethren, Saturday’s win was good for a 7-place jump in the AP, into the top 10 at #9. They didn’t get quite that much bump in the other poll, rising 4 spots to 11th. Georgia (7/8) also got a 4-place boost in both polls after wrecking Mississippi State.
The top five remain unchanged in both polls, although Oklahoma’s adventure with Baylor cost them some votes. Washington also remains sixth in the coaches poll, because they had Oklahoma State seventh last week.
And there are now two G5 teams in the AP top 20, as South Florida and San Diego State were pulled upward by vacuum.
K-State opened as a 13.5 point favorite over Baylor, and it’s now grown to a 14 point spread. OddsShark has an even bolder prediction, however, projecting the game as a 47-14 win for the ‘Cats, and I think 33 is a lot more than 14. There is no over/under yet, but figure it’ll be around 50.