There’s no getting around it: last week’s K-State Invitational was very nearly an unmitigated disaster for the Wildcats. For the first time in program history, K-State opened their home schedule with three straight defeats, a stunning setback for a team which has made three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
Tonight at 7pm CT, in the second match of the Georgia Tech Invitational at O’Keefe Gymnasium, the Cats (2-4, 0-0 Big 12) will try and get back on track against the North Florida Ospreys (4-3, 0-0 Atlantic Sun). The event opens with a 5pm match between the host Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-5, 0-0 ACC) and the Xavier Musketeers (4-3, 0-0 Big East).
It’s the first meeeting between K-State and North Florida, as will be tomorrow’s early meeting with Xavier at 10am. The Cats play two tomorrow, as they’ll face Georgia Tech at 7pm; K-State is 2-2 against the hosts, most recently dispatching them in Manhattan last year.
Five of the six players on the court at first serve will be almost certain: Kylee Zumach, Bryna Vogel, Alyssa Schultejans, Sarah Dixon, and Reilly Killeen. The sixth spot? No telling. Several Wildcats have played 17 or 18 of the team’s 22 sets so far this season.
In order to score points tonight, K-State will have to get balls past junior Osprey star Alana Schoff, who is 13th in the nation in blocks with 38.
There will be no video for the game, but KMAN 1350 AM/93.3 FM will have the action, and you can stream at kstatesports.com.