The big news yesterday was Kansas State's soccer's inaugural class. Head coach Mike Dibbini announced the signing of the first three Wildcat soccer players ever: Krista Haddock (winger/forward; Hemet High School, California), Elizabeth Hernandez (forward; La Serna High School, California), and Madison Wedekind (midfielder; Butler CC/Valley Center High School).
We may not be looking forward to it, but Kansas State takes on #25 Texas this afternoon in the Blackout Bramlage game. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 PM and fans are encouraged to wear black to support the team (or to mourn it, as the case may be).
Both teams are struggling right now. Kansas State has dropped its last three games and Texas is on a four-game skid (Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram). But while the Longhorns are averaging 41.8 boards a game (good for fourth best in the country), the Wildcats are bringing up the rear in that category (31.8 per game, 309th).
For the Wildcats, matters are not helped by the suspension of Marcus Foster and Malek Harris. The reason for the suspension remains unclear, but Foster and Harris are likely to miss two games (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle). Whatever the reason, it probably contributes to the plague of immaturity that has dogged this season from the start, at least according to Bruce Weber. (Associated Press, via FoxSports)
Meanwhile, the women's team is on the uptick and take their newfound confidence to Norman to play Oklahoma and extend the current win streak to four games. Although the Wildcats beat the Sooners in Manhattan, they have not won in Norman since 2003. Look for Breanna Lewis, Ashia Woods and Kindred Wesemann to change that. The game is on FoxSports Southwest at 2 PM.
The equestrian team is looking to bounce back from a six-meet drought when they travel to Stillwater to face the Oklahoma State Cowgirls today. The #9 Wildcats last won a meet back in November when they defeated Oklahoma State 12-7 at Timbercreek Stables.
Despite wins from Livia Cirnu and Amina St. Hill (playing numbers four and five singles respectively), #66 Kansas State was soundly beaten 5-2 by Fresno State yesterday. The team will close out the road trip by taking on San Francisco later today, weather permitting.
The track and field athletes are in Lincoln, Nebraska this weekend for the Husker Invitational. They will be joined by 11 other Division I programs including Iowa State, Kansas and Oklahoma State.
Akela Jones is your Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Female Athlete of the Week, thanks to a personal record-setting points total in the pentathlon at the Jayhawk Classic. She took first place and shattered multiple school records as well as the Anschutz Sports Pavillion record at the event.
Head coach Susie Fritz announced a new hire yesterday. Trent Sorensen was named assistant coach for the volleyball team, in place of Jeff Hulsmeyer who has moved on to Florida State. Sorensen comes to Manhattan with six years of Texas prep volleyball experience and was a former volleyball team captain and all-conference player at BYU.