November 9th was the first day of the early signing period for 2016, and several Wildcat teams picked up new additions.
Men’s Golf added two new guys, the 17th and 55th ranked players in the Golfweek Junior Amateur Rankings, Kyle Vance and Brian Choe. Vance is one of the highest-rated golfers to join the K-State golf program, and has already won multiple junior championships in his career.
Men’s basketball supposedly signed all three current members of it’s 2017 recruiting class (Kellis Robinett, Star), but I can only find one official announcement from any of the three players (Nigel Shadd, F, Chandler, AZ; Mike McGuirl, G, Manchester, CT; and Levi Stockard, F, St. Louis, MO) and no official announcements from K-State Athletics or the men’s basketball program.
Women’s basketball had a huge day yesterday, as Jeff Mittie had all four of his nationally-ranked 2017 recruiting class sign their NLI’s. The class is headlined by Rachel Ranke out of Burnsville, MN, the #58 player nationally and #13 wing, and Cymone Goodrich from Chicago, the #98 player nationally and #28 guard. Also included in this class are Ashley Ray from Girard, KS, #43 post, and Mary Lakes from Peoria, IL, #14 post.
The VolleyCats ended their two-game losing streak last night in Morgantown, but the lady Mountaineers did not make it easy for the visiting Wildcats. After the Cats won the first two sets of the match 26-24 and 25-19, WVU made a strong push and won sets three and four with identical 25-22 scores to force a fifth set. But K-State was able to turn it back around and finish off the ‘Eers 15-10 in the deciding set to improve to 18-8 (7-6) on the season and head back home for a bye weekend with a little momentum. WVU fell to 12-14 (3-9) with the loss, and the all-time series now favors the Cats 8-2, and 4-1 in Morgantown (with K-State winning the last four there). Katie Brand collected her 67th career double-double, and is now only two back of the K-State career record.
Alex Barnes is the hot name this bye week, and this time it’s WIBW’s Chris Lilly who takes a look at the talented freshman (with video that may auto-play).