Gracey dropped on to Facebook Live for her weekly Bring On The Cats live session, this time complete with fun #branding. And it’s way more fun when real people comment and ask questions, so be sure and keep joining her live!
The streak is now at five, and nine of the last ten. That’s a losing streak, to the Jayhawks, who also completed a season sweep of the Wildcats last night in Ahearn Fieldhouse. But the Cats didn’t go without a vicious fight, taking the Beakers all the way to five sets, 18-25, 28-26, 22-25, 25-21, 11-25, in front of a raucous home crowd. The loss finally brought KU to even with the Cats in Ahearn, at 28-28, and closed K-State’s overall series lead to just 13 at 63-50-1.
It wasn’t all bad news. K-State’s defense held the #4 team in the country (the Cats have played a #4 team three times this season and are 0-3 in those matches) under .300 hitting in every set, and .195 for the match. Katie Brand moved into second place on K-State’s all-time career assists list in the rally-scoring era (since 2001), and now has 66 career double-doubles, ranking second on K-State’s career list. Kersten Kober moved into third place on K-State’s career digs list (rally-scoring era) with 1,462.
With the loss, the Cats drop to 17-7 (6-5) on the season and will look to rally this weekend as they head to Fort Worth to face a Horned Frog team that is just 10-11 (3-8) on the season.
While the men started their exhibition season last Friday, the women will begin their’s this Friday as the Cats host the Washburn ladies in the early part of an all-K-State-Washburn double header. The game can be seen live on FCS Central and on K-StateHD.TV, and audio will be available online at kstatesports.com. You can buy a double-header ticket that gets you in to both the women’s and men’s games that night, starting at just $10.
While K-State is in the middle of it’s Fall World Series (free admission, by the way, to the game this afternoon at 3pm, and on Sunday at 2pm), the 2017 schedule has been released. The schedule features 33 home games, the most since 2013, and includes Creighton, Iowa, New Mexico, Wichita State, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas Tech with the home opener to be played on Friday, March 3 against Eastern Illinois. The Cats will start on the road, as the usually do, on February 17 at the Dodgertown Classic in Vero Beach, Florida. The schedule also features a game on April 25th against Arkansas in Kauffman Stadium.
Deante Burton worked hard this offseason to avoid what happened in 2015, and has begun to replace drops with highlight catches (Robinett, Star). Burton has been putting in time both before and after practice this season with the throwing machine to improve his catching abilities, and it has paid off this season.
Bob Lutz at the Wichita Eagle talks about Jesse Ertz, and how he’s another in a long line of K-State QB’s to be a big part of the running game. There’s some great stats in there, and some Wildcat QB trivia.