There are only two major pieces of news this morning, but before we get to them it’s time to catch up on something important we missed: the 2016 All-Big 12 Volleyball honorees. Hey, if we’re going to make grandiose statements about doing a better job covering them, we gotta own up to our oopsies.
Unsurprisingly, Texas and Kansas led the way with four first-team selections, and swept all the individual awards. As for our Volleycats, senior Katie Brand was named to the first team, senior Katie Reininger and junior Bryna Vogel earned second-team nods, and Elle Sandbothe was honored on the All-Freshman team.
Brooke Sassin, Kersten Kober, and Kylee Zumach were robbed. Let’s riot.
As AMS reported yesterday, the Wildcats are headed to the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl on December 28 in Houston, where they will face a familiar foe: CHOCOPOCKETS. Here follows a bevy of announcement articles:
- Press release from the Texas Bowl
- Official announcement from K-State Sports
- Announcement from our good friend Rush Roberts at Good Bull Hunting
- Another piece from Rush you won’t want to read, his five favorite Aggie-Wildcat moments (we’ll get even with him)
- Story from Kellis Robinett at the Star
- Story from Ken Corbitt at the Capital-Journal
- Story from Robert Cessna at the Bryan-College Station Eagle
- Early game preview by Rich Cerminiello at Campus Insiders, whose entire staff is picking A&M — except for Pete Fiutak, which is encouraging
- Carter Karels at the Dallas Morning News clues Aggies in on K-State
We sort of dropped the ball here last night, too, but we were all exhausted from a really busy weekend and we’re really sorry.
But we’re also really ashamed, because we completely biffed on covering a milestone. The Wildcats, behind 22 points and 12 rebounds from Bre Lewis and 13 points from Kindred Wesemann, improved to 8-0 with a 70-57 road win at Baxter Arena over Nebraska-Omaha. The milestone? It was the 500th career victory for head coach Jeff Mittie.
Strangely, the only game story that isn’t just a press release rehash appears to be from Tim Perera at the Omaha World-Herald.
Congratulations are in order for our frenemies from Morgantown. They fell short in the championship match, a 3-1 loss to seventh-ranked Southern California, but West Virginia (23-2-2, 8-0 Big 12) posted a major achievement in reaching the NCAA title game. The Mountaineers entered the game ranked number one in the nation, were stacked, led by ESPNW Player of the Year Kadeisha Buchanan and Canadian national team member Ashley Lawrence.