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Volleyball and soccer both win on Thursday

Hannah Davis scored the only goal K-State would need in South Dakota.
Hannah Davis scored the only goal K-State would need in South Dakota.
Adam Stewart/Special to Bring on the Cats

It’s getting closer: for the second year in a row, K-State’s about to play a Power 5 squad on the road, which means nobody can say diddly about their schedule if they’re staring down the barrel of 12-1.

Football

Yesterday, as JT was finalizing the Slate, one thing went live he was too late to catch: your benevolent despot’s answers to Vanderbilt writer Tom Stephenson’s burning questions.

Two from Kellis Robinett: his keys to the game and prediction, and a feature on the starting quarterbacks for Saturday’s contest, Jesse Ertz and Kyle Shurmur.

Ken Corbitt reports on K-State’s search for offensive balance, and notes the new homes of Elijah Lee (49ers) and Cornelius Lucas (Rams).

From the Tennessean: Adam Sparks questions whether Ralph Webb is going to return to form or Vanderbilt’s run game is DOA; the paper’s sportswriters all agree the game will be decided by a field goal, but they’re split on who’s going to win; and Sparks offers his five keys to a Vanderbilt win.

At the mothership, Jason Kirk goes over the potential playoff impact of each of this week’s important games. His take: the team that wins in Nashville on Saturday has a good win in their pocket.

At Fansided’s Saturday Blitz, Matthew Bartlett’s bold predictions for each top 25 team includes a prediction that K-State will cruise to an easy win.

Greg Powers at Scout/247 offers a profile and photo gallery of Jaquavious Lane, a Wildcat wide receiver commit from Loganville, Ga.

Finally, in today’s Sports Extra Corbin McGuire peeks at the post-football career goal of punter Nick Walshmaking in in Nashville, and he’s not talking about punting really well on Saturday.

Soccer

IT’s September 14, and K-State now has as many wins this season as they did all of last season. Good timing, since the Big 12 campaign’s just around the corner. In the 56th minute, Tatum Wagner’s cross was pounded in by Hannah Davis, and the Wildcats (4-3-1) held on for a 1-0 win over South Dakota (2-7-0) in Vermillion. Jeremy Hoeck of the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan has the story from the Coyote perspective.

Volleyball

K-State got back on the right side of .500 last night with a four-set win over Nebraska-Omaha (3-8) at the Omaha Challenge. Riley Killeen had a career high 21 digs, and Sarah Dixon, Bryna Vogel, and Brooke Smith all had double-doubles. This afternoon at 4:30, Smith will face her former teammates in the second match of the challenge as K-State (6-5) faces 10th-ranked Nebraska (5-2). Tony Boone of the Omaha World-Herald reports with an Omaha flavor.

Tennis

Yesterday’s Sports Extra focused on sophomore Ines Mesquita and her experience representing Portugal in the World University Games this summer in Taiwan.

Other

What do you do when campus is littered with white nationalist propaganda? You have a rally, reports Toriano Porter at the Star. The denunciation of the paper-hanging was so absolute that even K-State’s chapter of College Republicans condemned it. Good show, alma mater.