It’s a surprisingly quiet Friday morning on the news wire, except for some nuggets dropped by K-State itself. Yesterday, we gave attention to the volleyball team and tried unsuccessfully to troll every football fan who thinks there are only 65 college football teams. Today, you can expect a belated roundup of Big 12 action from last weekend courtesy of Double-Ought, and TB will kick the tires on Charlotte (as well, if we’re lucky, a more detailed look at the Central Arkansas game).
K-State (3-4) finally snapped their four-match losing streak last night by knocking off North Florida (4-4) at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta with a four set victory, 25-18, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23. As usual, Kylee Zumach did most of the damage with 16 kills, while Reilly Killeen had four aces and 16 digs. Bryna Vogel notched another double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs. But the most important thing we learned today was that there’s actually a website which intensely covers volleyball, as VolleyMob’s Wendy Mayer recapped the contest.
Two matches today for the Cats as they meet Xavier at 10am and host Georgia Tech at 7pm. Both games air audio on KMAN 1350 AM and on kstatesports.com, while the evening match will also air in living color on ACC Network Plus, if you happen to have access to that.
The main storyline surrounding tomorrow’s game is the return to Manhattan of former Wildcats Brad Lambert and Matt Wallerstedt, respectively the head coach and defensive coordinator of tomorrow’s opponent, the North Carolina-Charlotte 49ers. FOX dives into that in an uncredited story (which is probably by Dave Skretta of the Associated Press, but that’s just a guess so don’t hold us to it).
Meanwhile, the main storyline for today regarding last weekend’s tilt is sophomore walk-on wide receiver Dalton Schoen, about whom a lot of you are still probably asking the question, “Who is this dude?” Well, three different people are intent on telling you: Ken Corbitt at the Capital-Journal, Kellis Robinett at the Star/Eagle, and Corbin McGuire of K-State Athletics in today’s Sports Extra.
Robinett also has his quick and dirty game preview, pointing out this -- not last week -- is the easiest game on the Wildcat schedule.
Allen Trieu at Scout profiles sophomore running back Teriyon Cooper of Trinity Catholic in St. Louis, who’ll be a member of the 2020 recruiting class somewhere. That might be K-State, who was the second team to offer. He hasn’t visited yet, but intends to soon.
Today through Sunday in Indianapolis, the NCAA hosts its second annual Elite Men's Basketball Student-Athlete Symposium. It’s an invitation-only event, and one of the lucky invitees this fall is one Dean Wade.
On the other side of Bramlage, it sometimes feels like Jeff Mittie just keeps adding people like there’s no numerical limit. The newest addition to the 2017-18 Wildcats is 6’7” center Anastasia Tsybaeva, a transfer from East Los Angeles CC. Tsybaeva, who played high school ball at Burbank High, becomes the tallest player in program history.
In yesterday’s Sports Extra, McGuire profiled our own native Hawai’ian, freshman forward Brooke Ramos. We’ll again remind you that the Cats take on Central Arkansas tonight at 7pm in the friendly confines of the K-State Soccer Complex. Be there if you can; if not, the game will air on Cox Kansas and on KStateHD.tv (which is now free, remember), and the radio broadcast will be on KMKF 101.5 (K-Rock) in Manhattan.