We’ve got the VolleyCats in action tonight in Lawrence, so they get top-billing today. The match, the second in the 2018 version of the Sunflower Showdown: Volleyball Edition, is scheduled for a 6:30pm start time from the Horejsi Athletics Center. The Wildcats are sitting in 8th-place in the Big 12 with a 13-11 (3-10) record, but are still in position to make the NCAA Tournament. As you may recall, the Cats broke a 7-game losing streak to the Jayhawks back in October and the Jayhawks have not been the same, losing three of their next five matches. If the Cats can win tonight, it would be the first sweep in the series for K-State since 2011.
You can view the match on ESPN+, or via the ESPN app (presumably with the KU broadcast team). You can also listen on KMAN (93.3 FM, 1350 AM) or online at K-StateSports.com with Rob Voelker on the call for the Cats.
Even if on-court results haven’t been spectacular, the Cats have been cleaning it up in the classroom. A record eleven members of the volleyball team were named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. This is the most Wildcats on the First Team in program history, while the 11 total selections ties the record for most overall selection set in 2016 (9 first team, 2 second team).
Today’s Sports Extra focused on Wildcat senior Alyssa Schultejans, who approaches her final Sunflower Showdown match with a little humor and some perspective.
The game time has been set for the Kansas State Wildcats next home game. To avoid broadcast conflicts with the SnyderCats game later that evening in Ames, the WeberCats game against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks has been set for a 3:30pm tip from Bramlage Coliseum on Nov. 24th. The Cats will head south for the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam this week, with the opening game against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels scheduled for a 6:30 p.m., CT on Friday, Nov. 16th.
K-State held it’s weekly press conference on Tuesday, and maybe the biggest news to come out was that K-State is battling a larger than normal number of injuries, and that is affecting what personnel they can bring on the field, especially for special teams (Robinett, Eagle) (surely Bill isn’t making excuses for Sean...).
Kansas State University announced Tuesday that by 2020, half of the Manhattan campus will be powered by wind (Katy Bergen, Star). The new agreement with Westar Energy will cover half of the current energy needs for campus and will help the university save up to $200,000 per year. This opportunity is part of a new Renewables Direct program that offers fixed rates for large clients. The wind will even be local, as the source is will be the Solder Creek Wind Energy Center, a 300-megawatt wind farm in Nemaha County, northeast of Manhattan. Other area universities are also taking advantage of this opportunity.