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Slate: Soccer continues banner week

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Plus news and notes from the K-State Sports media sessions yesterday.

Brookelynn Entz didn’t find the net this weekend, but a big assist resulted in a huge draw.
MANHATTAN, KANSAS - Kansas State midfielder Brookelynn Entz (8) dribbles upfield while forward Tatum Wagner (44) looks on during K-State’s 2-0 victory over Omaha on August 30, 2017.
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Soccer

We’re going out of alphabetical order today for a very good reason. Coming off a weekend that saw her lead her team to it’s first-ever home Big 12 conference win, scoring both goals in the 2-1 victory, junior midfielder Brookelynn Entz became the first Wildcat to earn the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week award. Not only did Entz lead her team to victory on Saturday, she also led the Big 12 in goals and points last week. It’s the second career Big 12 weekly honor for the Newton, KS native, as she was named Big 12 Freshman of the Week in 2017.

Baseball

Head baseball coach Pete Hughes released the BatCats 2020 schedule on Tuesday. The season starts with a trip to very-southern Texas on February 14th, with the first home games for the Wildcats scheduled for February 28th & 29th (LEAP DAY BASEBALL), and the Big 12 conference opener at home against Baylor on March 20th. The Wildcats regular season finale is also at home this year, with the Jayhawks visiting the weekend of May 14th. The regular home and home series with Wichita State is also on the schedule, with the first matchup between the two is scheduled for February 26th in Wichita.

Basketball

Wildcat fans will get their first look at the 2019-20 version of the WeberCats this Saturday, with an open practice/scrimmage scheduled for 11am in Bramlage prior to the football game. Doors to the actual arena open at 10am (exterior doors to Bramlage open earlier due to football), there is no cost to enter.

The MittieCats hosted their annual media day on Tuesday, and Jeff Mittie and select members of the team available to speak to the media regarding the 2019-20 team. One big piece of news from Mittie was that incoming freshman Jada Thorpe will miss the entire 2019-20 season after suffering an injury during the preseason.

Football

Yesterday was Tuesday (if we hadn’t already made that clear enough), so that means it was weekly football press conference day in Vanier. Klieman spoke about the bye week, developments, and injuries — noting that much-needed WR Malik Knowles is still “doubtful” for this Saturday’s game against TCU. Hayden Barber at the Wichita Eagle had two different looks at the Wildcats this week, first, that the “awful display of tackling” against Baylor comes down to “30 fixable minutes” (that’s, uh, a lot in a football game). Barber’s second look is at the history of the Wildcats and close bye weeks, which also happened in both 2013 and 2014.

K-State Sports also had their weekly update on the Wildcats in the NFL, and after a couple big weeks, week 6 of the NFL season was fairly quiet for the former Cats. Speaking of Wildcats in the professional leagues, no Cats were taken in the first three phases of the XFL draft. Day two is currently underway, and there are still plenty of spots left.

Volleyball

The Wildcats will hope that a change of scenery helps snap their four-game losing streak, after the two game homestand last week failed to produce a Wildcat victory. The 6-11, 1-4 VolleyCats are in Norman today to take on the 11-5, 3-2 Sooners, with first serve set for 7pm. The match will be broadcast on FOX Sports Oklahoma and the FOX Sports app, but most fans will need to listen online at K-StateSports.com/watch.