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SLATE: K-State tennis gets off to hot start at ITAs

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Volleyball loses at TCU, soccer visits there tonight, and other things

Selton Miguel had a great experience this summer.
Selton Miguel had a great experience this summer.
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Football

Arne Green of the Capital-Journal examines the problems with, and possible solutions for, K-State’s flagging defense.

Basketball

The Mercury’s Ryan Black reports on K-State basketball’s Media Day appearance with quotes from Bruce Weber, Mike McGuirl, and Selton Miguel. (That’s paywalled, but it’s available for free via the Kokomo Perspective.) Arne Green also delivered an article on Miguel focusing on his experience playing with the Angolan National Team as they tried to qualify for the Olympics this summer.

Those weren’t the only Wildcats made available to the media this week. Markquis Nowell and Ismael Massoud took part in a zoom call on Thursday and K-State Sports has the highlights.

Volleyball

Despite Aliyah Carter’s tenth double-double of the season and ten blocks from Kadye Fernholz, the Kansas State streak of losing at everything continued last night as the volleyball team (11-7, 2-5 Big 12) fell in four sets at TCU (8-9, 2-5) 24-26, 17-25, 25-23, 16-25.

The teams meet again tonight at 6:30 on ESPN+.

Soccer

Asking the soccer team to finally end the Wildcat team sports skid is a tough ask tonight as they also visit TCU, ranked eleventh in the nation.

Tennis

There was some good news for K-State yesterday. The Wildcat tennis players, all competing as individuals (or individual doubles pairs) went 6-0 in the early rounds of the ITA Central Regional in Iowa City.

They’ll get back at it this morning with the singles round of 128 in which Dinara Alloyarova facing Elys Ventura of Missouri, Anna Turco takes on Arkansas State’s Hunter Roper, Florentine Dekkers meets Baylor’s Maria Bezmenova, Ioana Gheorgita gets Oleksandra Nahurska from Oral Roberts, Manami Ukita clashes with UMKC’s Grace Ball, Karine-Marion Job, Maria Linares, and Rosanna Maffei get byes into the round of 64.

In the doubles round of 32 Anna Turco and Rosanna Maffei will take on Iowa’s Samantha Gillas and Samantha Mannix, Karine-Marion Job and Maria Linares meeting Valeryia Rozenkova and Maria Berlanga of Tulsa, Florentine Dekkers and Ioana Gheorgita squaring off against Emma Staker and Marcelina Podlinska of Oklahoma, and Alloyarova and Manami Ukita dueling Minnesota’s Rachel Hanford and Ekin Ercetin.