All the women’s sports did well this weekend, and the lone men’s team competing fell apart in Stillwater. What a weekend. And yes, apologies, we’re heavy on links from K-State Sports today.
In Columbia on Sunday, down 3-1 to Missouri late, things looked bleak for the Wildcats. Then K-State all-star Brookelynn Entz cut into the deficit with a goal in the 83rd minute, and then nearly went for a hat trick a couple minutes later on a penalty kick that missed, before providing the assist to Aliyah El-Naggar in the 90th (and final of regulation) minute to send the game to overtime. Two overtime periods ensued before the draw was called, and K-State heads home with it’s second-straight road draw and now sits at 3-7-2 on the season.
Next up for the Cats is the closed friendly on Thursday against KC NWSL, followed by a non-conference match-up with Iowa State in Manhattan on Saturday. The game against the Cyclones with be the Wildcats best chance for a win during this spring season, as K-State beat the tornado-birds 2-0 in Ames back in late October.
Jon gave you what he thought was bad news on Saturday. Except that the Wildcat tennis team didn’t disappoint on the road this time, and instead picked up their first road victory of the season, a 4-2 win over West Virginia. However, it does come with a bit of an asterisk, as West Virginia only had five players available and so the Wildcats picked up two points on “walkovers”. But 2-2 head to head is still good for a team that has struggled on the road all season. The win is K-State’s first victory away from Manhattan since Feb. 22nd, 2020, when they beat DePaul 4-1.
The Cats are back in action on Wednesday, when they will head to Tulsa to take on the Golden Hurricane.
The Wildcat crews dominated in Omaha on Sunday at the Creighton Duel, sweeping the host Bluejays to open the season. The best finish came in the 2v4+ race, where the Cats posted a nearly 42 second advantage, followed by a 30+ second advantage in the 1v4+ race. The “closest” race was the 2v8+ race, which included dealing with some rough water, as the Wildcats won by only 22 seconds.
Speaking of sweeps, as should have been expected, the VolleyCats took three-straight sets from D2 Wayne State (NE) to finish the home portion of their spring slate. Though it wasn’t actually that easy, as the Wildcats from Nebraska fought hard in every set for finishes of 25-23, 25-23, and 25-19. Freshman Aliyah Carter was once again a force offensively, and broke the 20-kill mark for the 6th time this season, and her second straight.
Next up is the spring finale in Waco against No. 6 Baylor on Wednesday, as the Cats will be looking for a strong showing to improve their chances at an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament slated to begin on April 14th & 15th, with the “Selection Show” on Sunday, April 4th.
After two rounds at The Bruzzy, K-State senior Reid Isaac ended Sunday in a tie for 6th, with her 47th-ranked Cats sitting in a tie for 11th (out of 15) with Missouri. Action began at 8:30am CT for today’s final round, and the K-State Sports article has a link to the live leaderboard.
You fall that badly on your face, and you get to go last. Those are the rules.
You thought Friday night was bad? Well it didn’t get any better for the BatCats, as the “bat” part of the equation continued to struggle with the Pokes winning 4-2 on Saturday and 8-2 to complete the sweep on Sunday. Of course unearned runs was still a major problem defensively, especially in Sunday’s loss, but it was overall a poor showing from the Wildcats this weekend against the No. 13 team in the nation.
The Cats will now have a couple days off with no mid-week games to try to figure things out, and they will need to do it quick because the No. 6, and prohibitive favorite for conference champs, Texas Tech Red Raiders are headed to Manhattan for a three-game series set to begin on Thursday. Just be warned, it could get ugly.