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Wildcat Weekend Recap
From football traveling to Texas to equestrian competing on the East Coast to volleyball winning the Arkansas Invitational, K-State Sports were represented all over the country yesterday, and that's not to mention K-State tennis competing for the first time on its new courts and cross country posting a strong finish in Nebraska.
VOLLEYBALL - Finishing with a perfect 2-0 record, K-State Volleyball defeated both Arkansas and Saint Louis to win the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., this weekend. Senior outside hitter Lilla Porubek was named the tournament's MVP after recording 15 kills, eight digs and two aces in the team's 3-1 win over Saint Louis on Saturday.
"Lilla plays with so much experience," said head coach Suzie Fritz. "She takes smart swings and sees things at such a high level. She plays like a really experienced player, like a senior should. That's what we need from her."
On Friday, K-State swept Arkansas and held the Razorbacks to a sub-.100 hitting percentage while also recording 11.5 blocks. Senior Kaitlynn Pelger accounted for a season-high nine blocks and seniors Courtney Traxson and Dakota Kaufman recorded six and five blocks, respectively.
The Wildcats are now 11-1 on the 2013 season and take on Missouri State this afternoon at 1 p.m. in Springfield, Mo., before returning home to take on the Italian U-23 National Team on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in Ahearn Field House.
TENNIS - K-State tennis opened its 2013-14 season in style on Friday morning as it competed for the first time on the purple courts of the new Mike Goss Tennis Stadium. Kicking off the K-State Invitational on Friday morning, the Wildcats recorded six singles wins over UMKC and a doubles win over the University of Nebraska Omaha.
Yesterday, the team closed out its doubles schedule with four victories. Junior Amina St. Hill and freshman Palma Juhasz went unbeaten in the tournament after recording an 8-2 win over Omaha on Friday and an 8-1 win over UMKC on Saturday.
The tournament will continue today beginning at 9 a.m. at the Mike Goss Tennis Stadium with singles matches between Wichita State and UMKC followed by K-State singles vs. Omaha at 11:30.
CROSS COUNTRY - After opening its season on Sept. 7 with a first place win at the J.K. Gold Classic Duals, the Wildcat country women placed second yesterday in Lincoln, Neb., at the Woody Greeno Invitational. Junior Laura Galvan, the Big 12 Runner of the Week on Sept. 10, finished the race second overall with a time of 21:24.00.
"Laura ran another good race, she was ahead in the 4K then it started getting a little hilly and she got passed," head coach Mike Smith said. "She just stayed in second and by the time she needed to make a run it was too late."
The Wildcat men finished in sixth place and were led by freshman Lukas Koch who finished the race in 26th place with a time of 26:47.20.
FOOTBALL - The Wildcats' 5-game winning streak over the Texas Longhorns was snapped last night as K-State fell 31-21 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.
Despite the loss, junior wide receiver Tyler Lockett's 237 receiving yards broke Wildcat history as the most single game receiving yards ever, and he jumped ahead of former No. 1 Jordy Nelson who had 214 yards against Iowa State in 2007. Last night marked Lockett's fifth 100-plus career receiving yard game putting him tied at No. 8 in K-State history (with Greg Washington, 1988). Lockett passed current receiver coach Andre Coleman who had four 100-pluss career rushing yards during his years as a Wildcat (1990-93).
After a bye week this weekend, the Wildcats' next game will be against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater, Okla., on Oct. 5 (time/television station TBA).
EQUESTRIAN - The No.5 Wildcat equestrian team kicked off its 2013-14 campaign at No. 3 South Carolina on Friday. While the tem fell 15-5 to the Gamecocks, captain Rachel Webster had a strong showing in Equitation on the Flat scoring the lone point for K-State's Hunt Seat while in Horsemanship, the tem was led by seniors Chanyna DeNicolo and Kelly Bovaird.
Yesterday, the team traveled to Dover, Del., where it defeated the Delaware State Hornets 13-3 and the Ohio State and Miami (Ohio) 9-6 and came away with seven Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors.
The Wildcats return home on Saturday for the team's first Big 12 matchup of the season against No. 4 Oklahoma State at home at Timbercreek Stables in Manhattan, Kan. For more information about yesterday's wins, click here.