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Wildcat Weekend Recap
K-State Volleyball recorded its first conference victory this season with a 3-2 win (25-20, 21-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-7) over TCU last night in Ahearn Field House. Coming back from behind, the win put K-State at 13-3 this season (1-2 Big 12) and left head coach Suzie Fritz pleased with how her team fought to finish the game.
"Our motto has always been breath, believe, and battle," said head coach Suzie Fritz. "I think [late in the fourth set], I was reminding them that here is who we want to be. It is easy to be that way when things are going your way. It is not easy to breath, believe, and battle when things are not going your way, but now is the time that we need it the most."
Senior Kaitlynn Pelger led the Wildcats with a season-high 23 kills, while three other Wildcats, junior Taylor Johnson (18 kills) and seniors Courtney Traxton (15 kills) and Dakota Kaufman (10 kills), also recorded kills in the double-digits. Freshman setter Katie Brand accounted for 59 of the Wildcats assists, including 15 digs and recorded her seventh double-double of the season.
For more on last night's win over TCU, click here.
For the second weekend in a row, K-State equestrian came out victorious against a ranked opponent. The No. 4 Wildcats defeated No. 6 Texas A&M 17-2 at Timbercreek Stables in Manhattan, Kan., yesterday afternoon and improved to 3-1 this season.
K-State's Western team swept the Aggies 10-0 with captains Kelly Bovaird and Jordan Cox both earning Western team Most Outstanding Player (MOP) awards. Boviard's 75 points in the Horsemanship competition and Cox's 73 in Reining were both event-highs.
K-State also recorded a perfect 4-0 score in Equitation on the Flat with freshman Alexis Graves earning her first career MOP after defeating Texas A&M's Leah Chenelle 78-77. The Wildcats finished winning 3-2 in Equitation Over Fences, and senior captain Rachel Webster received her fourth career MOP honor after carding an event-high 78.
To check out more on K-State equestrian's performance yesterday, click here.
K-State football wasn't able to overcome multiple turnovers (5) and penalties (12) last night as it fell 33-29 to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. Head coach Bill Snyder said the loss, which dropped the Wildcats to 2-3 this season (0-2 Big 12), was uncharacteristic of the team.
"It's difficult, as it always would be," Snyder said after the loss. "In our history, we just have not been that kind of a football team. I mean, we haven't always been extremely good, but we haven't always turned the ball over and we haven't always been penalized. We had a chance to win even with it, but it sure makes it a heck of a lot harder."
While junior Jake Waters took the first snap as the Wildcats starting quarterback, it was sophomore Daniel Sams who led the way majority of the game. Sams threw 15-of-21 for 181 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a game-high 134 yards on 27 attempts, but his three interceptions and an unfortunate fumble proved costly throughout the game.
Putting points on the board for the Wildcats were: sophomore fullback Glenn Gronkowski off of a 67-yard pass from Sams, senior defensive back Kip Daily with a 65 yard blocked field goal return touchdown, senior wide receiver Torell Miller from a 17-yard pass from Sams and a Sams 3-yard rushing touchdown.
For more on last night's game, click here.
K-State Cross Country continued it's 2013 season in Lawrence, Kan., yesterday at the Rim Rock Invitational where both the men's and women's teams finished in third place.
The men were anchored by senior Ryan Hershner who placed eighth overall with an 8K time of 25:25.91 while four other Wildcats - freshmen Jeffery Bachman (11th), Brett Bachman (14th) and Lukas Koch (21st) and junior Logan Smith - also finished in the top-25.
For the women's team, senior Martina Tresch finished fifth overall with a time of 21:07.80 and junior Laura Galvan placed eighth with a time of 21:21.44.
To check out more on yesterday's races, click here.
Senior Petra Niedermayerova's time at the Riviera/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Women's All-American Championships came to an end on Friday evening after falling to No. 27 ranked Beatrice Capra of Duke. Despite a solid opening performance on Thursday afternoon where No. 12 Niedermayerova defeated No. 8 Krista Hardeback of Stanford (6-1, 6-3), Capra had what it took to pull off the upset against Niedermayerova and won 6-1 and 6-0.
For more on Niedermayerova's performance at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships, click here.
The K-State Rowing squad sent ten boats to Oklahoma City this weekend for the OCU Head of Oklahoma regatta. Its first competition of the season, the Wildcats had two boats finishing in the top 10 in the Women's Collegiate 8 while two more finished in the top 10 of the Women's Collegiate 4. An improvement on last year's 10th and 14th place finishes, the Wildcats' Collegiate 8A and 8B boats finished 7th and 9th, respectively. K-State's Collegiate 4B boat placed fifth while the 4A boat finished in 10th place.
For more on yesterday's races, click here.