Letter from A.D. John Currie - September 13

Women's Golf Brings Home Tournament TitleLet's start today by congratulating our women's golf team on its team tournament championship Tuesday at the Sunflower Invitational in Lawrence, our first in 10 years! The squad had three players finish in the top five individually, two of whom were freshmen, as the Cats finished six strokes ahead of the second-place Jayhawks. I was proud of the team and assistant coach Stewart Burke, who dedicated the tournament win to Coach Kristi Knight who was unable to be in Lawrence as she was in Texas for her mother's funeral. Coach Knight is back with the team and the Cats are on the way to the Dick McGuire Invitational in New Mexico. Click here for a video recap of the Sunflower Invitational win.Volleyball Continues Hot StartFollowing a tournament title at last weekend's Varney's Invitational in Bramlage, Coach Fritz and the volleyball team are receiving votes in the coaches Top 25 poll and upped our season record to 6-1 following a dramatic 3-2 win over Missouri State in Ahearn Field House on Monday evening. Then yesterday the Cats got off to a good start in the Saluki Invitational in Carbondale, Illinois, with a 3-1 win over Marshall and 3-0 sweep of host Southern Illinois to move to 8-1 on the season. The squad wraps up play at the tournament against IPFW today at 11 a.m., while the next home match is scheduled for Tuesday night at 6 p.m. as South Dakota State visits Ahearn Field House.Cross Country Squads Open Up StrongBoth cross country squads also opened the fall season last weekend with second-place finishes at the J.K. Gold Classic Dual in Wichita. The women were led by sophomore Morgan Wedekind and senior Laura Galvan who finished 1-2 on the women's side, while the men were led by freshman Bryan Zack who finished 17th in his collegiate debut. Click here for a recap of the event. Next action for the K-State squad is September 20 in Iowa.The Week AheadIn addition to Thursday night's football game and the events mentioned above, we have a full slate of games and matches ahead as Coach Robbins makes his K-State debut Monday with our men's golf team in California, the equestrian squad opens the season at home Friday against South Carolina and Coach Steinberg and the tennis squad make their 2014 debut in Oklahoma beginning Friday. Be sure and check k-statesports.com for all of the updates and click here to sign up for our FREE K-State Sports Extra emails for daily stories and features on everything K-State Athletics.Big Week for the Big 12Finally today, I know I am looking forward to putting on my new Big 12 shirt and pulling for our league brethren today in some key intersectional football matchups. Games include Texas Tech/Arkansas, Iowa State/Iowa, Oklahoma/Tennessee, Texas/UCLA, West Virginia/Maryland, KU/Duke and TCU/Minnesota, all ahead of our game on Thursday as we have a terrific opportunity to showcase K-State and the Big 12 when Auburn visits Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Matchups like these are perfect for the new College Football Playoff era, and strength of schedule certainly will be a key component of determining the four eventual semifinalists as well as the "New Year's Day Six" major bowl matchups. We like the position the Big 12 is in playing a full round-robin nine-game conference schedule each year and crowning "One True Champion" and believe the strength of our league plus key non-conference matchups will pay dividends for our programs come the end of the season.Thanks again for all that you do for K-State and our student-athletes. Enjoy your weekend and stay tuned on Monday for more details surrounding next week's football game.Go Cats!John