SE: Top Moments of October 2015

At the end of every month during the athletic and academic year, K-State Sports Extra glances back at the month’s best plays, victories and moments. From exciting individual performances to teams pulling together for wins to facility dedications, October 2015 has been an exciting month to be a Wildcat.

Here are the moments K-State Sports Extra has dubbed the best of October 2015:

10. Former Wildcats shine in October

From Tyler Lockett’s first career receiving touchdown in the NFL to Nicole Vogt making the roster of the U.S. women’s bobsled team, it’s been an exciting month for former Wildcats. The Seattle Seahawks’ new return man, Lockett has also made an impact at wide receiver as he’s recorded 17 catches for 217 yards and one touchdown in the Seahawks’ first seven games.

On Oct. 27, Vogt (Rowing, 2005-10) was named to the 23-man roster for the U.S. bobsled team at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Vogt has been participating in bobsled since graduating K-State in 2010.  

Along with Lockett and Vogt, Darren Sproles made headlines after returning a 45-yard punt for a touchdown in the Philadelphia Eagles’ 23-20 last minute loss to Washington on Oct. 4. Taking a look overseas, Thomas Gipson (men’s basketball, 2011-15) has helped Kouvt, a professional basketball team in Finland, to a strong 4-0 start and is averaging 16.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.  

9. Rowing Solid in Jayhawk Jamboree

The Wildcat rowing squad closed out its fall competition at the Jayhawk Jamboree in Lawrence, Kansas, on October 18 where four of the Wildcats’ boats – the Varsity 8, the Novice 8, the Wildcat A and the Wildcat B – earned top-five finishes at the event. 

“It was a good finish to the fall season,” head coach Patrick Sweeney said. “Now we will starting focusing on preparing for the spring season.”

For more on the Wildcat rowing team, please click here, or to watch K-StateHD.TV’s most recent rowing feature “Life as a Rower,” please click here. 

8. Lewis earns Preseason All-Big 12 Honors

K-State women’s basketball junior forward Breanna Lewis was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team on Oct. 7. The only Wildcat to receive the honor this season, it marks the first time in Lewis’ career that she has been named to the preseason team and follows a stellar sophomore campaign where she broke the K-State record for blocks in a season with 97.

“It was very exciting, I wasn’t expecting it at all,” said Lewis about receiving the preseason recognition. “It’s a great thing to have, and it gave me confidence to know that other people acknowledge that I am a good player, not only my coaches and teammates. Knowing other people think I am a player worthy of the preseason mention, it adds a lot of confidence.” 

To read K-State Sports Extra’s recent feature on Lewis, please click here.  

7. Wedekind posts another top-five finish

At the Bradley Classic in Peoria, Illinois, on October 16, the K-State women’s cross country team finished in fourth place and was led by junior Morgan Wedekind’s fifth-place finish, her third top-five finish of the season.

Wedekind finished the race with a time of 20:34. Prior to her fifth-place finish at the Bradley Classic, Wedekind notched a second-place finish at the Bob Timmons Classic in Lawrence, Kansas, and a fifth-place finish at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

6. Volleyball sweeps Oklahoma on road

K-State snapped a six-match losing streak in Norman, Oklahoma, on Friday, Oct. 16, as the Wildcats hit .366 and limited Oklahoma to its lowest attack percentage this season in a sweep of the Sooners (25-16, 25-21, 25-19) in McCasland Field House.

The victory for the Wildcats was their first sweep at Oklahoma since 2005 and first win of any kind in Norman since 2008.

To read more on the Wildcats’ victory over the Sooners, please click here. 

5. Kody Cook surprises all at Oklahoma State 

When starting quarterback Joe Hubener was sidelined after taking a tough hit at Oklahoma State on October 3, Wildcat wide receiver Kody Cook came in to fill his shoes. Cook – K-State’s fifth string quarterback – surged K-State to a 28-20 halftime lead over No. 20/19 Oklahoma State thank to throwing for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 10-of-16 passing, while he led the team in rushing with 87 yards and another score.

“(He) was very good. I thought he played with poise; he played smart,” said K-State head coach Bill Snyder about Cook following the game. 

Though the Wildcats’ ended up losing a close, 36-34, contest in Stillwater, Cook’s performance impressed and surprised many.

4. Tennis goes 7-0 on Final Day of SMU Fall Tournament

K-State women’s tennis went undefeated on the final day of the SMU Fall Tournament on Oct. 11, earning five singles wins and two doubles victories to end the weekend with a 12-9 record. Head coach Danielle Steinberg was happy with the way her team performed.

“Today we got a little tougher as a team,” said Steinberg. “It was the third day of the tournament, and everyone had tough battles yesterday, but we all showed a high level of maturity in how we competed.”

To continue reading about the Wildcat women’s tennis team, please click here. 

3. Brand earns Big 12 Player of the Week Honors

After being the only player in the Big 12’s top-10 for both blocks and digs per set for the week of October 18, K-State volleyball’s Katie Brand was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on October 26.

Brand averaged 4.83 digs and 1.33 blocks over K-State’s pair of matches against Texas and Texas Tech as she ranked third and tied for fifth, respectively, in the two categories. The setter had a total of 29 digs and eight blocks – along with 64 assists (third in the Big 12) and eight kills – over six sets.

The honor marks the second defensive weekly award of Brand’s career and third overall.

To continue reading about Brand, please click here. 

2. Kober earns Big 12 Player of the Week Honors

Following a career-high 37 digs at TCU on Saturday Oct. 3, K-State junior Kersten Kober earned her first-career Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honor for the period ending October 4.

A native of Southlake, Texas, Kober was the first K-State libero to earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors since Lauren Mathewson in 2009. It was also the fifth time a Wildcat libero has earned the conference’s top weekly defensive accolade, an award that started in 2007.

Her 37 digs marked the third-most in a match in program history – just four shy of tying the all-time record – and the most by a Wildcat since 1987. 

To read K-State Sports Extra’s recent feature about Kober, please click here. 

1. Basketball Training Facility dedicated to Ice Family

Carl and Mary Ice gathered with their closest K-State friends and family to celebrate a very special occasion on Friday, October 16. K-State Athletics dedicated its basketball training facility to the passionate K-State family that evening, permanently renaming the building the Ice Family Basketball Center. 

“It’s difficult to describe our emotion; we’re overwhelmed,” said Carl, a 1979 K-State graduate in Industrial Engineering. “K-State has been an important place to us, it always has been. We’ve been blessed with the opportunity to help and never really expected that anything would happen to us directly.”

To continue reading about Carl and Mary as well as the Ice Family Basketball Center dedication, please click here. 

But wait, there’s more!

Though we’ve shared K-State Sports Extra’s Top 10 Moments, October is not quite over yet. 

There is plenty of home action coming up for K-State fans to enjoy. The Wildcat equestrian team takes on Baylor beginning at 10 a.m., tomorrow morning at Timbercreek Stables followed by the opening exhibition for K-State men’s basketball against Emporia State at 7 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum. K-State volleyball returns to action in Ahearn Field house on Saturday at 7 p.m., to take on TCU, while the K-State cross country team is set to compete in the Big 12 Championship in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Saturday morning. 

Stay tuned to or follow K-State Athletics on Twitter using @kstatesports or @kstate_gameday for updates on all of the Wildcats’ events this weekend.