September 2014 Top Ten Moments
10. Laura Galvan Earns Big 12 Runner of the Week
Senior Laura Galvan has proven herself as K-State women's cross country front-runner, and after finishing fifth in a field of 71 runners at the Big Ten Preview on Sept. 20, in Iowa City, Iowa, she garnered her third career Big 12 Runner of the Week honor. Galvan faced the No. 1 women's team in the country in Michigan at the event and finished with a time of 21:25.77.
For more on Galvan's honor, click here.
9. Tyler Lockett Named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
For his efforts in the return game against UTEP on Sept. 27, senior wide receiver Tyler Lockett earned his sixth-career Big 12 Player of the Week honor. Lockett collected 143 punt-return yards, including a 58-yard touchdown and 256 all-purpose yards to lead K-State to its 58-28 win over UTEP.
"It was a great feeling because it was my first time at punt return," said Lockett after the UTEP win, "but you have to give credit to the other 10 out there - they held up their guys. I caught the ball and there wasn't even anybody close to me. They did their part and I just had to do my part."
His 143 punt-return yards were the second-most in school history and just 29 short of tying the school record of 172.
For more on Lockett and his weekly honor, click here.
8. Dakorey Johnson Earns Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
For the first time in his career, K-State senior linebacker Dakorey Johnson earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors. Johnson earned the award after an impressive showing against No. 5 Auburn on Sept. 18, where he recorded a career-high six tackles, including two for loss and an interception.
"I thought I did pretty well out there, but I couldn't do my job without everybody else... I just went out there, played and did what I had to do," Johnson said on his performance after the game. "Now, I just have to keep getting better. This is just one game, and I still have a lot more games to improve and get better."
For more on Johnson's weekly accolade, click here.
7. Ryun Godfrey Takes Over as Cross Country Head Coach
On Sept. 23, K-State Athletics announced Ryun Godfrey as the Wildcats' Cross Country head coach and track and field assistant coach. Godfrey, who has led his teams to a combined 30 conference titles as a head coach, comes to Manhattan, Kansas, after spending the past 14 seasons as the head women's track and field and cross country coach at North Dakota State University.
"Coach Godfrey is an outstanding coach. We feel very fortunate to have attracted a coach of his ability," K-State Head Track and Field Coach Cliff Rovelto said. "He has been awarded National Coach of the Year awards at the Division II level and numerous regional coaching awards at the Division I level. He has done a tremendous job at developing middle distance runners in particular, but has developed cross country teams and long sprinters to the national level as well. Philosophically, we see him as an ideal fit in our program at K-State."
For a complete bio and more on Godfrey, click here.
6. Matt Green Places First at Jack Nicklaus Invitational
Sophomore men's golfer Matt Green claimed first place at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational on Sept. 29, with a three-round score of 3-under par 210 at the Ohio State University Golf Club - Scarlet Course.
Helping his team to a ninth-place finish of 38-over par 890, Green's first-place finish marked the K-State men's golf program's 30th individual victory and the first since Ben Juffer at the 2012 Wyoming Cowboy Classic.
"I am very excited and proud for Matt to get his first collegiate win," said K-State men's golf head coach Grant Robbins. "He was rock solid all day and (assistant) Coach (Cullen) Carstens did a great job helping him stay in the process."
For a complete recap and more on Green's win, click here.
5. Connie Jaffrey Places First at the Johnie Imes Invitational
K-State freshman women's golfer Connie Jaffrey took home the hardware from the Johnie Imes Invitational at the Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Missouri, on Sept. 30.
Her first collegiate title and the Wildcats' first individual victory since 2007, Jaffrey finished the tournament with a score of 8-under par 208 helping her team to a second-place finish with a school-record low score of 14-under par 850.
For the complete story, click here.
4. Equestrian Upsets No. 2 South Carolina
In its first performance of the 2014-15 season, the then-No. 6 K-State equestrian team shined in its 10-8 win over then-No. 2 South Carolina.
"Going against the No. 2 team, that was pressure right from the get-go," said K-State equestrian head coach Casie Maxwell after the win. "We didn't really chalk up South Carolina to be as good as they really are, we looked at it like just another competition and that's how the team treated it. They had great recovery from error, and that's essentially what got us out with the win."
The win marked K-State's 12th-consecutive home victory, a streak dating back to Sept. 29, 2012. The Wildcats have since grown their home victory winning streak to 14-consecutive home victories with wins over both New Mexico State and South Dakota State last week at Timbercreek Stables.
For a complete look at the South Carolina match and its scoring, click here.
3. Waters Leads Team to Comeback Win at Iowa State
K-State quarterback Jake Waters made a return to his home state on Saturday, Sept. 6, and put on a show for all in attendance at Iowa State's Jack Trice Stadium. After throwing for 239 yards and rushing for a career-high 138 yards, Waters led K-State to a 32-28 comeback victory.
"I was proud of Jake. You'd like to think he would compete in every game the same way, but this one had a little different meaning to it," said Snyder about his Iowa-native quarterback. "His family is here. He was into it. I think with his family here, he was ready to compete. I'd like to have him that way every game, but he was ready to go today."
Despite trailing 28-13 in the first half, the Wildcats came together to hold the Cyclones scoreless in the second half and secure the win. For a complete look at the Iowa State win, click here.
2. Women's Golf Wins Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational
With three players finishing in the top five, the K-State women's golf team overcame a six-shot deficit to win its first tournament in 10 years at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational held at Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence, Kansas on Sept. 8-9.
"The team played great," K-State assistant coach Stewart Burke said after the tournament. "The conditions were tough, and we got off to a great start to put pressure on the leaders right away."
For more on the Wildcats' win, click here.
1. Zumach Wins Three Consecutive Big 12 Weekly Honors
Starting with her first-career Big 12 Rookie of the Week honor after earning tournament MVP at the Varney's Invitational (Sept. 4-6), volleyball freshman Kylee Zumach has been on a roll. After her team-leading 36 kills at the Varney's Invitational, Zumach went on to earn Big 12 Rookie of the Week again the following week where, in 16 sets, she led K-State with 62 kills.
"I'm clicking with everyone on the court," explained Zumach on her success thus far this season. "Passing, sets from (redshirt sophomore setter) Katie Brand, blocking with our other middles - everything is just meshing so well right now. That's really helping."
Her third Big 12 Rookie of the Week Honor came after earning Michigan Invitational MVP. K-State volleyball placed first at the Michigan Invitational (Sept. 19-20), and Zumach recorded double-digit kills in each of K-State's four matches including a career-high 25 against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 19 - the most kills by any player in the Big 12 this season and the most by a Wildcat since 2011.
The Buffalo, Minnesota, native is the first Wildcat in K-State volleyball history to receive three consecutive Big 12 Weekly honors. For more on Zumach, click here.