Soccer tries for first win, football returns home this week in K-State sports

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This week in K-State Sports, football returns home, while tennis and the golf teams start their seasons.

WOMEN’S GOLF

Kansas State Women's Golf team practices at Colbert Hills Golf Course on Thursday, September 17th, 2020. (Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)
The women's golf team practices at Colbert Hills Golf Course on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

The women’s golf team started their season on the road Sunday with the two-day Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Oklahoma.

This year’s team goes into the season with experience with five upperclassmen on the roster — including graduate transfer Brooke Nolte, who will make her debut.

The Wildcat team’s spring season come to an abrupt halt due to COVID-19. Both the Big 12 Conference tournament and the NCAA tournament was canceled out of concern of the virus.

MEN’S GOLF

Coach Grant Robbins and Ben Fernandez discuss pitching techniques on the driving range during practice on April 15 at Colbert Hills golf course. (Brooke Barrett | Collegian Media Group)
Coach Grant Robbins and Ben Fernandez discuss pitching techniques on the driving range during a spring practice at Colbert Hills golf course. (Archive Photo by Brooke Barrett | Collegian Media Group)

Much like the women’s team, the men’s golf team also makes their debut this week with a two-day tournament, the Colonial Collegiate Invitational, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Later in the week, the team will also start Big 12 Match Play, Friday through Sunday in Houston, Texas.

The men’s team’s spring season also came to a quick close due to COVID-19.

Graduate student Jake Eklund was granted another year of eligibility and will lead the team this season. Last year, Eklund led the team with a pair of top-10 finishes, placing runner-up at the Colleton River Collegiate.

VOLLEYBALL

The Kansas State Volleyball team celebrates after their victory against Iowa State at Bramlage Coliseum on Sept. 26, 2020. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)
The volleyball team celebrates after their victory against Iowa State in Bramlage Coliseum on Sept. 26, 2020. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

This week, the volleyball team will attempt to create a winning streak after beating Iowa State in the second of two matches last weekend. The team will travel on the road for the first time to West Virginia.

West Virginia was selected to place last in the league in the Big 12 preseason poll. So far, the Mountaineers are 1-1, like K-State, after splitting their opening series with Texas Tech.

The first of the two matches will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The match will be broadcasted on ESPNU.

SOCCER

Kansas State University midfielder, Christina Baxter, charges up the field with an attempt to make a late charge in the Wildcats 3-0 loss to Oklahoma State at Buser Family Park on September 13, 2020. (Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)
Midfielder Christina Baxter charges up the field with an attempt to make a late goal in the Wildcats 3-0 loss to Oklahoma State at Buser Family Park on Sept. 13, 2020. (Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

After a rough start to their 2020 campaign, the K-State soccer team will try to snag their first win of the season on Friday against Kansas in the Sunflower Showdown.

The match will start at 7 p.m. in Buser Family Park.

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The Wildcats started off the season 0-2 and two of their matches got postponed and rescheduled.

The team has lost its last two meetings against the Jayhawks, last winning in 2017. In three total meetings, K-State has scored just one goal against KU.

TENNIS

K-State's, Maria Linares, competes against Washington at Body First Tennis Center in Manhattan, KS. The Cats fell 4-1 on 02/14/20. (Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)
Maria Linares competes against Washington at Body First Tennis Center in Manhattan. The 'Cats fell 4-1 on Feb. 14, 2020. (Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

The tennis team will also make their debut this week at the Kansas Invitational in Lawrence.

The team brings an experienced roster to front with seven letterwinners – two seniors and five juniors – from a year ago.

FOOTBALL

Kansas State's Kayon Mozee pushes away a defender as he runs with the ball during the Wildcats game against Oklahoma, Saturday. Sept. 26, 2020, at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. (Kyle Phillips / The Transcript)
Kayon Mozee pushes away a defender as he runs with the ball during the Wildcats' game against Oklahoma on Saturday. Sept. 26, 2020, in Norman, Oklahoma. (Kyle Phillips | The Norman Transcript)

After defeating No. 3 ranked Oklahoma, 38-35, the Wildcats will be back in action at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday to square off with Texas Tech.

Both teams enter the matchup with a record of 1-1.

In week three, the Red Raiders took No. 9 Texas to overtime, losing 63-56. The game prior, Texas Tech outlasted Houston Baptist 35-33.

The Wildcats responded positively after a week one loss to Arkansas State, beating the Sooners for the second year in a row – even with a depleted secondary.

Saturday’s game is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. on FS1.

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