Volleyball set for Top 15 showdown, soccer returns home, cross country goes on the road

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(Infographic by Kaylie McLaughlin | Collegian Media Group)

In a week without football, soccer and volleyball take on opponents at home and cross country heads to Stillwater, Oklahoma, for a Saturday morning invitational.

VOLLEYBALL

Dru Kuck celebrates during K-State's volleyball game against Iowa State at Bramlage Coliseum on Sept. 26, 2020. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)
Dru Kuck celebrates during the volleyball game against Iowa State at Bramlage Coliseum on Sept. 26, 2020. On the second day of the double header, the Wildcats defeated the Cyclones, 3-1. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

After a week hiatus, the volleyball team is back in action this weekend, squaring off against the top-ranked team in the nation: Texas.

K-State recently made the hop into the national rankings after an impressive 3-1 start to the 2020 season. With the Wildcats sitting at No. 13, this weekend’s doubleheader is a crucial Top 15 showdown.

The last time K-State was on the court was Oct. 2, taking down West Virginia 3-2 for the second straight match.

Texas comes into the weekend series as one of the most dominant teams in college volleyball. The Longhorns are 6-0 and dropping just one set throughout the entire season.

The Longhorns come off of a weekend series against Iowa State that saw Texas demolish the Cyclones, winning both matches 3-0. Iowa State is the only team that’s defeated K-State this year, knocking off the Wildcats in their first match of the season 3-2.

The Top 15 matchup will be featured on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. on Friday. The second match between the Big 12 foes is at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and will be streamed live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

SOCCER

K-State rallies before the start of their match against KU on Oct. 2nd. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)
The soccer team rallies before the start of their match against in-state rival Kansas on Oct. 2. 2020. The Wildcats fell to the Jayhawks, 1-0. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

After Texas dismantled the soccer team 7-0 Friday evening on the road, Kansas State will return home to take on Oklahoma this week.

K-State (0-4) and OU (0-2-1) both sit at the bottom of the Big 12 Conference standings as two of the three teams who have yet to record a win this season.

Though Oklahoma remains winless this season, they have had one draw, taking Texas Tech to two overtimes on Oct. 2, with the match ending at 2-2.

Both the Wildcats and the Sooners enter Friday evening’s match coming off of a loss.

Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. Friday at Buser Family Park. It’s available live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ or 101.5 KROCK.

CROSS COUNTRY

The K-State men's cross country team prepares for a 6k race at the J.K. Gold Classic in Augusta, KS on September 1, 2018. (Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)
The men's cross country team prepares for a 6K race at the J.K. Gold Classic in Augusta, Kansas, on Sept. 1, 2018. (Archive Photo by Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

Both men’s and women’s cross country teams had unprecedented success to start off their 2020 season’s, with both team’s taking second at the Bob Timmons Classic in Lawrence, Kansas, on Sept. 19 and third place at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Oct. 3.

Looking to ride that momentum into the Big 12 Championship in just under three weeks, the Wildcats have one more opportunity to tune up before the all-important conference meet in late October.

That last opportunity will be in Stillwater, Oklahoma, once again this weekend as the Wildcats prepare to compete in the OSU Invite this Saturday.

It’s still uncertain how many teams will be competing alongside K-State on Saturday.

The men’s 8K is set to start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, with the women’s 6K set to start at 9:50 a.m.

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Cameron Bradley
Hey! I’m Cameron Bradley and I am the sports editor for the Collegian! I am a junior from Wichita, Kansas, and I am majoring in journalism. When I’m not working for the Collegian, I’m creating content and putting on broadcasts with K-StateHD.TV. I am also currently a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. I love sports, spending time with friends, family and doing everything that I do for the glory of God!