Volleyball travels for Sunflower Showdown this week in K-State sports

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K-State Athletics has another busy week ahead of them as multiple teams are in action this week. (Infographic by Kaylie McLaughlin | Collegian Media Group)

Volleyball, cross country, tennis, soccer and football are all in action this week for K-State Sports.

VOLLEYBALL

The Wildcats celebrate between points during their match against Oklahoma last Thursday night. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)
The Wildcats celebrate between points during their match against Oklahoma on Oct. 22, 2020. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

After defeating Oklahoma twice last week, the No. 13 ranked volleyball team will have another short turnaround before playing Kansas in Lawrence, on Thursday and Friday for the Sunflower Showdown.

The Wildcats took the series against the Sooners, winning 3-0 and 3-2. Senior setter Shelby Martin comes off of a historic performance — 38 assists, 11 kills and 10 digs — in which she recorded the first Kansas State triple-double since 2014.

Kansas had its last two matches against TCU postponed.

The Sunflower Showdown series starts off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Friday’s match is also at 6:30 p.m. Both matches are available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. They’ll also be broadcasted through KMAN radio.

CROSS COUNTRY

The K-State men's cross country team compete alongside Wichita State during the J.K. Gold Classic in Augusta, KS on September 1, 2018. (Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)
The men's cross country team competed alongside Wichita State during the JK Gold Classic in Augusta, Kansas, on Sept. 1, 2018. (Archive Photo by Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

The cross country team races in the Big 12 Championships starting at 10 a.m. on Friday in Lawrence.

The team last raced on Oct. 17 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, at the OSU Invitational. The women took fourth, while the men took fifth. Friday’s meet marks the last meet on the schedule for the cross country team in the fall season.

TENNIS

K-State's Karine-Marion Job faces off against Washington at Body First Tennis Center earlier this year. (Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)
Karine-Marion Job faces off against Washington at Body First Tennis Center in February 2020. (Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

The tennis team has its second fall meet of the season on Friday with the start of the K-State Fall Invitational.

It is the team’s first fall at-home fall tournament since 2013. The fall invitational will feature both Iowa State and Kansas.

Previously, the Wildcats played in the Kansas Invitational beginning Oct. 2. The team won 13 matches in the tournament, tying them for the tennis team’s best finish since 2019.

SOCCER

K-State takes the ball down the pitch during an offensive attack against TCU on Sunday afternoon. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)
The soccer team takes the ball down the pitch during an offensive attack against TCU on Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats fell to the Horned Frogs in overtime, 3-2. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

The soccer team looks to build off of a heartbreaking loss against TCU on Sunday and regain some traction next Friday when it travels to Iowa State.

K-State fell to the No. 5 ranked Horned Frogs on Sunday, 3-2 in overtime, after leading at the half 2-0. Iowa State comes off a 1-0 loss to Texas Tech on Friday.

The Wildcats are 1-2 all-time against the Cyclones, but won during the matchup last year, 2-1. Each game played between the two teams was decided on one goal.

The game kicks off at 7 p.m. in Ames, Iowa. A live stream is available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and through 101.5 KROCK.

FOOTBALL

Freshmen running back Deuce Vaughn runs down the sideline with Texas Tech defenders close behind in the Wildcats 31-21 victory against the Red Raiders earlier this season. (Dalton Wainscott | Collegian Media Group)
Freshman running back Deuce Vaughn runs down the sideline with Texas Tech defenders close behind in the Wildcats' 31-21 victory against the Red Raiders earlier this season. (Dalton Wainscott | Collegian Media Group)

The No. 16 ranked football team is back in action Saturday morning with a matchup against West Virginia on the road. Kick off is set for 11 a.m. (CT).

The Wildcats increased their winning-streak to four games with a blowout 55-14 win against in-state rival Kansas at home over the weekend. They will take that momentum on the road as they look to avenge last season’s loss to the Mountaineers.

West Virginia comes off of a 34-27 loss to then-tied for last-place Texas Tech on Saturday. Even with the loss, the Mountaineers open the week as the five-point favorite.

K-State and West Virginia are tied 5-5 in the all-time series. Last year, the Mountaineers stole the game from the Wildcats at home 24-20.

Saturday’s game could be on either ESPN or ESPN2, and audio is available through the K-State Sports Network.

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