This Week in K-State Sports: Most teams hit the road, volleyball finishes up regular season

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This coming week, many of Kansas State’s teams will take to the road for their respective games. Wildcat volleyball will complete its regular season.

Baseball

After getting the best of New Mexico State in two out of three games in their last series, the baseball team (13-6) will travel twice this week to kick off a four-game road stand.

The first test for the Wildcats will be an in-state trip to take on the Shockers of Wichita State on Tuesday night. These two teams have a long history of playing each other, with Wichita State leading the all-time series 53-37 and having won the last game between the two last February. K-State will look to pick up its 14th win of the year and drop the Shockers below .500 on Tuesday.

First pitch will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, with radio coverage available on KMAN radio.

The K-State baseball team competes against New Mexico on March 20, 2021. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group.)
The K-State baseball team competes against New Mexico on March 20, 2021. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group.)

On Friday evening, the Wildcats will begin its first conference series of the year when it travels to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to take on No. 14 Oklahoma State (12-5-1). After starting the year strong at 10-0-1, the Cowboys dropped five of their last seven, including two losses to Texas Tech in their opening series of Big 12 Conference play. K-State will look to get to the Cowboys’ pitching staff early, much like Texas Tech did, to start off conference play strong.

The series against Oklahoma State consists of games at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with the go-home game of the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday. These games will be available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, with radio coverage available on KMAN.

Men’s Golf

Coming off its worst finish this year at the George Hannon Invitational, the men’s golf team returns to action at the Old Waverly Invitational in West Point, Mississippi, this week.

The tournament will be held at the par 72, 7,088-yard Old Waverly course and will present another major challenge for the Wildcats. Sophomore Tim Tillmanns and junior Will Hopkins have been the workhorses for the Wildcats this year, with Tillmanns carding three top-10 finishes, and Hopkins carding two of his own.

A K-State Men's Golf player, picks up a golf ball at Colbert Hills Golf Course on Mar. 9, 2017. (John Benfer | Royal Purple)
A K-State Men's Golf player, picks up a golf ball at Colbert Hills Golf Course on Mar. 9, 2017. (John Benfer | Royal Purple)

The best finish of the year for the Wildcats came in early March at the Spartan Invitational, when it placed fourth out of 16 teams. It was led by Tillmanns, who shot a 4-under 68 on the final day of the tournament. The Wildcats will look to yield a similar performance out of Tillmanns, and strong performances from the rest of the team to finish this week in Mississippi.

The Old Waverly Invitational tees off on Friday from West Point and will wrap up on Sunday, with live scoring available on the K-State sports website.

Track and Field

The track and field squad looks to pick up another quality outing at this week’s Shocker Spring Invitational in Wichita.

Track and field attendees watch the K-State track meet in Ahearn Field House on Feb. 17, 2017. (John Benfer | The Collegian)
Track and field attendees watch the K-State track meet in Ahearn Field House on Feb. 17, 2017. (John Benfer | The Collegian)

The event spans Friday and Saturday, with the majority of the events planned for day two. Both days will begin with field events followed by running events, the women going first and the men ending the day. Friday’s shorter slate of events will begin at 4 p.m., and Saturday’s events will kick off at 11 a.m.

Soccer

For the first time in program history, the soccer team will take on the Missouri Tigers this Sunday in Columbia, Missouri, in the third game of its abbreviated spring season.

K-State competes against KU on March 7, 2021. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)
K-State competes against KU on March 7, 2021. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

Since returning to action in early March, the soccer team suffered a loss to Kansas in Manhattan, tied with Kansas in Lawrence and most recently had an exhibition match canceled against Kansas City NWSL. The problem for the Wildcats has been the offense, or lack thereof, since the restart. It managed to shut out KU for the entirety of the game in Lawrence, but couldn’t muster a goal for itself either. The Wildcats will look to right that wrong and get quality shots on goal against the Tigers.

Missouri comes into Sunday’s game off back-to-back losses in shutout fashion to BYU and Notre Dame. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. from Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

Women’s Golf

Women’s golf travels to Lantana, Texas, to compete in the Bruzzy Challenge at Lantana Golf Club on Sunday and Monday.

The tournament, hosted by North Texas, looks to be another opportunity for the Wildcats to bolster its ranking in the conference as it inches closer to the Big 12 tournament next month.

The K-State women’s golf team, practices regularly at Colbert Hills Golf Course. (Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)
The K-State women’s golf team, practices regularly at Colbert Hills Golf Course. (Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

Tee-off will be early on Sunday and Monday, as the Wildcats will look to secure another top-5 finish.

Volleyball

Volleyball wraps up its season this week with matches against Wayne State this Saturday and Sunday at Bramlage Coliseum.

It comes into its games this weekend having most recently defeated No. 24 Creighton behind a strong performance from freshman Aliyah Carter, who had 26 kills in the victory. The weekend’s matchup will be the first time K-State has ever squared up against Wayne State in program history.

Freshman outside hitter Jayden Nembhard stretches out to tap a ball over the net during the March 20, 2021 senior night game against Creighton at Bramlage Coliseum. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)
Freshman outside hitter Jayden Nembhard stretches out to tap a ball over the net during the March 20, 2021 senior night game against Creighton at Bramlage Coliseum. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

Saturday’s game will begin at 4 p.m., while Sunday’s start time will be 2 p.m. Both games will be available through Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with radio coverage available on KMAN.

Tennis

Tennis kicks off a busy week with a match against DePaul on Monday in Manhattan, followed by two away matches against Iowa State and West Virginia.

The match against DePaul on Monday will be a challenge, as the Blue Demons roll into Manhattan off five straight wins. K-State looks to get back on track against DePaul after dropping three straight matches on the road against Texas Tech, TCU and KU.

Junior Ioana Gheorghita watches for the tennis ball during the K-State Fall Invitational on Oct. 30 through Nov. 1 at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.
(Macey Franko | Collegian Media Group)
Junior Ioana Gheorghita watches for the tennis ball during the K-State Fall Invitational on Oct. 30 through Nov. 1 at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.
(Macey Franko | Collegian Media Group)

The home match will begin at 2 p.m., originating from the Mike Goss Tennis Stadium or the Body First Training Center, depending on the weather.

Following the match against DePaul, the Wildcats will travel to Ames, Iowa, to challenge the Cyclones on Friday, and then Morgantown, West Virginia, to battle the Mountaineers on Sunday.

The time for Friday’s match in Iowa has yet to be determined, while the duel against West Virginia will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Rowing

The rowing team will go head to head with Creighton this Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska, in their first non-scrimmage event this year. Its season kicked off with an exhibition against Oklahoma last Saturday, where it had a successful scrimmage against the Sooners. The team will look to pick up their first official win of the spring season against the Blue Jays come Saturday.

The K-State rowing team practices at Tuttle Creek State Park. (Dalton Wainscott I Collegian Media Group)
The K-State rowing team practices at Tuttle Creek State Park. (Dalton Wainscott I Collegian Media Group)
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