Women’s golf, tennis conclude this week in K-State sports

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(Infographic by Kaylie McLaughlin | Collegian Media Group)

Women’s golf

After kicking off the Big 12 Championship from The Woodlands, Texas, on Sunday, the women’s golf team plays in the final two days on Monday and Tuesday to crown a conference champion.

Since women’s golf ended prematurely last year because of the pandemic, this week’s tournament marks the first time in two years that the Big 12 Conference has hosted a conference championship. The field will compete at the par-72, 6,345-yard Club at Carlton Woods to determine the conference’s best team.

Leading the Wildcats are seniors Reid Isaac and Niamh McSherry, who are both competing in their third Big 12 championships. Isaac is a native of Texas and will look to have a strong performance from her hometown to help boost the Wildcats. Freshman Napua Glossner, sophomore Haley Vargas and junior Heather Fortushniak round out the field for the Wildcats.

After the first two days of play, the Wildcats sit at fourth place as a team. Isaac is currently tied for fifth place individually, with McSherry in eleventh place not far behind.

Tennis

The tennis team joins the women’s golf team in wrapping up its regular season this week. K-State will travel to Waco, Texas, to play in the Big 12 Tournament from Thursday to Sunday.

After a turbulent regular season that concluded with four straight losses, the Wildcats look to change its fortunes at the biggest event of the year. The Wildcats will have work cut out for it, as it will have to run the table to walk out as champions.

The Wildcats haven’t traveled since the team returned from Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the end of March, making this weekend an even more anticipated event.

The championship will be held at Baylor University’s Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas.

Track and field

After picking up eight event titles at last week’s Michael Johnson Invitational, the K-State track and field team travels to Norman, Oklahoma, to participate in the JD Martin Invitational this Friday and Saturday.

The weekend’s meet will consist of ten teams and take place at the John Jacobs Track Complex in Norman. Friday’s events are set to kick off with the women’s heptathlon 100-meter hurdles and women’s hammer throw at 10:30 a.m., and then transition into field events.

Recipients of the cross country Academic All-Big 12 honors will be honored prior to the running events on Friday.

Baseball

After wrapping up a series win against Oklahoma (19-16, 4-7) on Sunday, the baseball team will have four days without a game before kicking off a three-game home series against West Virginia (14-16, 5-7) on Friday.

The Wildcats (21-15, 4-8) came into the series against Oklahoma with two conference wins and left it with a doubled total, thanks to a walk-off win in the first game of Saturday’s double header and a 5-run victory on Sunday afternoon.

The series win against the Sooners brought the Wildcats to 4-1 over its last five games.

The Mountaineers will come into Friday’s game also having not played since Sunday, and have most recently dropped two out of three games to No. 7 Texas Tech. The weekend series is of much importance to both teams, as the Mountaineers will head to Manhattan with a conference lead over the Wildcats.

With a good performance over the weekend, K-State could jump ahead of WVU in the conference standings.

Friday’s game will start at 6 p.m., Saturday’s at 4 p.m., and the finale will be Sunday at 1 p.m. All games will be available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with radio coverage on KMAN.

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