This Week in K-State Sports: Tennis, volleyball see more action; soccer, football look to turn things around

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With fall in full swing, many K-State teams are in action this week. (Graphic by Marshall Sunner | Collegian Media Group)

As the temperature starts to drop, the fall season is now in full swing, and we have yet another busy week in K-State Athletics this week. The football and soccer teams look to bounce back after tough losses this past week, while volleyball looks to continue its success after splitting with West Virginia this past weekend. Tennis and baseball continue the fall stint before beginning full seasons in the spring.

Tennis

The Kansas State tennis team travels to Iowa City, Iowa, on Thursday for the ITA Central Regionals — a single-elimination tournament that gives K-State a chance to compete through Monday, Oct. 25.

The last time the Wildcats saw competition was on Oct. 10, when seniors Karine-Marion Job and Anna Turco found wins on day three of the SMU Red and Blue Challenge.

Soccer

The K-State soccer team looks to rebound after a two-loss road trip in Oklahoma this past week, falling to Oklahoma State on Thursday and Oklahoma on Sunday. The team’s chance to rebound will take them to Fort Worth, Texas, for a showdown with TCU in a rare Friday night match.

“We had a lot of opportunities to win [against Oklahoma], we just didn’t get them to go in, but we played well enough to win,” K-State head coach Mike Dibbini said after the loss to Oklahoma.

The Wildcats, now 6-8-2 and 1-4-2 in conference play and with only two regular-season games left, need a strong finish to the season to make the Big 12 Tournament. After Friday night’s match, the Wildcats will have Sunday off.

The match between the Wildcats and the Horned Frogs is set for a 7 p.m. first kick on Friday night. Catch up with the Collegian after the game for a recap.

Volleyball

The K-State volleyball team also travels to Fort Worth, Texas, this week for a two-day bout against TCU. K-State won Thursday’s match against West Virginia 3-1 before the Mountaineers spoiled the Wildcat’s weekend with a 3-0 sweep on Friday.

“I didn’t think we handled the ball well enough. I didn’t think our attack choices were good, I just thought there were way too many unforced errors on our part,” head coach Suzie Fritz said after Friday’s loss.

The Thursday and Friday matches will start at 6:30 p.m. and can be streamed live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ or heard on KMAN radio.

Baseball

The K-State baseball team continues its fall-ball schedule this Friday against Crowder College at home.

This past Friday, K-State took down Omaha 11-5 in an exhibition match that saw the return of star players Dylan Phillips and Nick Goodwin. Friday’s match against Crowder will be the last before K-State’s annual ALS Halloween game on Oct. 30, where K-State players fundraise for charity by scrimmaging in their Halloween costumes.

Friday’s game will take place at 2:30 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium.

Football

The Kansas State football team travels to Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday for a showdown with Texas Tech after starting Big 12 play 0-3.

“We didn’t make enough plays, bottom line, offensively and defensively to get the win,” head coach Chris Klieman said after the loss to Iowa State this past weekend.

Texas Tech gives K-State the opportunity to get back in the win column and break an eight-game conference losing streak for the Wildcats. For more on the game and the Red Raiders, look out for the Collegian’s preview and “Know Your Opponent” articles.

K-State takes on the Texas Tech Red Raiders at 11 a.m. on Saturday and can be seen on Fox Sports 1. As always — with all sports — catch up with the Collegian after the game for a recap on the action.

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