Weekly Preview: Football and volleyball end, basketball teams face challenges

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After struggling against some high-ranked opponents this past week, Kansas State sports look the rebound this week.

Football

Kansas State (7-4, 4-4 Big 12) fell to No. 11 Baylor (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) on Saturday, 10-20, in a game where both team’s quarterbacks were injured.

With Skylar Thompson’s status questionable, there is a lot of debate around who the Wildcats will have leading the offense against Texas. Will head coach Chris Klieman decide to keep sophomore Will Howard’s redshirt, or will he go with sophomore Jaren Lewis or freshman Jake Rubely?

The Wildcats will close out their 2021 campaign this Friday as they travel to Austin, Texas (4-7, 2-6 Big 12) to face a struggling Texas team. The Longhorns will miss their first bowl game since 2016 and will finish dead last in the Big 12 if they lose to K-State this Friday and if KU wins over West Virginia.

Texas is led by junior quarterback Casey Thompson, and with star running back Bijan Robinson out for the rest of the season, head coach Steve Sarkisian has turned to Keilan Robinson and Roschon Johnson to help with the ground game.

The kickoff for the final regular-season game of K-State’s 2021 season will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 26, on Fox.

Volleyball

Similar to the football team, the K-State volleyball team (15-10, 6-8 Big 12) will wrap up its season this weekend, facing off against in-state rivals Kansas (14-11, 6-8 Big 12).

The Wildcats struggled against the No. 2 team in the country in Texas this past week, losing both matches 0-3. However, they will look to bounce back against a foe they have been competitive with in recent years.

K-State looks to reach an even conference win record against the Jayhawks in its attempt to reach the NCAA tournament at the end of the season. Behind sophomore outside hitter Aliyah Carter, the team has a bright future ahead.

The first of the two games will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26, at Bramlage Coliseum, with the second at the same time on Saturday.

Women’s basketball

The women’s basketball team (4-1) returns home after a tough matchup with No. 5 NC State which saw the Wildcats fall 69-90 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Coming off a 93-53 win against Abilene Christian at Bramlage on Tuesday, the ‘Cats return to Bramlage at 11 a.m. on Saturday, where they’ll play against Northwestern State.

The women’s team has relied heavily on junior center Ayoka Lee for production this year but is also looking towards freshman guards Jaelyn and Brylee Glenn, as well as Serena Sundell on the outside of the arc.

K-State should be poised for a good season and will look to make the NCAA amid tough Big 12 competition this year.

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