This Week In Kansas Athletics

Record Watch
Team Overall Big 12 National Ranking
Cross Country -- -- --
Football 5-0 1-0 #20
Soccer 3-8-2 1-1-1 --
Volleyball 9-8 2-5 --

This Week’s Schedule
Monday, October 8
No Events Scheduled

Tuesday, October 9
No Events Scheduled

Wednesday, October 10
Women's Basketball Media Day, 2:30 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 11
Coach Mangino Radio Show (Paddy O'Quigley's), 6 p.m.

Friday, October 12
Men's Basketball Media Day, 1:45 p.m.
Soccer vs. Oklahoma State, 4 p.m.
Late Night in the Phog, Doors Open at 6 p.m./Event Begins at 6:45 p.m.

Saturday, October 13
Cross Country at NCAA Pre-Nationals Invitational (Terre Haute, Ind.), Men 10 a.m./Women 11:20 a.m.
Football vs. Baylor (K-Day Reunion), 11:30 a.m.
Volleyball at Texas, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 14
Soccer vs. Oklahoma, 1 p.m.

Weekly Notes
Cross Country
Cross Country was idle this past week and will return to competition at the NCAA Pre-Nationals Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. on Oct. 13th. This meet is designed to allow teams the chance to compete on the same course that the NCAA Championships will be held. The field will be huge and highly competitive as 27 of the 85 men’s teams are ranked and of the 81 squads entered for the women’s race 22 are ranked. All the teams will be divided into six races with the first one getting underway at 10 a.m.

No. 20 Kansas (5-0 overall, 1-0 Big 12) returns home to host Baylor (3-3, 0-2 Big 12) on Saturday in a game that will be televised on Fox College Sports Central at 11:30 a.m. KU has won five straight games for its longest winning streak since winning seven in a row in 1997. Dating back to last year, KU has won eight of its last nine games. KU has also won four of its last five Big 12 games dating back to last season.

After winning at No. 24 Kansas State this past Saturday, Kansas is ranked in the AP poll (20th) for the first time since Sept. 28, 1996, when the Jayhawks were listed 20th before losing 45-42 at Utah. KU’s win at Kansas State marked the Jayhawks’ first win versus a ranked team since beating No. 25 Iowa State 24-21 in 2005 as well as its first road win against a ranked team since posting a 38-17 victory at then 15th-ranked Oklahoma in 1995. The win was the first for an un-ranked Kansas team against a ranked opponent since beating number two Oklahoma 28-11 in 1984. KU is ranked 20th in the AP, USA Today and Harris polls.

John Riggins, who played at KU from 1968-70, will become the 15th player to have his name added to the Memorial Stadium Ring of Honor when he is recognized during halftime of KU’s game against Baylor this Saturday. During the season opener against Central Michigan on Sept. 1, Willie Pless was added to the Ring of Honor. Other former Kansas players who have been recognized in the Ring of Honor include Nolan Cromwell, John Hadl, Curtis McClinton, Gale Sayers, Bobby Douglass, David Jaynes, George Mrkonic, Otto Schnellbacher, John Zook, Ray Evans, Bruce Kallmeyer, Gil Reich, and Oliver Spencer.

Men's Golf
The men's golf team sits in 13th place after day one at the Windon Memorial Classic. They amassed 597 strokes during the first-day of play. Zach Pederson and Brad Hopfinger both shot under-par rounds for the Jayhawks. Pederson's opening-round 69 lead him to a 31st place tie after day one. The final round is being played today. The Jayhawks will next be in action when they head to Palm Springs, Calif. to compete in the Prestige at PGA West on Oct. 15-16.

Women's Golf
A thunderstorm forced the cancellation of the final round of the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational in Manhattan Oct. 2, so Kansas claimed the tournament title as the 36-hole leader after the opening day's two rounds. The team championship was the first for KU since winning the same tournament last season. Camilla Svensson was KU's top finisher, tying for fourth at three-over par 147. Teammates Meghna Bal and Grace Thiry tied for seventh with totals of 149, but were playing as individuals and their scores did not count towards KU's team score. The Jayhawks continue their season at Price's Give 'Em Intercollegiate at Las Cruces, N.M. Oct. 15-17.

The Kansas soccer team earned a sweep on the road this past weekend, defeating Drake (2-1) and Texas Tech (4-1). Sunday's victory over the Red Raiders marked the 100th at the University of Kansas for head coach Mark Francis. The ninth-year coach is the fifth to earn 100 victories at a Big 12 school. Sophomore Kim Boyer scored a pair of goals in the Texas Tech match, and added an assist against Drake for a five-point weekend, while senior Nicole Cauzillo chipped in a goal and an assist. The Jayhawks will look to keep their momentum going this weekend when they host Oklahoma State on Friday at 4 p.m. and Oklahoma Sunday at 1 p.m.

The KU tennis team traveled to Bloomington, Ind. over the weekend for the Hoosier Classic. The Jayhawks were led at the event by junior Yuliana Svistun, who won the Flight E singles bracket, giving her three tournament titles in the last two years. Kansas will next be in action when it travels to Tulsa, Okla. for the ITA Central Region Championships, which are set to run Oct. 18-21.

Senior Emily Brown paced the Kansas volleyball team with 6.83 assists per game while pitching in 3.00 kills, 2.50 digs, 0.33 blocks and 0.33 service aces per game in the team's two matches last week. The Jayhawks dropped back-to-back three game matches to Iowa State and Texas A&M as they fell to 9-8 overall and 2-5 in the Big 12. Brown led the team with nine kills and 21 assists at Iowa State. Against Texas A&M, freshman Jenna Kaiser turned in a career-tying 16 kill performance. KU will look to end a three-match losing skid this Wednesday when they host Colorado (5-10, 0-7 Big 12) in a 7 p.m. match at the Horesji Family Athletics Center.

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