This Week In Kansas Athletics

Record Watch
Team Overall Big 12 National Ranking
Cross Country -- -- --
Football 6-0 2-0 #15
Soccer 3-9-3 1-2-2 --
Volleyball 10-9 3-6 --

This Week’s Schedule
Monday, October 15
Men's Golf at The Prestige at PGA West (LaQuinta, Calif.), All Day
Women's Golf at Price's Give 'Em Intercollegiate (Las Cruces, N.M.), All Day

Tuesday, October 16
Women's Golf at Price's Give 'Em Intercollegiate (Las Cruces, N.M.), All Day

Wednesday, October 17
Volleyball vs. Baylor, 7 p.m.
Women's Golf at Price's Give 'Em Intercollegiate (Las Cruces, N.M.), All Day

Thursday, October 18
Coach Mangino Radio Show (Paddy O'Quigley's), 6 p.m.
Tennis at ITA Central Region Championships (Tulsa, Okla.), All Day

Friday, October 19
Soccer at Colorado, 4 p.m.
Swimming & Diving at Big 12 Relays (Ames, Iowa), All Day
Tennis at ITA Central Region Championships (Tulsa, Okla.), All Day

Saturday, October 20
Swimming at Northern Iowa, 1 p.m.
Football at Colorado (ESPN TV), 4:45 p.m.
Volleyball at Nebraska, 6 p.m. Diving Exhibition with ISU, Missouri and Texas A&M (Ames, Iowa), All Day
Tennis at ITA Central Region Championships (Tulsa, Okla.), All Day

Sunday, October 21
Soccer at Texas, 1 p.m.
Tennis at ITA Central Region Championships (Tulsa, Okla.), All Day

Weekly Notes
Cross Country
Several Jayhawks had personal best times on Saturday at the NCAA Pre-Nationals Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. Senior Colby Wissel led the Kansas men with a 25th place finish out of 273 runners. His time of 23:48 for the 8K race beats his old personal record by 46 seconds. Fellow senior Paul Hefferon (24:07) was not far behind with his time, but finished in 55th place. The men placed 25th out of 40 highly competitive teams. Sophomore Lauren Bonds led the women’s team with a personal record time of 21:47 in the 6K race and placed ninth.

No. 15 Kansas (6-0 overall, 2-0 Big 12) will hit the road for the second time this season, heading to Colorado (4-3, 2-1) on Saturday, Oct. 20 for a 4:45 p.m. Central time kickoff that will be televised by ESPN. Kansas is looking to match its best start since opening the 1995 season 7-0. KU’s current six-game win streak is also its longest since 1995. KU has won nine of its last 10 games dating back to last season. KU has won two of its last three road games dating back to last year and is 1-0 on the road this season after winning at then 24th-ranked Kansas State on Oct. 6. KU is in a stretch with three of four games coming on the road. The Colorado game is the first of two straight road games (at Texas A&M next week), marking the first consecutive road games for KU since playing at Texas Tech and Kansas State the first two weeks of October in 2005.

Kansas will be making its eighth appearance all-time on ESPN and owns a 3-4 mark in games on the channel (KU is also 1-2 in games on ESPN2). Kansas’ last appearance on ESPN was the 2005 Fort Worth Bowl when the Jayhawks defeated Houston 42-13. The last time KU had a regular season game broadcast on ESPN was its 38-17 win at Oklahoma in 1995. KU was ranked seventh in the nation and Oklahoma 15th in that game.

Colorado leads the all-time series by a 41-22-3 count, including a 23-8 margin in games played in Boulder. Last year KU posted a 20-15 win at Lawrence to stop a five-game Colorado winning streak in the series. KU has lost five straight at Boulder since posting a 40-24 win in 1995. Kansas will be looking for consecutive wins against the Buffaloes for the first time since 1980-81. KU head coach Mark Mangino is 1-4 vs. Colorado since taking over at Kansas. The Jayhawks are 11-15 against Big 12 North rivals in the Mangino era posting a 3-2 mark against this side of the conference in both 2005 and 2006.

Men's Golf
The Kansas men's golf team finished in 13th place at the Windon Memorial Classic at Lake Shore Country Club (par-71, 6667 yards) in Glencoe, Ill. with a three-round score of 899. Junior Walt Koelbel shot the best round of the day for the Jayhawks with a final-round 74. Koelbel improved each round of the tournament by one stroke and finished the event tied for 52nd place with a final score of 225. Junior Zach Pederson was the top-finisher for the Jayhawks after carding a final-round 75. Pederson finished the event tied for 36th place. The Jayhawks will try to improve upon its 13th-place finish at the Windon Memorial Classic when it travels to Palm Springs, Calif. to compete in the Prestige at PGA West. The tournament will be conducted at the Greg Norman Course (par-72, 7,156 yards) at PGA West on Oct. 15-16. The field, which consists of 16 teams, will play 36-holes today and then complete the event with the final round tomorrow, Oct. 16.

Women's Golf
Kansas heads south to Las Cruces, N.M., today where the women's golf team will compete at Price's Give `Em Five Invitational, Oct. 15-17. The Jayhawks will look to build on the success of their last tournament where they claimed top honors at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational. The 54-hole tournament will take place at the New Mexico State University Golf Course, with players completing 18 holes each day. The course is 6,319 yards and plays to a par of 72. Last season, Kansas finished in 14th place out of a 17-team field, combining for a total score of 933 (313-313-307). Returning to the lineup from last year's event are Kansas senior Annie Giangrosso and sophomores Emily Powers and Meghan Gockel, who will be joined by freshmen Meghna Bal and Grace Thiry. The Jayhawks last competed Oct. 1-2 at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas took first place with 600 strokes, after the inclement weather shortened the tournament to a two-round 36-hole event. Sophomore Camilla Svennson highlighted her season debut as KU's top finisher, tying for fourth at three-over par.

The Kansas soccer team travels to Boulder, Colo. and Austin, Texas this weekend in its final Big 12 road trip of the season. The Jayhawks will battle the Buffaloes at 4 p.m. on Friday before taking aim at 10th-ranked Texas Sunday at 1 p.m. The Longhorns will be the seventh nationally ranked opponent KU has faced this season, and third ranked in the top 10 at the time of the match. Over the weekend, the Jayhawks tied 23rd-ranked Oklahoma State (2-2) and fell to Oklahoma (2-1) at home, making their 2007 record 3-9-3 overall and 1-2-2 in conference play. Senior Nicole Cauzillo scored a goal on added an assist in Friday's tie with the Cowgirls, while junior Jessica Bush tallied her first goal of the season in the loss to the Sooners.

Following nearly two weeks off from competition, the University of Kansas tennis team will travel to Tulsa, Okla., this weekend for the ITA Central Region Championships. Senior Elizaveta Avdeeva and junior Edina Horvath will look to defend their doubles title from last year at the event, which will run Oct. 18-21.

Kansas volleyball split in its fifth week of conference play with a 3-1 victory over Colorado and 3-0 loss at No. 7 Texas. KU stands at 10-9 overall and 3-6 in the Big 12. Junior Natalie Uhart hit a team-best .375 clip in last week’s matches while also leading the squad with 1.43 blocks per game. The middle blocker added two service aces and 2.86 kills per game in the two contests. Freshman Jenna Kaiser paced the team with 3.57 kills per game. Three different Jayhawks enjoyed career nights to help the team earn its third conference victory of the season in a 3-1 triumph over Colorado. Kaiser collected 19 kills, the most by a KU athlete this year, while Uhart’s 14 kills and six block assists were also career highs. Sophomore Katie Martincich chipped in a season-high 34 assists to go along with 26 assists from senior Emily Brown. Brown then went on to post a team-high seven kills against Texas, as did freshman Karina Garlington. The Jayhawks return home Wednesday for a 7 p.m. match with Baylor.

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