This Week In Kansas Athletics

Record Watch
Team Overall Big 12 National Ranking
Cross Country -- -- --
Football 7-0 3-0 #9 BCS
Soccer 4-9-4 2-2-3 --
Volleyball 10-11 3-8 --

This Week’s Schedule
Monday, October 22
No Events Scheduled

Tuesday, October 23
No Events Scheduled

Wednesday, October 24
Volleyball at Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 25
Coach Mangino Radio Show (Paddy O'Quigley's), 6 p.m.

Friday, October 26
Cross Country at Big 12 Championships (Lubbock, Texas), (M)10 a.m./(W)11 a.m.
Soccer vs. Nebraska, 3 p.m.
Swimming & Diving vs. Missouri, 6 p.m.
Men's Golf at Landfall Tradition (Wilmington, N.C.), All Day
Women's Golf at UA-Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), All Day

Saturday, October 27
Volleyball vs. Missouri, 3 p.m.
Football at Texas A&M (ESPN2 TV), 6 p.m.
Women's Golf at UA-Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), All Day

Sunday, October 28
Soccer vs. Iowa State, 1 p.m.
Women's Golf at UA-Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), All Day
Rowing at Head of the Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), All Day

Weekly Notes
Cross Country
Cross Country was idle this past week in preparation for the Big 12 Championships in Lubbock, Texas on Oct. 26. With Texas Tech hosting the meet this year, it means that every conference school has hosted the Big 12 meet once. On the men’s side, a Jayhawk has won the individual title for the past three years. Benson Chesang won the meet in 2004 and 2005 and senior Colby Wissel captured the crown in 2006. Along with Wissel’s attempt to repeat will be the men’s team pursuit to finish in the top four as they did a year ago at Rim Rock Farm. Last year the women placed 11th, but return most of last year’s participants. The men’s race starts at 10 a.m., followed by the women’s at 11 a.m. in Lubbock.

Kansas football (7-0 overall, 3-0 Big 12) will make its second-straight road trip as the Jayhawks travel to Texas A&M (6-2, 3-1) on Saturday, Oct. 27 for a 6 p.m. kickoff on ESPN2. Kansas enters the week ranked 12th by the Associated Press, 10th by the USA Today/Coaches, 11th in the Harris Interactive and ninth in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) poll. Only five teams in the Football Bowl Series (FBS) remain undefeated heading into this week as Kansas joins Ohio State, Boston College, Arizona State and Hawai'i as the lone unbeatens. Texas A&M leads the series with KU 7-1, including a 4-0 mark in games played in College Station. Texas A&M has won seven straight since Kansas claimed the first meeting 28-10 in Lawrence in 1974. Since the teams have competed as members of the Big 12 Conference, only two of the five games have been decided by one score - the first a 24-21 A&M victory in 1998 and last year’s 21-18 A&M win.

Men's Golf
Walt Koelbel fired his second under-par round of the year as he shot a final-round score of 69 to vault himself up the leaderboard 24 spots to finish tied for 19th place at the Prestige at PGA West last week. The Kansas team overcame windy conditions at the Greg Norman Course (par-72, 7,156 yards) in Palm Springs, Calif., to shoot their best score of the tournament with a final-round 295 to finish in 16th place. Koelbel tied his low-round of the year of 69, which he previously shot during the second round of the Kansas Invitational. The finish also marks his second top-20 finish of the year. Freshman Brad Hopfinger turned in another solid effort with a final-day 74 to finish the tournament tied for 23rd place. Hopfinger's three-day score of 219 marks his low-54 hole score in his young Jayhawk career. The Jayhawks will wrap up their fall season when they travel to Wilmington, N.C., Oct. 26-28 to compete in the Landfall Tradition.

Women's Golf
The University of Kansas women’s golf team is bound for its final tournament of the fall season as they travel to compete at the UA-Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday, Oct. 26. The ‘Hawks will be competing against a challenging field of 18 teams, eight of which qualified for NCAA Regional competition in 2007, with four teams advancing to the NCAA Championship. Alabama's Crimson Tide returns from a one-year hiatus to host the three-day event at the North River Yacht Club as they attempt to defend their tournament team title after claiming top honors in 2005. The Jayhawks are coming off a fourth place finish at the Price's "Give `Em Five" Invitational at the NMSU Golf Course in Las Cruces, N.M., last week. Kansas was led by sophomore Emily Powers, who tied for eighth place with two other players after firing rounds of 75-71-77 for a total tournament score of 223. Powers' performance was her second top-10 finish of the season.

The Kansas soccer team plays host to Big 12 rivals Nebraska and Iowa State at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex in the penultimate weekend of the regular season. The Jayhawks face the Huskers at 3 p.m. Friday before tangling with the Cyclones at 1 p.m. Sunday. KU improved its chances of advancing the to Big 12 Championships this past weekend, earning a 2-0 triumph at Colorado and a scoreless draw at No. 6 Texas. The Jayhawks' result against the Longhorns marks the first time KU has blanked a Top 10 team on the road since shutting out then-No. 9 Texas A&M in College Station in 2004. Senior goalkeeper Colleen Quinn was flawless on the weekend, making 13 saves, while sophomore Monica Dolinsky and Colorado native Kim Boyer each had a goal and an assist in Friday's triumph over the Buffaloes.

Swimming & Diving
Head coach Clark Campbell and the Kansas swimming and diving team kicked off its 2007-08 schedule Friday (Oct. 19) at the Big 12 Relays in Ames, Iowa. Finishing fourth with 56 points behind Texas A&M, Texas and Missouri, KU headed straight for Cedar Falls, Iowa, Saturday to open dual meet action against Northern Iowa. The Jayhawks defeated the Panthers 180-80, showcasing the talent of freshmen Joy Bunting and Brittany Potter, who recorded three first-place victories combined. Sophomore transfer Emily Lanteigne reeled in two victories as well. Kansas won 13 of the 14 events in the competition. On the diving front, Kansas divers remained in Ames following the Big 12 Relays for an exhibition competition against conference foes Iowa State, Missouri and Texas A&M at Beyer Hall on the Iowa State campus. The Jayhawks will host the Missouri Tigers for the Border Showdown in their home opener Friday, Oct. 26, at 6:00 p.m. at Robinson Natatorium.

The KU tennis team traveled to Tulsa, Okla., last weekend to compete at the ITA Central Region Championships. The Jayhawks' top doubles tandem of Elizaveta Avdeeva and Edina Horvath, who won last year's title at the event, made it to the quarterfinals before being eliminated. Other highlights for Kansas included a first-round doubles victory for Kunigunda Dorn and Maria Martinez, an opening-round singles win for Avdeeva, and Yuliana Svistun's two qualifying singles wins which earned her a spot in the main draw. KU will next be in action when it plays in the FSU Seminole Invitational on Nov. 2-4.

Kansas Rowing will return to the water on Saturday, October 28 in Iowa City, Iowa for the Head of the Iowa. The day-long regatta will mark the first competition for 43 novice rowers and the second of four regattas for the varsity this fall.

Kansas volleyball finished 0-2 last week falling in a dramatic five-game match to the visiting Baylor Bears Wednesday night, and then dropping a three-game decision at No. 1 Nebraska on Saturday. KU took a 2-1 leading heading into the break against Baylor, but the Bears used a strong offensive attack to take games four and five from the Jayhawks. Senior Emily Brown led KU with her third triple-double of the season raking in 14 kills, 27 assists and 14 digs. Kansas gave the nation’s top-ranked team all they could handle Saturday in Lincoln as KU tallied 25 and 26 points in the final two games, the only team to tally 25+ points in consecutive games this year on Nebraska’s court. KU will wrap up its short road stint Wednesday in College Station, Texas. The Jayhawks will face Texas A&M in a 6:30 p.m. match. They conclude the week by hosting the Missouri Tigers on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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