This Week In Kansas Athletics

Record Watch
Team Overall Big 12 National Ranking
Cross Country -- -- --
Football 0-0 0-0 --
Soccer 0-0 0-0 26th
Volleyball 2-1 0-0 --

This Week’s Schedule
Monday, August 27
No Events Scheduled

Tuesday, August 28
Coach Mangino Weekly Press Conference, 12 p.m.

Wednesday, August 29
No Events Scheduled

Thursday, August 30
Coach Mangino Radio Show (Paddy O'Quigley's), 6 p.m.

Friday, August 31
Soccer at Hawai'i (Hawai'i Tournament), 12 a.m.
Volleyball at Michigan State (Spartan Invitational), 5 p.m.

Saturday, September 1
Soccer vs. Auburn (Hawai'i Tournament) 12 a.m.
Cross Country hosts the Bob Timmons Invitational (Rim Rock Farm), 9 a.m.
Volleyball vs. Florida State (Spartan Invitational), 10 a.m.
Volleyball vs. Missouri State (Spartan Invitational), 4 p.m.
Football vs. Central Michigan, 6 p.m.

Sunday, September 2
Baseball vs. Croation National Team (Exhibition), 5 p.m.

Monday, September 3
No Work (Labor Day)

Weekly Notes
The Kansas baseball team will open fall practice on Saturday and host the Croatian National Team in an exhibition game at 5 p.m., Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark. Admission to the contest is free of charge. The Jayhawks return 21 letterwinners and seven position starters from last year's squad to their fall roster to go along with 13 newcomers, including 10 true freshmen.

Cross Country
The Kansas men’s and women’s cross country teams will kick off the 2007 season with the Bob Timmons Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 1. This year’s men’s squad returns two All-Americans, Colby Wissel and Paul Hefferon, along with fellow senior Patrick McGowan. Junior Levi Huseman and sophomore Bret Imgrund will be looked on to be a consistent top five threat. Last year, the men placed third at the Big 12 Championship and later qualified for the Jayhawks' second consecutive NCAA Championship. The women are led by the senior trio of Hayley Harbert, Alicia McGregor and Lisa Morrisey. Looking to excel off great freshman campaigns are sophomores Lauren Bonds and Kellie Schneider. The Jayhawks’ only home meet of the fall will take place at Rim Rock Farm with the women’s 6K starting at 9 a.m., followed by the men’s 8K race at 10 a.m.

Kansas football will open its 108th season hosting Central Michigan at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. The Jayhawks are beginning the season with four-straight home games for the first time since 1986 and are 11-2 at home in the last two years. KU and Central Michigan have never met. The Chippewas are the defending Mid- American Conference Champions and quarterback Don DeFevour was first-team All-MAC last year as a freshman. Kansas has three players listed as preseason All-Big 12 selections in offensive lineman Anthony Collins, defensive lineman James McClinton and cornerback Aqib Talib.

The Kansas soccer team will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii to participate in the Ohana Hotels & Resorts No Ka Oi Tournament (Hawai'i Tournament) this weekend. The 26th-ranked Jayhawks will face the host Hawai’i on Friday at 12 a.m. (CST) and then Auburn on Saturday at 12 a.m. (CST). Both matches will be played at Waipio Peninsula Stadium. Kansas enters the opening weekend of the 2007 season ranked 26th in the Soccer Buzz preseason poll. The Jayhawks return 18 letterwinners and nine starters from last year’s squad, which finished 11-7-1 overall and 6-4 in the Big 12. Last season, junior Jessica Bush led the team with eight goals and two assists, while junior Julie Hanley posted an 0.98 goals against average and shut out seven opponents. KU welcomes 11 new players to the 2007 roster, which Soccer Buzz ranked as the fifth-best class in the Central Region and the third-best in the Big 12.

The Kansas volleyball team got off to a great start to the 2007 season earning a second place finish in the Oregon Invitational after finishing 2-1 with wins over Cal State-Bakersfield and Idaho State. Newcomers Jenna Kaiser and Flavia Lino led the Kansas offense with 31 and 29 kills, respectively. Lino showed her versatility notching a team second-best 23 digs as well. Freshman Melissa Manda led KU with 3.80 dpg. The Jayhawks hit the road again this weekend, this time to East Lansing, Mich., to participate in the Spartan Invitational. KU will open up the tournament Friday night with a match against host Michigan State at 5 p.m. (CST). Saturday Kansas is slated to take on Florida State at 10 a.m. (CST) and Missouri State at 4 p.m. (CST). Head coach Ray Bechard is just one win away from becoming the winningest coach in KU volleyball history. Bechard and former Kansas coach Frankie Albitz (1985-93) both currently have 149 career wins at KU.

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