This Week In Kansas Athletics

Record Watch
Team Overall Big 12 National Ranking
Cross Country -- -- --
Football 4-0 0-0 --
Soccer 1-7-1 0-0 --
Volleyball 9-5 2-2 --

This Week’s Schedule
Monday, September 24
No Events Scheduled

Tuesday, September 25
No Events Scheduled

Wednesday, September 26
Volleyball vs. Nebraska, 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 27
Coach Mangino Radio Show (Paddy O'Quigley's), 6 p.m.

Friday, September 28
Soccer at Baylor, 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 29
Cross Country at Roy Griak Invitational (Minneapolis, Minn.), Men 12:10 p.m./Women 12:55 p.m.
Softball vs. Iowa Central CC (Jayhawk Pink Classic), 2 p.m.
Softball vs. Emporia State (Jayhawk Pink Classic), 4 p.m.
Tennis at ITA All-American Championships (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), All Day

Sunday, September 30
Softball vs. Washburn (Jayhawk Pink Classic), 12 p.m.
Soccer at Texas A&M, 1:30 p.m.
Tennis at ITA All-American Championships (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), All Day

Weekly Notes
Cross Country
For the second consecutive week, the Kansas cross country teams were away from competition as they prepare for the 22nd annual Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Jayhawks will be competing in the gold division against seven teams of the 15-team Midwest Region. This meet will help the Jayhawks earn at-large points for the NCAA Championships. The men’s 8K race starts at 12:10 p.m., followed by the women’s 6K at 12:55 p.m. The event is being held at the University of Minnesota's Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Kansas (4-0, 0-0 Big 12) will have a bye week before beginning Big 12 Conference play at Kansas State on Oct. 6. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net beginning at 11 a.m. Kansas has started its season 4-0 for the first time since 1995 and enters this week as the nation’s third-highest scoring team (53.5 points per game) as well as the nation’s stingiest defense, allowing just 5.8 points per contest. Not to be outdone, KU’s kickoff return unit is second in the NCAA at 32.8 yards per return. KU quarterback Todd Reesing has thrown for 1,199 yards and 11 touchdowns with just one interception. The running game features two backs with 300-plus yards in Brandon McAnderson (327) and Jake Sharp (307). Defensively, Joe Mortensen leads the team with 36 tackles, including posting a career-high 13 against Florida International. KU is averaging 10.8 tackles for loss with 43 stops behind the line of scrimmage this year.

Men's Golf
Nate Barbee led the way for the Jayhawks for the second-straight tournament as the Jayhawks fell just short of claiming a fourth straight Kansas Invitational by tying for second place at Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence, Kan. last week. Barbee finished tied for 8th place with a final-round 76, marking his first-career top-10 finish. The Jayhawks shot a final-round score of 304, but were passed by the Houston Cougars, who entered the day tied for third, and shot a 292 to claim the team crown. The Jayhawks will next be in action Oct. 7-8 when they compete at the Windon Memorial Classic in Glencoe, Ill.

Women's Golf
Emily Powers fired a five-under-par 67 in the final round to propel the University of Kansas women's golf team to an eighth-place finish at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate at Highlands Ranch Golf Club in Highlands Ranch, Colo. last Tuesday. The sophomore from Quincy, Ill. tied for seventh, carding a three-round score of 221, marking her second top-10 finish this season. The Jayhawks will next be in action when they travel to Manhattan, Kan., to compete in the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational Oct. 1-2. Kansas will attempt to defend its tournament crown from last year, when the Jayhawks won the Invite by 14 strokes over runner-up Notre Dame.

The Kansas soccer team will open up conference play in the state of Texas this weekend, traveling to Baylor Friday for a 7 p.m. contest in Waco, and Texas A&M Sunday for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff against the fifth-ranked Aggies. The Jayhawks dropped a pair of one-goal decisions over the weekend after claiming their first victory of the season last Tuesday. Sophomore Kim Boyer scored the game-winning goal as KU toppled Missouri State, 1-0 in overtime at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. Junior Jessica Bush and sophomore Shannon McCabe collected assists on the play. Senior Nicole Cauzillo scored her first goal since the 2004 season on Friday, but it was not enough as KU fell to 25th-ranked Illinois, 2-1. The Jayhawks put up a valiant effort against 19th-ranked California on Sunday, but were again denied a win.

The tennis team opened its season over weekend at the Cissie Leary Tournament in Philadelphia. The event was highlighted by the Jayhawks' doubles tandem of Elizaveta Avdeeva and Edina Horvath's second place finish in the main doubles draw. Next up for KU will be the ITA All-American Championships, where Avdeeva and Horvath will look to continue their strong play.

Senior Emily Brown wrapped up an exciting week of volleyball with a triple-double and double-double to help power the Jayhawks to a pair of victories. KU notched a dramatic five-game victory over Border Showdown rival Missouri last Wednesday night followed by a 3-0 sweep of Texas Tech Saturday afternoon. Kansas' win over MU snapped a 12-match conference losing streak and was the Jayhawks' first conference road win since November of 2005. KU returns to action Wednesday night when they host No. 1 Nebraska at 7 p.m.

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