September 14, 2023

In This Issue 

Kennesaw State Owls Campus Sports
Along with News from the
Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN)

Ranked Matchup Awaits as Owls Host No. 7 Furman

 Kennesaw State Owls (1-1) 

vs Furman Paladins (1-1)

Date: Saturday, September 16

Site: Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Kennesaw

Kickoff: 5:00 p.m.

Live Stats: Click Here; TV: ESPN+;

ESPN+ TV Play-By-Play: Nolan Alexander

Analyst: Barclay Miller

Sidelines: Lauren Hoffman

Radio: Tune-In, KSU Owls App

KSU Owls Radio Network

Play-By-Play: Bryce Gaubert

Analyst: Brandon Sutton

Host: Maddie Crews

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Furman Game Notes: Click Here

KSU Preview: Click Here

Furman Preview: Click Here

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Kennesaw State football and No. 7 Furman collide inside Fifth Third Bank Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 16 for the second matchup in series history. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. and will be broadcasted live on ESPN+. 

Owl Nation is encouraged to wear gold on Saturday as the event was announced as a "Gold Rush".

The newly inducted 2023 Kennesaw State Hall of Fame Class is also scheduled to be recognized on the field at halftime, and a postgame fireworks show is set for immediately following the game's conclusion.

Saturday's matchup will be the second in series history between the Owls and Paladins. The two teams met for a high-scoring thriller in 2016, which saw Kennesaw State earn a 52-42 victory in Greenville, S.C. 

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Exciting Opponents at Home Highlight Women's Hoops Third Year of Blue Era
An exciting schedule featuring 14 games inside the KSU Convocation Center highlight the 2023-24 Kennesaw State women's basketball season, third-year head coach Octavia Blue revealed Tuesday.

The home schedule is headlined by non-conference meetings against Georgetown, Florida Atlantic, Chattanooga and Belmont.

On the road, KSU is set to face Southeastern Conference opponents Vanderbilt and Mississippi State in addition to in-state trips to Georgia Tech, Mercer and Georgia State.

"We have most certainly assembled ourselves a challenging non-conference schedule," Blue noted. "We will learn pretty early on a lot about ourselves, which is what we've set out to do. If you want to be the best, you've got to beat the best and we are up for the challenge."

Coach Blue led the Owls to a 15-16 record a year ago, the most single-season wins for KSU since the 2014-15 campaign. The Miami alumna won 24 games in her first two seasons at the helm, the second-most by a KSU head coach in the program's Division I history.

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Owls Soccer Hosts North Alabama at Fifth-Third Bank Stadium.

The Owls women's soccer team will kickstart the final ASUN season Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. versus North Alabama at Fifth-Third Bank Stadium.

KSU fell to 1-3-3 on the season after a 3-0 loss on Sunday at Samford in Birmingham, AL.

The Lions (4-2-2) are coming off a 1-0 road victory over on Sunday. The match against Kennesaw State represents UNA's first conference match of the season. The match can be seen on ESPN+.

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Kennesaw State Wins Allstate Streamsong Invitational

The Kennesaw State men's golf team took home the team title at the Allstate Streamsong Invitational on Wednesday.


The tournament was played at the par 73 Streamsong Black Course.


KSU posted a 1-under par round of 291 on Wednesday for a 54-hole total of 31-under par 845. The 31-under total establishes a new 54-hole program scoring record.

Shaun Cook was the Owls' top finisher in the event.

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Garcia Set to Play in

ATP Challenger in Bolivia

Raul Garcia of the Kennesaw State men's tennis team is set to play in the qualifying round of singles of the ATP Challenger in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Qualifying play begins Sunday morning. Tournament play is scheduled for Sept. 11-17.

Garcia will take on Juan Bautista Otegui at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Fall tennis consists of individual tournaments, while the team matches occur only in the spring. The Owls will participate in several individual tournaments this fall, including the ATP Challenger Bolivia, Jacksonville State Invitational, ITA All-American Championships, UCF Fall Sizzler and ITA Southeast Regionals.

The field for this event will feature 32 players in singles and 16 in doubles.

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Head Coach Brian Bohannon's Weekly Press Conference Previewing Saturday Vs Furman

This week, Kennesaw State football hosts a tough Furman Paladin team, who is ranked 7th in the FCS Top 25 following a 47-21 loss at South Carolina. 

The Owls are coming off a 27-20 loss last Saturday at Chattanooga. They Mocs jumped out to a commanding 17-0 lead. KSU mounted a nice comeback scoring all of their 20 points in the second half. But the whole the had dug was too deep to dig out of and they ran out of time.

"Good offense. Good football team. I knew that before we ever started the season.

"You knew they had a bunch of guys back and you know what they did a year ago. (They were 10-3 and made it to the Division I Football Playoffs second round where they barely lost to #5 Incarnate Word 41-38.)

Coach (Clay) Hendrix does a really good job...a really good staff. They'll be well coached, ready to play.

"So, we've got our work cut out for us. But, we've got to take care of us first. We aren't going to have a chance to play a really good football team if we can't get out of our own way."

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The Full Press Conference

Furman Football Head Coach Clay Hendrix's Weekly Press Conference Previewing Kennesaw State

“This is a team that’s very mature, but their maturity comes a lot from guys who came from the transfer portal,” Hendrix said. “Offensively, they’ve been really run-heavy in the past, but how much do you read into the fact that Chattanooga held them to their lowest rushing total (102 yards) in their history. Does that have to do with them rushing it less...what's that breakdown?

“This is game two of a new offense. They’re asking those offensive linemen to do different things. There’s a triple-option element to it. I haven’t looked at their roster a lot. I know they added some transfers. I don’t know if, historically, they’ve been a big transfer place. I also think they probably lost some kids.

“There’s a lot of transition that is taking place. They were better this week (vs Chattanooga) than they were last week (Tusculum). I’m sure they’ll be better week three than they were in week two.”

“The biggest thing is we open the conference schedule next week, and certainly those games are the most important ones we play. But right now, this is the most important game of the week, of the year, this week. We want to head into our conference schedule playing our best football, and we haven’t done that yet.”

KSU's Ferguson Named ASUN Volleyball Setter of the Week...

Owls Head To Cincy Friday

KSU's McKinley Ferguson was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Volleyball Setter of the Week. 

It's the fourth career ASUN Setter of the Week honor for the senior and the fourth award for the KSU program.

The Jaspar, AL native averaged 10.15 assists per set over three home matches for the Owls.

* Recorded 10 assists on Friday in a 3-2 victory against Wake Forest

* Followed up with 11 assists in KSU's five-set defeat of SEC foe Mississippi State

* Posted an average of 1.92 digs per during last week's Kennesaw State Invitational

The Owls will play a pair of games in Cincinnati, OH in a homecoming for Shelby Dennis and Maggie Butkovich. KSU will start with a neutral contest against Northern Kentucky on Friday, Sept. 15 at 6:00 p.m., followed by a Saturday, Sept. 16 game against Xavier at 4:00 p.m., and both games will be played in the Cintas Center on the Xavier campus.

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Black and Gold Finish Season-Opening Tournament

The Kennesaw State women's golf team completed its first tournament of the 2023-24 campaign Tuesday at the Sam Golden Invitational.

KSU finished in ninth after a 9-over 297 third round to finish at 7-under 857, the lowest tournament score under head coach Erin Thorne and third-lowest on a par 72 course in program history.

The opening event for the Black and Golf was filled with records including program records for single-round low (277 in round two) and team-low through 36 holes (560).

Senior Caitlyn Campbell-Nyman paced the Owls during the event and finished tied for 17th.

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This Weeks' Kennesaw State Sports Composite Campus Schedule

Thursday, September 14 - MEN'S TENNIS - @ ATP Challenger Bolivia,

Santa Cruz, Bolivia, All Day

Thursday, September 14 - WOMEN'S SOCCER -

vs University of North Alabama Lions, Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Kennesaw,

Flight 26 Game, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN+)

Friday, September 15 - MEN'S TENNIS - @ ATP Challenger Bolivia,

Santa Cruz, Bolivia, All Day

Friday, September 15 - MEN'S TENNIS - @ Jacksonville State Invitational

JSU Tennis Courts, Jacksonville, AL , All Day

Friday, September 15 - VOLLEYBALL - @ Xavier Tournament vs Northern Kentucky Norse, Cintas Center, Cincinnati, OH, 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 16 - MEN'S TENNIS - @ ATP Challenger Bolivia,

Santa Cruz, Bolivia, All Day

Saturday, September 16 - MEN'S TENNIS - @ Jacksonville State Invitational

JSU Tennis Courts, Jacksonville, AL , All Day

Saturday, September 16 - WOMEN'S TENNIS - @ Western Carolina Hidden Dual

vs Western Carolina University Catamounts,

Catamount Athletic Complex, Cullowhee, NC, TBA

Saturday, September 16 - FOOTBALL - vs Furman Paladins, Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Kennesaw, 5:00 p.m. (Gold Rush & Hall of Fame Weekend) Fireworks After Game (ESPN+)

Sunday, September 17 - MEN'S TENNIS - @ ATP Challenger Bolivia,

Santa Cruz, Bolivia, All Day

Sunday, September 17 - MEN'S TENNIS - @ Jacksonville State Invitational

JSU Tennis Courts, Jacksonville, AL , All Day

Sunday, September 17 - WOMEN'S TENNIS - @ Western Carolina Hidden Dual

vs Western Carolina University Catamounts,

Catamount Athletic Complex, Cullowhee, NC, TBA

Sunday, September 17 - WOMEN'S SOCCER - @ University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears

Bill Stephens Complex, Conway, AR, 2:00 p.m.

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More KSU Campus Sports 2023 Season Openings

WOMEN'S TENNIS - Saturday, September 16,

@ Western Carolina Hidden Dual, vs Western Carolina University Catamounts,

Catamount Athletic Complex, Cullowhee, NC

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Monday, November 6 @ Vanderbilt Commodores

@ Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, TN , 11:00 a.m.

MEN'S BASKETBALL - Tuesday, November 7, vs Oakwood Ambassadors

KSU Convocation Center, Kennesaw, 7:00 p.m.

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