Damian Rosales

Sports: Acker named to CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 First Team, helps team to 2-0 weekend

bybelVolleyball: SMU climbed back into the top three in the American Athletic Conference standings with a 3-1 win against Memphis on Friday, Nov. 7 in Moody Coliseum. The win was the 20th of the season for the Mustangs, who improved to 20-5 overall and 9-4 in The American. Sophomore Morgan Heise recorded 31 digs, reaching 30 for the third time this season. Juniors Cailin Bula and Abbey Bybel (above) led the Mustangs with 13 kills and 12 kills, respectively. Junior Avery Acker tallied 46 assists and 13 digs for her 20th double-double of the season.

ackerSMU finished off the weekend with another 3-1 home victory over Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 9. Bybel matched her season-high with a team-best 16 kills, and led four Mustangs with at least 10 kills. Young recorded 12, sophomore Janelle Giordano posted 11, and Bula had 10. Acker (left) had a team-high 17 digs and 44 assists for her 21st double-double of the season. Acker was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 First Team, earning the honor for the second consecutive season. She leads the American Athletic Conference and is seventh in the NCAA, averaging 11.61 assists per set. Acker and the Mustangs take a trip to the Sunshine State to face South Florida at 6:00 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 14 and Central Florida at 11:30 a.m. CT on Sunday, Nov. 16.

rosalesMen’s Soccer: Senior Damian Rosales (right) scored a pair of goals to help lead the third-seeded Mustangs over the No. 6 seed UCF, 4-0, on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Westcott Field in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals. The Mustangs wasted no time as junior Idrissa Camara brought the ball down the center of the field off the opening touch and was fouled inside the box to set up a penalty kick just 10 seconds in. Fellow junior John Lujano was called to the spot and converted his fourth penalty kick in as many attempts in the 2014 season.Goalkeeper Michael Nelson picked up his fifth shutout of the season, registering four saves.

Nelson was named the American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year and joins six other Mustangs honored by the conference for the 2014 season. conferencehonorsNelson joined Lujano (both left) on the All-Conference first team and joined defenders Jordan Cano and Jared Rice on the all-rookie team. Rosales, Camara and freshman Mauro Cichero were named second-team selections for the Mustangs. SMU moves on to the semifinals to face the No. 2-seed, Tulsa, at 4:30 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 14 in Storrs, Connecticut. The Mustangs and Golden Hurricane split their two meetings this season.

Men’s Basketball: Sedrick Barefield, Jarrey Foster and Malik “Shake” Milton have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Mustangs beginning with the 2015-16 season.

  • Milton (G, 6-5, 190) is a four-star guard from Owasso High School in Oklahoma. He was the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2013-14 after averaging 28.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
  • Barefield (G, 6-2, 185) is a three-star guard from Centennial High School in Corona, California. He averaged 17.4 points, 4.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds as a junior.
  • Foster (G, 6-5, 190) is a three-star guard for North Shore High School in Houston. As a junior, he averaged 12.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals in leading North Shore to its first Class 5A state championship.

Women’s Basketball: The women’s basketball team signed four players for the 2015-16 season, including local Skyline standout Dai’Ja Thomas. The Mustangs also signed Karlie Cronin from Vienna, Virginia; Arkansas transfer McKenzie Adams and Stephanie Collins, a third player from the Australian national program.

  • Thomas, a 6-2 forward from Skyline High School in Dallas, averaged 10 points and seven rebounds as a junior.
  • Cronin is a 5-9 guard from Oakton High School in Vienna, Va. She started 31 games as a freshman, leading the varsity squad to a 31-0 record and the Virginia state championship.
  • Adams started all 30 games for Arkansas last season, averaging 8.6 points.
  • Stephanie Collins, a 6-5 center from Melbourne, represented Australia at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women and follows the signing of Alicia and Keely Froling. The 6-2 twins who also competed in the national program.

lammonsMen’s Tennis: Junior Nate Lammons (left) fell to Mitch Stewart of Washington, 6-4, 7-5, in the singles championship match of the Jack Kramer Club Invitational on Sunday, Nov. 9. Lammons also reached the semifinals in doubles with sophomore Arkadijs Slobodkins. Lammons won the doubles event at last year’s Jack Kramer Club Invitational. The event concludes the fall season for the Mustangs.

womenstennisWomen’s Tennis: The women’s tennis team opened the new SMU Tennis Complex (right) in dominating fashion, winning seven of nine matches against Wyoming on the first day of the Blue & Red Challenge on Friday, Nov. 7. On day two, the Mustangs tallied five victories against South Alabama, and picked up three doubles wins. Junior Yana Erkeeva and sophomore Mary Wright won all three matches of the weekend. Sophomore Dasha Sharapova won two singles matches and is tied for the team lead with 10 victories on the year. The Mustangs take a break before beginning the spring season with a match against Sam Houston State on Friday, Jan. 30 at the SMU Tennis Complex.

burnettMen’s Swimming and Diving:  SMU lost to rival TCU, 173.5-126.5, in its first dual meet of the season on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at the Mansfield Natatorium. The Mustangs earned their first of five victories of the meet when senior Sam Straughan captured the 100-yard backstroke. He also won the 100-yard butterfly. Senior diver Devin Burnett earned two first-place finishes.  The reigning American Athletic Conference Diver of the Year swept both the one-meter and three-meter dives.

dunnetygretWomen’s Golf: Brigitte Dunne and Haley Tygret (both right) will join the Mustangs for the 2015-16 season after signing National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Dunne, who plays at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, California. This summer she was crowned champion of the North and South Junior at Pinehurst Resort. She is the highest-ranked signee in head coach Jeanne Sutherland’s three seasons at SMU. Tygret is a standout from North Torrance High in Torrance, California. Tygret was tabbed All-Ocean League while advancing to the CIF Finals as a junior.

mattdavisFootball: Sophomore Matt Davis (left) threw for 212 yards and one touchdown, and ran for another 181 yards and two touchdowns in SMU’s 38-28 loss to Tulsa on Saturday, Nov. 8 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Davis’ 393 yards of total offense tied for 12th in SMU history. His two rushing touchdowns eliminated the Golden Hurricane’s 35-13 fourth-quarter lead, but the Mustangs’ comeback was stopped short. SMU returns home to face the University of South Florida at 7:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 15 as part of the Homecoming 2014 festivities. The game is also being promoted as Hats Off To Heroes Day where complimentary tickets and Boulevard tailgate (food and non-alcoholic beverages provided) are available for military service members, veterans, Stephen Nelsonpolice officers, firefighters, first responders and their families.

Senior wide receiver Stephen Nelson (right) has been nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy, given annually to a Division I collegiate player who began their career as a walk-on and has shown outstanding performance on the field. Nelson, a Beaverton, Oregon, native, is currently third on the team in receiving with 26 catches for 199 yards.

Sjöström advances to NCAA Cross Country Championship

sjostromCross Country: Sophomore Agnes Sjöström (right) advanced to the NCAA Championship as an individual, as she finished third overall in the 142-runner field at the NCAA South Central Regional on Friday, Nov. 14.  Sjöström’s time of 20:11.0 was not only a personal best, but was the second-fastest 6K time in school history.  Silje Fjortoft holds the SMU record with a 19:58.1 set in 2011. The Mustangs finished third overall, narrowly missing out on an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. Junior Shanoah Souza also posted a personal record with a time of 20:45.0, landing her at 15th overall. For their top-25 finishes, Sjostrom and Souza were named to the NCAA All-Region team.

burnett_straughnMen’s Swimming and Diving: The men’s swimming and diving team swept the weekly conference awards, as senior Devin Burnett was named American Athletic Conference Diver of the Week and junior Sam Straughan (both left) was named Swimmer of the Week. Burnett won both the one-meter and three-meter dives in SMU’s dual meet with TCU on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Both scores met qualifying standards for the NCAA Zone Diving competition. Straughan also earned two first-place finishes against TCU in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly. Both of Straughan’s times are the fastest in that event in The American so far this season.

Men’s Basketball: Ben Moore scored a career-high 22 points and posted a team-high nine rebounds with five assists to lead No. 22 SMU to a 93-54 victory over Lamar on Friday, Nov. 14 at Moody Coliseum. Yanick Moreira added 19 for SMU, equaling his career high, on a perfect 9-for-9 shooting. The Mustangs shot 61.1 percent from the field, good enough for 10th in the nation after the opening weekend of play.

Moore again led the Mustangs in scoring with 11 points in a 72-56 loss at No. 13 Gonzaga on Monday, Nov. 17. It was the first meeting between the two schools. The Mustangs shot just 31.1 percent, and 24 percent in the second half.

Women’s Basketball: Junior forward Destynee Hives-McCray led the Mustangs in scoring with 13 points in a 57-44 loss to Northern Colorado on Friday, Nov. 14 at Moody Coliseum. The Bears recorded a wire-to-wire victory, jumping out to a 19-6 lead and never turning back. Freshman Alicia Froling nearly posted a double-double in her first-career collegiate game, finishing with nine points and nine rebounds. SMU made a late push with a 15-3 run that closed the deficit to eight, but Northern Colorado held on for the win.

Hives-McCray was a dominant force again for SMU with 17 points and 15 rebounds in an exciting 63-59 victory over UTEP on Sunday, Nov. 14. The Mustangs went ahead 61-59 on a Keely Froling jumper with 1:23 remaining, and their stingy defense held strong through the final minute. The Froling twins combined for 28 points and 11 rebounds. After allowing the Miners to rally to a 42-39 lead early in the second half, Hives-McCray took over, recording 11 points and nine rebounds in the second half alone.

volleyballVolleyball: The volleyball team improved to 22-5 overall and 11-4 in the American Athletic Conference with a 3-1 victory against USF on Friday, Nov. 14. Junior Avery Acker recorded her 22nd double-double of the season with 39 assists and 18 digs in the win. Senior Caroline Young led the Mustangs with 14 kills, and junior Abbey Bybel added 10. Sophomore Morgan Heise had a team-high 22 digs, and Bybel also had 13 digs for her 10th double-double of the season.

SMU squandered a 2-1 lead against league-leader UCF, losing 3-2 on Sunday, Nov. 16. Four Mustangs finished with at least 10 kills, led by Young and Bybel who each recorded 17. Cailin Bula scored 14 kills, and Kristen Stehling added 11 for SMU. Heise finished with 30 digs, reaching 30 for the fourth time this season. Acker posted her 23rd double-double of the season with 49 assists and 15 digs before leaving the match due to injury late in the fourth set. SMU returns home to face Connecticut at 7:00 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 21 at Moody Coliseum.

NCAA Football: USF vs. SMUFootball: South Florida quarterback Mike White threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes, the second with :04 left in the game, to lift South Florida to a 14-13 win over SMU on Saturday, Nov. 15, spoiling the 2014 Homecoming festivities. Sophomore Matt Davis tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Justin Lawler with :26 left in the first half to put the Mustangs ahead 13-0. SMU is back in action at 11:00 a.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 22 when the Mustangs travel to Orlando, Florida to take on UCF. The game will air on ESPNews.

menssoccerMen’s Soccer: The Mustangs dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 24 Tulsa in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Friday, Nov. 14. SMU was outshot 16-9 in the match, forcing American Goalkeeper of the Year Michael Nelson to make four saves. Abe Matamoros and Cameron Drackett managed to get shots past Nelson in the 35th and 73rd minutes, respectively. Senior Damian Rosales was named to the 2014 American Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of the tournament, won by Tulsa on Sunday, Nov. 16.