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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.

Sports: Men’s Soccer makes return to NSCAA/Continental Tire Division I Coaches Poll

Screen shot 2014-10-15 at 10.19.02 AMMen’s Soccer: The men’s soccer team continued their last-minute heroics when first-year defender Bryce Clark scored his first career goal with 19 seconds left in overtime to lift his team over Temple 2-1 on Saturday, Oct. 11 in Philadelphia. The win completed a 2-0 week for the Mustangs that landed SMU in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Coaches Poll for the first time since 2012, checking in at No. 21.

Clark and fellow freshman defender Jared Rice were honored by the conference as Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively. The two were pivotal on both sides of the field, helping the Mustangs to a shutout and a 0.47 goals-against-average last week. clarkandriceRice tallied two saves in the Memphis game, and Clark scored the winner against Temple.

Playing in their first game as a ranked team in two years, the No. 21 Mustangs blanked Central Arkansas 7-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Westcott Field. Six different Mustangs scored as they tallied the most goals in a game since a 8-0 win over Centenary in 2006. SMU will try to hold on to its top spot in the American Athletic Conference when they face No. 24 USF on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m. CT at Westcott Field.

Screen shot 2014-10-17 at 9.49.33 AMMen’s Basketball: The men’s basketball team came in at No. 22 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Top 25, announced on Thursday, Oct. 16. The Mustangs will face three preseason top-25 teams in the 2014-2015 campaign: No. 13 Gonzaga (Nov. 17), No. 15 Connecticut (Feb. 14 & March 1) and No. 23 Michigan (Dec. 20). The season begins at Moody Coliseum on Nov. 14 when SMU hosts Lamar.

Women’s Tennis: The women’s tennis team went undefeated and claimed seven championships at the Collin College Fall Open in Plano, Texas on Oct. 10 and 11. Sophomore Mary Wright tallied three singles wins over the weekend and leads the Mustangs with eight wins this season.

Juniors Vaszilisza Bulgakova and Hristina Dishkova and sophomore Dasha Sharapova all advanced to the round of 32 in singles at the USTA-ITA Regional Championships on Thursday, Oct. 16 in Waco, Texas. The round of 32 begins Friday, Oct. 17.

Football: SMU looks to pick up its first victory of the 2014 season against Cincinnati on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m. CT at Ford Stadium. The Mustangs are coming off a 45-24 loss to East Carolina, in which they set offensive season-highs in total offense (390), passing yards (339), touchdowns (3) and first downs (20). When the two teams met last November, SMU’s comeback fell short in a 28-25 loss in Cincinnati.

SMU Athletics is launching an “Oktoberfest” ticket package for the next two home games that includes a ticket to either the Cincinnati game or the Memphis game on Saturday, Oct. 25, a sausage on a stick and a t-shirt for just $20. Fans can purchase the package here. All ticket packages for the final four home games are available at SMUTickets.com.

Ray SchoenkeFormer SMU offensive lineman Ray Schoenke was chosen for induction into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, the selection committee announced Wednesday, Oct. 8. The 2015 Enshrinement Weekend will take place Jan. 23-24, 2015 in Oahu, Hawaii. A Wahiawa, Hawaii native, Schoenke was a football letter winner from 1960-62 and earned First-Team All-Southwest Conference and Academic All-American honors in 1962. He participated in the 1961 East-West Shrine Game and the 1962 Hula Bowl before being drafted in the 11th round by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1963 NFL Draft. Schoenke bounced around a couple of teams before a 10-year stint with the Washington Redskins. In 2002, he was named one of the top 100 players in Redskins history.

Women’s Swimming and Diving: The Mustangs return to the pool to host the 21st annual SMU Classic at the Westside Natatorium in Lewisville, Texas on Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18. SMU’s competition includes four top-25 finishers from the 2014 NCAA Championship: USC (5th), Louisville (15th), NC State (16th) and Miami (21st). The Mustangs finished 20th at the NCAA Championship and second in the American Athletic Conference behind Louisville.

Volleyball: The bright side of SMU’s 3-1 road loss to Tulsa on Wednesday, Oct. 17 was senior Caroline Young’s return to the front row. Young posted her fourth double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. With the loss, the Mustangs’ record falls to 15-4 and 4-3 in the American Athletic Conference. SMU hosts East Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1:00 p.m. CT in Moody Coliseum.

hegartyFreshman Katie Hegarty started for Young in the front row in a 3-1 win over Houston on Friday, Oct. 10 and recorded 11 kills and hit .300 in her first start. Young played only the back row after an ankle injury took her out of a match against Memphis and recorded nine digs and three aces. Abbey Bybel led the Mustangs with 13 kills.

seifertThe Mustangs capped off the weekend with a 3-2 win over Tulane on Sunday, Oct. 12 in Moody Coliseum. The win was the 300th victory for coach Lisa Seifert. Bybel and Hegarty led the team in kills with 14 and 11, respectively.

Women’s Golf: Junior Jenny Haglund’s 3rd top-10 finish of the year helped the Mustangs to a 4th-place finish at the Betsy Rawls Invitational at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas. She finished 5-over for the tournament and tied with four others for 6th place. UNLV and Tulane shared the tournament title at 31-over. Baylor trailed by three strokes at +34, and SMU followed in 4th at +36. The Mustangs begin their final fall tournament on Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club for the UTSA-hosted Alamo Invitational.

Women’s Soccer: The women’s soccer team was defeated 3-1 by UConn on Sunday, Oct. 12 at Westcott Field. The Mustangs sported pink jerseys for their annual “Kick For A Cure” game in support of breast cancer awareness. SMU got out to an early lead when sophomore Kelsey Gorney netted her first goal of the season in the 11th minute. The Huskies scored the equalizer in the 24th minute, and found the back of the net twice more before halftime.

SMU’s slump continued, dropping their fifth decision in six matches in a 1-0 loss to Cincinnati on Thursday, Oct. 16. An early second-half goal in the 47th minute was all the Bearcats needed. The Mustangs attack picked up in the second half, but they could not find the back of the net. SMU continues their road trip to Greenville, North Carolina to take on East Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1:00 p.m. CT.

SMU Basketball set to host ‘Midway Madness’ at the State Fair of Texas on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

Midway MadnessBasketball: Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will host “Midway Madness” at the State Fair of Texas on Monday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The Mustangs will set up a SMU-branded basketball court on Lone Star Boulevard outside the Texas Hall of State. Contests begin on the court at 10:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day with an autograph session from noon-1 p.m.

The men’s team began practice on Monday, Oct. 6 in preparation for their season opener against Lamar in Moody Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m. The game is part of a doubleheader that begins with the women’s team tipping off against Northern Colorado at 6 p.m.

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Equestrian: The SMU equestrian team climbed back into the National Collegiate Equestrian Association poll as the 9th-ranked program after an upset over then-No. 8 Texas A&M at Sleepy P Ranch on Saturday, Oct. 4. The Mustangs face defending national champions and No. 1 Georgia on Sunday, Oct. 26 at Sleepy P Ranch.

DechambeauMen’s Golf: Junior Bryson Dechambeau won the Erin Hills Intercollegiate in Erin, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and the team finished second behind No. 9 UCLA. The Mustangs held the top spot for a portion of the day, but could not hold off the Bruins. Dechambeau’s victory is the second of his career after a win at the inaugural 2014 American Athletic Conference Championships. SMU is back in action on Monday, Oct. 27 at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas.

Women’s Golf: The SMU women’s golf team claimed a 7th-place finish at the Schooner Fall Classic on Monday, Oct. 6 in Norman, Oklahoma, with a one-under final round. Junior Jenny Haglund led the Mustangs at five-under and tied for 4th in the field. The Mustangs travel next to Austin for the Betsy Rawls Invitational, hosted by the University of Texas. The event begins on Sunday, Oct. 12.

Agnes SjostromCross Country: Sophomore Agnes Sjöström was named the American Athletic Conference’s Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for her 2nd-place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, Oct. 3. The race featured 20 schools and 165 runners. Her time of 16:17.7 set a personal record and ranks as the 2nd-fastest 5K time in SMU history. Sjöström finished just eight seconds behind New Mexico senior Charlotte Arter. The Mustangs finished 8th place overall.

volleyballWomen’s Volleyball: SMU split their weekend American Athletic Conference road matchups over the weekend with a win on Friday, Oct. 3 over Cincinnati and a loss to Memphis on Sunday, Oct. 5. The Mustangs knocked Cincinnati from the unbeaten ranks in the conference with a 3-1 win. Memphis took advantage of an injury to senior Caroline Young, defeating SMU in three straight sets. The Mustangs return home to host Houston on Friday, Oct. 10 in Moody Coliseum at 7 p.m.

Football: The Mustangs fell to No. 22 East Carolina, 45-24, in the Pirates’ American  debut on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Greenville, North Carolina. SMU finished with a season-high 390 yards of offense, led by junior Garret Krstich’s 339 passing yards. Krstich threw two touchdown passes to NCAA Football: Southern Methodist at East Carolinajunior Darius Joseph and kept the Mustangs in the game until late in the 4th quarter. After a missed field goal that would’ve trimmed the Pirate lead to 35-27, ECU scored 10 unanswered points in the final half of the 4th quarter. SMU enters a bye week before Cincinnati visits the Hilltop on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Men’s Soccer: Junior John Lujano was the hero in a 1-1 draw against UCF on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Orlando, Florida. Ahead 1-0, the Knights were signaled for a foul in their own penalty box with just seconds remaining. Lujano stepped up and converted the penalty kick to tie the game. The goal was Lujano’s second converted penalty in as many games. First-year goalkeeper Michael Nelson made five saves and was named to the American Athletic Conference weekly honor roll for the second time this season. He has a 1.08 goals-against-average and has tallied 26 saves this season.

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The Mustangs extended their American Athletic Conference unbeaten streak to six matches with a 2-0 win over Memphis on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Westcott Field. Freshman Jared Rice tallied a pair of assists and leads the team with five assists this season. The Mustangs are 5-0-1 in their last six games after a rocky 1-3 start. SMU is 2-0-1 in American play and sit atop the conference table. The team’s next game is Saturday, Oct. 11 at noon against Temple at Westcott Field.

lauryn boddenWomen’s Soccer: The SMU women’s soccer team went 0-2 in their Florida road trip with a 3-0 loss to No. 22 UCF on Friday, Oct. 3 and a 2-1 loss to USF on Sunday, Oct. 5. Senior goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden  made her return to the net on Friday after missing the first 11 games to injury. Bodden made five saves against UCF and a career-high 11 saves against USF. The Mustangs carried a 1-0 lead into halftime against the Bulls, but surrendered two goals in the final 15 minutes.

rikki clarkeThe Mustangs rebounded against Temple at home on Thursday, Oct. 9 behind senior Rikki Clarke’s winner in the 20th minute. The goal was the first of the season for the four-year starter. Bodden had four saves in the game, all coming in the final 13 minutes with the Owls attempting to force overtime. SMU returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 12 for a noon tilt against UConn at Westcott Field.

Women’s Tennis: Junior Hristina Dishkova tallied two wins in the final day of the HEB/Under Armour Invitational in Waco, Texas on Sunday, Oct. 5. Dishkova finished the weekend with five overall victories. The Mustangs return to the court Friday, Oct. 10 in the Collin College Fall Open.