Sports: Mustangs call for Blue-Out at green game

Kathryn Wilkerson

Sports: Mustangs call for Blue-Out at green game

Zach BarnesTulsa seeing ‘Red’: In the first game of a color-spree week, Mustang soccer fans are asked to wear red to No. 6 SMU’s conference battle with No. 17 Tulsa. SMU has a long history of dominating Tulsa (24-6-3 all-time), and the winning trend was continued last year as the Mustangs defeated Tulsa 3-2 on Oct. 21, 2009. SMU (11-1-0, 3-1-0 C-USA), fresh off consecutive victories against Marshall and South Carolina (2-1, 3-1 respectively) holds on to its No. 6 ranking in the NSCAA/HendricksCar.com rankings before the Tulsa matchup, which is at 7:00 p.m. on Wed, Oct. 20 at Westcott Field. Also of note, freshman midfielder Zach Barnes (right) took the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week award and was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week for an impressive performance during the week of Oct. 4-10 where he netted two crucial goals, including an overtime game-winner.

Houston feeling ‘Blue’: What was supposed to be the true football rivalry match for the conference lead appears instead to be a business-as-usual game for the Mustangs (4-3, 3-0 C-USA), looking for a relatively easy win after a rough 28-21 loss to the Navy Midshipmen on Oct. 16. Houston, playing crippled due to the loss of their starting QB Case Keenum, suffered an embarrassing loss to recent SMU punching bag Rice (34-31, also on Oct. 16) and has a two-game losing streak. Fans are asked to switch out Wednesday’s reds for a set of blues for the 2:30 Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Ford Stadium.

Dana PowellGreen is the word: SMU’s Homecoming game vs. Houston has also been designated as the first carbon-neutral game in Texas. In an effort to raise awareness of environmental issues, particularly the damaging effects of too much carbon dioxide, SMU has purchased renewable energy and carbon credits that will roughly equal the carbon and energy expended by every related sports facility or group for Saturday’s game. Mustang fans also are encouraged to donate old shoes to be collected by the Dallas-based Shoe Bank, a nonprofit that provides footwear for the homeless, refugee organizations, battered women shelters, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. Most of the children’s shoes will end up in Haiti to protect its native children from deadly parasites.

Powell breaks 1K: Junior outside hitter Dana Powell (right) cracked the 1,000 mark in both career kills and digs in the volleyball team’s five-set victory over Marshall on Sunday, Oct. 17. Powell’s 18 kills and 27 digs moved her into the thousand-thousand club, which only six previous SMU students have attained. with 1,011 kills and 1,009 digs, Powell joins senior Kathryn Wilkerson as the only current C-USA players to achieve the feat. SMU is now at 16-4, which is a record-high for the program after 20 games. They currently hold second place in the conference (8-1 C-USA) and will play road matches at Rice and Houston at 7:00 p.m. on both Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23, respectively.

October 21, 2010|Sports|

Sports: SMU defeats TCU in volleyball in prelude to Iron Skillet

Kathryn WilkersonBeginning of the end? In what some Mustang fans no doubt hope is a prologue to victory against TCU football this weekend, the volleyball team gave a sound 3-1 thrashing to TCU on Sept 21. TCU struck first with a 25-18 victory in the opening game, which prompted Mustang stars like Dana Powell (double-double, 20 kills, 18 digs), Kathryn Wilkerson (right, double-double, 15 digs, 14 kills), and Sidney Stewart (16 digs) to win the next three straight games and finish off the Horned Frogs. The Mustangs will resume conference play with two matches against UAB on Sept. 24-25.

Get your red on: SMU is calling for a “RED OUT” for Friday’s much-awaited SMU-TCU game, which will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. Mustang QB Kyle Padron, who threw 280 yards for four touchdowns (and added a rushing TD himself) in last week’s 35-21 shootout victory against Washington State, will be taking on the No. 4-ranked Horned Frogs in this year’s Battle for the Iron Skillet. SMU has earned the prized cooking utensil only once in the past ten years in a 21-10 victory on Sept. 10, 2005. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. For ticket and parking information, call the SMU Ticket Office at 214-SMU-GAME.

By the way, where did the Iron Skillet come from? Chris Dell of SMU News has the story.

Mary AlenbrattLucky number seven: After another weekend sweep, the men’s soccer team continues its perfect season with a 7-0-0 record and is now ranked ninth in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com national poll. At last weekend’s Bradley Invitational, SMU came from behind to defeat Creighton 3-2 in double overtime on Sept. 17. A victory over host Bradley followed on Sept. 18 as the Mustangs posted a second straight comeback win of 3-1. Reigning C-USA Player of the Week Juan Castillo got both comebacks started by scoring the first SMU goal in both games. Junior Arthur Ivo converted two penalty kicks to seal the Creighton match, and freshman Robbie Derschang added two late goals in the 84th and 87th minutes of the Bradley match.

Running up the rankings: The cross country team has placed in the rankings for its third consecutive United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll, with a No. 1 placing in the South Central region and a move up to No. 21 nationally. Sophomore Mary Alenbratt (right), winner of the C-USA Cross Country Athlete of the Week earlier this month, finished second in the UT-Arlington Season Opener. SMU returns to the track on Oct. 2 at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.

September 23, 2010|Sports|

Sports: SMU football looking for home rebound against UAB

SMU kicker Matt SzymanskiDisappointing, but not hopeless: Texas Tech got the best of SMU in the season opener despite a late Mustangs rally with a final score of 35-27.

  • Sophomore QB Kyle Padron had an exciting if unbalanced day, throwing for 218 yards, 2 touchdowns…and three picks. Padron was also sacked 3 times by the Tech defense.
  • Senior kicker Matt Szymanski (right) was named Conference USA Special Teams Player Of The Week after kicking a school-record 61-yard field goal. (The goal is the second-longest in C-USA history.) SMU’s special teams were the unlikely heroes of the game, as Darryl Fields also returned a kickoff 92 yards to set up a 24-yard field to pull SMU within 35-17 in the third quarter.
  • SMU’s defeat was also Tommy Tuberville’s first win as head coach of Texas Tech. The Mustangs now have lost 14 straight games to Tech, dating back to 1989.

Bad memories, better futures: SMU will play its first home game against struggling C-USA rivalUAB on Saturday, Sept. 11. There will be a tribute to the heroes of United Flight 93, who sacrificed their lives to avert a 4th terrorist attack on 9/11. Mustangs will be wearing red, white and blue in honor of the victims. Also, SMU will be offering free tickets to all first-responders (including fire, police and emergency medical personnel) and to anyone with a military ID.

SMU soccer player Zach BarnesOff to a great start: The men’s soccer team received accolades for its furious 3-0-0 start when it was ranked 2nd in the Midwest division of the NSCAA/HendricksCars.com National Rankings.

  • SMU has defeated Missouri State in a 3-2 double overtime victory, Lipscomb with a 3-1 victory, and has shut out Seattle 3-0, all within the past week.
  • Freshmen lead the fight as Zach Barnes (right, 2 goals), Juan Castillo (2 goals), Robbie Derschang, A.J. Corrado, Ben Hill and Chris Sendejas have all scored in the three victories for SMU. Sophomore T. J. Nelson also netted his first career goal against Missouri State.
  • SMU continues its season this weekend at the Tulsa Tournament in Oklahoma, where it will face SIUE on Friday and Western Illinois on Sunday.

Revenge against Tech: The volleyball team continued their torrid start this past weekend with a 2-1 record at the Doubletree Invitational, which ended with their first loss of the season (but not after some due retribution was dealt out.)

  • SMU swept Texas Tech (25-15, 25-20, 25-17) in its first game of the Invitational, providing solace for bitter Mustangs over the weekend.
  • The Texas State Bobcats proved to be a bit more of a challenge in the second match of the day, but SMU prevailed with a 3-1 final score (SMU 25-23, 25-23, TXS 25-18, SMU 25-20.)
  • Sadly, the Lady Mustangs were out of gas in their 3-1 loss to UC-Davis in the Doubletree Invitational Championship. On the brighter side, both OH Kathryn Wilkerson and DS/L Sidney Stewart were named to the 2010 All-Tournament Team.
  • SMU looks to bounce back from their first loss of the season this weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they will face UC-Santa Barbara, Sacramento State and host New Mexico in the Lobo Comcast Challenge.
September 8, 2010|Sports|

Hot Links: Mustangs win sold-out season opener

SMU safety Rock DennisJunior running back Shawnbrey McNeal ran for 158 yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown to lead SMU to a 31-23 win over Stephen F. Austin in its sold-out season opener Sept. 5. Sophomore quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell scored on 4th-and-1 with 7:47 left in the game to help the Mustangs take a 24-23 lead. McNeal scored on a 48-yard run to help the Mustangs win their first season opener since they defeated Kansas in 2000.

In addition, senior safety Rock Dennis (right) was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for his 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery and 8 tackles against SFA. The team plays next at UAB Sept. 12.

The volleyball team won the inaugural Battle for the Iron Spike with a 5-set victory over TCU Sept. 8. Sophomore outside hitter Dana Powell finished with a .328 hitting percentage, recording a Conference USA-leading 6th double-double with 23 kills and 11 digs. Junior outside hitter Kathryn Wilkerson scored her 3rd double-double with 14 kills and 16 digs, while sophomore setter Kelli Becerra earned her 2nd double-double with 46 assists and 12 digs. Read more.

September 10, 2009|Sports|

Hot Links: SMU honors ‘Miracle on Mockingbird’ at season opener

White Out at Ford StadiumSMU will honor the 1989 football squad at halftime of the season opener against Stephen F. Austin Sept. 5. The ’89 squad reestablished Mustang football following a two-year hiatus, and the team’s first victory – a last-second 31-30 win over the UConn Huskies – was quickly dubbed the “Miracle on Mockingbird.”

In addition, the 1998-99 women’s basketball team will be honored at halftime. The team was the first in school history to win a conference championship, defeating then-No. 4 Colorado State 65-49 in the title game.

Faculty, staff and other fans attending the game are asked to wear white to show support for the Mustangs. The Athletic Department will distribute white Adidas “All Grit. No Quit.” T-shirts to the first 2,500 students and 500 faculty and staff members who walk through the gates on gameday. Read more.

SMU volleyball player Dana PowellThe volleyball team extended its winning streak to 11 with a victory over North Texas in Moody Coliseum Sept. 2. Sophomore outside hitter Dana Powell (left) finished with her fourth straight double-double, as well as 15 digs and a block. Sophomore setter Kelli Becerra recorded 46 assists, 19 digs (a team high) and three blocks, while junior outside hitter Kathryn Wilkerson recorded her first double-double of the season with 11 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore outside hitter/libero Sidney Stewart added 17 digs, five assists and a team-high three aces.

The Mustangs take on Jacksonville State Sept. 4 at the 2009 Bama Bash, hosted by the University of Alabama. SMU will also face the Crimson Tide and McNeese State in the tournament before returning home to take on TCU in the Battle of the Iron Spike Sept. 8. Read more.

September 3, 2009|Sports|
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