Sports: SMU dominates UAB, Washington State up next

Marta Lesniak

Sports: SMU dominates UAB, Washington State up next

SMU defenders Taylor Reed (44) and Ryan Smith (20) combine to stop UAB wide receiver Patrick Hearn in the Mustangs' win on Saturday in Dallas.

Easy win, easy go: The 2010 SMU BCS bid campaign finally got rolling Sept. 11 as the Mustangs made a quick and easy time of defeating UAB, 28-7. (Right, defenders Taylor Reed (44) and Ryan Smith (20) take down UAB wide receiver Patrick Hearn, AP Photo / The Dallas Morning News, Louis DeLuca) After a small hiccup in the first quarter when UAB scored a touchdown to post their (only) lead of 7-0, SMU quickly got its offense in gear with two touchdowns scored by sophomore RB Zach Line, followed by two touchdown passes by sophomore QB Kyle Padron. The Mustangs are now tied for first in the C-USA West Division with Houston at one conference win for each team. SMU’s Sept. 18 game against Washington State will continue their three-game homestand in Dallas.

Mustangs moving up: The men’s soccer team continues its hot streak heading into this weekend’s series of games in Peoria, Illinois. The Mustangs, who swept the Hurricane Classic last weekend in Tulsa (2-0-0 against SIU-Edwardsville and Western Illinois) are now 5-0-0 on the season and have been ranked 18th nationwide in this week’s NSCAA/HendrickCars.com National Rankings. Freshman forward Juan Castillo was also named the C-USA Player Of The Week. The Mustangs will compete at the Bradley Tournament in Peoria Sept. 17 and 19, where they will battle Creighton and Bradley, respectively.

%20MaryAlenbratt150.jpgCross Country awards love: SMU runner Mary Alenbratt (right) was named C-USA Cross Country Athlete of the Week on Sept. 13, 2010, after posting a two-mile run time of 11:07.74 at the UT-Arlington Season Opener cross country event. Alenbratt, a sophomore from Bohus, Sweden, was one of four runners from SMU who placed in the top nine finishers in the race. The Mustangs will next compete at the Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 1.

Women’s soccer comeback: The women’s soccer team made a comeback effort to defeat New Mexico 1-0 Sept. 12, upping their season record to 4-2-1. Junior Logan May scored in the 78th minute, and goalkeeper Courtney Webb picked up her fourth shutout of the season and now has a 0.69 GAA on the season. The Mustangs travel north to Denton next for a match against UNT at 7 p.m. Sept. 17. The “Mean Green” Eagles are 5-2-1 for the season, with their most recent matches being two consecutive 1-0 losses at Sam Houston and Texas Tech.

Tennis season coming up: The women’s tennis team has four players who have placed in the Fall ITA Preseason Rankings – a first in school history. Junior Marta Lesniak holds the highest placing for a Mustang since 1993 at No. 22, with a career singles record of 43-8. Fellow junior Aleksandra Malyarchikova is ranked No. 95 with a 39-6 record. Sophomore Edyta Cieplucha is ranked No. 109 after a rookie record of 18-2, and junior transfer from Vanderbilt Heather Steinbauer is No. 117 with a 33-17 career record. All four will play in the The Riviera/ITA All-American Championship, beginning on Oct. 2 at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, California.

September 16, 2010|Sports|

Sports: Premium seating sold out for 2010 football season

SMU tennis player Marta LesniakPremium seating is sold out for the 2010 Mustang football season, according to a statement from SMU Athletics. With about 4 months remaining before the home opener, SMU has sold all 29 suites and 731 club seats in Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Overall sales are also significantly ahead of last season’s pace. Read more.

Sophomore tennis player Marta Lesniak (right), currently ranked No. 28, begins play in the 2010 NCAA Singles Championship against No. 15 Venise Chan of Washington at 4:30 p.m. CT May 26 in Athens, Georgia. She earned her automatic spot in the 64-person field as Conference USA’s highest-ranked player and is making her second consecutive appearance in the national championship.

Read more, and see a CW 33 News item on Lesniak, featuring Head Coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner, that aired May 24, 2010. video

SMU thrower Simone Du ToitThe track and field team finished 5th with a score of 76.33 points at the 2010 Conference USA Championships May 13-15 in Orlando, Florida. Sophomore thrower Simone Du Toit (left) – the co-Conference USA Track and Field Athlete of the Week of May 4, 2010 – scored victories in the shot put and discus with throws of 16.33m and 54.06m, respectively. Senior Lauren Kuhner placed third in the discus with a personal best of 47.64m.

The team dominated the women’s 3000m steeplechase as the Mustangs swept medalist honors. Junior Silje Fjortoft took gold with a time of 10:14.67, followed by junior Kristine Eikrem-Engeset and freshman Klara Bodinson with times of 10:28.71 and 10:34.52. Fjortoft also had a 4th-place finish in the 5000m run with a time of 16:33.21. First-year runner Mary Alenbratt finished third in the 1500m with a personal-best time of 4:25.00, and sophomore Amber Evans earned 6th in the 200m dash, finishing in 24.34 seconds.

The 2010 NCAA Regionals take place May 28-29 in Austin, with the national championships scheduled for June 9-12 in Eugene, Oregon. Read more.

May 25, 2010|Sports|

Sports: Mustangs take C-USA Player, Freshman of the Year honors

SMU tennis players Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra MalyarchikovaSophomore Marta Lesniak was named 2010 Conference USA Women’s Tennis Player of the Year, and Shahzoda Hatamova was selected C-USA Freshman of the Year, the league announced May 6. Lesniak (28-5) is the highest ITA-ranked singles player in Conference USA at No. 28. The four-time C-USA Player of the Week and October 2009 Player of the Month also received the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Singles Championship beginning May 26 in Athens, Georgia. Hatamova is 27-8 on the season with 19-4 dual match mark and went 7-1 against C-USA competition.

The No. 31 SMU women’s tennis team led C-USA with five All-Conference honorees. Lesniak and fellow sophomore Aleksandra Malyarchikova (left to right in photo right) each made the first team for the second straight season. First-year players Hatamova and Edyta Cieplucha each made the second team. Senior Pavi Francis was selected to the third team. The team (23-4) plays Pepperdine (12-1) in the first round of the NCAA Team Championship May 14 in Stanford, California, at 1 p.m. CT. Read more.

SMU men's tennis player Artem BaradachJunior Kelly Kraft has been named the 2010 C-USA Golfer of the Year, as chosen by the league’s 11 head coaches, as announced by the conference office May 4. Kraft was ranked as high as No. 41 in the nation this season by Golfweek magazine when he entered the 2010 C-USA Championship, where he finished 9th overall. He was also named a first-team All-C-USA performer. The men’s golf team awaits word on a 2010 NCAA Tournament berth, scheduled to be announced May 10. Read more.

Junior men’s tennis player Artem Baradach (left) received a selection to the 2010 NCAA Singles Championships, as announced by the NCAA May 5. Currently ranked No. 59 in the ITA, Baradach tallied a 16-7 record this season at the No. 1 slot and earned a 4-3 spot against nationally-ranked opponents. Of his 16 wins, 12 were won in straight sets. Read more.

May 10, 2010|Sports|

Sports: Svendsen named C-USA Swimmer of the Year

SMU swimmer Therese Svendsen Sophomore Therese Svendsen (right) was named the 2010 Conference USA Swimmer of the Year on April 16 following her 13th-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships held last month in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the C-USA Championships in Houston in February, Svendsen posted an NCAA “A” qualifying time of 52.65 seconds with her 1st-place finish in the 100 back. She also won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:54.98, helping the Mustangs to their 5th consecutive conference title. Svendsen was named C-USA Freshman of the Year in 2009. Read more.

The No. 27 women’s tennis team is the top seed in the 2010 Conference USA Championship running April 22-25 in Tulsa. The defending champion Mustangs (22-3) received a bye for the 1st round and will face the winner of the April 22 match between No. 8 seed Southern Miss and No. 9 seed Memphis on April 23. The team enters the championship with three ITA-ranked singles players. Sophomore Marta Lesniak is 28-5 and ranked No. 29, sophomore Aleksandra Malyarchikova is ranked No. 114 with 24-5, and first-year player Edyta Cieplucha ranks No. 116 with a 16-1 record. Read more.

SMU golfer Matt Schovee Sophomore Matt Schovee (left) has been named to the 2010 Conference USA Men’s Golf All-Academic Team, announced April 22. The team is chosen by C-USA men’s golf media relations directors and consists of students who have earned a 3.20 cumulative grade point average or better and are a regular participant on their team. Schovee, who plans to major in business, ranks 2nd on the squad with a 73.53 stroke average and carries a 3.67 G.P.A. He placed 5th at the National Invitational Tournament with a 215 and helped SMU to the team title at the Adams Cup with a 4th-place finish. The Mustangs will return to the links at the C-USA Men’s Golf Championship April 25-27 in Sorrento, Florida. Read more.

April 23, 2010|Sports|

Hot Links: Mustangs take 3rd at C-USA Outdoor Championships

SMU thrower Simone du ToitThe track and field team finished 3rd at the 2009 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium May 16. SMU finished the meet with 96 points, while Rice won with 131. Following the meet, first-year thrower Simone du Toit (right) was named Freshman of the Year. Read more.

First-year standout Marta Lesniak battled No. 4 seed and 2008 All-American Ani Mijacika of Clemson in the opening round of the 2009 NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship, but fell in three sets (7-6, 4-6, 5-7) May 20 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas. Lesniak and her doubles partner, freshman Aleksandra Malyarschikova, begin play for the doubles title May 21. Read more.

SMU golfer Kate AckersonGolfer Kate Ackerson (’09, left) has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). This marks the third straight season she has been so honored.

A four-time All-C-USA golfer, Ackerson was also a unanimous selection to the 2009 C-USA Women’s Golf All-Academic Team. Read more.

May 21, 2009|Sports|
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