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Sports: Soccer enters C-USA championship play, Football to UCF

Last game in C-USA: SMU men’s soccer will travel to Memphis for their last game in Conference USA this season. With only one more game to play, the Mustangs have earned the Conference USA regular season title with a 6-1 record and are the No. 1 seed for the 2012 Conference USA Championship Nov. 7-11. The game against Memphis is at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 and will be broadcast on the Fox soccer channel.

Senior Mallory Baum

Season semi-final: SMU women’s soccer will take on UCF at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 in El Paso for the semi-final round of the Conference USA championship. The Mustangs enter the game after defeating Rice 3-1 on Wednesday, Oct. 31, and if the Mustangs win against UCF they will advance to the Conference USA championship game on Sunday for the first time in history. The Lady Mustangs also received well deserved recognition this week: Mallory Baum was named First Team All C-USA and First Team C-USA All-Academic; Shelby Redman and Rikki Clarke were honorees for Second Team All C-USA; and Courtney Smith received Third Team All C-USA honors.

UCF rematch: The Mustangs will travel to Orlando this weekend to take on UCF, a game that will be a “rematch” of the 2010 Conference USA Championship game. The last time SMU and UCF were matched up in 2011, SMU won with a score of 38-17. SMU currently leads the nation in pick-sixes and is tied for the national lead in total takeaways and interceptions. The game starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 and will air on CBS Sports.

SMU Women’s Swimming

Rival Rice: SMU women’s swimming and diving will take on “conference foe” Rice on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Mustangs enter the meet after being defeated by Texas A&M at their first dual meet of the season last Friday. The meet Saturday starts at 3 p.m. in Perkins Natatorium.

The week ahead: SMU men’s golf will travel to San Martin, California for three days of golf in the 2012 Cordevalle Collegiate, Nov. 5-7.

(Photos courtesy of SMU Athletics) 

Sports: Mustangs on the road Oct. 5-7, 2012

Soccer hopes to continue winning streak: Men’s soccer will play at home Saturday, Oct. 6. The Mustangs will take on Kentucky after defeating Tulsa on Wednesday night 1-0. They go into Wednesday’s game with a 7-2-2 season record. The game is at Westcott Field at 7 p.m., and anyone who is a fan of SMU Men’s Soccer on Facebook can print a coupon for free admission.

Weekends away: This weekend the majority of SMU sports teams are traveling. Below is a rundown of their schedules and stats:

Equestrian: Match against TCU at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. The Mustangs go into Friday 3-0, putting them at their best season start in history.

Women’s Tennis: In Houston for the weekend at the Rice Invitational, Oct. 5-7, 2012. Senior Aleksandra Malyarchikova was recently named September’s Conference USA Tennis Athlete of the Month

Volleyball:

  • Match vs. UCF in Orlando at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. They are 7-3 all time against UCF.
  • Match vs. Southern Miss in Hattiesburg at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. They stand 5-3 against Southern Miss.

Women’s Soccer:

  • Game vs. Southern Miss in Hattiesburg at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.
  • Game vs. UCF in Orlando at noon Sunday, Oct. 7.
  • The Mustangs enter the weekend with a 5-5-2 season record

Football: Game against UTEP in El Paso at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. The last time the Mustangs faced the Miners, they were victorious with a final score of 28-17. The game Saturday will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.

Women’s Swimming: Razorback Relays meet in Fayetteville at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

(Images courtesy of SMU Athletics)

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Sports: Awards, scholarships close out busy year

Kelly KraftHow To Draft Well, A Primer: It was announced on May 10, 2011 that two signees for the 2011 men’s soccer squad have both been named the Gatorade Player of the Year in their respective states. Representing Texas is Aaron Simmons, a 6′ 1″ senior midfield and defender from Mansfield High School, who recorded 16 goals and 10 assists this season. He has served as team captain for two seasons. Simmons comes in as the No. 38 recruit in the nation, and follows current SMU midfielder Zach Barnes as the Texas winner. Six-foot forward Will Smith won the Gatorade Player of the Year award for the state of Oklahoma, where he is leading the Timberwolves of Norman North High School to the Class 6A semifinals with a shocking 27 goals and 7 assists. Smith has also maintained a 4.0 G.P.A. in the classroom and was named the Oklahoma Offensive Player of the Year in 2010.

Traveling after college, indeed: The SMU men’s golf team has been selected for the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf San Diego Regional, which will take place May 19-21 at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California. First-Team All C-USA senior Kelly Kraft (pictured) will return to California with the team, where they won the San Diego Intercollegiate tournament in March, besting 12 other teams. SMU is the tenth seed out of 13 teams for this tournament; other notable competitors include No. 2 Texas and No. 7 UNT.

Egenolf'SMU awards, postgrad edition: Last week, two SMU swimmers received a few more NCAA honors for both their academic and athletic victories. Diver Audra Egenolf and swimmer Sascha Van den Branden, both seniors, were awarded postgraduate scholarships for their future academic careers on May 4, 2011. Egenolf, a four-time All-American with honors in both three-meter and platform diving, will be pursuing a Master of Science in Accounting at the University of Indiana. In April 2011, Egenolf (pictured) was one of three students to receive the Presidential Award of Excellence, and she was also selected as the Cox School of Business’s Outstanding Accounting Major for 2011. Van den Branden, a six-time All-American with distinction in the 200-, 400-, and 800-yard freestyle relays, will be returning to her home country of Belgium to study international business management. Van den Branden is also a four-time C-USA Academic Medal recipient and a four-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll member.

Sports: Basketball’s back!

Papa DiaMaybe this year?: Head Coach Matt Doherty’s men’s basketball team returns to make another stab at the March Madness brackets this year with a home opener against the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12. Doherty’s team is hoping to make a comeback from a disappointing 14-17 campaign last year (7-9 C-USA) where they failed to make it into the 64-bracket tournament. SMU has six seniors this year with Ryan Harp, Tomasz Kwiatkowski, Myles Luttman, Collin Mangrum, Mike Walker and pre-season All C-USA conference selection forward Papa Dia (pictured) leading the charge. Contact 214-SMU-GAME for more information on tickets.

Seasons of glory: SMU’s women’s basketball team also gets things rolling this weekend as they look to achieve a fourth consecutive year of 20+ wins. (The Lady ‘Stangs went 20-11 last year.) Head Coach Rhonda Rompola‘s team looks to build on their successful run last year, where they entered the C-USA Tournament as a No. 3 seed, finished 10-6 in the conference and earned a bid in the WNIT tournament for the second consecutive season. Forward Delisha Willis returns to the court after missing last year with injuries. Sophomore Alisha Filmore was named as SMU’s starting PG after last season’s starter Brittany Gilliam graduated. SMU hosts Utah at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 at Moody Coliseum. For tickets, call 214-SMU-GAME.

Matt CeravoloSignings, signings everywhere: The men’s golf team was busy with signings this week for the upcoming seasons. Florida brothers Alec and Matthew Ceravolo and Texas native Sam Fidone were inked for the men’s team on Friday, Nov. 12. Matthew (pictured) has a 2008 Florida State Player of the Year trophy, a 2009 South Florida Player of the Year trophy, and is an AJGA All American. Alec was previously ranked in the top 10 of Florida players, has three top-20 AJGA finishes, and was named first team All-South Florida. Fidone, ranked No. 13 in Texas by Junior Golf Scoreboard, and was the 2010 Texas Junior Golf Tour Player Of The Year. All three have signed National Letters of Intent to play for SMU in 2011-12 under head coach Jay Loar.

No football this week as SMU takes a bye to prepare for their last home game against Marshall. They need to win one more to secure a bowl game for the BCS championship series.

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.

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.

Sports: No. 29 women’s tennis celebrates Senior Day April 10

SMU tennis player Pavi FrancisThe No. 29 SMU women’s tennis team hosts Conference USA rival Rice in the 2010 regular-season finale at noon April 10 in SMU’s Turpin Tennis Center. It is also Senior Day – the final home match for seniors Nicole Briceno, Pavi Francis (right), Casey Kennedy and Sophie Quist. All 4 were members of the 2009 Conference USA championship team, and each will be honored before the event. The Mustangs have a record of 79-21 in dual matches over the past 4 seasons. Read more.

Sophomore Simone Du Toit won the discus event with a throw of 53.61m at the 2010 Texas Relays at the University of Texas April 2. The mark moved her into third in the NCAA season standings and surpassed her previous season-best of 51.13m, accomplished in March at the 2010 Bobby Lane Invitational. In addition, she finished 5th in the shot put with a throw of 16.00m on April 3. Fellow sophomore Victoria Leks finished 5th in the high jump with a mark of 1.71m, an outdoor season-best that also topped her winning performance at the 2010 Bobby Lane Invitational. Read more.

Additionally, the SMU distance medley relay team came in 5th with a time of 11:33.57. The squad included first-year runners Sara Sjokvist and Mary Alenbratt, sophomore Amber Evans and junior Kristine Eikrem-Engeset. Read more.

SMU golfer Brian FragakisFirst-year golfer Brian Fragakis (left) shot a 1-under par 215 to take medalist honors at the UTD Spring Classic at Sherrill Park Golf Club on March 30, carding rounds of 72, 68 and 75. Playing as an individual, Fragakis topped 75 other golfers from over a dozen different men’s golf teams from throughout the state. Read more.

Junior diver Audra Egenolf is among 12 recipients of the 2010 Conference USA Spirit of Service Award, announced by Commissioner Britton Banowsky March 31. Presented three times throughout the season, the award recognizes the community service efforts of the league’s student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their sport. A member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Lambda Delta Honor Society, Egenolf’s academic achievements helped her team win the CSCAA Scholar-Athlete Award for its Fall 2009 performance in the classroom. She also posted a national 7th-place finish in the 3-meter board event. Read more.

CBS College Sports has selected 4 more 2010 SMU football games for national broadcast. Home games against Washington State (Sept. 18) and Houston (Oct. 23, Homecoming) will air on the network, as will road games at Navy (Oct. 16) and East Carolina (moved up to Nov. 26 from its original date of Nov. 27). To accommodate the national television broadcasts, the games against Washington State, Navy and Houston will begin at 2:30 p.m. CT. The regular season finale at East Carolina will begin at 1 p.m. CT.

SMU linebackers coach Joe HaeringThe new broadcasts give SMU 6 nationally televised games in 2010. ESPN previously selected the Mustangs’ Sept. 5 season opener at Texas Tech and the Sept. 24 Battle For The Iron Skillet against rival TCU. Read more.

Meanwhile, linebackers coach Joe Haering (right) will be one of ten 2010 inductees into the Western Chapter Of The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, the organization has announced. The former NFL assistant coach is in his second season as SMU’s linebackers coach, having joined the staff in the summer of 2009. Haering arrived on the Hilltop after serving 12 seasons as a college scout with the Buffalo Bills. Read more.

Sports: Mustangs confirm 2010 football schedule

SMU golfer Kelly KraftThe men’s golf team carded a tournament-low round of 278 and jumped up to 3rd place in the final round of the 2010 National Invitational Tournament March 18 at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort. With a final score of 865, SMU finished just three shots behind No. 7 Texas (862) in second; TCU won the tournament at 852. Three Mustangs broke 70 on Thursday, with junior Kelly Kraft (left) shooting a 68 and sophomores Matt Schovee and James Kwon carding 69s. Senior Draegen Majors shot an even-par 72. Read more.

SMU’s 2010 football schedule will feature three home games in September and two to be broadcast on ESPN. The full regular-season slate was announced March 16.

The ESPN games include the season opener at Texas Tech at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, and the SMU-TCU Battle for the Iron Skillet in Ford Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. The team opens conference play against UAB Sept. 11. The Conference USA Championship is slated for Dec. 4.

SMU guard Derek WilliamsMore television selections may be made in the coming weeks. Kick-off times, except those set by ESPN, are yet to be announced. Read more.

Senior guard Derek Williams (right) has been selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) to its Division I All-District 11 second team, recognizing the nation’s best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes. Williams, an anthropology major, led the Mustangs in scoring and was fourth in Conference USA at 16.6 points – the highest rank for a Mustang since SMU joined the conference. He also led SMU and was in the league’s top 10 for assists (3.7), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5) and minutes (36.4). This season, he led SMU in scoring 20 times and in assists 24 times. Read more.

Sports: Men’s golf ranked 15th in the nation

SMU defensive end Margus HuntThe men’s golf team is ranked 15th in the nation in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches’ Poll. SMU has claimed two victories in three events so far this season, winning the Gopher Invitational and the Adams Cup, leading to their first ranking of the year. The complete results will appear in the Oct. 19, 2009, issue of Golf World and can be viewed online now. Read more.

First-year defensive end Margus Hunt (left) was named the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 12, 2009. Hunt blocked two field goal attempts in SMU’s 28-21 win over defending C-USA Champion East Carolina, one of which led to a 65-yard touchdown return. It was the first field goal block for a TD by SMU since Oct. 13, 2001. Hunt was also awarded an ESPN Helmet Sticker as he helped the Mustangs to their first 2-0 start in league play since 1986. Read more.

With the 2009 Texas-OU game set for an 11 a.m. kickoff, Red River Rivalry fans will have an opportunity to make Oct. 17 an even bigger day of college football in Dallas. On Saturday, the SMU Athletic Department will offer $10 tickets to the SMU-Navy battle for the Gansz Trophy at 7 p.m. in Ford Stadium to those with a Texas-OU ticket stub or a Saturday (Oct. 17) admission ticket from the State Fair of Texas. As part of its tribute to the armed forces, SMU also offers free game-day admission to anyone with a military ID. The festivities will include a pregame football delivery from the Navy SEALS Leap Frog Jump Team and a flyover by F/A-18 Hornets following the national anthem. Check for tickets online or call the SMU Ticket Office at 214-768-4263 (214-SMU-GAME). Read more.

Sports: Kelly Kraft ranked No. 1 golfer in nation

SMU golfer Kelly KraftJunior Kelly Kraft (left), the Conference USA Golfer of the Week for the week of Sept. 14, is the nation’s No. 1-ranked college golfer according to the GolfWeek/Sagarin Performance Index released the week of Sept. 21, 2009. As a team, SMU men’s golf ranked No. 12. Sophomore Marc Sambol also made the individual rankings at No. 126.

The SMU golfers picked up their second straight win at the 16th annual Adams Cup Sept. 22 in Providence, Rhode Island. (Read GolfWeek‘s coverage.) The Mustangs’ next match will be the 2009 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate Oct. 12-13 at the Old Overton Golf Course in Birmingham, Alabama. Kraft enters the competition as reigning champion; the team placed third in 2008. Read more.

Senior wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has been named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 21, 2009. Sanders had career-highs of 18 receptions and 178 yards at Washington State, and his receptions set new C-USA and SMU single-game records. In addition, Sanders now owns the Mustang career receiving record with 2,844 yards, passing Emanuel Tolbert‘s 2,784 from 1976-79 and putting Sanders in 10th place in C-USA history. Read more.

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