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Sports: SMU Athletics celebrates a successful Fall 2015

Undefeated SMU: The SMU Mustangs are 16-0, marking the 2nd longest winning streak in school history. They rank third in Division I and first in the American Athletic Conference. With 14 games left in the season, the finish line comes March 6 at Cincinnati.

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SMU volleyball player Avery Acker named CoSida Academic All-American of the Year: Senior setter Avery Acker has left a legacy at SMU both on and off the volleyball court. She was named the Academic All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Acker posted a 3.95 GPA in accounting with minors in chemistry and biology, and has been accepted into medical school. The Poth native led the Mustangs to a program-record 27 wins and the school’s first conference championship, going 17-3 in the American Athletic Conference and 27-6 overall to advance to the NCAA Championship. She was also named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week in September 2015 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, becoming the first SMU player and first member of the American Athletic Conference to earn the honor.

Jackie Galloway to compete in 2016 Rio Olympics: CompeScreen Shot 2016-01-15 at 1.32.55 PMting in taekwondo, SMU sophomore Jackie Galloway has qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Galloway has established herself as one of the country’s top taekwondo athletes, especially this season. She is majoring in mechanical engineering and was on the Division I rowing team for SMU.

SMU Men’s Tennis debuts at No. 46 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Rankings: The SMU men’s tennis team is one of the most improved teams out of the toScreen Shot 2016-01-15 at 2.21.52 PMp 100 from last year’s rankings – debuting at No. 46 in the ITA Rankings. The Mustangs are also represented twice in the singles poll and once in the doubles polls. Junior Hunter Johnson and senior Nate Lammons represent the Mustangs in the singles poll as the 32nd and 44th best player in the nation, respectively. The twosome of Lammons and junior Arkadijs Slobodkins crack the top 20 in the doubles poll at No. 16. The Mustangs will open their dual match play Saturday, Jan. 23 against UCLA.

 

Sports Highlights: March 23, 2015

SMU Mustangs forward Markus Kennedy (5) reacts during the first half against the UCLA Bruins in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at KFC Yum! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

SMU Mustangs forward Markus Kennedy (5) reacts during the first half against the UCLA Bruins in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at KFC Yum! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Men’s Basketball: In SMU’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1993, the Mustangs were edged out by the UCLA Bruins, 60-59, in the final seconds of the Thursday, March 19, game. After a rough start to the second half, SMU clawed its way back into the game as Nic Moore scored a three followed by a Ryan Manuel dunk moments later. With 10 seconds left, Yanick Moreira was called for goaltending. The loss ends SMU’s season and their first NCAA tournament appearance in 22 years.

Women’s Basketball: Seeded tenth, the SMU Women’s Basketball team fell to seventh-seeded Memphis, 71-59, in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Friday, March 6, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. SMU was led by senior Raven Short who scored a career-high 17 points in her final game as a Mustang. For more information on the conference tournament, visit The American’s website. 

Women’s Equestrian: SMU junior Schaefer Raposa won three equitation on the flat match-ups to win the 2015 Pin Oak Collegiate Invitational at the Southwest Equestrian Center on Sunday, March 22. Earlier on Friday, March 20, the eighth-ranked SMU equestrian team concluded the regular season with an 11-8 victory at the Gambler’s Choice Equestrian Center. SMU now shifts its attention to the United Conference Championship, a two-day event beginning on March 27, in Fresno, California.

SMU Men's Golf. Junior Bryson DeChambeau.

SMU Men’s Golf. Junior Bryson DeChambeau.

Men’s Golf: SMU junior Bryson DeChambeau was named one of 24 collegiate golfers selected to the 2015 Ben Hogan Award Watch List. One of the most prestigious award in men’s college golf, The Ben Hogan Award is presented annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or II, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer. DeChambeau was a semifinalist for the 2014 Ben Hogan Award, and is one of six juniors on the 2015 watch list. For the latest information on The Ben Hogan Award, visit The Ben Hogan Award webpage.

Women’s Golf: The SMU Women’s Golf team is currently in Kapalua, Hawaii to compete in the Ānuenue Spring Break Classic at the Bay Course in Maui. The 54-hole tournament begins Monday, March 23, and concludes Wednesday, March 25.

Men’s Rowing: The SMU Rowing team won all three Varsity 8 events to defeat Creighton and the University of Central Oklahoma on Saturday, March 14 at White Rock Lake. The Mustangs are back in action March 28-29 at the San Diego Crew Classic.

SMU Women's Swimming & Diving. Senior Isabella Arcila.

SMU Women’s Swimming & Diving. Senior Isabella Arcila.

Men’s Swimming & Diving: SMU senior Devin Burnett placed third in the platform and earned his third bid to the NCAA Championship on Wednesday, March 11, at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championship at the University of Iowa. The championship takes place from March 26-28 at the University of Iowa’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.

Women’s Swimming & Diving: SMU senior Isabella Arcila earned the second fastest time in school history in the 100-yard freestyle during the final day of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. With the completion of the Championship, the Mustangs’ 2014-15 team schedule comes to a close. Select Mustangs will compete at the Mesa Grand Prix, April 15-18.

Men’s Tennis: The SMU Men’s Tennis team fell 4-2 to the Memphis Tigers at the Racquet Club in Memphis, Tennessee, on Saturday, March 21. The Mustangs return home to host Dartmouth on Tuesday, March 24, at 6 p.m. CT in the SMU Tennis Complex.

Women’s Tennis: The SMU Women’s Tennis team fell 4-0 to Tulane on Sunday, Marhc, 22, at the Ann and Brad Brookshire Family Pavillion at the SMU Tennis Complex. This loss was the Mustangs’ first in the American Athletic Conference play this season. Next, Mustangs will take on UAB on Friday, March 27, at 3 p.m., at the SMU Tennis Complex.

Women’s Track & Field: Holly Archer, Stephanie Kalu and Isabelle Marten all earned gold medals for SMU at the TCU Invitational on Friday, March 20. Next, the Mustangs will compete in the Texas Relays, hosted by the University of Texas, on March 25-28.

Sports: Women’s track and field finishes 3rd at 2015 AAC Indoor Championship

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SMU‬ checks in at No. 22 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls after Uconn upset.

Men’s Basketball: The Mustangs’ five-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday, March 1, after UConn upset SMU 81-73. The Mustangs return to Moody Coliseum for their regular-season finale against Tulsa at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

Women’s Basketball: The Mustangs play their final game of the regular season at Memphis Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. SMU first-year Alicia Froling leads the team with 11.5 points per game, and junior Destynee Hives-McCray ranks in the top 10 in the league in rebounds. For live game stats, visit Gametracker powered by CBS Sports.

Equestrian: The Mustangs’ Sunday, March 1 meet against South Dakota was canceled due to inclement weather. The next meet for the Mustangs is on Sunday, March 8, against Oklahoma State.

Football: The Mustangs have finalized their 2015 schedule, announcing the addition of James Madison to the slate for the Centennial Celebration and Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 26. The first season under new head coach Chad Morris features seven games on the SMU campus, including Ford Stadium match-ups with in-state rivals Baylor and UNT. To view the full schedule, visit the SMU Mustangs webpage.

Men’s Tennis: The Mustangs picked up another win on Sunday, March 1, defeating Incarnate Word 7-0 at the Ann and Brad Brookshire Family Pavilion in the SMU Tennis Complex. SMU returns to the court on Friday, March 6, as it hosts both Sacramento State at 2 p.m., and Texas-Pan American at 6 p.m., at the SMU Tennis Complex.

Women’s Track & Field: The Mustangs finished third at the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championship on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the New Balance Track & Field Center. Finishing with 83 points, the Mustangs were 3.5 points behind second-place UCF and 25 points behind champion Connecticut. Next, the Mustangs will travel to Arkansas on March 13-14 for the NCAA Indoor Championship.

Sports: Mustang swimming and diving teams head for AAC Championships Feb. 18-21, 2015

SMU's guard Gabrielle Wilkins (3) shoots against Tulsa at Moody Coliseum.  Photo by Vladimir Cherry.

SMU guard Gabrielle Wilkins (3) shoots against Tulsa at Moody Coliseum. Photo by Vladimir Cherry.

Men’s Basketball: The Mustangs defeated the defending national champion UConn Huskies 73-55 on Saturday, Feb. 14 before a crowd of 7,395, the largest in the history of Moody Coliseum. Markus Kennedy and Yanick Moreira scored 13 points apiece, in addition to several dunks that helped build a big first-half lead in SMU’s win. The Mustangs’ next game will be against Temple on Thursday, Feb. 19 at Moody Coliseum.

Women’s Basketball: Despite a career-high of 19 points from Gabrielle Wilkins, the Mustangs fell to Tulsa 72-59 on Saturday, Feb. 14 at Moody Coliseum. SMU donned pink uniforms in the annual Play 4Kay game, an initiative across women’s basketball to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. The Mustangs will head to Greenville, North Carolina, for a matchup with East Carolina on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

Men’s Soccer: SMU Men’s Soccer team recently announced a five-match spring schedule. The schedule is highlighted by three home dates and features MLS, USL Pro and NPSL competition. The Mustangs begin matches on Saturday, Feb. 21, when they travel to Austin to take on the Austin Aztex of the USL Pro.

Men’s Swimming & Diving: Seeking their 42nd conference championship, SMU’s Men’s Swimming & Diving team heads to Greensboro, North Carolina, on Feb. 18-21 for the American Athletic Conference Championship. The Mustangs will compete against Cincinnati, Connecticut and East Carolina. Live video of the meet will be available online on the American Digital Network. For more information on the conference championship, visit The American’s Championship Central. 

SMU Women's Swimming & Diving Team

SMU Women’s Swimming & Diving Team at The American Athletic Conference Championship.

Women’s Swimming & Diving: The SMU Women’s Swimming & Diving team will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina, Feb. 18-21, to compete in the American Athletic Conference Championship. At last season’s event, the Mustangs took second posting a pair of top individual finishes and a pair of relay wins.

Men’s Tennis: The SMU Men’s Tennis team continued their impressive start to the 2015 season, beating both Nebraska and Ouachita Baptist on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Ann and Brad Brookshire Family Pavillon. The Mustangs are now 9-1 on the season. Next, SMU will play its first road match at Arkansas on Saturday, Feb. 21.

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SMU Sophomore, Dasha Sharapova.

Women’s Tennis: Pushing its record to a perfect 5-0 this season, the SMU Women’s Tennis team notched two wins on Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Ann and Brad Brookshire Family Pavillon. The Mustangs open conference play next weekend, Feb. 21-22, with a pair of home matches.

Women’s Track & Field: The SMU Women’s Track & Field team concluded action at the competitive Tyson Invitational hosted by the University of Arkansas on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Junior Holly Archer headlined SMU’s weekend, winning the 3,000-meter run (9:31:56) and adding a fourth-place finish in the mile (4:48:37). Up next for the Mustangs is the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championship on Feb. 27-28 at the New Balance Track & Field Center in New York City. For more information on the conference championship meet, visit The American website. 

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: Rachel Nicol posts nation’s fastest breaststroke time, named AAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week

nicolWomen’s Swimming and Diving: Senior Rachel Nicol and sophomore Tara-Lynn Nicholas swept the breaststroke heats to help lead the women’s swimming and diving team to a third-place finish at the 21st annual SMU Classic on Saturday, Oct. 18 in Lewisville, Texas. Nicol received the season’s first American Athletic Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Week after posting the nation’s top time in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning the event with a time of 1:00:18. She also won the 200-yard heat with a time of 2:10.11, which is good for second in the nation. . The Mustangs also closed the event with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay. SMU closes out the month against Rice on Friday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. CT at the Mansfield Natatorium.

Men’s Soccer: The men’s soccer team dropped their first American Athletic Conference match of the season in a 1-0 loss to Tulsa on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The Golden Hurricanes scored early, leaving SMU with plenty of time to equalize the game, but the  Mustangs could not capitalize. Freshman goalkeeper Michael Nelson made a season-high eight saves. SMU continues their road trip in Storrs, Connecticut against UConn on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. CT.

bryceclarkFreshman Bryce Clark (pictured right) and junior Idrissa Camara (pictured below) earned league honors for their efforts in an exciting, 2-2 draw between No. 21 SMU and No. 24 South Florida at Westcott Field on Saturday, Oct. 18. Clark was named Rookie of the Week, and Camara landed a spot on the Weekly Honor Roll. soccerThe Mustangs had to come from behind on two occasions after sophomore USF midfielder Marcus Epps netted two goals in the 21st and 63rd minutes. SMU was silenced until the 61st minute, when Clark scored the equalizer on a 30-yard free kick. The Mustangs, who outshot the Bulls 11-2 in the second half, scored on another free kick off the head of Camara. He leads the team with six goals this season. Neither squad was able to find the golden goal in overtime, and both left the field with a point in the standings.

dishkova,vernerWomen’s Tennis: Junior Hristina Dishkova and senior Holly Verner (both pictured left) had their run at the ITA Texas Regional end in the semifinals of the doubles draw on Sunday, Oct. 19, as they fell to TCU’s Seda Arantekin and Stefanie Tan; 6-4, 6-2. Dishkova, junior Vaszilisza Bulgakova and sophomore Dasha Sharapova all had their singles runs end in the round of 32. The Mustangs will return to action on Friday, Oct. 31 at the Houston Invitational.

kasjievsMen’s Tennis: Senior Arturs Kazijevs (pictured right) and junior Nate Lammons each won two matches at the USTA-ITA Texas Regional Championships on Sunday, Oct. 19 in College Station, Texas. Kazijevs began the tournament as the No. 9 seed, and reached the round of 16 before his tournament run ended in a three-set loss to Texas Tech’s Felipe Soares. The Mustangs compete again in the Larry Easley Memorial Classic in Las Vegas that begins on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Volleyball: Senior Caroline Young (pictured left) showed that she has returned to form with her second double-double in as many games in a 3-0 win over East Carolina at Moody Coliseum on Sunday, Oct. 19. Young recorded 11 kills and 10 digs just two weeks after an ankle injury removed her from a match against Memphis. youngJunior Abbey Bybel finished the match with 10 kills and 12 digs, posting her ninth double-double of the season, and junior Avery Acker tallied 38 assists and a team-high 13 digs for her team-best 15th double-double of the year. SMU is now 16-4 on the year, with an impressive 10-1 record at home. The Mustangs begin a four-match road trip against Temple on Friday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. CT in Philadelphia.

souzaCross Country: The cross country team finished 23rd in a highly competitive 38-school field at the Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday, Oct. 17. The race featured 22 teams ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll. Sophomore Agnes Sjöström (20:29) and junior Shanoah Souza (20:46; pictured left) both recorded personal best times and finished in the top 60 of the 265-runner field. The Mustangs finished ahead of four ranked teams including No. 23 Providence, the defending national champions. SMU takes a week off before the American Athletic Conference Championships on Friday, Oct. 31 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Mustangs seek their fourth consecutive conference title and their sixth of the past seven years.

NCAA Football: Cincinnati at Southern MethodistFootball: SMU dropped its sixth straight game in a 41-3 loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats at Ford Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 18. The 0-6 start is the program’s worst since they went 1-11 in 2008. Cody Rademacher’s 29-yard field goal late in the first quarter cut the Cincinnati lead to 6-3, but SMU surrendered 22 points in the second quarter. The Mustangs host the Memphis Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. CT as part of SMU Family Weekend. The game will air on ESPNews.

JACOBSWomen’s Soccer: Missed opportunities plagued the women’s soccer team in a 2-0 loss to East Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 19 in Greenville, North Carolina. Sophomore Kelsey Gorney’s shot in the 20th minute missed wide, followed by a shot ripped by midfielder Paige Jacobs (pictured left) from 25 yards out in the 28th minute that deflected off the crossbar. In the 42nd minute, freshman Diana Kay Manley, who made her first appearance of the year, fired a shot towards the upper right corner, but Pirates goalkeeper Erika Lenns made a diving, one-handed save.

The problems continued in a 2-1 loss to Tulsa at Westcott Field on Thursday, Oct. 23. Senior Olivia Elliott, playing forward for the first time this season, sent in a threatening cross in the fifth minute that barely missed the outstretched foot of Gorney. Elliot also missed wide right on two shots in the 11th and 12th minutes. Down 2-0 in the 84th minute, Elliot finally found the back of the net on a header. SMU pressured in the final minutes, but could not level the score. The Mustangs host Memphis in their season finale on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. CT.

Sports Recap: Fall season coming to an end

The end of the line: SMU women’s soccer had a weekend of AAC championship play. The Mustangs defeated Temple 3-0 on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 to advance to Sunday’s quarterfinals, Nov. 3. Junior Rikki Clarke scored the first two goals in Friday’s game and freshman Taylor Barg made the final goal. Sunday’s quarterfinal game marked the end of the season for the Mustangs after a 3-0 loss to UCF. Head Coach Chris Petrucelli said the team was timid in the first half of Sunday’s game; there was more momentum in the second half when SMU outshot UCF 8-6. The Mustangs end their fall season with a 3-5-1 record in the American Athletic Conference.

End of conference, start of championship: SMU men’s soccer ended 2013 AAC play with a 1-0 loss to UConn on Sunday, Nov. 3. Head Coach Tim McClements commented on Sunday’s game, “I felt like we were able to play good soccer throughout, and I thought we were able to move the ball and maintain possession, which created good opportunities” (SMU Athletics). In conjunction with the last conference game the men celebrated Senior Day and recognized seven seniors for their accomplishments.

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The Mustangs will face UConn again on Nov. 9 for the quarterfinal game of the AAC Conference Championship at 4 p.m.

Weekend sweep: SMU women’s volleyball had a winning weekend, defeating Rutgers Friday, Nov. 1 3-0 and UConn Sunday, Nov. 3, also 3-0. Junior Caroline Young led the offense during Sunday’s game with a match-high 12 kills. The Mustangs now sit 8-3 for the AAC and will travel to Cincinnati on Nov. 8 for their next game.

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Finishing strong:  SMU women’s cross country placed first at Saturday’s Inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship. Six runners earned all-confernce honors and five of them placed in the top ten at the Nov. 2 race. Coach Cathy Casey was also honored with Coach of the Year. This win marks the third straight championship for the Mustangs. Freshman Toya Magnuson placed second overall with a time of 20:23.16. Next up for the Mustangs is the South Central Regional Championship on Nov, 16 in Waco, TX.

See you in spring: SMU Men’s Tennis wrapped up their fall season this weekend at the Jack Kramer Club Invite, Nov. 1-3, 2013. Senior Alex Sanders and sophomore Nate Lammons won the doubles championship and senior Mischa Nowicki advanced to the semifinals for the singles. In addition, freshman Tony Russell made his first appearance for SMU this season and defeated Raphael Davidian of Utah in a singles match. Head Coach Carl Neufeld gave his remarks on the weekend, “All the guys had good results in this invitational at a historic venue. This was a great way to finish the fall, with great effort and results” (SMU Athletics).

Sports: Away games and player recognition

Double weekend away: SMU volleyball will travel to Memphis Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 for a 6 p.m. game and to Temple Sunday, Oct. 13 for a noon game. The Mustangs are 6-4 all-time against the Tigers but this will be the first time they face Temple. SMU is currently tied for third in the American Athletic Conference with a 3-1 record and they are the second-most efficient hitting team with a .228 attack percentage.

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CCI: SMU men’s tennis will play in the Collin County Invitational in Plano this weekend. The men just wrapped up the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa where three players advanced to the main draw, Oct. 3-6, 2013. Junior Arturs Kazijevas played singles and fell in the second round of the consolation singles and sophomore Nate Lammons and senior Alex Sanders played doubles, for the first time together, and lost in the first round of consolations doubles. The 2013 Collin County Invitational is Oct. 11-12.

SMU Soccer:

  • Men: SMU men’s soccer plays at Cincinnati this Saturday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. SMU is 3-1 all time against Cincinnati who is currently 0-4 in the American Athletic Conference. SMU is 1-1-1 in the conference after a tie against Temple earlier this week; sophomore Eddie Puskarich made the sole goal of the game. Head Coach Tim McClements commented on the game versus Temple, “We would have much rather had three points than one point, but I felt that we played well in the first half. I’m really proud the players came back after the goal in the second half and retook over the game at the end.” (SMU Athletics)
  • Women: SMU women’s soccer travels to New Jersey this weekend to play Rutgers Sunday, Oct. 13, 2103 at 12 p.m. SMU has a 2-2 record in the American Athletic Conference setting them at fifth. The last time SMU and Rutgers met was in 1989 and the Mustangs won; they are hoping for another victory this weekend.

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Highlights: SMU Athletics Recognized

  • SMU senior quarterback Garrett Gilbert was named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Additionally, he was named to the honorable mention list for College Football Performance Awards National Quarterback of the Week and the honor roll for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. Gilbert broke five single-game school records at the SMU vs. Rutgers game.
  • SMU senior wide receiver Jeremy Johnson was named the National Player of the Week by the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and the National Wide Receiver for the Week by College Football Performance Awards. Johnson tied the school record with 18 receptions and broke the school record with 217 receiving yards at the SMU vs. Rutgers game.
  • SMU senior and women’s soccer player Courtney Smith was named to the National Team of the Week by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
  • SMU cross country is rated fourth in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) South Central Region poll.

All photos via SMU Athletics 

Sports: Volleyball begins AAC play, football battles for the Iron Skillet

Image via SMU Athletics

Image via SMU Athletics

AAC: SMU volleyball travels to Connecticut Friday, Sept. 27 for their first match in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs rounded out non-conference play with an 8-5 record and are ranked second in the leagueCaroline Young was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, tallying 48 kills in 11 sets at the College of Charleston Classic. This is SMU’s first time facing the huskies, who enter the conference ranked fourth, and the match is set for 6 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 29, SMU will travel to Rutgers for a game at 12 p.m. This is also the first match-up between the two teams and Rutgers is currently ranked ninth.

Non-conference play: Men’s soccer will take the weekend off from conference play as they head West. On Friday, Sept. 27 the Mustangs face Washington at 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 29 they take on Portland, at 12:30 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off a win against Rutgers (1-0), their first match in the American Athletic Conference. Sophomore Alfred Koroma made the sole goal and senior Jamie Ibarra was named the American Athletic Conference men’s soccer Goalkeeper of the Week.

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DFW Duel: The Battle for the Iron Skillet continues this weekend when SMU travels to TCU for their 94th meeting. TCU holds the record for all time games, 45-40-7 but SMU won the last match in Fort Worth 40-33 in overtime in 2011. Both SMU and TCU coaches will wear Coach to Cure MD patches at the game in an effort to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. SMU enters the game 1-2 overall, coming off a 13-42 loss to Texas A&M. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at Amon Carter Stadium, and the game can be found on FoxSports 1.

Strong start: SMU men’s tennis is headed to Tulsa for the All-American Championships Sept. 28-Oct. 6. The Mustangs won their first event of the season, the Wyndham Invitational, hosted by Rice. In a recent interview SMU Head Coach Carl Neufeld commented on the victory: “We had a great weekend of highly competitive tennis against three-nationally ranked teams.”

Soccer plays away: Women’s soccer will travel to Philadelphia Sunday, Sept. 29 for a noon match against Temple. This is the first meeting between SMU and Temple and SMU’s second game in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs enter Sunday 5-4 overall and 0-1 for conference play.

Sports: Golf hosts DAC/SMU Invitational, Tennis on a winning streak

DAC/SMU Invitational: SMU women’s golf is hosting the 2013 Dallas Athletic Club/Southern Methodist University Invitational this weekend, April 5-7. The 15 teams in the tournament will play 54 holes over three days, 18 holes a day. Six of the teams participating are in the top 50 of the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings including SMU, ranking at 34. Friday and Saturday have an 8 a.m. tee time and Sunday is 8:30 a.m.

Match point: SMU men’s tennis will travel this weekend to play Notre Dame Friday, April 5, and USF Sunday, April 7. The Mustangs are currently 8-7 for the season and ranked 65th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. The men extended their winning streak to four matches after defeating the Illinois-Chicago Flames on April 3. Friday’s match is at 3 p.m. and Sunday’s is at 11 a.m.

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Mean Green: SMU track and field is traveling to Denton for the 2013 Mean Green Invitational hosted by North Texas. The Mustangs enter the weekend after setting records at their last meet. In the 10,000 meter run, freshman Karoline Skatteboe placed first with at time of 35:52.91, which was also recorded as the third-best time in the nation. Junior Caitlin Keen was also in the 10,000-meter run and finished fourth with at time of 36:47.16, the 13th-best time in the nation. Two school records were set at the meet: the first by SMU’s 4×100-meter relay team finishing in 44.76 and the second by Helena Perez in the shot put, throwing for 15.88 meters. The Mean Green Invitational takes place April 5-6.

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