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Sports: Acker reaches milestone for SMU Volleyball

Avery AckerVolleyball: Junior setter Avery Acker recorded her 2,000th career assist, becoming just the sixth Mustang to do so, in a 3-0 win over USF on Sunday at Moody Coliseum. With the win, SMU improved to 12-2 overall and 1-1 in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs will face Cincinnati and Memphis this weekend, both on the road. SMU is 10-4 combined all-time against the two schools.

NCAA Football: TCU vs. SMUFootball: TCU defeated SMU 56-0 for their third straight victory in the Battle for the Iron Skillet. The 56-point defeat was the largest in the 94 meetings between the two schools. The Mustangs travel to Greenville, North Carolina, on Saturday, Sept. 4 hoping to pick up their first win of the 2014 season against the No. 22 East Carolina Pirates. Fans can catch the game on ESPNU at 11 a.m. CT. The last time SMU traveled to Greenville, they left with a thrilling overtime victory to seal a spot in the 2010 Conference USA title game.

Men’s Basketball: Head Coach Larry Brown will host walk-on tryouts for the 2014-15 team on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Crum Basketball Center at 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball: The Mustangs will be featured in 14 televised games this upcoming season, including five on the ESPN family of networks. All nine conference home games will be televised, starting with the Jan. 3 contest against Houston, which will be carried on the American Digital Network.

Men’s Soccer: The SMU men’s soccer team blanked Northern Illinois 2-0 in a mid-week match on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Westcott Field. Freshman Abdul Yassine scored his first collegiate goal in the 69th minute. The Mustangs will head to Orlando, Florida, for a Saturday night clash with American Athletic Conference opponent, UCF. The series between SMU and UCF is even at 3-3-3, and they played to a 0-0 draw in their last meeting on Oct. 19, 2013.

Claire OatesWomen’s Soccer: BYU defeated the SMU women’s soccer team 3-0 on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Westcott Field. The Mustangs held with the Cougars for a majority of the game, but surrendered three goals in the final 30 minutes. Freshman midfielder Claire Oates was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week after recording a hat trick in a 3-2 win over Houston and leading the team in shots against BYU     . SMU is in the Sunshine State this weekend for games against No. 22 UCF on Friday, Oct. 3 in Orlando, Fla. and USF on Sunday, Oct. 5 in Tampa, Fla.

Cross CountryWomen’s Cross Country: The 24th-ranked SMU women’s cross country team finished second at the Ken Garland Invitational, hosted by the University of North Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Eagle Pointe Cross Country Course. The Mustangs, with an average time of 18:23, finished just 17 seconds behind Rice. SMU will head to South Bend, Indiana, for the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday.

Equestrian: The SMU equestrian team split its two meets on Saturday, Sept. 27 with a win over Tennessee-Martin and a loss to No. 6 Baylor to conclude the Willis Invitational hosted by Baylor at the Willis Family Equestrian Center. The win was the first for the season and for first-year head coach Carol Gwin. The Mustangs will host Texas A&M at Sleepy P Ranch this Saturday, Oct. 4.

Men GolfMen’s Golf: The Mustangs will head to Erin, Wisconsin, to compete in the Erin Hills Intercollegiate. Marquette will host the three-day event that tees off on Sunday, Oct 5.

Women’s Golf: The SMU women’s golf team is set to participate in this weekend’s Schooner Fall Classic, hosted by the University of Oklahoma. The competition begins Saturday, Oct. 4 and concludes on Monday, Oct. 6. The Mustangs finished 12th in last year’s inaugural Schooner Fall Classic.

RowingRowing: The Mustangs begin their 2014-15 campaign on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Oklahoma City where they will participate in the Head of the Oklahoma.

Women’s Swimming and Diving: The SMU women’s swimming and diving team opened the 2014-15 season with five top finishes at the North Texas Relays on Friday, Sept. 26 at the Southlake Natatorium. The Mustangs finished in the top-two of every event, which included competitors from North Texas and Tulane. SMU returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 18, when they will kick off the annual SMU Classic at the Westside Natatorium.

SMU tapped to host 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl logoIn 2011, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will return to SMU for the second straight year. The 9th edition of the nationally-televised postseason college football bowl game will take place Friday, Dec. 30, in SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Kick-off time will be 11 a.m. CST, and ESPN will broadcast the game live.

SMU hosted the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl due to renovations at TCU’s historic Amon G. Carter Stadium, the game’s traditional venue. A facility-record crowd of 36,742 watched at Ford as Army posted a 16-14 win over SMU. The 2011 edition currently features a matchup between schools from Conference USA and the Mountain West Conference.

“We are excited to serve as the host of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl for the second-straight year,” said Steve Orsini, SMU’s director of athletics. “We enjoyed our association with the bowl staff and committee in 2010 and look forward to working with the group again in 2011. As we stated when we signed the initial agreement last August, the patriotism that this game represents is something with which we are proud to be associated.

“In addition, the hosting of this game in our stadium last December showcased our school and campus before a national television audience, and we look forward to having that opportunity again in 2011.”

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Special pricing on 2010 bowl tickets for SMU faculty, staff and students

Armed Forces Bowl logoThe Mustangs will make their second consecutive bowl appearance in 2010 – and this time, the action takes place at home. SMU faces the Army Black Knights in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, in Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

Because the Armed Forces Bowl is a postseason game run by an outside organization, each attendee must purchase a ticket. To show appreciation for SMU’s faculty, staff and students, SMU Athletics is offering a 50% percent discount on game tickets to holders of valid SMU IDs – reducing the price from $40 to $20 each.

Faculty and staff may buy up to four (4) tickets at the discounted rate, and students may purchase one (1) ticket for personal use.

Discounted tickets must be purchased from the SMU Ticket Office, located on the north side of Ford Stadium. Show your SMU ID to receive the discount. Tickets go on sale Monday, Dec. 13, and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

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It’s home-field advantage for SMU at the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

AFBowlIn what seemed like mere moments after a hard-fought 17-7 loss to UCF for the Conference USA Championship, SMU announced on Saturday, Dec. 4 that it had accepted an invitation to play the Army Black Knights at the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. And this year, the Mustangs will play the game on home turf.

The Armed Forces Bowl, scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 30 at Gerald J. Ford Stadium, will mark SMU’s second consecutive bowl appearance. It features a battle between “turnaround” teams, as Head Coach June Jones guides the Mustangs in a matchup against Army coach Rich Ellerson, who brought the 6-5 Black Knights back to postseason play after they only won more than three games five times in the past 14 seasons.

Traditionally played at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium, the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl will be played at SMU due to renovations at the Fort Worth venue.

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According to the SMUMustangs.com press release, the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl was “officially declared a sellout” last week with only standing-room tickets still available. ESPN will broadcast the Armed Forces Bowl nationwide.

The SMU Ticket Office is now taking orders for bowl tickets, which will be allocated based on SMU’s Priority Points system. The deadline for ordering with priority seating will be 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. After this deadline, tickets will be allocated and orders will be fulfilled. Any remaining tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets ordered through the SMU Ticket Office will be located in Mustang fan sections, which are designated by the bowl. For more information or to place an order, call 214-SMU-GAME (768-4263).

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SMU to host 2010 Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 30

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl logoThe 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be played at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas due to the recently announced renovation of Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. The game will be televised live at 11 a.m. CST Dec. 30 on ESPN.

The 8th edition of the bowl game also marks the first time it will be played anywhere other than Carter Stadium, located on TCU’s campus. The Carter renovation is scheduled to begin immediately following the Horned Frogs’ regular-season schedule this fall.

“Fort Worth certainly remains the home of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, and we are excited about the enhancements in store for Amon G. Carter Stadium,” said Brant B. Ringler, executive director of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. “In the meantime, we are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase our bowl in Dallas to those fans who may not have had a chance to experience our game before, and we truly appreciate SMU and its athletic department for providing a quality venue for our bowl game.”

“We are very excited to serve as the host of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl this December and help our friends at TCU and in Fort Worth,” said Steve Orsini, SMU’s director of athletics. “The patriotism that this game represents is something with which we are proud to be associated, and we are more than happy to host this game in our great stadium on our beautiful campus right in the heart of Dallas.”

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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: Rosenbaum scores 95-yard goal in soccer victory over Tulsa

Sophomore equestrian Lucy Needham finished 9th out of 88 riders in the Open Adult 18-22 class at the 33rd annual New England Equitation Championships Oct. 18, 2009. Needham and her horse Venlo received a score of 79.00. Read more.

The SMU Athletic Department and The 33 have announced an agreement to produce and broadcast the Mustang football game at Tulsa on Halloween 2009, Oct. 31. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. with broadcasting legends Brad Sham and Allen Stone calling the action. Read more.

First-year defender Ryan Rosenbaum has been named NSCAA National Player of the Week for his game-winning goal for the men’s soccer team at No. 16 Tulsa Oct. 21, 2009. The 95-yard goal was the No. 2 play on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Oct. 22 and became an instant YouTube hit, as well as receiving coverage from national outlets including ABC Morning News, The Dallas Morning News, Yahoo!, Deadspin and The Big Lead. Rosenbaum has also been named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for his achievement. Read more, and click on the YouTube screen below to see the replay.

Sports: Saintus posts first hat trick for men’s soccer since 2004

Dane SaintusSenior forward/midfielder Dane Saintus (left) scored three goals against Centenary to post SMU’s first hat trick since 2004 and power the men’s soccer team to a 4-1 win at Westcott Field Sept. 30. It was Saintus’ second multi-goal game of the 2009 season; he scored twice during the Mustangs’ 3-2 victory over Yale Sept. 13. Read more.

The women’s soccer team hosts Rice and Houston Oct. 3-4 to start the home portion of its 2009 Conference USA schedule. The Houston match, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4, will be televised on CBS College Sports. SMU holds 9 wins against Houston without a loss or tie, its best record against any program. Read more.

The football team meets longtime rival TCU in the 2009 State Farm DFW Duel/Battle for the Iron Skillet Oct. 3. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. in Amon G. Carter Stadium. The game will be broadcast on The Mtn. as well as on KTCK Radio (1310 AM). Find more information at SMU Gameday.

Hot Links: Fjørtoft sets world’s fastest time at Stanford Invitational

SMU distance runner Silje FjortoftSophomore distance runner Silje Fjørtoft (left) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in the fastest time run by any woman in the world this year at the 2009 Stanford Invitational March 27. Racing in a field of elite distance specialists, including some of the fastest in the world, she took the title in 9:56.73. Fjørtoft was named Conference USA Co-Athlete of the Week March 31 with UCF thrower Kelsey Poljansek. The Mustang cross-country team will compete April 2-4 at the 2009 Texas Relays in Austin. Read more.

Read more about Silje from the April 1, 2009 Daily Campus

Senior Kseniia Tokarieva earned Conference USA Player of the Week honors in women’s tennis March 31, 2009. She led the No. 24 Mustangs to a 5-0 winning streak during the previous week, defeating UALR, No. 28 DePaul, No. 59 Nevada, Louisville and No. 66 Wichita State. Tokarieva went 3-0 at No. 3 doubles and 2-0 at No. 6 singles. Currently, she is tied in 7th place for SMU career doubles victories with 55. Read more.

Former SMU men's soccer coach Jim BenedekTwo Mustang football games for 2009 have been slated for national television broadcasts. The annual State Farm DFW Duel – Battle for the Iron Skillet against TCU will be televised on The Mtn. with a 7 p.m. kickoff Oct. 3, and the SMU-Houston game will be aired on CBS College Sports at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24, starting at 6:30 p.m. In addition, due to a scheduling conflict, the SMU-Tulane game will now be played on Nov. 2. Read more.

A memorial service for Jim Benedek (right), the first soccer coach in SMU history, will be held at 11 a.m. April 4 at Moody Coliseum. A reception will take place afterward from 1-3 p.m. at Campisi’s Egyptian Restaurant on Mockingbird Lane. Benedek, who died March 30, coached the Mustang men for their first 9 seasons, 1975-83. He led the team to a 129-31-15 record and its first three NCAA Tournament appearances in 1979, 1980 and 1983. His .765 winning percentage remains the highest in school history. Read more.