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Sports: Mustangs take Tulane, Women’s Golf victorious

Matches at Moody: Volleyball will face Tulane at home at at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. If you’re a Facebook fan of SMU Volleyball, you can print a coupon for free admission to the match versus the Green Wave. On Sunday, Oct. 14, the Mustangs have another home match versus UTEP at 1 p.m. The Mustangs enter the weekend with sophomore Caroline Young being named Conference USA offensive player of the week, her second time receiving the honor this season, and senior Olivia Bailey being named Conference USA setter of the week.

NOLA Bound: SMU Football travels to New Orleans this weekend to take on Tulane, at 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. This will be the final game between SMU and Tulane as conference mates. Tulane has a 12-8 lead over SMU for match-ups, but SMU has won every meeting since 2009. The Mustangs enter the game with junior Randall Joyner being named Conference USA defensive player of the week.

On the right track: SMU Women’s Golf will be in Oklahoma for their next tournament, the Susie Maxwell Berning Tournament, Oct. 15-17. The Mustangs enter the tournament after placing first in the Johnie Imes Invitational, putting them at 2/3 wins for tournament play this season. In addition to her win at the Invitational, senior Melanie White was named Conference USA Co-Women’s golfer of the week. White finished the invitational at 8 under par, scoring a tournament record.

Soccer Sunday: On Sunday, Oct. 14, Men and Women’s Soccer will have matches on the road. The men face UCF in Florida at 6 p.m. and enter the game as the number one team for the Midwest region in NSCAA national rankings. The women match up against Marshall in West Virgina at noon.

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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.

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Sports: Tennis season begins, soccer starts conference play

Tennis to travel: The 2012-13 tennis season kicks off this weekend for the men’s and women’s teams. The women travel to Austin for the Texas Invitational Sept. 21-23. The men have three players traveling to New York for the NTC Invitational Sept. 21-23 and four players traveling to Tyler, TX for the Tyler Invitational Sept. 22-23.

Volleyball home matches: This weekend, Volleyball will play home matches on Friday and Sunday. The Mustangs take on East Carolina at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. They are 5-4 all-time against ECU and have been victorious in the last four matches. At 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 they will play Marshall. All matches will be held in Moody Coliseum.

Conference opener: The women’s soccer team kicks off its Conference USA schedule against Houston at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. The Mustangs are 10-1-1 all-time against Houston, including a 1-0 win over the Cougars at their last match up in October 2011. They will stay in Houston for the weekend and face Rice at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23.

Men take on South Carolina: Men’s soccer also has its first Conference-USA game coming up: SMU will play South Carolina at home at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. The Mustangs enter the game after a tie against CSU on Thursday, Sept. 20 and winning both of their games in the SMU Classic the weekend of Sept. 14. Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra was named tournament MVP.

(All pictures courtesy of SMU Athletics.)

Sports: Women’s golf victorious, football faces Aggies Sept. 15

Women’s golf victorious: SMU women’s golf traveled to Nebraska Sept. 10-11, 2012, for the Chip-N Club Invite and came home with the title for the second year in a row. First-year Alexandra Rossi shot three over par and earned individual medalist honors in her first career collegiate match. (Right, Rossi courtesy of SMU Athletics.)

“Wear red, be early, and be loud”: SMU will face Texas A&M in the second home game of the season at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. SMU and A&M have met 78 times – the last on Sept. 4, 2011, when the Aggies defeated the Mustangs 46-14. Overall, the Aggies have a 42-29-7 edge, but this can change come Saturday. Look out for:

  • Margus Hunt: Hunt is a senior defensive end that first started playing in 2009. Since then he has broken the NCAA career record when he blocked his ninth career FGA in the 2012 SMU vs. SFA game. Hunt is currently on the Watch Lists for both Hendricks and Lombardi Awards, was named preseason All-Conference USA by several outlets and was named the No. 1 athletic “freak” in college football by CBSSports.com.
  • Kenneth Acker: Acker is a junior defensive back who this week was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week.
  • Zach Line: Line set a school record by rushing for five TDs in the 2011 Northwestern State game. Line’s 36 career rushing TDs are third all-time at SMU. This year Line is joined by his brother, PARADE Magazine All-American Prescott Line.
  • Darius Johnson: Senior wide receiver Johnson was named MVP in back-to-back bowl games, the Armed Forces Bowl (2010) and BBVA Compass Bowl (2012).

View the full roster and flood Ford Stadium with red this Saturday.

Bump, set, spike: SMU volleyball will finish off the tournament season with the Oklahoma Invitational, beginning this weekend. They will face Oklahoma on Friday, Sept. 14 and New Mexico and Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Mustangs enter the tournament with senior Courtney Manning named First Team All-Conference USA and All-Midwest Region honorable mention; and sophomore Caroline Young named to the C-USA All-Freshman team. (Below, SMU Volleyball courtesy of SMU Athletics.)

Men’s Annual Soccer Classic: SMU men’s soccer will host the Annual SMU Soccer Classic this weekend, Sept. 14-16, 2012. They will face Oakland on Friday, Sept. 14 and UC Davis on Sunday, Sept. 16. Currently the Mustangs are 40-11-4 all-time when hosting a tournament. This week, sophomore Tyler Engel was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week and selected to the TopDrawerSoccer National Team of the Week.

Looking Ahead: Upcoming Mustang matches at a glance….

 

Sports: Football rolls out the ‘Iron Skillet Special,’ volleyball prepares to Dig Pink®

SMU wide receiver Darius JohnsonCooking with Iron: The Mustang football team won more than the 2011 Battle for the Iron Skillet in its 40-33 overtime victory against the 20th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs Saturday, Oct. 1. Junior wide receiver Darius Johnson (top left) was named the Conference USA and ESPN.com Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, Oct. 3, recognizing his career-high-tying two receiving touchdowns, along with 12 catches and 152 yards. It was Johnson’s third straight 100-yard game and his third career game with 10 or more catches, tying him for third all-time at SMU.

Senior quarterback J.J. McDermott was named the Rivals.com C-USA Player Of The Week after going 23-of-45 for 349 yards and four touchdowns in the TCU game.

At 4-1 and off to its best start since 1986, SMU received votes in both the USA Today Coaches’ and Associated Press Polls – ranking 34th in the Coaches’ Poll and 35th in the AP Poll. The Iron Skillet victory marked SMU’s first win over a ranked team since defeating a 22nd-ranked TCU squad 21-10 in Dallas on Sept. 10, 2005. It was also the team’s first road victory over a ranked opponent since topping No. 13 Baylor on Oct. 11, 1986, in Waco.

To commemorate the occasion, SMU Athletics has announced a special ticket plan at a rate that highlights the Mustangs’ margin of victory. For $40.33, the “Iron Skillet Special” allows fans to buy tickets for SMU’s four remaining home games, including a 2010 C-USA championship rematch with UCF Oct. 15, Tulane Nov. 5, Navy Nov. 12 for the 2011 Gansz Trophy, and Rice Nov. 26. Purchase the plan online at Ticketmaster.com.

SMU outside hitter Dana PowellDig Pink®, fight cancer: The Mustang volleyball squad hosts Dig Pink® 2011 during its Saturday, Oct. 8 match against Tulane. The team handed Tulsa its first conference loss of the season with a 3-1 win on the road Wednesday, Oct. 5. The Mustangs recorded 15.0 blocks, and senior outside hitter Dana Powell (right) earned her 10th double-double of the season with 12 kills and 18 digs in the win.

Dig Pink® events, which attract participants from across the country and are sponsored by the Side-Out Foundation, raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. SMU is participating in the program for the 4th year and has raised nearly $2,000 over the past three seasons. This year’s goal is $1,000.

The Mustangs will wear special pink jerseys during the match and encourage their fans to wear pink as well. The SMU Athletics Department will hold a silent auction at the match, in addition to selling bracelets and T-shirts. Items available for bid will include autographed items from Head Football Coach June Jones, basketball coaches and the SMU volleyball team. All proceeds will go directly to breast cancer research.

The match begins at 2 p.m. in Moody Coliseum. Make a gift at the game, or donate online or by U.S. Mail through SMU Volleyball’s Side-Out Foundation page.

SMU soccer captain Adam StillClass of the field: Defender Adam Still (bottom left) is one of 10 men’s soccer finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, a national honor based on excellence in community, classroom, character and competition. Fans may vote online for Still once each day through Nov. 14, 2011. The fan vote will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.

Still is captain of the 2011 Mustangs and helped lead the team to a 16-2-2 record and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2010. He started all 20 games for the Mustangs and played 1808 of a possible 1880 minutes last season. He also scored his first career goal on a 75-yard shot against No. 17 Tulsa on Oct. 20, 2010, helping SMU to a 3-2 win.

Currently, Still holds a 3.907 G.P.A. and will graduate in May 2012 with a degree in accounting. In 2010, Still was named to the CoSIDA ESPN Academic All-America Third Team. A two-time Academic All-America District VI Team award recipient, he has also been named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team and is a three-time C-USA Academic Medalist and three-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll member.

Vote for Adam online and read more from SMU Athletics.

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.

Sports: Lesniak wins second Tennis Athlete of the Month award

Josue SotoPadron rolls: After a stellar performance in last Saturday’s 42-31 dismantling of Rice, sophomore QB Kyle Padron (24-for-32 comp, 371 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT) became this week’s unanimous selection for the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week. Padron’s achievement earned a national spotlight as he was named one of the Manning Award’s five national Stars of the Week for his performance against the Owls. Padron and the Mustangs look to defeat C-USA rival (and current competitor for the Western Division) Tulsa at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 9. Students and staff, as always, receive free passes to the game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

Streak broken: It’s possible that the support and praise of certain unspecified blogs eventually led to a jinx for the men’s soccer team, as the Mustangs suffered their first loss of the season to C-USA rival UCF on Oct. 2. The Knights scored early in the 12th minute to break out on the scoreboard, eventually heading off the Mustangs in a 2-1 win. Senior Josue Soto (right) tallied his third goal of the season in the 27th minute to temporarily tie the game. The Mustangs have fallen to No. 8 in the NSCAA/HendricksCar.com national rankings and are now 9-1-0 on the season (1-1-0 in C-USA play.) The Mustangs next host South Carolina at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6. SMU is 5-5-2 all-time against the No. 20-ranked Gamecocks.

Courtney ManningLesniak rising: Junior Marta Lesniak continues to add to her awards cabinet as she was named September’s C-USA Tennis Athlete of the Month Oct. 5. Lesniak, currently ranked No. 22 in the country, was commended for her 4-0 sweep of the Singles A tournament at the OU Fall Invitational earlier this month. Lesniak and doubles partner Heather Steinbauer also formed the No. 47 pair in the Doubles A bracket and went undefeated, winning 24 of 37 total games. This is Lesniak’s second Athlete of the Month award, with the first given in October 2009. Currently, she is competing at the Riviera Women’s All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, California, which has been on rain delay intermittently over the past week.

SMU vs. Tulsa, precursor: The volleyball team is yet again acting as a foil for the SMU football team by facing the same opponent in one week. And, just like the Mustang football team, SMU (12-3, 4-0 C-USA) and Tulsa (13-2, 4-0 C-USA) will be duking it out for the top spot in the conference. The volleyball game begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 in Moody Coliseum. SMU’s defense to this point has been exceptional, with a C-USA lead in opponent’s hitting percentage (.167), blocks per set (2.55) and digs per set (17.81). (Left, sophomore middle blocker Courtney Manning.) The rivalry match is this year’s “Pack the House” event with all SMU faculty, staff and students receiving free admission.

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.

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.

Sports: June Jones signs extension; Texas Tech awaits

Emmanuel SandersIt’s nice to feel good about the upcoming SMU football season, isn’t it? In case you didn’t know already, SMU head football coach June Jones signed a two-year contract extension, which will keep him on campus until 2014. Last year, he led SMU to an 8-5 record and a 45-10 whipping of Nevada to claim the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. There’s also a great read on smumustangs.com on the death, rebirth, and future of the SMU Football program.

SMU Football around the ‘Net:

  • Former SMU star wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (right, at the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl), now the third-round pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has a bit of refining to do after Sunday’s preseason loss to Denver.
  • Sports Illustrated has posted their bowl predictions for the upcoming season. Maybe there’s a reason the Armed Forces Bowl moved to SMU this year….
  • Future powerhouse or fluky year? The AP Top 25 Preseason Rankings aren’t fully sold on the Mustangs’ recent success, handing them a grand total of 1 vote before the season begins.
  • Sportswriter Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning News and SportsDayDFW.com thinks the Mustangs have an outside chance at upsetting Texas Tech Sept. 5.

<img alt="Sidney Stewart" src="http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/smu/sports/w-volley/auto_action/2353670.jpeg" align="right" style="padding-left:10px" SMU Volleyball, awards sweep edition: Three players for the volleyball team dominated the Conference USA Players Of The Week awards for the week of Aug. 30, as juniors Dana Powell, Kelli Becerra and Sidney Stewart (right) took the Co-Offensive, Defensive, and Setter Of The Week awards, respectively. This is the first time that SMU has swept the weekly awards in school history.

  • Powell earned the Co-Offensive award after posting a tally of 3.42 kills per set this past weekend. She also tallied two double-doubles and nearly earned a third.
  • Team libero Stewart tallied 5.17 digs per set to earn the Defensive Player award. She won this award twice last year.
  • Becerra won the Setter award after leading the team with 10.92 assists per set. She also notched 38 digs in three matches and was named to the Baylor Classic All-Tournament Team.

Home advantage?: The men’s soccer team is set to open its season Sept. 1 against the Missouri State Bears. While the Mustangs ended up with a middling 6-8-2 record last season, their season opener record is staggering: 28-4-3 in season openers all-time, with a 19-0-2 record for home starts and a 107-33 point differential in those contests. It also doesn’t hurt that the Mustangs’ record against Missouri State is 11-3.

Season tip-off: The men’s basketball team will host their 5th annual Tip-Off Dinner at 6:30 p.m Oct. 14 at the Royal Oaks Country Club. NFL Hall of Famer and Dallas Cowboys legend Michael Irvin is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $100 per person, or $600 to sponsor a table (seven tickets plus a coach or student athlete). SMU went 7-9 in C-USA last season, recording the most wins (7) and best finish (tied for 7th) since the University joined the league for the 2005-06 season.

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