Sports: Teams Pink Out, SMU Swim Classic

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Sports: Teams Pink Out, SMU Swim Classic

Think Pink: For the fourth year in a row, SMU Volleyball is partnered with the Side-Out Foundation and Dig Pink campaign to raise breast cancer awareness. They are dedicating their home match Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 against Tulsa to this cause. If you are attending the 7 p.m. match please wear pink. You can also donate online to support our Mustangs and breast cancer awareness. SMU women’s soccer is also raising breast cancer awareness with a pink out for their Sunday game against Memphis. The game is on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m.

SMU Classic: SMU women’s swimming and diving will host the 2012 SMU Swim Classic Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20.  This meet will feature six nationally-ranked swim teams from six different conferences: USC, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Louisville and SMU. The SMU classic requires every team to have a representative in each race ensuring a versatile and exciting competition. The weekend begins Friday with an opening ceremony in Perkins Natatorium at 6:15 and meet start time of 6:30 p.m.

Tennis Tournaments: SMU women’s tennis will be in Waco Oct. 19-23 for the 2012 ITA Regional. Senior Edtya Cieplucha enters the weekend after winning the singles title and finishing runner-up in doubles with Heidi Stewart at the Rice Invitational. SMU men’s tennis will be in Forth Worth for the Texas Regional hosted by TCU Oct. 20-23.

Youth Night: SMU men’s soccer will face Missouri State on Sunday, Oct. 21. The Mustangs will play at home after winning on the road Wednesday against FIU. The men are now at a 9-3-2 record for the season. The game Sunday is youth sport night and any child 12 and under wearing a youth sports jersey will receive free admission; the game starts at 7 p.m. at Westcott Field.

(swimming photo courtesy of SMU Athletics)

October 19, 2012|Sports|

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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October 5, 2012|Sports|

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.)

September 21, 2012|Sports|

Sports: SMU’s wild season ends with semifinal loss to Santa Clara

Simone Du ToitEnd of the road: The men’s basketball team ended their wild season with an unfortunate, injury-affected loss to Santa Clara at the semifinals of the CIT on Friday, March 25. The Mustangs (20-15), who found a second life after a first-round defeat in the Conference USA Tournament by participating in the relatively unknown CollegeInsider.com Tournament, enjoyed a string of wins against Oral Roberts, Jacksonville and Northern Iowa before losing to the Broncos (23-14) with a final score of 72-55. Senior star Papa Dia suffered an injury resulting from a foul on him with 8:18 left to go in the first half, and did not return for the rest of the game. Robert Nyakundi and Collin Mangrum scored 14 and 13 points respectively, with Nyakundi posting his 3rd double-double of the season. The Mustangs finished their unpredictable season with 20 wins- the first 20-win season since 1999-2000.

Du Toit nabs another award: Junior shot put/discus athlete Simone Du Toit (pictured) nabbed SMU’s second consecutive C-USA Female Track & Field Athlete Of The Week award on Tuesday, March 29. Du Toit, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, picked up a pair of North Texas Spring Classic titles last weekend (March 25-27), recording a discus throw of 55.12 meters and a shot put toss of 16.61 meters. This is Du Toit’s fourth weekly honor of her career, and the first this season. She follows last week’s winner, junior Ayla Gill of Auckland, New Zealand, who recorded a winning toss of 61.70 meters in the hammer throw at the TCU Invitational.

Marta LesniakWeekly Marta Lesniak Dominance Segment: As is becoming usual in the SMU Sports community, junior tennis player Marta Lesniak (pictured) received yet another award this week with a performance strong enough to earn her the C-USA Tennis Athlete of the Week award. Lesniak (No.9 national rank) went 4-0 against nationally-ranked squads from No. 9 Baylor and No. 66 UC Santa Barbara, winning a pair in both singles and doubles competition. Her singles victories were against No.11 Sona Novakova of Baylor (6-4, 4-6, (14-12)) and Natalia Lozano of UCSB (6-2, 6-2). Lesniak also teamed up with junior Aleksandra Malyarchikova for the doubles victories, defeating Baylor with a 9-7 mark and posting an 8-3 mark against UCSB. This is Lesniak’s third award this season and the eighth of her career.

Football still lives: The Mustang football team will kick off a grueling spring training camp on Monday, April 4 to prepare for the upcoming Fall 2011 campaign. Head Coach June Jones is expected to hold 15 practice sessions over 27 days, nearly all of which will be at 7 a.m. Practices will generally be closed to the public, but the final practice of the season is open for anyone to attend and is scheduled for Saturday, April 30.

March 31, 2011|Sports|

Sports: Padron & Co. back on the winning track

Aldrick RobinsonBreaking Tulane: Sophomore QB Kyle Padron‘s epic 82-yard touchdown pass to senior WR Aldrick Robinson (pictured) took the cake in SMU’s much-needed 31-17 smackdown of C-USA rival Tulane on Saturday, Oct. 30. The Mustangs looked shaky for much of the game, ending the 3rd quarter down by a touchdown. However, the Mustangs notched 21 points in the 4th quarter, including a nifty interception by junior DB Chris Banjo for a touchback. SMU’s next game is at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 in El Paso, Texas – where they hope to make UTEP their next victim on the way to redemption from a torrid 3-game losing streak.

One more shot: Former SMU men’s basketball players Mouhammad Faye and Bamba Fall, both graduates, have been selected in this year’s 2010 NBA Developmental League Draft. Class of ’09 graduate Fall, a former two-time All-C-USA Defensive Team selection, was drafted 97th overall to the Reno Bighorns. Class of ’10 graduate Faye finished 22nd in C-USA point standings with 10.7 points per game and was drafted 39th overall to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. More than 1 of every 5 NBA players has honed their skills in the D-League prior to being called up to the big leagues.

Craig HillMarta Lesniak continued her seemingly invincible run of accolades and awards as she was named C-USA’s Tennis Athlete of the Month on Tuesday, Nov. 2. For those who aren’t already aware, the No. 22-ranked Wroclaw, Poland native built a 10-2 record (6-1 against ranked opponents) as she advanced to the quarterfinal round of the ITA All-American Riviera Tournament and the title match of the ITA Regional. Her only loss to a ranked opponent came in a third-round tiebreaker to No. 7 Denise Dy of Washington at the quarterfinal match of the Riviera Tournament. As a result of her quarterfinal success, Lesniak has already qualified for the ITA National Indoor Championships, which will begin on Thursday, Nov. 4 in Flushing, New York.

Winding down: After garnering an incredible 14-1-0 record in the season thus far, the men’s soccer team (6-1-0 in C-USA play) goes for one more regular-season win against the FIU Golden Panthers (7-9-0, 1-6-0 C-USA) at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 in Miami, Florida. The Mustangs have maintained a vice-grip on the No. 5 ranking in the NSCAA/HendricksCar.com national rankings, and added one more trophy to their impressive season collection this week as senior goalkeeper and captain Craig Hill (pictured) was named C-USA Defensive Player Of The Week for an impressive 2-0 shutout of Memphis at SMU’s final home game on Saturday, Oct. 30. SMU will head to Memphis Nov. 10-14 to participate in the 2010 Conference USA Championship, for which they hold the No. 1 seed and thus have a first-round bye. They will play the winner of the No. 4-No.5 quarterfinal match.

November 4, 2010|Sports|
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