Sports: Claire Oates named American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, 12 other Mustangs receive honors this week

oatesWomen’s Soccer: Freshman midfielder Claire Oates (pictured left) was named the American Athletic Conference’s Rookie of the Year, and is the first Mustang to receive the award since Kimber Bailey was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year in 2004. She also landed on the all-rookie team and the all-conference second team. Oates led the team in both points (13) and goals (6) this season. In a 3-2 victory over Houston on Sept. 25, she recorded a hat trick and remains the only American Athletic Conference player to do so this season.

womenssoccerThe women’s soccer team’s season came to an end in a 4-0 loss to tournament host and No. 1 seed UCF on Sunday, Nov. 2 in Orlando, Florida. The Golden Knights scored early and often, netting three goals in the opening ten minutes. UCF outshot the Mustangs, 13-4.  Sophomores Kelsey Gorney and Taylor Jackson both recorded shots on goal, while senior goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden tallied three saves in net.

Volleyball: Senior Caroline Young scored 17 kills to lead SMU to a 3-0 victory at Tulane on Friday, Oct. 31. Young hit .654 for the match, attacking 26 times without an error. Sophomore Morgan Heise led the SMU defense with 20 digs as the Mustangs held Tulane to a .124 attack percentage. Heise was named American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season and second straight week, and Young earned her second Offensive Player of the Week award as SMU swept the league’s weekly awards for the second time this season.

ackerSMU had 47 digs as a team, and junior Avery Acker (pictured right) finished with 39 assists and 11 digs for her 18th double-double of the season. Acker was named to the American Athletic Conference’s weekly honor roll. Junior Abbey Bybel scored nine kills, and SMU finished with 46 as a team, hitting .376. SMU’s attacking continued to dominate in a 3-0 win at Houston on Sunday, Nov. 2, in which four attackers had at least 10 kills. Acker finished with 48 assists, the most by an SMU setter in a three-set match since 2004. Heise led the Mustangs with 19 kills. With the win, the team improves its record to 19-5 and 8-4 in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs return home after their four-game road trip to host Memphis on Friday, Nov. 7, and Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 9 at Moody Coliseum.

mensbasketballMen’s Basketball: The men’s basketball team came in at No. 22 in the preseason AP Poll. The Mustangs were also ranked No. 22 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll. SMU will face six teams featured in the poll including No. 13 Gonzaga, No. 17 Connecticut and No. 24 Michigan. Arkansas, Memphis and Cincinnati are all receiving votes in the poll. The Mustangs begin the 2014-2015 campaign on Friday, Nov. 14 against Lamar at Moody Coliseum.

crosscountryCross Country: The Mustangs placed third at the American Athletic Conference championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Friday, Oct. 31 in a quest for their fourth consecutive league championship. Three Mustangs earned all-conference honors by finishing in the top 15 of the 85-runner field. Sophomore Agnes Sjöström (second from left) led the Mustangs, finishing fourth for the second consecutive year with a time of 20:48.  Juniors Shanoah Souza (fourth from right) and Holly Archer (second from right) also garnered all-conference honors for the second straight year. Souza placed seventh with a time of 21:10 and Archer crossed the finish line ninth at 21:18. SMU has the next weekend off before competing in the South Central Regionals in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Friday, Nov. 14 at 11:00 a.m. CT.

SMU Soccer.  Photo by George Walker for DFWsportsonlineMen’s Soccer: SMU wrapped up the No. 3 seed for the American Athletic Conference tournament with a 2-0 Senior Night victory over Cincinnati at Westcott Field on Saturday, Nov. 1. Junior Idrissa Camara opened the scoring with his team-leading seventh goal off a cross from freshman Jared Rice in the 29th minute. Rice was named the American Athletic Conference men’s soccer Defensive Player of the Week and was also named to the TopDrawerSoccer National Team of the Week. Camara and freshman goalkeeper Michael Nelson were named to the weekly honor roll for their performances. Senior Damian Rosales followed just eight minutes later with his fourth goal of the season. Rosales, and fellow seniors Andrew Morales, Edu Aranda and Will Smith were honored prior to their last regular season match at home. The Mustangs will face No. 6 seed UCF in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7:00 p.m. CT at Westcott Field.

Women’s Swimming and Diving: No. 11 SMU dominated its weekend meets, winning nine of 13 events in a 142-89 win over Rice on Friday, Oct. 31 and sweeping all 11 events in a 155-88 win over Houston on Saturday, Nov. 1. Senior Isabella Arcila posted a pair of individual victories in each meet in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke, earning her American Athletic Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Week honors. Freshman Madeline Wainman and sophomore Lauren Lamb finished 1-2 in both the one- and three-meter events against Rice. The Mustangs return to the pools on Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Texas A&M Invite in College Station, Texas.

bulgakovaWomen’s Tennis: The women’s tennis team wrapped up play at the Houston Invitational on Sunday, Nov. 2.  Sophomore Anna Kate Anderson finished the weekend undefeated in singles, while junior Vaszilisza Bulgakova (pictured right) and sophomore Dasha Sharapova posted a perfect record in doubles.

tenniscenterThe Mustangs will open up the newly-constructed SMU Tennis Complex (pictured left) on Friday, Nov. 7 with the Blue & Red Challenge, the final tournament of the fall season for SMU. South Alabama, Wichita State and Wyoming will all make the trip to Dallas for the event. The state-of-the-art complex features six indoor and six outdoor courts, along with a training room, locker rooms and office space.

smothermanMen’s Golf: Junior Austin Smotherman picked up his sixth-career top 10 finish, tying for 10th at 2-under par to help the Mustangs to a seventh place finish at the Gifford Collegiate on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Junior Bryson Dechambeau wound up tying for 14th overall, marking his 12th top-15 finish over the last two seasons. SMU’s fall schedule is now complete, with the Mustangs resuming its season at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters on Monday, March 9 in Las Vegas.

equestrianEquestrian: The equestrian team split its two meets this weekend up in South Dakota, defeating No. 10 New Mexico State 9-7 and falling in a (9-9) raw score tiebreaker to South Dakota State at the DeHaan Equestrian Center in Brookings, South Dakota. The win over New Mexico State gave the Mustangs their third win over a ranked opponent. Sophomores Sylvia de Toledo and Morgan Redwine continued their success after being named the United Equestrian Conference Riders of the Month for October, bringing home a combined three Most Outstanding Player honors. Freshman Alli Toffolon earned honors for her career-high 80 in fences. No. 7 SMU will resume its season on Friday, Jan. 30 against Auburn.