Claire Oates

Sports: SMU equestrian team upsets No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Georgia

equestrianEquestrian: It came down to the final ride, but the equestrian team pulled out an upset over top-ranked Georgia at the Sleepy P Ranch on Sunday, Oct. 26. The win helped SMU climb to No. 6 in the latest NCEA poll. The Mustangs and Bulldogs were tied 9-9, but SMU outscored Georgia 1525.25-1350 in raw score. Junior Alex Butterworth earned Most Outstanding Player honors with an 80-68 victory in Hunt seat competition. The Mustangs travel to South Dakota to face South Dakota State on Friday, Oct. 31 and No. 10 New Mexico State on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Screen shot 2014-10-29 at 8.58.43 AMMen’s Basketball: The Mustangs were picked to finish second in the American Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll, just two points behind defending conference champion and national champion, UConn. The Huskies received six first place votes, with SMU taking the remaining five. Juniors Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy were selected as unanimous all-conference first team selections. The first AP Poll of the 2014-2015 season will be released on Friday, Oct. 31. SMU begins their season on Nov. 14 at Moody Coliseum against Lamar.

crosscountryCross Country: SMU heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma seeking their fourth straight conference championship in the American Athletic Conference championship on Friday, Oct. 31. The 6K race will begin at 10:00 a.m. CT at the Mohawk Sports Complex. Six Mustangs finished in the top 11 spots in last year’s championship, and coach Cathy Casey was named the conference’s Coach of the Year.

RowingRowing: The rowing team posted a pair of first-place finishes in the Open Double Scull and the First Novice 8+ races at the Head of the Colorado in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Oct. 25. The Mustangs occupied four of the top five spots in the Open Double Scull with crews finishing first, second, fourth and fifth. The victory in Novice 8+ was the second of the season after a win at the Head of the Oklahoma. SMU picked up two more top-three finishes with a second place finish in the Novice 4+ and a third place finish in the Second Novice 8+.

mensgolfMen’s Golf: No. 20 SMU rose two spots in the final round at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate on Tuesday, Oct. 28, finishing ninth overall. Freshman Ben Baxter and junior Bryson Dechambeau led the Mustangs with scores of 223, tying them for 28th individually. SMU struggled in the second round with a team score of 380, but made a 14-stroke turnaround in the final round. The Mustangs play next at the Gifford Collegiate in Newport Beach, California. The three-day event begins Monday, Nov. 3.

womensswimdiveWomen’s Swimming and Diving: The Mustangs are ranked No. 11 in the first College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Poll after a third place finish at the SMU Classic and posting 15 times that ranked in the top-10 in the country. SMU is back in action against Rice on Friday, Oct. 31 at 7:00 p.m. CT and against Houston on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1:00 p.m. CT at the Mansfield Natatorium.

mensswimdiveMen’s Swimming and Diving: The men’s swimming and diving team opens its 2014-2015 season with the North Texas Swimming A Meet in Frisco, Texas that begins on Friday, Oct. 31 and concludes Sunday, Nov. 2. The Mustangs are coming off a second place finish in the American Athletic Conference championships. SMU  returns seven all-conference performers, and welcomes in an impressive freshman class.

Women’s Tennis: Seven Mustangs will represent the women’s tennis team at the Houston Invitational this weekend beginning on Friday, Oct. 31 with play continuing through Sunday, Nov. 2. The event will feature both singles and doubles and will consist of four-player round-robin draws, all of which will have winners. Sophomores Anna Kate Anderson, Macie ElliottMary Wright and Dasha Sharapova, and juniors Vaszilisza Bulgakova, Yana Erkeeva and Hristina Dishkova will all represent SMU at the invitational.

jenparkWomen’s Golf: The women’s golf team had its best finish on the last day of the Alamo Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 28, which earned the Mustangs an eighth place finish. Junor Alexandra Rossi and senior Jennifer Park (pictured left) finished the tournament at 3-under for a share of 11th place. The event was their final of the fall, and they will resume play on Sunday, Feb. 8 in the UCF Invitational.

josephMen’s Soccer: A pair of second half goals lifted UConn over No. 24 SMU on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Storrs, Connecticut. The Mustangs are winless in their last three matches and have fallen to fourth place in the American Athletic Conference heading into the final game of the regular season. SMU was outshot 22-11, and freshman goalkeeper Michael Nelson was forced to make eight saves, matching his career high set in a road loss to Tulsa on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Nelson was honored by the American Athletic Conference as a member of the weekly honor roll for the third time this season. The Mustangs led at halftime after freshman midfielder Benjamin Joseph (pictured right) tallied his second goal of the season, but the lead was quickly squandered in the second half. The Mustangs celebrate Senior Night on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Westcott Field against Cincinnati.

soccerseniorsWomen’s Soccer: The women’s soccer team fell to Memphis 4-1 on Senior Day at Westcott Field on Sunday, Oct. 26. Seniors , Rikki Clarke, Olivia Elliott, Shelby Redman, Lauryn Bodden (all pictured left) and Rachael Larson (not pictured) were all recognized after the game for their accomplishments and devotion to the program. Bodden recorded five saves in net. The Tigers got out to a 3-0 lead before the Mustangs could find the net. Freshman midfielder Claire Oates headed in a cross from fellow freshman forward Chinelo Odobulu. SMU will face Temple in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Friday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. CT in Orlando, Florida.

NCAA Football: MEM vs. SMUFootball: SMU was held to just 251 yards of total offense in a 48-10 loss to Memphis at Ford Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 25. The Tigers scored 41 of the first 48 points in the game, storming out to a 21-0 lead and adding another 20 after sophomore running back Prescott Line scored for the Mustangs. SMU enters another off week before traveling to Tulsa, Oklahoma to face off with Tulsa on Saturday, Nov. 8.

heiseVolleyball: The volleyball team recorded 111 digs in a five-set loss to Temple in Philadelphia on Friday, Oct. 24, which ranks seventh in program history. All five SMU attackers finished with at least 10 kills, led by junior Abbey Bybel’s 16. Junior Cailin Bula scored 15, sophomore Kristen Stehling recorded 13, and sophomore Janelle Giordano and senior Caroline Young each posted 10. Acker totaled 54 assists for her 16th double-double of the season, and Bybel tallied 17th digs for her 10th of the year. Young posted her sixth of the year with 12 digs, and Bula earned her first of the season with a career-high 15 digs.

The Mustangs continued their road trip with a 3-1 win over Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut on Sunday, Oct. 26. Sophomore Morgan Heise (pictured above) posted 36 digs, which is good enough for fourth all-time in a match at SMU and American Athletic Conference Defensive Player Of The Week honors. With the win, the Mustangs improved their record to 17-5 and 6-4 in the conference. SMU travels next to New Orleans to face Tulane on Friday, Oct. 31 at 1:00 p.m. CT and complete their road trip in Tulsa, Oklahoma against Tulsa on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1:00 p.m. CT.

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.