Hot Links: Marta Lesniak wins wild-card Pro Classic berth

SMU tennis player Marta LesniakFirst-year tennis player Marta Lesniak dropped only one set during the entire tournament to win the wild card draw of the Fidelity-Southlake Women’s Pro Classic Sept. 21. She also paired with junior Sophie Quist to defeat several pairs of professional players and win the doubles draw. Read more.

Sophomore runner Silje Fjortoft, Conference USA’s 2007 Freshman of the Year, has been named the C-USA Athlete of the Week after clocking a first-place time of 16:33.03 over the 5,000-meter course at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station Sept. 20. Fjortoft ran more than 40 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor to win the race. Read more.

Hot Links: Fjortoft named C-USA Athlete of the Week

Silje FjortoftFirst-year runner Silje Fjortoft (right) has been named the Conference USA Athlete of the Week for the week of April 8, 2008, after recording the top time in the nation this season in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:59.01) at the Stanford Invitational. Fjortoft was the top collegiate finisher by more than nine seconds and easily qualified for the NCAA Regionals. Read more.

Senior Alex Skrypko earned Conference USA Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for the week of April 8, 2008, after winning his 10th straight singles match April 6 – defeating Ralph Knupfer of No. 19 Rice in straight sets. Skrypko’s singles record now stands at 14-6 (.700). Read more.

Football Coach June Jones participated in an online chat hosted by The Dallas Morning News April 9, in which he answered questions about the upcoming schedule, the importance of academics, and his coaching philosophy. Read a transcript.

Hot Links: Two football players earn All-Conference Academic honors

Zach Sledge and Thomas MorsteadSenior wide receiver Zack Sledge (top left) and junior punter Thomas Morstead (bottom left) were among 13 student-athletes named to the 2007 Conference USA Football All-Academic Team Nov. 30. Read more.

Morstead also has been named first-team 2007 All-Conference USA by the league’s 12 coaches. In addition, first-year defensive end Justin Smart was selected to the All-Conference USA Freshman Team. Read more.

The men’s basketball team came from behind to defeat TCU 71-65 in the State Farm DFW Duel Dec. 5. Read more.

First-year runner Silje Fjortoft caps a semester of honors with her selection as Conference USA Cross Country Newcomer of the Year. Read more.

Hot Links: Men’s soccer falls in NCAA second round, women B-ballers win fifth straight

Delisha WillsThe men’s soccer team blanked Gonzaga in the first round of the 2007 NCAA tournament to face a heartbreaking loss to Creighton in the second round Nov. 28. Read more.

The women’s basketball team won the SMU Hoops for the Cure tournament Nov. 24 and notched its fifth straight win Nov. 28 against Stephen F. Austin. Read more. (Left, sophomore forward Delisha Wills.)

First-year runner Silje Fjortoft has been named the NCAA South Central Region Athlete of the Year. She finished 49th, and third among freshmen, at the NCAA Championships Nov. 19. Read more.

Hot Links: Honors for soccer stars, cross country competes at nationals

Silje FjortoftThree players on the women’s soccer team have received All-Conference recognition from Conference USA. Senior forward/midfielder Kimber Bailey and junior defender Carley Phillips were named second-team All-Conference; forward Lauren Shepherd was named to the conference All-Freshman team. Read more.

Meanwhile, in men’s soccer, junior forward Scott Geppert, senior goalkeeper Steve Sandbo and senior midfielder Ben Shuleva have been named to the Conference USA All-Academic team. Read more.

The cross-country team races to the NCAA Championships Nov. 19 in Terre Haute, Indiana. First-year runner Silje Fjortoft (right) enters the meet as the South Central Regional champion. Read more.

Hot Links: A whole lot of Homecoming games

The football team takes on Rice at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 in Ford Stadium – but that isn’t the only sporting event scheduled for Homecoming Weekend. Here’s who’s playing Nov. 9-11:

Moody ColiseumNov. 9:

  • Men’s and women’s swimming vs. Wyoming, 6 p.m., Perkins Natatorium
  • Women’s basketball vs. Texas A&M, 7 p.m., Moody Coliseum
  • Women’s basketball vs. Texas A&M, 7 p.m., Moody Coliseum
  • Men’s soccer vs. Central Arkansas, 7:30 p.m., Westcott Field

Nov. 10:

  • Men’s swimming (Alumni-Varsity Meet), 10 a.m., Perkins Natatorium
  • Football vs. Rice, 2 p.m., Ford Stadium
  • Men’s basketball vs. Southern, 7:35 p.m., Moody Coliseum – where The Knuckleheads will perform their new SMU basketball song

Nov. 11:

  • Men’s basketball vs. Alabama State, 4:35 p.m., Moody Coliseum

Meanwhile, in Arkansas, the cross-country team begins its stand at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships Nov. 10 in Fayetteville. First-year runner Silje Fjortoft is coming off a second-place finish in the Conference USA Championships. Read more.

Hot Links: Cross Country picks up the pace, Davis nets 5th Player of the Week honor

Candice DavisJunior Kate Ackerson was named Conference USA Golfer of the Week Oct. 3. Last month, she tied for second at the 2007 Wolverine Invitational; senior Lacey Jones also finished in the top 10. Read more.

First-year runner Samantha Means won the individual competition at the Movin’ Mavs Cross Country Challenge Sept. 8. It was her first collegiate win. Teammate and fellow first-year Silje Fjortoft took fifth in the Notre Dame Invitational Sept. 28. Read more.

Sophomore libero Candice Davis (left) was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week in volleyball Oct. 1. It is her second such honor of this season and the fifth of her career. Read more.