Hot Links: Women’s tennis wins first C-USA championship

SMU Women's Tennis, 2009 Conference USA Champions

The women’s tennis team added a 17th game to its program-record winning streak with its 4-1 victory over top-seeded two-time defending champion Tulsa in the 2009 Conference USA Championship April 19 in Houston. Head Coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner led the 27-2 team to its first league title since becoming a member of C-USA and its first tournament title in program history. The team also received an automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Tennis Championships. NCAA selection announcements will air at approximately 5:20 p.m. Eastern time April 28 on ESPNews. Read more.

The women’s golf team has been honored by the NCAA with a public recognition award for the team’s latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) score – marking the 3rd straight season in which the program has been so honored. Awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport. The Mustangs were among 11 squads from C-USA and 767 teams NCAA-wide that received the recognition – 11.9 percent of the approximately 6,484 Division I teams. Read more.

SMU Athletics will offer jerseys, polos, T-shirts, shorts, jackets and shoes from various Mustang sports teams in a public “garage sale” April 25 during SMU’s 2009 Red & Blue Scrimmage. The event takes place in the concourse of Gerald J. Ford Stadium starting at noon and ending at the conclusion of the scrimmage.

A special pre-sale will be open only to SMU students, faculty and staff with SMU ID from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24 in the Hall of Champions, 3rd floor, Loyd All-Sports Center. Methods of payment are cash or check only. Read more.

Red & Blue Scrimmage kicks off 2009 football season

'Doak Wants You' posterThe smiling image of SMU’s only Heisman Trophy winner has become the face of a student-run campaign to bring out Mustang fans for a first look at the University’s 2009 football team.

SMU students have begun to see advertising posters featuring SMU football alumnus Doak Walker, encouraging students to attend the annual Red and Blue Scrimmage at 1 p.m. April 25 at Gerald J. Ford stadium.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Doak Walker Plaza, there will be free food, giveaways, contests and a live performance by The Big Red Rooster sponsored by the W Hotel of Dallas. Food will be provided by Pluckers, Pokey O’s, Olivella’s and Celebrity Bakery. Fantastic prizes and giveaways include a Dallas Mavericks signed basketball, a signed Dirk Nowitzki jersey, an Impeccable Pig necklace and a $100 gift certificate to Kenichi.

The scrimmage is free to students, alumni, and the surrounding community and showcases the SMU football team’s talent and plays for the upcoming season.

The SMU Cox School of Business Honors Marketing Practicum class has been working with the SMU Athletic Department to plan the pre-scrimmage festivities.

“We want to pack the stadium full of fans to show how much spirit and encouragement SMU has,” says Practicum Class member Lauren Wright. “This is a chance to start something big here on campus that lasts for years after we have graduated. We can come back to attend the scrimmage and see how much it has grown.”

The Honors Marketing Practicum class functions much like a marketing agency with different departments. It is their semester project to plan and execute a campaign and event for the Annual Red and Blue Scrimmage in hopes of creating awareness and increasing attendance.

Hot Links: LeVias Lettermen’s Golf Classic set for April 23-25

Marta LesniakSMU alumni and community members are invited to join Head Football Coach June Jones, members of his staff and former Mustang football legends at the inaugural Jerry LeVias Lettermen’s Golf Classic April 23-25, 2009. Activities include a Pairings Party and auction in the Hall of Champions in Ford Stadium, tournament and awards party at the Golf Club of Dallas, and the annual Red and Blue Scrimmage in Ford Stadium. Thirteen foursome spots are still available, starting at $1,000 per team, and eight $250 spots remain open for individual golfers. All proceeds benefit SMU football. Read more.

The No. 69 women’s tennis team earned a 5-2 win over No. 17 Arkansas Feb. 25, 2009 at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center in Fayetteville. First-year player Marta Lesniak (left) defeated No. 4 Aurelija Miseviciute, while senior Natalia Bubien and junior Pavi Francis notched their second win over a ranked pair this season, defeating No. 56 Miseviciute and Ela Kaluder. Read more.