SMU Track Places 15th in USTFCCCA Rankings

April 26, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske

SMU track and field moved up three spots in the USTFCCCA computer rankings this week to No. 15. The Mustangs have collected 113.94 points in the index this season, ranking the highest among non-BCS automatic qualifying schools.

The Mustangs have impressed this season on their strength in field events. Simone Du Toit holds the nation’s second highest score in the discus. The Junior from South Africa is also ranked 11th in the nation in the shot put.

Freshman Lisa Egarter is making a mark in the high jump after reaching the 1.85 meter mark. Egarter is tied for third in the nation.

The regular season concludes this Saturday, April 30. The Conference USA Championships will begin May 12 in Houston, Texas.

No. 34 Women’s Tennis Downs Weekend Competitors, Meisner Breaks Record

April 11, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams

This weekend the No. 34 SMU women’s tennis team beat C-USA rivals Rice and Houston, 5-2 and 4-1. With the wins, head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner has earned 100 career wins– SMU’s first women’s tennis coach to do so.

In her five years as head coach, Meisner is now 100-27 (.787). The team has won 9 of its last 10 contests with the past 6 matches won consecutively. The Mustangs hold a season record of 18-4.

Saturday against No. 62 Rice, SMU jumped out ahead by taking the doubles point with two of three match wins.

No. 2 line duo Heather Steinbauer and Edyta Cieplucha downed Alex Rasch and Dominique Harmath 8-3, and Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova defeated Rebekka Hanle and Ana Guzman at the No. 1 spot, 8-2, to gain the point.

In singles, the Mustangs were victorious in 4 of 6 matches.

Lesniak, No. 9 in the nation, swept over Hanle 6-0, 7-5 to give SMU a 2-0 lead.

Rice came back to tie things up to two apiece, but the Mustangs finished strong in the next three matches for the overall win.

Steinbauer took out Guzman with two 6-3 set wins. Malyarchikova and Hatamova had more difficulty with their competitors, going three sets apiece.

Against Jackson, Malyarchikova secured the victory for the Mustangs with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 win, and Hatamova fought hard against Trigo 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to gain SMU’s final point.

Sunday the Mustangs faced the University of Houston Cougars and once again took charge from the start with another doubles win.

SMU duos Cieplucha/Steinbauer and Lesniak/Malyarchikova breezed over their opponents with wins of 8-0 and 8-3 for the point.

In singles, the Mustangs secured three wins to capture the win for SMU.

Hatamova took out Kazimieruk with two 6-1 wins while Malyarchikova closed down Pozzan 6-1, 6-2.

Finally, Lesniak clinched the win for the Mustangs with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Fraser. She has won 19 matches this spring, and her 37 wins this season seat her in third place for the all-time single season wins at SMU. The junior from Poland is also ranked fifth in all-time career wins with 80 in her three years at SMU.

The SMU women’s tennis team hits the court again on Saturday, April 16 when they face the Wichita State Shockers in Wichita, Kansas. Play starts at 5 p.m.

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No. 37 Women’s Tennis Team Defeats FIU 6-1

April 5, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams

The No. 37 SMU women’s tennis team battled it out against Florida International University for a hard-fought 6-1 win Sunday in Miami.

Although FIU left the game with only one point, they jumped out ahead in half of the singles matches. The Mustangs had to step up their game in order to fight back and earn the points for their team.

In doubles SMU was able to grab the point with two of three wins.

Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova took their fourth loss as a duo this spring against Liset Brito and Maria Spencely, falling 8-2.

Partners Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer beat Giuletta Boha and Rita Maisak 8-3, while Shahzoda Hatamova and Kris Roberts had an 8-5 win over Lisa Johnson and Christine Seredni to secure the doubles point.

Although it wasn’t smooth sailing in the singles arena for the Mustangs, they were able to come out on top in five of six singles matches for the overall win.

No. 9 singles player in the nation Lesniak defeated FIU’s No. 57 Brito 6-4, 6-2. She has now won 12 in a row and has a spring record of 16-2.

Now 16-1 this season, No. 117 nationally ranked Malyarchikova downed Spenceley 6-1, 6-2.

Cieplucha, Steinbauer, and Hatamova had some work to do when it came to getting their wins. Cieplucha battled Seredni in a second-set tiebreaker to gain her 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) match win.

Another breaker was played between Steinbauer and Johnson, with Steinbauer prevailing in the 7-5, 7-6, (7-3) game. Hatamova fought it out against Maisak for a 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 win.

FIU’s point was earned by Boha’s 6-1, 6-0 win over Roberts.

The SMU women’s tennis team hits the court again when they face rival No. 65 TCU at home Tuesday.

Mustangs Fall Short In C-USA Tournament To Rice

March 10, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By: Erica Penunuri

The SMU Mustangs (17-14) played the Rice Owls (14-17) Wednesday in the Conference USA tournament opening game.

The ‘Stangs last met the Owls two weeks ago with a solid victory here at home. Unfortunately, it was the Mustangs that came up short this time with an agonizing final score of 58-57.

Before the match, the ‘Stangs sat at 7th seed with Owls not too far behind at 10th.

Rice’s Rsalan Kazemi led with 24 points and 13 rebounds as the team held off the ‘Stangs in the final moments of the game.

Teammate Connor Frizzelle also contributed 12 points and Tamir Jackson 11. The Owls now advance to play No. 2 seed Tulsa in a quarterfinal contest on Thursday.

Senior forward Mustang Papa Dia, who was recently named C-USA Defense Player of the Year, led SMU with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Teammate Collin Mangrum hit 12 poitns and Jeremiah Samarrippas 11.

There were impressive last efforts made by the Mustangs when Mangrum created a steal putting the ‘Stangs a point away with 33 seconds on the clock. However, the final opportunity was missed as SMU struggled to get it in the bucket within the final moments.

Men’s Basketball Falls in Regular Season Finale

March 6, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske

SMU men’s basketball (17-13, 8-8 C-USA) came up short against the UTEP Miners (23-8, 11-5 C-USA) Saturday night in their regular season finale. UTEP clinched a first round bye in the Conference USA tournament by defeating the Mustangs 59-56.

Senior Guard Collin Mangrum looks for a shot as Junior Guard Justin Haynes makes a screen on the UTEP defense. (PHOTO BY KATHERINE BRUCE / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Senior Papa Dia led the Mustang attack with 19 points and eight rebounds in his last home game as a Mustang. Dia, Conference USA player of the year candidate, is now ranked fifth all-time at SMU for career rebounds and blocked shots.

Seniors Michael Walker and Collin Mangrum also put on strong performances in their last home games as Mustangs. Walker contributed 11 points while Mangrum contributed 14.

Robert Nyakundi was 2-3 from three-point range, improving his season percentage at three-point distance to .489 (88/180). These numbers rank him third overall in the NCAA. The junior has made 88 three-pointers this season, setting a new SMU record for most three-pointers in a season season.

The Mustangs take a time-out as Coach Matt Doherty discusses plays with the assistant coaches. (PHOTO BY KATHERINE BRUCE / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

UTEP will carry the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the Conference USA tournament. The Miners will host the tournament.

The Mustangs return to the court on March 9 at the Conference USA tournament in El Paso, Texas. The Mustangs will be the No. 7 or No. 8 seed going in to the tournament on Wednesday.

SMU Women’s Basketball Falls in Regular Season Finale

March 4, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske

SMU women’s basketball concluded their regular season Thursday night with a loss against the Rice Owls of Houston. The final score was 73-63 in Moody Coliseum where the Mustangs finished out the season eighth in Conference USA.

Senior Haley Day put forth a strong performance in her last home game as a Mustang, posting double-double figures with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

“Haley really did a good job of hitting the boards,” said Mustang Head Coach Rhonda Rompola. “Her pursuit of the basketball is so good. I wish we could have 15 players that go after the ball like Haley Day.”

Senior Raquel Christian also performed strong bringing in 10 points for the Mustangs. Sophomore Alisha Filmore also provided a strong offensive front for the Mustangs with her 14 points.

The SMU defense held Rice to just 39.3 percent from the field, but the Mustangs where unable to stop the Owl’s Jessica Kuster. The 10-time C-USA Freshman of the Week scored 23 points and brought down 13 rebounds.

The Mustangs will play ninth-seeded UTEP at 8:30 p.m. in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament Wednesday, March 9, in El Paso, Texas.

Marta Lesniak Named Conference USA Athlete of the Week

March 2, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams

Marta Lesniak, the nation's number five singles player, was named Confernece USA Athlete of the week. (PHOTO BY LAURA MURPHY/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

SMU junior Marta Lesniak has been named Conference USA Tennis Athlete of the Week after being an instrumental part in her team’s win over the weekend against No. 60 Fresno State.

The No. 5 singles player in the nation closed out Fresno State’s No. 99 Marianne Jodoin 6-3, 6-1 at the top singles position, giving her team the first singles point and an early 2-0 lead.

She also contributed to the doubles point earlier in the day by teaming up with Aleksandra Malyarchikova to down their opponents 8-5 at the No. 1 doubles position. The 6-1 win boosted SMU’s season record to 9-2.

Lesniak’s season record in singles is 8-2, with wins in the last six of seven matches. Along with Malyarchikova, she carries a 7-3 doubles record.

This is Lesniak’s first Athlete of the Week of her junior year and the sixth recognition of her career.

The SMU women’s tennis team next faces Tulsa on home turf Friday at the Turpin Tennis Center. Play starts at 2 p.m.

No. 29 SMU Women’s Tennis Downs No. 60 Fresno State

February 28, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams

The No. 29 SMU Women’s Tennis Team claimed another victory to improve its season record to 9-2 with an impressive 6-1 defeat over No. 60 Fresno State Sunday.

To start off the day, the Mustangs found themselves in a hard-fought battle to capture the doubles point.

At the No. 1 line, SMU pair Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova finished first with an 8-5 win over Jodoin and Modoc.

Bulldogs Pola and Hayley evened up the score with their 8-4 win over SMU’s Kris Roberts and Shahzoda Hatamova at the No. 3 spot.

With the point up for grabs, the No. 80 ranked duo of Heather Steinbauer and Edyta Cieplucha landed themselves in a heated tie-breaker to clinch the point. Down 4-2 early in the breaker, the team impressively battled back by winning the final five points to grab the doubles win.

When it came to singles play the Mustangs had no trouble defeating their opponents, winning 5 of 6 points in the singles arena.

Lesniak, nationally ranked No. 6 in singles, swept over No. 99 Marianne Jodoin 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 1 spot.

Hatamova gained the third point for the Mustangs with her 6-0, 6-2 win over Olga Kirpicheva at the No. 5 position.

Cieplucha sealed the deal for SMU’s win by breezing over her No. 2 spot opponent Abby Hayley 6-1, 6-2.

Malyarchikova increased the lead for SMU by beating Melissa McQueen 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4, and Steinbauer gained her own point with an intensely fought 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 win at the No. 3 position against Laura Pola.

Fresno State’s lone win of the day was Bianca Modoc’s defeat over Kris Roberts at the No. 6 position, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6.

The Mustang women’s tennis team hits the court again on Friday, March 4th when they host Conference USA rival No. 40 Tulsa at Turpin Tennis Center on the campus of SMU. Play starts at 2 p.m.

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SMU Swimming and Diving Take Second and Third at Conference Championships

February 28, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske

SMU men’s and women’s swimming and diving concluded the Conference USA Championships Sunday by setting four meet records. The men’s team earned runner-up honors, while the women placed third overall.

Senior captain Tom Cole set the example by earning top honors in the 200-yard breaststroke, earning him a time of 1:54.54 and setting a new meet record and earning him an NCAA B qualifying time. The captain was also named the Men’s Invitational Co-Swimmer of the meet along with Luca Mazzurana of Hawai’i. Cole aslo took top honors in the 100-yard breaststroke with an NCAA B time of 53.44.

Junior Mitchell Thomson excelled at long distances turning in a 15:1.78 time in the 1650-yard freestyle. The time earns Thomson NCAA B consideration.

The youngsters were also strong for the Mustangs this week. Sophomore Mindaugas Sadauskas also set a a new meet record in the 100-yard freestyle. The 43.04 time earns him an NCAA B consideration time. Freshman Braeden Newton took third in the 200-yard backstroke earning him a time of 1:29.23.

The women also put forth a strong performance last week. Junior Therese Svendsen was named Women’s Swimmer of the Meet for her second-straight year. Svendsen earned six gold medals at the event, setting Conferece USA record in the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes, breaking her own personal records and earning her NCAA B qualifying times.

Senior Audra Egenolf had a strong performance at the Championships as well, earning the Diver of the Year award with her first place finish and two second place finishes. Egenolf is qualified to compete in the NCAA Zone Diving Championships next month.

The underclassmen did well for the women as well. Freshman Alice McCall came in first in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time on 16:38.83, earning her a NCAA B qualifying time.

Watch out for these strong competitors in the NCAA Championships on March 17-19 in Austin, Texas for the women and on March 24-26 in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the men.

SMU Swimming Shines in Day One of Conference USA Championship

February 24, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske

Men’s and women’s swimming and diving hit the pool this week for the 2011 Conference USA Championships. In day one the Mustangs showed up strong swimming towards a first place start for the women and a fourth place start for the men.

The SMU women’s swim team swept both events in day one competition on Wednesday. The team of Therese Svendsen, Raminta Dvariskyte, Monika Babok and Nina Rangelova placed first in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:38:40.

The Mustangs also earned top honors in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 7:12:50. This time earns the Mustangs consideration for the NCAA Championships next month.

The men also earned NCAA consideration in both of their events this weekend, earning runner-up honors in both the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay.

In diving, Richard Cornelius earned a sixth place finish for the men with 285.55 points.

The Mustangs continues action in the Conference USA Championships for the rest of the week. You can watch it live here.

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