Women’s Golf Finishes Sixth at Conference USA Championship

April 20, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

The SMU women’s golf team finished sixth this weekend at the 2011 Conference USA Women’s Golf Championship at the Peninsula Golf Racquet Club. The Mustangs were just nine strokes away from the first place finishers.

SMU has three top-20 finishers with Amy Ruengmateekhum, Felicia Espericueta and Maria Elena Villamil. The Freshman Ruengmateekhun tied for 10th place overall after shooting a 76 on day three.

The Daily Update: Tuesday, April 19

April 19, 2011 by · Comments Off 

A 23-year-old exchange student is dead after being attacked in her dorm room. Her boyfriend witnessed it all via webcam. Wildfires continue to spread across Texas, and religious leaders are furious over Lady Gaga’s new single. All this and more on your Daily Update.

SMU Men’s Tennis Loses to Rice 5-2 in Regular Season Closer

April 18, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

The SMU men’s tennis team finished regular season play with a 5-2 loss against conference rival Rice on Saturday. The Mustangs end their season with an overall record of 16-8 and 3-2 in conference matches.

The Mustangs didn’t win the doubles point, but made the Owls work for the win– sending two of the matches to tiebreakers.

SMU’s No. 88 ranked duo Artem Baradach and Caston Cuadranti battled it out against Rice’s No. 80 ranked pair of Peter Frank and Sam Garforth-Bles, but lost 8-7 (7-3).

Another SMU pair, Adham el-Effendi and Darren Walsh, didn’t give up their match easily. They played hard against Owls Christian Saravia and Michael Nuesslein for a close 9-8 (7-5) loss. Rice’s Oscar Podlewski and Harry Fowler overtook SMU’s Tobias Flood and Joseph Hattrup 8-4.

In singles, the Mustangs picked up two wins, one by Baradach and the other by Mischa Nowicki.

Baradach, the nation’s No. 44 singles player, defeated Rice’s No. 96 Fowler 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. Badarach finishes his season with a record of 11-4. Mischa Nowicki picked up the other win when he downed Saravia 6-4, 6-1.

The Mustangs return to the courts this weekend for the Conference USA Men’s Tennis Championship Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

For more information, visit www.smumustangs.com.

No. 32 Women’s Tennis Finishes Off Wichita State in Regular Season Finale

April 18, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

The No. 32 Mustangs ended their regular season play Saturday with a 5-2 win over Wichita State. Heading into the Conference USA Championship Tournament this weekend in Orlando the team is 19-4.

SMU started the day by winning two of three doubles matches to capture the doubles point.

Top duo Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova downed Fernandez/Blaskova 8-6, their 17th win this spring.

At No. 2 Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer defeated Budiharto/Zotter with an 8-3 win. The pair now has a record of 17-4.

In singles, Mustangs won their matches in the top four positions to secure the SMU win.

No. 10 singles player in the nation Lesniak swept over Budiharto 6-0, 6-2 and now has 20 match wins under her belt this spring. In the SMU program, the junior is in a tie for second place on the all-time single season wins list (38) and fifth place on the all-time career wins list (81).

Edyta Cieplucha managed a win over Zotter 7-6, 3-6, 10-3 at the No. 2 position.

Malyarchikova, ranked No. 122 in the nation, had a 6-2, 6-0 win over Blaskova.

The last SMU singles win of the day was Steinbauer’s defeat over Venticinque, 6-2, 6-4.

The Mustangs return to the courts this weekend at the 2011 Conference USA Women’s Tennis Tournament hosted by UCF in Orlando.

For more information, visit www.smumustangs.com.

Coaching Legend Named Women’s Golf Head Coach

April 13, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marisaa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

Former Aggies coach Jeanne Sutherland was named head coach for the Lady Mustang golf team this week. Sutherland was a two-time regional Coach of the Year and four-time conference Coach of the Year during her 15 years at Texas A&M.

Director of Athletics Steve Orsini says that Sutherland’s record of success is what SMU needs to play on a competitive national level.

Sutherland record is almost spotless. She transformed the A&M program into one of the best in the nation. While Sutherland was with A&M the Aggies were consistently in the top 25 national rankings. Once she took control of the program the Aggies captured 13 tournament crowns and three Big 12 Conference titles. Prior to Sutherland’s arrival the Aggies had limited success.

No. 33 SMU Women’s Tennis Tramples Over USCB, Head Coach Breaks Record

March 28, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

After her team’s 6-1 win over No. 66 UC-Santa Barbara on Saturday, SMU women’s tennis team head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner broke the record for career wins. Her record is now 95-27 (.779) after holding her position for just five years. With the victory, the team improved to 13-4 this spring.

The previous record was held by Owen McHaney, with a record of 94-80 (.540) from 1982-1987.

In the doubles arena, all three Mustangs duos won their matches to once again capture the doubles point.

At the top doubles line, Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova beat Natalia Lozano and Jordan Dockendorf 8-3.

Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer followed suit with another 8-3 win over their UCSB opponents Jill Damion and Kiersten Meehan at the No. 3 position.

Then No. 2 partners Shahzoda Hatamova and Kris Roberts finished things off nicely with an 8-2 victory against Sofia Novak and Paola Cos.

The Mustangs continued to dominate as play moved to singles matches, allowing the Mustangs to easily attain their 6-1 triumph.

SMU women’s top line singles athlete Lesniak, the No. 9 singles player in the nation, defeated Lozano 6-2, 6-2. Lesniak has won 10 consecutive matches and has a record of 14-2 this spring. Her overall season record is 32-5.

Cieplucha easily swept over UCSB’s Damion at the No. 2 spot with set wins of 6-2 and 6-1. She is now 11-5 this spring.

Also winning her 11th match this spring, Steinbauer beat Dockendorf with two 6-4 wins at the No. 4 position.

SMU’s final victory came with Hatamova’s 6-4, 6-3 win over Cos at No. 5.

With this new winning record for Meisner, her next goal is to become the first SMU women’s tennis coach to reach 100 career wins.

The SMU women’s tennis team hits the court again on Saturday, April 2nd when they travel to Orlando, Florida to face Conference USA enemy UCF. The Mustangs stay in Florida on Sunday to battle Florida International. Play begins at 10 a.m. CT both days.

For more information, visit www.smumustangs.com.

No. 33 SMU Women’s Tennis Falls Short Against No. 9 Baylor, 4-3

March 24, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

Wednesday the No. 33 SMU Women’s Tennis Team battled it out against No. 9 Baylor University but ultimately suffered a defeat of 4-3. The match puts the Mustangs at 12-4 this spring while the Bears are now 12-3.

SMU made the first strike against their opponent by winning an intense fight for the doubles point.

To start off, Shahzoda Hatamova and Kris Roberts gave it their all but were brought down by Baylor’s Taylor Ormond and Karolina Filipiak 8-5 at the No. 3 line.

Then the No. 2 spot, Mustangs Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer answered back with an 8-6 win over Diana Nakic and Sona Navakova.

No. 1 position duo Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova confirmed the winning point for the ‘Stangs with a fierce 9-7 finish against Jelena Stanivuk and Nina Secerbegovic.

The Bears were quick to put their own points up once singles play began, winning the first four matches and securing the win.

At the No. 6 line, Ormond took out Roberts with back to back 6-1 match scores. The Bears then gained the lead with Nakic downing Steinbauer at No. 3 with 6-3, 6-0 wins.

To further Baylor’s lead, Secerbegovic defeated Cieplucha with two 6-3 victories at No. 2.

The final point needed to clinch the win for the Bears came down to the No. 5 line, with Filipak achieving success against Hatamova 6-4, 6-2.

SMU gained their two singles points in final two matches, which were still carried out although the final win was decided.

Both the matches of Malyarchikova and Lesniak came down to super-tiebreakers. At the No. 4 spot, Malyarchikova won the first set 6-4, but lost to Stanivuk 6-1 in the second set. During the breaker, Malyarchikova turned on her afterburners to pull out a 10-7 win and a point for her team.

Lesniak, No. 9 in the nation, played a close game with Baylor’s No. 11 nationally ranked Novakova. Lesniak claimed the first set with a 6-4 finish, while Novakova grasped the second, 6-3. The suspenseful tiebreaker had Lesniak fighting off multiple match points, but ended with Lesniak coming out on top with a 14-12 victory.

The SMU women’s tennis team hits the court again Saturday, March 26 when they host UC Santa Barbara at the Turpin Tennis Center. Play begins at noon.

For more information, visit www.smumustangs.com.

The Daily Update: Thursday, March 24

March 24, 2011 by · Comments Off 

The disaster in Japan is already having an affect on car factories in the U.S., one of Hollywood’s most legendary stars is dead and the Mustangs take on the Santa Clara Broncos Friday as SMU hosts the Final Four this weekend. All this and more on today’s Daily Update.

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Mustangs Advance to CIT Semifinals After Defeating Northern Iowa

March 22, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Erica Penunuri
epenunuri@smu.edu

SMU Men’s Basketball have not seen this many victories in a post season since 1956. Thanks to Monday night’s victory over Northern Iowa, 57-50, the ‘Stangs advance to the Semifinals in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

The game started off tight as the Northern Iowa Panthers took the lead. It didn’t take long for the Mustangs to regroup as they set the lead in little as 4 minutes into the game. From there on out, the boys not only shielded Iowa but set some great personal and team records.

Papa Dia led SMU with 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, making for his 16th double-double of the season (29th of his career).

Teammates Collin Mangrum and Robert Nyakundi followed with 11 points each. Mangrum also contributed with five rebounds and three assists while Nyakundi extended his personal best of three-pointers hit in a season to 93.

Mustangs stomped out Northern Iowa in rebounds and defensive playing.

SMU looks to break school history with making it to the fourth game in postseason. The Mustangs are the first to advance in the CIT semifinals. They either play the Santa Clara Broncos (21-14) or the San Francisco Dons (19-14) at Moody Coliseum on Friday at 7 p.m.

SMU Athletics: Spring Break Recap

March 21, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Marissa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

While most SMU students were at home or on a beach somewhere, the devoted SMU students athletes continued to play as their season continued on.

It was a successful week for the Mustangs with men’s basketball, women’s swimming and track all stepping up to the plate and delivering for SMU athletics.

Men’s Baksetball

Over spring break, men’s basketball won it’s first postseason game since 1988 with a victory over Oral Roberts in round one of the CIT (CollegeInsider.com Tournament). This was SMU’s first postseason appearance since 2000.

In the victory, senior Papa Dia continued his regular season dominace with 17 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots. The victory allowed SMU to continue on to round two of the CIT.

In the second round of the CIT the Mustangs came up successful against Jacksonville. In the 63-62 victory, the Mustangs shot 63.2 percent from the field, topping jacksonville’s 35.1 percent.

Papa Dia continued to impress with 24 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Jeremiah Samarippas had a career-high 16 points, hitting 3-for-3 from the 3-point line.

The Mustangs compete in the quarterfinals of the CIT this Monday, March 21 against Northern Iowa.

Women’s Swimming

Women’s swimming finished out their 2010-2011 season with a 36th place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Junior swimmer Therese Svendsen earned the honor of All-American as she placed ninth in the 100-yard backstoke. Freshmen Nina Rangelova and Genny Konicke also competed for SMU in the NCAA Championships.

Track and Field

SMU track and field kicked of their 2011 outdoor season last week at the TCU invitational. Several Mustangs set personal bests while in Fort Worth.

Junior Ayla Gill went for 61.70 meters in the hammer throw, topping the rest of the field by over ten meters and setting her personal best.

Egheosa Osawemsenza and Mary Alenbratt also set personal bests with a 1:03.86 finish in the 400 meter hurdles and a 2:09.81 second place finish in the 800 meter run respectively.

Viktoria Leks and Lisa Egarter took the second and third spots in the high jump while Silje Fjortoft and Lara Bodinson also placed second and third respectively in the 1500 meter run.

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