No. 26 SMU Women’s Tennis Triumphs Over LSU Tigers

February 21, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams

Sunday the No. 26 Mustang women’s tennis team defeated LSU 5-2 at SMU’s Turpin Tennis Center, boosting their record to 8-2 this spring.

Heather Steinbauer reaches to return her LSU opponent's serve. (PHOTO BY LAURA MURPHY/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

SMU started the day strong by winning all three doubles positions to win the doubles point. The Mustangs have now won eight out of ten of their doubles points this spring.

Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova improved their record to 5-3 with their 8-3 win over the No. 39 ranked pair of Wolf and Frankenberger at the top doubles position. The Mustang duo’s record against nationally ranked opponents is now 2-2.

Heather Steinbauer and Edyta Cieplucha grabbed the win over Burns and Vlaar 8-5. Steinbauer and Cieplucha, 7-1 on the season, are now seated at No. 80 in the ITA doubles rankings.

Ashley Turpin and Shahzoda Hatamova defeated Wilson and Morton 8-5, making their spring record 6-3.

In singles play, the Mustangs won four out of the six positions to claim the final victory over the Tigers.

SMU’s No. 5 Lesniak, although injured, battled out a win in the No. 1 singles position against No. 60 Whitney Wolf with sets of 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. This win for Lesniak, now 7-2 this spring, marks her 11th success over a nationally ranked opponent.

Marta Lesniak, the nation's number two singles player, closed out her opponent on Sunday. (PHOTO BY LAURA MURPHY/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Cieplucha made her third consecutive match win after downing LSU’s Kaitlin Burns 6-1, 6-3. She is now 7-2 this season at the No. 2 singles position.

Steinbauer sealed her point for the Mustangs at the No. 3 position with her defeat over Keri Frankenberger 6-3, 6-3.

Newly ranked nationally at No. 112, Malyarchikova got herself a winning point for SMU by sweeping over her opponent Yvette Vlaar 6-1, 6-2.

The two points won by LSU were at the No. 4 and No. 6 spots. Ebie Wilson performed a 6-4, 6-2 match win over Hatamova at No. 4, and Ariel Morton was in the lead with a 6-3 win when Turpin retired mid-match in the second set. Play was at 3-1 in favor of Morton.

The Mustang women’s tennis team hits the court again on Wednesday, February 23rd when they host No. 53 TCU at Turpin Tennis Center on the campus of SMU. Play starts at 6 p.m.

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SMU Men’s Basketball: Winter Break Recap

January 18, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske

While most SMU students where home with family during the winter break, the SMU men’s basketball team was back in the Big D in the middle of conference play. The Mustangs (10-7, 1-2 Conference USA) went 5-3 over the break and 1-2 in conference play.

The Mustangs gave an impressive performance at home, winning four out of six home games during the break.

SMU Tops Memphis

The Mustangs defeated the Memphis Tigers (14-5, 1-1) at home for the second consecutive year on January 12. SMU came from behind to defeat the Tigers 64-58.

Senior Papa Dia registered 22 points for the Mustangs, while Junior Robert Nyakundi and Senior Collin Mangrum each added 15 points to the final score.

The Mustangs trailed by 14 in the first half but rallied back with 17 unanswered points. Memphis was scoreless for nine minutes during the second half. The Mustangs were able to capitalize off 18 Memphis turnovers. The comeback ties SMU’s largest comeback in a Conference USA game.

Papa Dia Shines

Senior Forward Papa Dia has been hot all season for the Mustangs. Dia was named Conference USA player of the week last week or his outstanding play in the games against Memphis and Houston.

Dia averaged 22.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and four blocks in the two games. In both games he had double-doubles and shot a precise 60 percent from the floor. Against Houston Dia racked up a career-high seven blocks.

Dia has been a constant force for the Mustangs. He has eight 20 or more point Conference USA games and is now ranked 27th all-time at SMU in career points (1098). Dia has also recorded his seventh double-double this season against Houston, making it the 20th of his career.

Conference USA Play

The Mustangs fell to conference foes Houston (10-6, 2-1) and Tulane (12-5, 2-2) over the break.

The Houston Cougars edged by the Mustangs in the last minute to defeat the Mustang 70-68 on January 15. The Tulane Green Wave defeated SMU 79-70 on January 8.

The Mustangs continue conference play at UAB (12-4, 2-1) on January 19 at 7 p.m.

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Lady Mustangs Soccer: Fighting Young

September 27, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

By Morgan Maddox

The SMU women’s soccer team searched for its third win of the season Friday night at Westcott Field against the Colorado College Tigers, but came up short as the Tigers grasped a 2-1 win at both team’s Conference USA opener.

“I think we worked hard as a team, and didn’t get lucky in the end,” said sophomore midfielder Lauren Shepherd.

Shepherd scored the Mustangs only goal for the night when she blasted a 25-yard shot from left field over the goalkeeper’s head and into the upper right corner. The goal was scored in the 60th minute of the game in response to a Tigers goal, which had been scored nine minutes earlier by Molly Uyenshi.

“I didn’t have any other option, it was wide open. That was a pretty lucky shot,” Shepherd said.

The Lady Mustangs had been shooting from a distance all night, and Shepherd knew they would eventually get past the Tigers freshman goalkeeper Caitlin Hulyo.

“The goal was scored by design,” said assistant coach Derek Leader.

SMU outshot the Tigers 19-3 with eight shots on goal. Colorado only had two shots on goal, but managed to get both shots past SMU goalkeeper Ashley Gunter. The Tigers second and winning goal came in the 84th minute of the game when sophomore forward Sydney Fetter touched a rebound at point blank range to the lower right corner to get passed Gunter.

“I don’t think they were that good. I don’t think we did our job,” Leader said, after the upset.

The young Mustang team made up of 17 freshmen, is still searching for success, but more importantly they are seeking consistency.

“We want to do it [move and pass] more consistently. We need consistency; we panic sometimes,” Leader said.

Though the team’s strength cannot be seen in its numbers, the team has been recognized for its willingness to fight. While playing against the University of Southern California this season, the radio announcer spoke of how difficult it is to root against the Mustangs, because they were doing nothing but fighting and battling against the fifth ranked team in the nation.

The Mustangs (2-7-1) prepare for their second consecutive home game this Sunday at 2 p.m. against The University of Texas El Paso Miners. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS College Sports.