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Mustang Hoofprints: Nov. 17

November 17, 2011
By Chris Hmielewski , Marshall Independent

Hello Mustang Fans!

Today, I will be heading down to the University of Nebraska-Kearney to watch the SMSU volleyball team compete in their eighth straight NCAA Central Region Volleyball Tournament. The Mustangs will be playing Metro State (Colo.), out of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, at 5 p.m. in Kearney, Neb.

No. 9-ranked SMSU (23-6) earned the fifth seed in the Central Region, while No. 12-ranked Metro State (24-6) earned the fourth seed in the tournament. The winner of this match will take on the winner of Nebraska-Kearney and Colorado School of Mines at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

The other side of the bracket will have the third-seeded Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs matching up against No. 6-seeded Wayne State College, with this contest beginning at noon today. Concordia-St. Paul comes into the tournament at the number two seed, taking on conference rival Minnesota State-Mankato, who is seeded seventh. The winners of these matches will play on Friday in the other semifinal match, starting at 5 p.m.

For all your NCAA Central Region Volleyball news and information on SMSU athletics, go to

This Week in Mustang Athletics:

Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question

What Mustang wrestlers hold the

career record for most matches won while wearing the brown and gold?

The first person to email me at with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU t-shirt.

The Mustang football team (3-8, 3-7 NSIC, 1-5 NSIC South) concluded its season last Saturday with a heartbreaking 60-53 loss to the Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears in the Metrodome in Minneapolis. I would like to thank the 10 seniors for their leadership and dedication to our Mustang football program.

I would also like to congratulate our eight SMSU football players who were honored by the NSIC earning All-Conference accolades. Senior linebacker John Kersbergen, senior safety Levi Reiff, senior offensive lineman Brian Rodas, junior quarterback Tyler Peschong and sophomore punter Mike Wenk were all named second team All-NSIC South Division. Senior linebacker Phil Breidall, sophomore tight end Cody Condon and sophomore offensive lineman Brandon Puffer were named to the honorable mention All-NSIC South Division team.

The SMSU women's basketball team (0-1) will continue non-conference action today in Minot, N.D., taking on the Beavers of Minot State (1-1). The opening tip is set for 6 p.m. at the MSU Dome. The Mustangs are coming off a loss to the University of Sioux Falls last Saturday afternoon in their season opener. SMSU was lead by Abby Kenealy, who scored 20 points and had five rebounds in the game.

The SMSU wheelchair basketball team will be on the road this weekend, playing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Turkey Shootout in Salt Lake City. SMSU will play five games in three days at the tournament.

The SMSU men's basketball team lost in a close contest against NCAA Division I Wisconsin-Milwaukee 71-65 in the Mustangs' season opener last Saturday. Jordan Miller led SMSU with 16 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and nine assists, while Nick Smith scored a career-high 13 points with seven rebounds.

The Mustangs will now have to wait 13 days before continuing non-conference action on Friday, Nov. 25, taking on Michigan Tech at the Bemidji State Classic

The SMSU wrestling team will continue its season on Saturday at the Concordia-Moorhead Open in Moorhead, before opening its dual schedule at home against St. Olaf on Nov. 30. The Mustangs are coming off their best finish in the Bison Open last Saturday, placing six Mustang wrestlers in the tournament.

Good luck to all of our teams this week and Believe in Brown!

n No one was able to provide the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Question: How many 100-point games have the SMSU women's basketball team had in its 42-year history? The Mustang women's basketball team has had eight 100-point games in the history of the program, with four of the eight 100-point games coming during the 2008 campaign.



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