Hello Mustang Fans!
The No. 1-ranked SMSU volleyball team (23-1 overall, 15-1 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) was ranked third in the first NCAA Division II Central Region rankings released earlier this week by the NCAA national committee.
The Mustangs lead the NSIC with a 15-1 record and have a 20-1 record versus teams in the NCAA Central Region.
SMSU is one of six NSIC schools to appear in the regional rankings along with No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul, No. 5 Minnesota-Duluth, No. 8 Wayne State, No. 9 Minnesota State-Mankato and No. 10 Augustana. The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association has four teams ranked this week with No. 2 Central Missouri, No. 4 Washburn (Kan.), No. 6 Truman State (Mo.) and No. 7 Nebraska-Kearney.
The top eight teams in the 40-team region will advance to the NCAA region tournament, which takes place Nov. 29- Dec. 2. Automatic bids are granted to the winners of the NSIC and MIAA postseason tournaments, with the remaining six spots awarded on an at-large basis. The newlyformed Great American Conference is also in the region, but is not awarded an automatic bid for this season.
Tonight, the Mustang volleyball team will take on conference rival Wayne State starting at 7 p.m. in Wayne, Neb., before returning home on Saturday with a 4 p.m. match versus Augustana.
What Mustang wrestler holds the career record for pins at SMSU?
The first person to email me at MustangHoofPrints@SMSU.edu with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU t-shirt.
The SMSU soccer team (7-9-1 overall, 5-8-1 NSIC) finished its season this past weekend with a 2-0 loss to Wayne State in Wayne, Neb. The Mustangs finished 11th in the NSIC this season, and their seven wins this fall is the most wins 2004. Congratulations to head coach TJ Buchholz and the Mustang soccer team on a great season that saw improvements in every aspect of the program.
The SMSU football team (3-6 NSIC, 2-3 NSIC South) will return home on Saturday to face Concordia-St. Paul (2-7 NSIC, 1-4 NSIC South) with the game time scheduled for 1 p.m. at Mattke Field at the Regional Event Center. SMSU and CU enter as two of the top offensive units in the NSIC. SMSU is ranked fifth in total offense, including fifth in rushing offense, while CU is seventh in total offense, including seventh in passing offense. The Mustangs will complete the 2012 season next Saturday, playing host to Augustana on Nov. 10.
The SMSU women's and men's cross country teams return to competition this weekend at the NCAA II Central Region Championships in Joplin, Mo., on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. The men's 10,000-meter race begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the women's 6,000-meter race at 10:30 a.m. This will be SMSU's first NCAA region race since the program was reinstated earlier this summer.
On the men's side, the top four teams and top three individuals not from a qualifying team advance to the national championships, while on the women's side, the top five teams and top three individuals not from a qualifying team advance. The NCAA II National Championship will be held Nov. 17 in Joplin, Mo.
The SMSU men's basketball was successful in beating the SMSU Alumni last Saturday on Andy Wiersma Day 72-64. The Mustangs were led by Jordan Miller who recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Nick Smith added 14 points and six rebounds, while Lavione West chipped in with nine points. Undre Ellis led the Alumni team with 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting, with Matt Fletcher adding 12 points. SMSU will continue exhibition play on Monday, hosting St. Olaf College at 8:00 pm in the R/A Facility.
The SMSU women's basketball lost Wednesday night to the Creighton Bluejays 90-60 in an exhibition game in Omaha, Neb., at the D.J. Sokol Arena. The Mustangs had three players hit double digits in scoring, as the Mustangs were led by freshman point guard Annessa Rosch's 15 points. Bree Holleman added 10 points on 4 of 11 shooting, while Hope Bonlander had 10 points on 5 of 7 shooting. The Mustangs will play their final exhibition on Monday against Bethel University at the R/A Facility at 6:15 p.m.
The Mustang wheelchair basketball team lost four games last weekend to the University of Illinois men's and women's team in Marshall. The Mustangs' next competition will be Nov. 10-11 as they play host to Madonna on the campus of SMSU.
The SMSU wrestling team will head to Fargo, N.D., on Nov. 10 to compete in the Bison Open. The first home dual for the Mustangs will be on Dec. 5 against Morningside College in the PE Gym at 7 p.m.
For all the information on SMSU Athletics, please go to SMSUmustangs.com.
I would like to wish all of our teams the best of luck this season!
- Congratulations to Rick Haberman, who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Question: Who won last year's game between the Mustang men's basketball team and the SMSU Alumni men's basketball squad as part of Andy Wiersma Day? The SMSU men's basketball team beat the Alumni 68-59.