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Mustangs Host Doubletree Classic; First Match Thursday Against Wichita State At 7 P.M.

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Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week, Caroline Young leads the Mustangs into their home opener against Wichita State Thursday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the SMU Doubletree Classic in Moody Coliseum. The Mustangs will take on Texas State Friday at 7:30 p.m. and face Auburn in the final match of the tournament Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

The Last Meeting
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September 3, 2010
Moody Coliseum
SMU Volleyball Beats Bobcats In Doubletree Invitational, 3-1
DALLAS (SMU) --- Behind 18 Dana Powell kills, the SMU Mustangs (5-0) defeated the Texas State Bobcats on Friday night, 3-1, to win their second match of the day in the Doubletree Invitational at Moody Coliseum.

The Last Meeting
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August 26, 2006
Dallas, Texas
SMU Volleyball Outlasts Auburn, 3-2
SMU and Auburn went point-for-point into five games tonight. The Mustangs were able to put the Tigers away in the fifth game for a 3-2 (27-30, 30-28, 30-25, 19-30, 15-12) win. With this win, the Mustangs remain undefeated at 3-0 and hand Auburn their first lost of the season (2-1).

The University is sponsoring a "Pack the House" for students at Thursday's match. McAllister's Deli is providing food for the event after the match against the Shockers. Members of the SMU football team, as well as the volleyball team, will also be available for autographs.

The Mustangs, who have had as many as five freshmen and sophomores on the court at once, enter their home tournament 2-4, including a hard-fought, five-set loss at Georgia Tech. Young, a sophomore outside hitter, leads the team and is fifth in Conference USA with 3.81 kills per set. The Mustangs are fourth in the league in blocks per set, averaging 2.10, led by junior transfer Maddie Lozano, who has 23 blocks, and senior Courtney Manning, who has 18 blocks on the season and is seven away from 500 in her career.

Wichita State is 3-3 overall, including a win over No. 24 Colorado State and a five-set loss to No. 14 Tennessee. The Shockers lost their last two matches in five sets after winning three straight. Kelsey Banwart leads the team with 76 kills, averaging 2.92 per set, and is one of three Shockers with at least 60 kills. Defensively, Wichita State averages 15.12 digs per set, and Ashley Andrade and Sam Sanders both have more than 20 blocks.

Texas State enters the tournament 4-4 after a loss at Baylor snapped a four-match winning streak. Alexandra Simms leads the team with 83 kills, averaging 3.07 per set, and Ashlee Hilbun has 72 kills, averaging 2.67 per set.

Auburn comes into the tournament with a 7-0 record, with only the first match of the season against Central Michigan going five sets. The Tigers have swept five matches, and have four players with at least 50 kills, led by Sarah Bullock, who is averaging 3.04 kills per set with 70.

The Mustangs are 5-2 all-time against the field, with a 2-0 record against Texas State. Both wins against the Bobcats were 3-1 victories in the SMU Doubletree Classic, coming in 2009 and 2010. SMU is 2-1 all-time against Auburn, taking the last two from the Tigers. The last time the two met was in 2006 when SMU claimed a 3-2 win at home. SMU is 1-1 against Wichita State, winning 3-1 in 1996 and falling 3-0 on the road in 2010.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore Caroline Young was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Mustangs with 53 kills in three matches at the TCU Nike Invitational, conference officials announced Monday. Young, a native of Brenham, Texas, recorded career-highs with 23 kills and 18 digs for her first double-double in a four-set match against Army, and led the Mustangs to their second sweep of the season with 18 kills in a 3-0 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The outside hitter, who was named to the C-USA All-Freshman team last season, climbed to fifth in the conference with 3.81 kills per set after averaging 5.30 in the last three matches. She had eight kills in the third set against TAMU-CC, and also had five kills and three aces in the 26-24 first-set win over the Islanders.

MANNING CHASING CAREER RECORDS
Courtney Manning broke her own SMU single-season blocks record last season with an NCAA-high 185 total blocks. As a sophomore, Manning posted 162 blocks, breaking Natalie Peters' record of 151 set in 2005. Manning is third all-time in Conference USA for a season. The senior is second on the career chart at SMU with 493 total blocks, and ranks ninth in C-USA. Kendra Kahanek holds the school record with 530 blocks, and Stephanie Meinig set the conference mark with 593.

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Courtney Manning was named First Team All-Conference USA and All-Midwest Region honorable mention after leading the nation with 185 blocks as a junior. She averaged 1.45 blocks per set, and led the team with a .307 attack percentage. The middle blocker was third on the team with 274 kills and had 79 digs. Manning earned second team All-Conference honors as a sophomore.

ALL-FRESHMEN TEAM
Caroline Young became the first Mustang to be named to the C-USA All-Freshmen team since Dana Powell earned the honor in 2008. Powell went on to earn All-Conference USA accolades the next three years, and was twice selected as All-America Honorable Mention. Young finished her first season with 250 kills, hitting .241. She also had 43 digs and 59 blocks.

GETTING DEFENSIVE
The Mustangs have led Conference USA in blocks in each of the last three seasons and four times in the past six years, and ranked no worse than third in digs in the past five season. SMU led the conference in digs in 2010, and was second in the league in 2007, 2009 and 2011. The Mustangs were 11th in the nation last season with 2.78 blocks per set, and 40th in digs per set with 17.05. Courtney Manning and Caroline Daly were each in the top-50 in the country in blocks, while Sidney Stewart was 60th with 4.88 digs per set.

TEAM CAPTAINS
Seniors Courtney Manning, Susan Lewis and Olivia Bailey were elected by their teammates to serve as team captains. The trio mixes experience in the program with a fresh take from Bailey, who returns home to Dallas after three seasons at Loyola Marymount in California. Bailey ranks fifth all-time at LMU in assists with 2,340 in three seasons. Courtney Manning, a three-year starter for the Mustangs, has 475 career blocks, and broke her own single-season school-record with 185 blocks last season. She was named first team All-Conference USA, and garnered All-Midwest Region honors as well. Susan Lewis has played in 208 sets in 71 matches as a defensive specialist. She has 261 career digs and 17 assists.

2011 BLOCK PARTY
Caroline Daly became just the fifth Mustang to have at least 150 total blocks in a season. The sophomore finished the year with 155 blocks, ranking third behind a pair of marks set by teammate Courtney Manning. Daly was 45th in the NCAA last season, averaging 1.21 blocks per set. She also had 86 kills, 29 digs and five assists.

TALENTED TRANSFERS
After losing four seniors last season, and entering this season with just two returning seniors, the Mustangs added experience to the young roster with transfers Olivia Bailey and Maddie Lozano. Bailey climbed into the top-five at Loyola Marymount in assists with 2,340 in three years. The Dallas native returned home for her senior season, joined by Lozano, who brings PAC 12 experience to the SMU program. The 6-2 middle blocker played in 49 matches at Arizona over her first two seasons, with 72 blocks and 71 kills.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Freshman outside hitter Cailin Bula and senior middle blocker Courtney Manning were named to the Georgia Tech Courtyard Invitational All-Tournament team, leading the Mustangs to a 3-0 win over Charleston Southern, and a five-set loss to Georgia Tech. Bula led the team with 34 kills, hitting .410, and Manning hit .391 with 23 kills and had 12 blocks. Caroline Young was named to the TCU Nike Invitational All-Tournament Team after leading SMU with 53 kills in three matches.

BULA'S FAST START
Cailin Bula led the Mustangs and was second in Conference USA, hitting .410 over the first weekend of matches. The freshman hit .733 in the first match of the season, scoring 12 kills with one error in 15 attacks. The Austin, Texas native had 13 kills against Georgia Tech and finished with nine kills against Cal State Fullerton. She was 14th in C-USA with 3.09 kills per set.

ARMSTRONG GOES FOR DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Carla Armstrong accomplished the first double-double of the season for the Mustangs, scoring 10 kills with 10 digs against Cal State Fullerton for the first of her career. The sophomore finished the weekend with 27 kills, 20 digs and had six blocks. She also had two assists and five aces, ranking second on the team with 35.0 points scored.

BUILDING BLOCKS
The Mustangs are fourth in Conference USA in blocks per set after the first six matches, averaging 2.10 per set. Junior transfer Maddie Lozano, who is 6-1, has a team-high 23 blocks, and is third in the league with 1.10 per set. Six-foot middle blocker Courtney Manning has 18 blocks, needing just seven to reach 500 in her career. Outside hitter Caroline Young also has 11 blocks.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore Caroline Young was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Mustangs with 53 kills in three matches at the TCU Nike Invitational, conference officials announced Monday. Young, a native of Brenham, Texas, recorded career-highs with 23 kills and 18 digs for her first double-double in a four-set match against Army, and led the Mustangs to their second sweep of the season with 18 kills in a 3-0 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The outside hitter, who was named to the C-USA All-Freshman team last season, climbed to fifth in the conference with 3.81 kills per set after averaging 5.30 in the last three matches. She had eight kills in the third set against TAMU-CC, and also had five kills and three aces in the 26-24 first-set win over the Islanders.

FILLING THE VOID
Senior Susan Lewis and sophomore Julianne Scheidler were called upon to fill the void left by the graduation of libero Sidney Stewart, SMU's all-time digs leader. The duo had combined for just 305 digs in four total seasons, less than half of Stewart's single-season record 625 as a senior. In just six matches this season, Lewis and Scheidler have combined for 114 of SMU's 295 digs, and Lewis is in the top-20 in Conference USA with 2.90 per set.

 

 

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