Nov. 13, 2013
The Last Meeting
October 13, 2013
Mustangs Suffer First Conference Road Loss At Temple
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (SMU) - The Mustangs suffered their first road conference loss at Temple Sunday, falling 3-1 after coming up two points short in an extended fourth set (25-19, 25-23, 14-25, 28-26). Caroline Young led SMU with a match-high 14 kills, and Abbey Bybel scored 12, but it wasn't enough to get the fourth straight road win in conference matches.
The Last Meeting
October 11, 2013
Mustangs Dominant In 3-1 Win At Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (SMU) - Four Mustangs finished with at least 10 kills to lead SMU to a 3-1 win at Memphis Friday night (25-13, 24-26, 25-11, 25-17). Abbey Bybel led the team with a match-high 15 kills, and Caroline Young had 14, reaching double digits for the 10th time in the last 11 matches. Maddie Lozano and freshman Kristen Stehling each finished with 11.
The Mustangs host Temple Friday at 7 p.m. and Memphis Sunday at 1 p.m. in the final home matches of the regular season. The SMU volleyball program will honor its two seniors, Caroline Daly
and Maddie Lozano
, in a ceremony before Sunday's match. SMU enters the weekend fourth in the American Athletic Conference with a 9-4 record, 17-9 overall. The Mustangs are one match out of second with five matches left to play.
In conference matches, the Mustangs are the league's second most effecient offense, hitting .226, led by Caroline Young, who is ninth in the league in American matches with a .288 attack percentage. The junior also ranks fourth with 3.36 kills per match and is averaging 3.33 overall, fifth in the conference. Avery Acker is one of just two setters in the American averaging more than 10 assists per set, ranking second with 11.15 in conference matches, and freshman Morgan Heise is averaging nearly four digs per set.
SMU had won five straight matches, its longest winning streak of the season, before falling 3-1 at Louisville, which is 13-0 in the league. Temple enter the match one win behind SMU at 8-4 in league play, 17-7 overall, and won 3-1 at home against SMU in the first meeting. The Owls are holding opponents to a league-low .167 attack percentage overall, and Temple is second in league matches with 17.43 digs per set. Gabriella Matautia leads the team with 3.45 kills per set, and Alyssa Drachslin is averaging 4.46 digs.
Memphis enters the weekend 12-14 overall and 4-8 in American matches, losing four of its last five. The Tigers have lost eight of their last 11 overall, including a 3-1 loss to SMU in Memphis in the first matchup of the season. Catlin Lilly leads the team as a freshman with 3.25 kills per set, and Aleksandra Petronijevic leads the league with 5.08 digs per set.
ON THE MARK
The Mustangs are third in the American Athletic Conference, hitting .230 as a team. In conference matches, SMU is hitting .226, which ranks second. Freshman Janelle Giordano leads the team and ranks sixth in the league, hitting .278. Junior Caroline Young leads the team with 3.33 kills per set and ranks seventh in the American with a .270 attack percentage.
Avery Acker is second in the American, averaging 10.93 assists per set. She is the only player in the league with more than 500 assists in conference matches, recording 524 with five matches left. She has 995 assists on the season, needing just five more to become only the sixth player in program history with 1,000 assists in a season. Acker also became just the second player in SMU history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. The sophomore has a 3.95 GPA in business. She has finished with at least 50 assists in a match five times, including two American matches. Acker has a team-high nine double-doubles, including five conference matches, scoring a season-high 17 digs at Rutgers with 51 assists.
OFF THE BLOCK
The Mustangs are fourth in the American Athletic Conference with 2.35 blocks per set, and SMU has 125.0 blocks in American matches. Maddie Lozano is fifth in the league with 1.13 blocks per set, and has 102 total blocks. She has 234 in just two seasons on the Hilltop, ranking 10th all-time at SMU. The senior needs 35 blocks to pass Dana Powell (268 from 2008-11) for ninth at SMU. Freshman Janelle Giordano is seventh in the league with 91 blocks. SMU has 226.0 blocks on the season, including a season-high 13.5 against San Francisco.
The Mustangs lead the American with 66 aces in conference matches, and rank fourth overall with 131. Three SMU players rank in the top 10 in the league, both overall and in American matches, led by Cailin Bula, who leads the league with 0.38 aces per set and has 26 for the season. Caroline Young is third, averaging 0.34, and she is second with 33 aces in 96 sets. Maddie Lozano is 10th with 23 total aces, averaging 0.26 per set.
LEADING THE ATTACK
Caroline Young leads the Mustangs in kills, 320, aces, 33, and points, 384.0. She ranks fifth in the American with 3.33 kills per set, and is fourth the league with 3.36 per set in conference matches. Her 33 aces are second overall. The junior also has 153 digs, including a season-high 15 at Rutgers for her second of four double-doubles on the season, and 61 blocks. As a sophomore, Young earned All-America honorable mention, and she is on pace to climb into the top 10 all-time in kills at SMU, needing 33 to reach 1,000 in her career. She has earned three conference Player of the Week awards this season, one of just three American players to win the award multiple times.
THE DIFFERENT JERSEY
While the Mustangs are averaging just 13.47 digs per set this season, Morgan Heise is averaging more than 25 percent of the team's digs. The freshman libero has 353 digs, ranking 10th in the American with 3.68 per set. She has posted at least 10 digs in 21 matches, including 19 of the last 21, with a season-high 24 at Cincinnati. She has 186 digs in American matches. She earned Best Libero honors at the SMU Invitational with 36 digs in 10 sets.
The Mustangs have three freshmen in the regular rotation, with Janelle Giordano and Morgan Heise starting every match. Kristen Stehling has played in 22 matches with six starts, and has scored 100 kills as one of four players to see time as a left side hitter. She also has 43 digs and 16 blocks. Morgan Heise has played every set at libero for SMU this season, and ranks 10th in the American with 3.68 digs per set. Janelle Giordano has also started every match, splitting rotations with senior middle blocker Maddie Lozano. Giordano has 91 blocks, seventh in the league, and is sixth in the conference with a .278 attack percentage.
MAKING IT COUNT
In her first start of the season, senior Caroline Daly scored season highs with five kills and five blocks in SMU's 3-0 win against UCF. She followed it up with four kills and six blocks in a 4-1 win against Houston playing three sets in her second start of the season. She now has 12 kills and 17 blocks in 14 sets this year.
START OF A NEW ERA
Joining the American Athletic Conference for its inaugural season, the SMU volleyball team is competing in its third conference since the program's inception in 1996. The American consists of 10 teams during its first season, highlighted by preseason favorite Louisville, a team that went 30-4 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. The league includes former BIG EAST members Temple (19-11), Connecticut (19-12), Rutgers (18-12), USF (17-15) and Cincinnati (12-20), as well as former Conference USA members Memphis (20-13), UCF (18-15) and Houston (9-19).
A TEMPORARY HOME
SMU will play its home matches in the Dedman Center on campus while the renovation project is completed on Moody Coliseum, the home of SMU volleyball and men's and women's basketball. The Dedman Center, located directly south of Moody Coliseum, serves as a multi-sport and recreational activity facility for SMU students and members of the community. The $47-million renovation project will be completed in time for SMU's December Commencement ceremony, and the Mustangs will return for the 2014 volleyball season.