Nov. 20, 2012
The Mustangs face North Texas in Moody Coliseum Wednesday at 4 p.m., SMU concludes the 2012 season Saturday against Baylor. The Mustangs enter the week with a 10-19 record overall after falling to Conference USA Champion Tulsa in the first round of the C-USA Championship in Tulsa, Okla.
The Last Meeting
September 2, 2009
The Last Meeting
August 28, 2010
SMU is led by First Team All-Conference USA selection Caroline Young, who scores 3.34 kills per set and has 367 kills on the season, and senior Courtney Manning was selected to the second team after setting the SMU record for career blocks. She has 570 and needs seven in the two matches to tie for second all-time in C-USA history. Manning has 95 blocks this season, needing five to post at least 100 blocks in all four seasons of her career.
The Bears have a 17-10 record overall, and are 4-8 in Big XII matches going into the last match of the conference schedule at Texas Tech Wednesday before the regular season finale in Dallas. Baylor played nine matches against ranked opponents this season, winning two. Alyssa Dibbern leads the team with 286 kills, and as a team, the Bears average more than 13 kills per set.
The Mustangs are 11-1 all-time against the Mean Green, winning the last 11 matches in a row. The two teams last met in 2009, with SMU taking a 3-1 win at home. The Mustangs are 6-0 against the Mean Green in Moody Coliseum. Against the Bears, SMU is 3-5 all-time, taking a 3-2 win on the road in 2010, the last time the teams played. SMU is 2-2 against Baylor at home.
MANNING SETS CAREER RECORD
Courtney Manning broke Kendra Kahanek's SMU career blocks record with her first block at Southern Miss on Oct. 7, 2012, leading SMU to a come-from-behind win in the first set and eventually a sweep of the Golden Eagles. The senior has 95 blocks this season, taking her career total to 570. As a junior, Manning broke her own SMU single-season blocks record with an NCAA-best 185 total blocks, which ranks third all-time in a season in Conference USA. During her sophomore campaign, she recorded 162 blocks, breaking Natalie Peters' record of 151 set in 2005. Manning is third all-time in C-USA history. Stephanie Meinig set the conference mark at 593 while playing at Cincinnati from 1997 to 2000.
MANNING GETS OFFENSIVE
Courtney Manning has made a name for herself as a blocking beast, but the senior middle blocker is also a tremendous threat on the offensive side, as well, earning second team All-C-USA honors. She has had at least eight kills in 11 of the last 17 matches, scoring at least 10 in six matches including a career-high 16 kills against Arkansas-Little Rock. She is seventh in Conference USA with a .299 hitting percentage. She hit .833 with 10 kills and no errors in 12 attempts at Southern Miss. She has hit at least .400 in nine matches, and is on pace to set the SMU career record, hitting .284.
TRANSFER TAKING CHARGE
Junior transfer Maddie Lozano is leading the Mustangs with 121 blocks, ranking fourth in Conference USA with 1.13 blocks per set. She recorded 12 blocks, including four solo blocks against Memphis, which is tied for third in a match all-time at SMU. Making the feat even more impressive, two-time single-season record setter Courtney Manning is still posting blocks, recording 94 this season. Lozano has had at least four blocks in 18 matches, including 13 of the last 17. She also posted a season-high 15 kills against Memphis for her first double-double, and has reached double figures eight times, including four of the last seven matches. Lozano is second on the team with 223 kills.
Six Mustangs have combined for 13 double-doubles this season, led by Olivia Bailey's seven. Bailey scored 39 assists with 14 digs against Army and 31 assists and 20 digs in a 3-2 win over Arkansas-Little Rock. She finished with 31 assists and 18 digs at Tulsa, and added 51 assists and 13 digs against Marshall. The senior setter posted her fifth double-double of the year with a season-high 53 assists and 11 digs at UCF, and added a sixth with 48 assists and 17 digs at UAB. She posted her seventh of the season with 44 assists and 14 digs at home against Rice on Senior Day. 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. Freshman Avery Acker has two, posting her first double-double with 26 assists and 11 digs against Oklahoma, and adding a second with 23 assists and 22 digs at Rice. Caroline Young scored 23 kills and 18 digs against Army for the first double-double of her career, and freshman Abbey Bybel got her first with 16 kills and 13 digs at Rice. Maddie Lozano recorded her first double-double with 15 kills and 12 blocks agaisnt Memphis, and Cailin Bula posted the most recent with 11 kills and 10 digs at UTEP.
SETTING THE TABLE
Senior transfer Olivia Bailey is fifth in Conference USA, averaging 9.38 assists per set, and averaged 9.81 assists per set in C-USA matches, fourth in the league. She has at least 25 assists in every match she has played in except three, including a season-high 53 at UCF, eclipsing 50 for the second time this season. She also recorded 51 assists against Marshall. She has recorded at least 40 assists in 11 matches, including seven of the last 10. She is also second on the team with 218 digs and has 44 blocks. Freshman Avery Acker has 226 assists. She has had at least 20 assists in six matches, and is fourth on the team with 163 digs.
Sophomore Caroline Young has been SMU's most dominant and consistent offensive threat this season, earning first team All-C-USA accolades after scoring at least 10 kills in 20 matches, including 11 of the last 12. She is ninth in Conference USA, averaging 3.34 per set for the season. She has posted at least 20 kills seven times, including a career high 26 at UCF. Young had nine kills in the second set alone against the Knights. She also had a career-high 18 digs with 23 kills against Army for her first double-double. Young leads C-USA and is 23rd in the NCAA with 0.42 aces per set, and has 46 aces overall, 16th in the country.
Freshman Abbey Bybel has inserted herself into the SMU offensive attack. The 6-0 middle blocker has at least 10 kills in seven matches, including a season-high 16 kills at Rice. She led SMU with 11 in the 3-1 win against UTEP. Bybel also finished with 13 digs at Rice for her first double-double. She hit .400 against Texas State, scoring five kills, including the first kill of her collegiate career, with just one error in 10 attempts. She has 177 kills on the season, fourth on the team, and also has 21 blocks with 102 digs.
LEWIS DIGS DEFENSE
Senior Susan Lewis won the starting libero position after three different players saw action in the different colored jersey early in the season. In 18 of the last 20 matches, including the last 12 in a row, Lewis has recorded at least 10 digs, including a career-high 29 against Arkansas-Little Rock, which is the ninth most in a match by a C-USA player this season. She ranks 11th overall with 3.53 digs per set.