Nov. 23, 2011
The Mustangs wrap up the regular season against defending Conference USA Champion Tulsa on Saturday in Moody Coliseum at 1 p.m. SMU snapped the Golden Hurricane's 26-match conference win streak with a 3-1 victory in Tulsa on Oct. 5. It is the only loss of the season in conference play for Tulsa, entering the match with an 18-1 conference record for a second-straight title. Tulsa is 27-5 overall.
SMU is 14-17 overall, 10-9 in conference matches. Courtney Manning leads the SMU defense with an NCAA best 178 blocks, averaging a league-high 1.76 blocks per set, 11th in the country. Sidney Stewart is fifth in the conference with 4.93 digs per set. As a team, SMU is first in the conference and 15th in the country with 2.77 blocks per set and second in the league and 39th in the NCAA with 17.17 digs per set.
Offensively, the Mustangs are led by senior duo Dana Powell and Jessica Oliver. Powell trying to lead the team in kills for the third-straight season, but with 365 kills, Powell is just one ahead of Oliver for the team lead. Freshman Caroline Young is third on the team, averaging 2.23 kills per set.
Tulsa is led by Conference USA Player of the Year Tyler Henderson, who leads the league with 4.81 kills per set. Diana Silva is seventh in the conference with 3.30 kills per set. The Golden Hurricane lead the conference in hitting percentage, .264, kills, 15.04 per set, and assists, 14.10 per set, are rank second with 153 service aces.
IN THE PAST
The Mustangs are 19-13 all-time against Tulsa after winning the first match of the season series. The loss snapped a five-match losing streak against the Golden Hurricane. SMU last swept the season series in 2003, taking both matches 3-1. The Mustangs are 10-5 all-time against Tulsa in Moody Coliseum.
POWELL FIRST TO 1500-1500 CLUB
Dana Powell became the first player at SMU to have at least 1,500 kills and 1,500 digs in a career. With 12 kills at Rice on Nov. 13, the senior has pushed her career total to 1,502 and now has 1,529 (2nd at SMU). She is also second in shcool history behind teammate Sidney Stewart with 1,622 digs. Powell is one of just six players in school history with at least 1,000 in each category. Erin Pryor is the only other Mustang with more than 1,500 kills, setting the school record with 1,789 in 1999. Only three players have more than 1,500 digs in a career.
STEWART IS FIRST MUSTANG TO 2000 DIGS
Sidney Stewart became the first Mustang and fourth player in Conference USA history to record 2,000 digs in her career. With 27 at UAB on Oct. 16, Stewart pushed her career total to 2,008. The senior currently has 2,199, second all-time in C-USA. Stewart set the school record as a junior, finishing her third season with 1,593 digs. This season, she is third in C-USA and 55th in the NCAA with 4.93 digs per set. She became just the second player in school history with at least 600 digs in a season, and, and with 606 this year, she is six digs away from setting a new SMU single-season mark. Stewart also set the SMU record for digs in a match with 42 against Alabama, one shy of the C-USA mark.
The Mustangs are tied for first in C-USA and rank 15th in the NCAA with 2.77 blocks per set and second in the league and 39th in the country with 17.17 digs per set. Courtney Manning leads the conference and is 11th in the NCAA with 1.45 blocks per set. She has 178 total blocks this season, more than anyone listed in the top-50 per set. Caroline Daly is fourth in C-USA and 51st in the NCAA with 1.19 per set, and Jessica Oliver is 10th in the league with 1.02. Sidney Stewart is third in the conference and 55th in the NCAA with 4.93 digs per set.
Six Mustangs have combined for 47 double-doubles this season. Senior Dana Powell leads the team with 20, and had a string of six-straight starting Sept. 25 at UTEP until Oct. 9 against Tulane. Kelli Becerra has 18, and freshman Savannah Myklebust has three double-doubles. Kendrick Koch recorded the first two of her career against ECU and Marshall and added a pair against Southern Miss for four total. Courtney Manning and Jessica Oliver each have one.
BECERRA REACHES TOP-FIVE IN DIGS
Kelli Becerra became the second setter in SMU history to achieve at least 4,000 assists and 1,000 digs. She has 1,249 career digs, ranking fifth all-time at SMU and first among setters at the school. The senior is second all-time at SMU with 4,164 assists, one of just five Mustangs to have at least 3,000 assists. She is only the second player in SMU history and 17th player in Conference USA history with at least 4,000 assists.
MANNING RE-SETS SEASON BLOCK RECORD
Courtney Manning broke her own SMU single-season blocks record with 10 blocks against Houston on Nov. 11, giving her 164 on the season. She now has 178 total blocks this season, the most in the NCAA. As a sophomore, Manning had 162 total blocks. Manning has 468 career blocks, ranking third in school history. Jessica Oliver is fifth with 431. The career record at SMU is 530 blocks, set by Kendra Kahanek from 2006-09. In Conference USA history, 21 players have achieved at least 400 blocks.
The Mustangs have four seniors leading the charge in 2011. Dana Powell, Jessica Oliver, Sidney Stewart and Kelli Becerra have combined to go 58-35 over the past three seasons. Each of the four seniors has already written their name in the SMU record book. Stewart owns the career digs record (2,199), Powell is second in kills (1,529) and digs (1,622). Becerra is second in assists (4,164) and fifth in digs (1,249) and Oliver is fifth in blocks (431) and 10th in kills (1,043). The 2010 senior class won 74 matches, more than any other graduating class in program history.
SEIFERT WINS 250th MATCH
With SMU's 3-1 win at Houston, Lisa Seifert earned her 250th win as a head coach, all at SMU. Seifert started the program in 1996 and has been the only head coach. She has a 250-238 all-time record and set a school record with 25 wins last season.
Courtney Manning was named First-Team All-Conferene USA, while Dana Powell and Jessica Oliver earned second team accolades. For Powell, it is the fourth award of her career, earning all-freshman honors in 2008, second team in 2009 and first team as a junior. Caroline Young became the first Mustang named to the C-USA All-Freshman team since Powell. For Manning and Oliver, it is the second award of their careers.