Hello Mustang Fans!
Beginning Friday evening, the SMSU volleyball team, SMSU athletics department and the alumni association will be partnering to host an all-class Mustang volleyball alumni reunion. This fall, Mustang athletics and the alumni association have partnered to host three reunions, for two athletic teams (football and volleyball) and one for the radio/TV, speech communications and public relations department at SMSU. It is a tradition we are looking forward to continue in the upcoming years, celebrating the successes and sharing the memories of our past athletic teams and academic programs at SMSU.
We have 19 former volleyball student-athletes and coaches who have registered to attend this weekend's festivities, with many of our alumni attending with family members. Please join us in welcoming back our former volleyball student-athletes this Friday and Saturday. Here is the schedule of events for the Mustang volleyball alumni reunion weekend:
7 p.m.: SMSU vs. St. Cloud State
Following the match: Booster Club and SMSU volleyball alumni social at the Wooden Nickel back room
Hoofprints Trivia Question
What Mustang football players hold the career record for sacks 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.
11 a.m.: Check-in (lower level conference center)
11:30 a.m.: Past and Present Luncheon
1 p.m.: Campus tours (optional)
3 p.m.: SMSU vs. Concordia-St. Paul
6 p.m.: SMSU football vs. St. Cloud State
Following SMSU volleyball: Reception to follow (tenative start time 5:30 p.m. at lower level conference center)
6:30 p.m.: Program and dinner
For all your registration information on the Mustang volleyball alumni weekend and SMSU athletics, go to SMSUmustangs.com.
This week in Mustang athletics:
The SMSU soccer team (5-6-0 overall, 4-3-0 Northern?Sun Intercollegiate Conference) is on the road this weekend, playing the University of Minnesota-Crookston (3-9, 2-5) on Saturday. Sunday, the Mustangs will travel to Moorhead to take on Minnesota State-Moorhead (7-3-1, 3-3-1). Both matches are slated for a 1 p.m. start. SMSU is coming off of a split last weekend, losing to Augustana College 1-0 last Saturday, and beating Wayne State College 2-1 on Sunday.
The Mustang football team (2-4, 2-3 NSIC, 0-2 NSIC South) returns home to face No. 16 St. Cloud State (5-1, 4-1 NSIC, 2-0 NSIC North) in a NSIC matchup on Saturday evening at the Regional Event Center, with the kick-off set for 6 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off their second NSIC victory of the season, beating MSU-Moorhead last Saturday 45-13.
The No. 9-ranked SMSU volleyball team (13-5, 7-2 NSIC) returns home after playing its last five matches on the road. The Mustangs will welcome St. Cloud State (5-12, 1-8 NSIC) on Friday at 7 p.m. SMSU will get its second chance at No. 1-ranked Concordia-St. Paul (18-0, 9-0 NSIC) at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Mustangs are also coming off a spilt last weekend, winning at Augustana College on Friday and losing in the fifth game at Wayne State College on Saturday.
The SMSU women's golf finished the second round of the NSIC Fall Championships in fifth place. KC Kane carded a 3-over-par 75 on Sunday, helping SMSU to a 48-over-par 336 in the second round of the tournament at the Jewel Golf Course in Lake City.
The final two rounds of the NSIC Golf Championships will be played April 21-22 at the Dakota Ridge Golf Course in Morton. Augustana continues to hold a large lead in the field of 13 teams. The Vikings carded a 308 on Sunday and holds a 40-stroke lead over Minnesota State-Mankato with a two-round score of 613 (+37).
Kane shot an 85 on Saturday, but a season-low round of 75 helped her move up five spots to take over 4th overall with a 157 (+13). Krista Weiszhaar finished the second round with an 85 for a two-round total of 165 (+21), which currently sits her at 15th place. Marissa Campeau completed the first two rounds with 84-86-170 (+26), and is in a tie for 22nd. Rachel Patnoe shaved two strokes off her first-round score, ending the day with a 90, for a two-round score of 182 (+38). Haley Gudim currently sits in a tie for 48th with a two-round total of 189 (+45).
The NSIC Fall Championships concludes SMSU's fall season. The Mustang golf team will resume play at the Classic Club Invite in Palm Desert, Calif. on March 7-8.
And yes, one of our winter sports has started practice at the beginning of the week and the rest starting this Saturday. The Mustang wrestling program began practice on Monday, while our men's, women's and wheelchair basketball programs can officially begin practice on Saturday. It is a very busy time in the SMSU athletics department as our fall sports begin to conclude their seasons and our winter sports are just starting up.
Good luck to all of our teams this week and Believe in Brown!
n This week, no one was able to provide the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Question: What year did the Mustang volleyball advance to the NAIA National Championship for the first time in school history?
The Mustang volleyball team advanced to the NAIA National Championships in 1991 where they went 30-16 overall under head coach Deb Denbeck.