MUSTANG HOOFPRINTS: More college, prep games on deck at SMSU

Hello Mustang Fans!

It will be another weekend of collegiate and high school athletic events on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University.

Mustang volleyball kicks off the weekend by hosting home matches at 7 p.m. Friday against Minot State and at 3 p.m. Saturday against the University of Mary.

The SMSU men’s basketball team host the SMSU Classic, featuring a four-team Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association/Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference crossover series with two games scheduled on Saturday and two more set for Sunday.

The Mustangs welcome Northwest Missouri State (MIAA), Fort Hays State, Kan., (MIAA) and Upper Iowa (NSIC) to Marshall for competition this weekend.

Also Saturday, the SMSU Department of Athletics will host two MSHSL state tournament quarterfinal football games.

At 12 p.m. at the Schwan Regional Event Center, Mountain Lake Area battles Grand Meadow in a Nine-Man game. At 3 p.m., Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity plays Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s in a Class A contest.

The winners of these games earns a trip to the Metrodome in Minneapolis to compete for in the state tournament semifinals.

The teams that are visiting SMSU and Marshall this weekend represent five states and will bring more than 14 busses to our community.

We wish all of our visitors a great experience while staying here in Marshall and on the campus of SMSU.

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This week in SMSU athletics

Women’s soccer

The No. 19-ranked SMSU women’s soccer team (14-3-2, 10-2-2 NSIC) competed in the NSIC/US Bank Soccer Tournament yesterday at Upper Iowa (14-4-0, 12-3-0 NSIC) in a quarterfinals contest.

The Mustangs lost 1-0 to the Peacocks and SMSU has been held scoreless in the last four contests.

Southwest Minnesota State now waits to see how the final NCAA?Central Region rankings play out during the next week. SMSU was ranked fourth in this week’s regional ranking.


The No. 8-ranked SMSU volleyball team (18-6, 13-3 NSIC) went 1-1 last weekend with a victory over St. Cloud State before losing at No. 3-ranked Minnesota-Duluth in straight sets.

The Mustangs are home this weekend, hosting Minot State (12-14, 7-9 NSIC) at 7 p.m. Friday and the University of Mary at 3 p.m. Saturday at the P.E. Gym.

Both contests this weekend will be part of Alumni Weekend for our volleyball program.

SMSU ends its three-match homestand at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Augustana on Senior Night.

The NCAA Central Region volleyball rankings were announced Wednesday with the Mustangs ranked fifth. SMSU is one of five NSIC schools to appear in the regional rankings – No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul, No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth, No. 8 Augustana, No. 9 Northern State and No. 10 Wayne State. The MIAA has three teams ranked – No. 2 Central Missouri, No. 3 Washburn and No. 7 Nebraska-Kearney. No. 6 Harding is the lone representative of the Great American Conference (GAC).


The SMSU football team (5-4 overall, 3-2 NSIC South) had an exciting 51-44 win over Winona State on Saturday at the Schwan Regional Event Center.

The Mustangs are currently in a five-way tie for third place in the NSIC’s overall standings and are tied for second place with Winona State and Sioux Falls in the South Division.

SMSU travels to play Concordia-St. Paul (4-5 NSIC, 2-3 NSIC South) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mall of America Field inside the Metrodome.

Cross country

The SMSU men’s and women’s cross country teams are competing Saturday at the NCAA Region Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D., hosted by Augustana College.

The races will take place at Yankton Trails Park with the women’s 6,000-meter race starting at 10:30 a.m., followed by the men’s 10,000-meter race at 11:30 a.m.

The women’s race features 31 teams, while 25 teams will run in the men’s race.

In the men’s race, the top five teams and top three individuals not from a qualifying team advance to the NCAA?Division II National Championships. In the women’s race, the top four teams and top three individuals not from a qualifying team advance.

The NCAA II National Championships will be held Nov.23 in Spokane, Wash.

Men’s basketball

The SMSU men’s basketball team begins the 2013-14 season this weekend with a pair of home games versus Central Region opponents in the SMSU Classic at the R/A Facility.

The Mustangs play Fort Hays State University, Kan., at 5:00 p.m. Saturday before turning around to battle Northwest Missouri State University at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Two other games will also be played during the two-day SMSU Classic. Upper Iowa takes on Northwest Missouri State at 3 p.m. Saturday, while the Peacocks compete against Fort Hays State at 2 p.m. Sunday.


The SMSU wrestling team competed at the 21st annual Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open held at South Dakota State University on Sunday.

Justin Reinsma (133 pounds) and Cole Wilson (285 pounds) both placed fourth at the tournament, while Codie Lane (157 pounds) grabbed eighth place.

Congratulations to Cole, a junior, who was named the NSIC Wrestler of the Week for his performance Sunday.

The Mustangs are back in action Nov. 13 when SMSU begins 2013-14 at home against Concordia College at 7 p.m in the P.E. Gym.

Women’s basketball

The SMSU women’s Basketball team earned a 72-53 victory over St. Catherine University in exhibition play Monday.

The Mustangs will open the 2013-14 regular season at 7 p.m.Tuesday at home versus Crown College at the R/A Facility.

I would like to wish all of our teams the best of luck this weekend!

Go Mustangs!

Trivia Contest

Congratulations to Megan Vogl, who provided the correct answer (at the same time) to last week’s Mustang Hoofprint’s Trivia Question: When was the last time the SMSU Women’s Soccer team qualified for the NSIC Tournament?

The Mustang women’s soccer team last qualified for the NSIC Tournament in 2007 under head coach Jill McCartney.