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11-6 SMU to battle Memphis, Temple

Coming off an impressive win this weekend, the SMU Mustangs volleyball team (11-6 overall, 3-1 in American Athletic Conference) will travel to Memphis, Tenn. and Philadelphia, Pa. over the weekend for a couple of AAC bouts against the Memphis Tigers and the Temple Owls.

The Mustangs are coming off their third conference victory in a 3-0 sweep last Sunday against Cincinnati. Caroline Young led the way for SMU with match-high 13 kills, while Avery Acker set up her teammates time and time again with 33 assists.

Acker is third in the AAC and 43rd in the nation with nearly 11 assists per contest and also leads the team with six double-doubles.

While Young ranks seventh in the conference with a .275 attack percentage, teammate Janelle Giordano leads with .293, and Maddie Lozano comes in eighth .265, showing their talent in several spots.

First-year Morgan Heise and sophomore Abbey Bybel tied the team lead with 11 digs, and were aided by SMU’s eight service aces to the Bearcats’ zero.

Both of the schools the Mustangs face come in with a winning record, the Tigers at 9-7 and 11-4 for the Owls.

SMU will be put to the test for both of these teams if the Mustangs want to continue to stay among the top teams in the conference and just one game behind leader Louisville.

With a strong weekend showing, the Mustangs will be right where they want to be: in contention for the first ever American Athletic Conference title.

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