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LeTourneau Volleyball adds two for 2014

LONGVIEW, December 13, 2013-- LeTourneau University head volleyball coach Scott Peluso has announced the first two commitments –Savanna Stutts and Nicole Mosley - to the 2014 roster.

The YellowJackets completed the 2013 campaign without a graduating senior. Both Stutts and Mosley will be joining a LeTourneau team that has a lot of optimism heading into the 2014 season. LeTourneau will return its three all-American Southwest Conference performers from 2013 – Sarah Krippner, Dolores Kroese and Kayla Ronda.

“Savanna and Nicole are great additions to our program, but are also great fits for our university.  They are both very focused academically and truly want to be in a genuine Christian environment like LeTourneau.  God continues to bless our program with great athletes who have the highest character and we are extremely excited to have these two commitments for our 2014 Roster,” said Peluso.

Savanna Stutts – Middle Blocker/Right Side – Rockwall, Texas / Heath High School

Stutts was a three-year letterwinner at Rockwall Heath High School. As a senior, she was strong at the net and at the service line en route to honorable mention all-district honors. In the classroom, she has earned recognition for academic excellence. On the club volleyball level, her team - Victory Volleyball Club - qualified and competed at USAV’s Junior National Championship Tournament, this past June. Stutts and Rockwall Heath won back-to-back district titles as a junior and senior. At LeTourneau, she plans to major in nursing.

The Coach’s Take: “Savanna brings some physicality to our front row.  Our main focus for our 2014 class is to add some fire power to our attack and Savanna definitely provides that with her game.  She can play either Middle or Right Side.  Her versatility at the net is going to be a major addition for us.  She plays with great energy and determination.  Her success in high school winning back-to-back district championships and going to Junior Nationals during the club season will help her transition well to the competitiveness of the college game.  She also is a capable blocker and we feel she has the ability to contribute from the first day of practice to continue the improvement of this program.”

Nicole Mosley – Setter – Plano, Texas / Frisco Liberty High School

Mosley was a two-year letterwinner at Frisco Liberty High School and played on the USA Junior High Performance Volleyball team. During her senior year at Frisco Liberty, she led the team in assists and was third in digs behind the team’s libero and an outside hitter. As a member of the USA Junior High Performance Volleyball team in 2012, Mosley and the team finished sixth in the world. In the classroom, she was academic all-district all four years of high school. At LeTourneau, Mosley plans to study civil and mechanical engineering with career aspirations of becoming an architect.

The Coach’s Take: “Nicole is a very capable setter.  One of the aspects of her game during the club season last spring that stood out to me right away was her insistence on getting the ball to her middles.  She connected with them early and often.  This style of play goes along perfectly with the type of offensive system we are developing in our program.   She has very good location on all her sets and also is a solid defender.  Nicole solidifies our setting position and gives us depth that we have not had before in that position since I have been here.  We will have a group of setters that will push each other for playing time and anytime you have that situation, you make the whole team more competitive.”

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