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LETU Sports Update 11-4-13

LONGVIEW, November 4, 2013—The following is a sports update for LeTourneau University for November 4, 2013.

Women’s Volleyball

The LeTourneau University volleyball team splits its final two matches of the 2013 season, defeating Rust College, 25-14, 25-15, 25-17 and losing to the Unviersity of Dallas 20-25, 18-25, 16-25. The YellowJackets close out the 2013 campaign with an 8-26 mark.

LeTourneau started the day with a straight-win over winless Rust College. Freshman Elyse Wright paced the attack with eight kills as LETU outhit the visiting Bearcats by a .105 to -.106. Head Coach Scott Peluso elected to utilize multiple lineup combinations in the win. Freshman Alyssa Eden had 16 assists and freshman Mackenzie Davies and junior Shannon Syme had 11 and 10 assists, respectively.

The YellowJackets also had 13 service aces in the win, just one shy of the season-high mark of 14 that they had against Mississippi College on Sept. 28. Wright had six to pace the YellowJackets, the most since a 10-ace effort by sophomore Kayla Ronda in the same contest against MC.

In the nightcap against the University of Dallas, the Crusaders had a balanced attack in the straight-set win. Cat Dowgwillo led the efforts with nine kills. In addition, the visitors had eight service aces in the win.

LeTourneau freshman Dolores Kroese closed out a strong freshman campaign with nearly a double double with nine kills and 10 digs. The Twin Falls, Idaho had a hand in five blocks including two block solos and three block assists. Wright continued her strong swing with seven kills. Sophomore Sarah Krippner had her 10th double double of the season with 22 assists and 11 digs in the defeat.

Men’s Cross Country

The LeTourneau University men’s cross country team recorded its best finish in school history with runner-up honors at the American Southwest Conference Championships on Saturday in Abilene.

The first YellowJacket across the line was freshman Taber Miyahauchi, who covered the 8k course at Sheldon Park in 27:56.78 to finish in eighth place. He was joined in the top 20 by three teammates – sophomore Jason Saler (11th – 28:32.44), freshman Kimball Streeter (16th – 29:01.31) and freshman Caleb Bender (20th – 29:43.42). By virtue of his eighth-place finish by Miyahauchi,  he earns second team all-ASC honors.

“The men fought through adversity, today” said head coach Michael Lewis. “The course had more hills than we had expected. Our top runner fought through an asthma attack and made a valuable contribution. Taber, Jason and the other guys stepped up. We have a saying of ‘next man up’ when a family member is struggling that day. And, today, our young men did just that.”

The University of Texas – Tyler won its third-straight team title as Nick Huff repeated as the individual champion with a winning time of 26:43.73 to edge Ryan Holt of Ozarks (26:49.68). The Patriots had five runners in the top seven for the team title.

Plus, sophomore David Dorantes and sophomore Graeme Anderson were 27th (30:22.53) and 34th (31:16.45), respectively for the YellowJackets.

The YellowJackets will now prepare for the NCAA Regional Meet which takes place next weekend at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

Women’s Cross Country

The LeTourneau University women’s cross country team recorded its best finish in school history with a fourth-place finish at the American Southwest Conference Championships on Saturday at Sherrod Park in Abilene.

Plus, it is the first time that the YellowJackets have finished in the top five as a program. Head Coach Markeith Brown was ecstatic with the performance of his team. “Today was a great day for LeTourneau University women’s cross country. This year was considered a rebuilding year for the team with the loss of many of our top runners due to graduation. However, the team knew it had a chance to make history. I am very proud of my team from my first runner to my last. We had a couple of injuries but we still came out competed with passion and heart. We represented LeTourneau University very well, today! I am truly blessed to have a wonderful group of young ladies.”

LeTourneau was led by the eighth-place performance of freshman Whitney Judd, who completed the 6k course in 25:36.82. By virtue of the seventh-place finish, Judd was named second team all-ASC and will advance to the NCAA Regional Meet.

“I am very proud of Whitney and the things she has done as a freshman for our program,” said Brown.

University of Texas-Tyler won the team title, placing its top five runners in the top nine including individual champion Carly Kitts, who won by almost a minute in 23:29.20. It marks the first team title for the Patriots since 2009.

Joining Judd in the top 20 was junior Rebecca Stewart, who finished 18th – 27:21.91.  Four places separated the next three runners for LeTourneau as junior Chelsea Stephens (41st-29:51.18), senior Jessica Manas (45th - 30:40.88) and freshman Carley Waters (46th - 31:01.32).

Judd will now prepare for the NCAA Regional Meet which takes place on Friday, Nov. 15 at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

Men’s Soccer

The LeTourneau University men’s soccer saw its 2013 season end with a 4-1 loss at the hands of host University of Texas-Tyler on Saturday afternoon. Three second half goals within a six-minute span propelled the host Patriots to the win.

The YellowJackets (5-13-1, 3-7 ASC) first two shots were blocked by the Patriots’ defense and in the 16th minute, senior Hunter Hembrough found the back of the net to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead.

The Patriots (10-2-4, 6-2-1 ASC) sought to equalize but it was a collapsing LeTourneau defense that kept off the scoreboard as they blocked three shots and two more sailed high for UT-Tyler. Eventually, in the 37th minute, Alonso Rivera did tie the contest when he scored.

LeTourneau had a chance to regain the lead in the 40th minute; however, a shot by Martin Pflaum hit the post. The two teams headed into the intermission tied at 1.

In the second half, the game remained tied until Texas Tyler scored in the 72nd minute on a Douglas Leighton to put the home team up by a 2-1 margin.

The Patriots’ David Lopez-Molinar added two more goals in the next five minutes to stretch the lead to 4-1. The YellowJackets managed to get off three more shots but reserve UTT goalkeeper Sergio Gardea kept LETU off the scoreboard for the win.

Women’s Soccer

The LeTourneau University women's soccer team finished its season on a strong note, despite losing to the University of Texas-Tyler, 7-1 on Saturday.

Texas-Tyler (11-5, 6-4 ASC) had six-different individuals score a goal including Chestley Strother, who scored twice to lead the Patriots to the win. The host Patriots scored five times in the first half and twice in the second half for the win.

LeTourneau (1-18, 0-10) scored its lone goal in the 26th minute when Raylene Gould found the back of the net after Stephanie Vana dribbled the ball through the UTT defense for 40 yards before setting up the goal. Goalkeeper Ashley Gleghorn had 14 saves for the YellowJackets.

LETU head coach Jamie Lindvall continued to shower praise on his hardworking team, despite the outcome. "We continue to be amazed as coaches with what these women have done all season playing numbers down. Today was no exception and we are so proud of our girls for today's performance. We scored a beautiful goal in the run of play with seven on the field and fought to the finish against a very good, quality team.

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