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LETU Sports Update 4-23-14

LONGVIEW, April 23, 2014—YourEastTexas.com brings you the latest in sports news and happenings from LeTourneau University.

Tennis: YellowJackets set for ASC Championships

The LeTourneau University men's and women's tennis teams have secured a spot at the 2014 ASC Tennis Championships Friday-Sunday (April 25-27) at the Summers Tennis Center in Tyler, Texas.

"Reaching the conference tournament is a great accomplishment and direct result of our hard work this year," said head coach Suzanne Merritt. "My players fought hard in every match this season to achieve their individual and team goals. This is a talented and motivated group of players and it is an honor to work with them every day.  I am extremely proud of each of them."

The YellowJacket men (13-6 overall, 7-3 ASC) will enter the tournament as the No. 5 seed and play the No. 4 seed Hardin Simmons (10-10 overall, 7-3 ASC) at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

 Like the men, the LeTourneau women (8-11, overall and 5-5 ASC) will enter the tournament as the No. 5 seed and play the  No. 4 seed Hardin Simmons (7-11 overall, 6-4 ASC) at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

"We will be facing a very good team in Hardin-Simmons University in the first round," said Merritt. "I believe my players are ready and looking forward to this challenge."

This year's ASC Championship marks the 18th in league history dating back to 1997. In the men's tournament, Hardin Simmons leads with seven conference championships including six consecutive (2002-07). Hardin-Simmons also leads the women's tournament with nine league titles including seven consecutive (2001-07). The Texas-Tyler men's and women's teams have won five of the last six ASC Championships. Hardin Simmons (16) and Texas-Tyler (10) rank first and second, respectively, in number of combined conference championships.

The men's and women's ASC champions will each earn the conference's automatic bids into their respective NCAA Division III Tennis Championships.

The NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Championship will be held at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, Calif. The NCAA team selections will be released May 5 with the individual selections coming May 7. The NCAA team championship will be from May 19-21 with the individual championship is scheduled from May 22-24.


Softball: Glover Named as the ASC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

At the LeTourneau University Winter/Spring Sports banquet on April 22, senior Jourdan Glover of the softball team was recognized as the American Southwest Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Glover has a 3.87 cumulative grade-point average as a finance major at LeTourneau. In addition to being a three-year letterwinner, she was one of five LeTourneau University recipients for the Distinguished Senior Award, a four-year recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, the 2013 recipient of the R.G. LeTourneau Legacy Award. Twice, she been named American Southwest Conference Academic Honor Roll. She was named to the All-ASC team as a junior and has been one of the top offensive threats in program history; she ranks fourth in runs scored and doubles, fifth in home runs and runs batted in, sixth in games played. After graduation, she plans to become a financial analyst.


BASEBALL: Chris Bertram Named as the ASC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

At the LeTourneau University Winter/Spring Sports banquet on April 22, senior Chris Bertram of the baseball team was recognized as the American Southwest Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Chris Bertram is a kinesiology major from Friendswood, Texas and has a 3.94 cumulative grade-point average. Twice, he has been named to the American Southwest Conference Academic Honor Roll and has played in 134 career games with 142 hits including 69 runs scored which all rank in the top 10 all-time in LeTourneau history. Of his 142 hits, 32 have been doubles which ranks in the top five all-time. Earlier this year, he earned Hitter of the Week recognition from the ASC and throughout his career; he has been an active participant in community service projects with the baseball program.

Bertram and the YellowJackets have two weeks left of their regular season before embarking on the American Southwest Conference Tournament, May 7-10 in Austin, Texas at Concordia University.

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