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Three YellowJackets earn post-season recognition from ASC

LONGVIEW, November 5, 2013— Three members of the LeTourneau University volleyball team – Sarah Krippner, Dolores Kroese and Kayla Ronda – earned post-season recognition from the American Southwest Conference on Monday as announced by conference officials.

LeTourneau University head coach Scott Peluso was excited to see his three student-athletes earn recognition from his coaching peers. “These three young ladies are great representatives of our University and the volleyball program.  I am very happy for them – the recognition is well deserved.”

Krippner, a sophomore setter from Oceanside, California, was selected for the ASC Sportsmanship Award as well as honorable mention honors. The setter has made an immediate impact on the program, serving as the team captain and Chaplin. She led the YellowJackets in assists (717) and finished the regular season third in the ASC in assists per set (6.96), plus she was second on the team in aces (30).

“It is a huge honor for Sarah not only to be named to the All-Conference team, but to be recognized by the coaches for her sportsmanship is a testament to her character.  Not only does Sarah lead the team by running the offence and in her role as captain, she serves as our Chaplin.  Sarah never takes a play off and is always encouraging her teammates.  She plays with great respect for the officials and opponents and truly deserves this award,” said Peluso.

Kroese, a freshman outside hitter from Twin Falls, Idaho, picked up honorable mention all-ASC honors. She finished her rookie season with a team-best 294 kills and 57 blocks (11 block solos and 46 block assists) and was one of the top servers on the team with 15 aces. Kroese was one of just 11 freshman selected to receive post-season honors.

“Dolores came in determined to earn a starting spot from the first practice and never let up after that.  She plays with amazing effort and truly deserved to make the All-Conference team,” said Peluso.

Ronda, a sophomore outside hitter from Chandler, Arizona, was one of the top all-around players for the YellowJackets in 2013. She led the team in service aces (50), second on the team in hitting percentage (.136) and fourth in digs (236).

“Kayla is a captain who leads both on and off the court.  She was our go to hitter this season and contributed in multiple categories including aces, digs and blocking. Kayla is steady in so many aspects of the game; she deserves this honor as well,” said Peluso. 

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