LeTourneau University head volleyball coach Scott Peluso has announced the addition of two more players for 2016 including Malorie Brown from Belton and Julie Smith from Troup.
Brown is a 6-0 middle blocker, who played the last two years for the Austin Royals, where they went on to finish fourth at the national homeschool tournament in 2015. She also played for the Texas Legends Volleyball Club Team, where she was the team’s MVP and captain. Plus, Brown recorded 70 kills en route to a .192 hitting percentage to go along with 35 blocks. At LeTourneau, she plans on majoring in kinesiology.
Peluso on Brown: “Malorie gives us great size at the net. She has experience playing middle and right side so she will fit into our offense perfectly. Hitting against her big, strong block in practice is going to help our hitters become more effective. She may also see time because of her block and we hope to develop her into a potent attacker as well.”
Smith is a 5-8 outside hitter, who has been a three-year letter winner at Carlisle High School. For her career, she has recorded 359 kills, 407 digs and 108 service aces en route to multiple honors. She was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player in the district, ETSN.FM Volleyball Super Team and Texas Sports Writers Association All-State. For her efforts in the classroom, Smith was named Academic All-District and inducted into the National Honor Society and the National Beta Club. She also played on the Carlisle High School basketball and softball teams.
The Coach’s Take: “Julie is going to bring depth to our outside hitter position. She is capable of playing all six rotations and can put the ball down on the pin. She is a great athlete, and I think she will pick up the speed of our offense pretty quickly.”
Peluso sees both Brown and Smith has perfect fits for the volleyball program and the University. “Both are young women of character and are going to bring a great deal to our amazing chemistry,” said Peluso. “LETU has all that they were looking for in a school with the high academics and the faith-based community. We are blessed to have them in our volleyball family as God continues to provide fantastic players to our program.”
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