LeTourneau volleyball hit over .400 in two sets as they took the victory over Mills College (Calif.) on Saturday in the final match of the 2016 season at the Centenary Halloween Tournament in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Seniors Dolores Henson and Skylar Horan each had five kills as the YellowJackets took the match in three sets (25-9, 25-10, 25-12). Henson also had two blocks and ten digs in the game.
Senior Erin Fort had a season-high 13 assists, and fellow senior Jenny Olejar had six aces in the match to go along with her three blocks and seven digs.
The YellowJackets would finish the game with all four seniors on the court as Dolores Henson, Skylar Horan, Jenny Olejar and Erin Fort took the victory 3-2 over the Cyclones in the final match of their LeTourneau volleyball careers.
In the afternoon match the YellowJackets went five sets with Millsaps College but would fall 3-2 to the Majors (25-22, 27-25, 16-25, 17-25, 15-4).
Dolores Henson recorded her seventh double-double of the season as she put down 15 kills and notched 14 digs. Skylar Horan added 11 kills, and junior Savanna Stutts had nine of her own.
Korissa White and Alexis Martinez set up the LeTourneau hitters as they had 15 and 11 assists respectively. Liz Williams led the defense with 19 digs to go along with Morgan Weaver’s five blocks in the match.
The weekend tournament was the final action of the season for YellowJacket volleyball who finished with 9-24 overall record and 1-11 in conference play.
Freshman Zachariah Malik scored the lone goal for the YellowJackets as he received a pass from teammate Nefi Illescas across the box and was able to rifle it home to put LeTourneau up 1-0 in the 16th minute. The goal was the fourth of the season for the Austin, Texas native who has been a reliable target for the LETU attack all season long.
It was a physical matchup with multiple stoppages of play for injuries throughout the game.
Israel Madrid and Alec Weir also had great opportunities early in the 1st half that trailed just outside of the posts as the YellowJackets put eight shots on goal in the game.
The Warhawks sent six shots towards goalkeeper Brian Howell who made five saves in the draw including a spectacular diving save to keep the score tied nil-nil in the 14th minute.
McMurry would score early in the second half as Martin Ornelas found the back of the net to tie the game at one goal apiece.
The YellowJackets would continue to put pressure on the Warhawks defense but weren’t able to find the net after 110 minutes played and the game would end in a 1-1 tie.
The overtime draw was the final game for six YellowJacket seniors who gave four years of hard work and dedication to the LETU men’s soccer program.
Recognized before the games were Michael Abu-Saada, Jake Alldredge, Patrick Barba III, Antonio Fernandez, Raul Saldana and Hunter Swift and LETU Athletics is thankful for their time here at LeTourneau.
LeTourneau women’s soccer earned their second straight trip to the American Southwest Conference tournament with a huge senior night win over the Warhawks.
The seniors would be the story of the night as they played their final home game with the season on the line. Stephanie Vana stole the ball from a defender and was able to rip a shot past the Warhawk goalkeeper to take the 1-0 lead in the seventh minute of the game.
The YellowJackets outshot the Warhawks 30-7 with LETU putting 12 shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Brittany Hollis recorded her sixth shutout of the season which gives her sole possession of the single-season record for shutouts in LeTourneau history.
Raylene Gould would link up with her fellow senior as she got a pass from Vana in the box to put home her first goal of the season in the 19th minute to push the halftime lead to 2-0 over McMurry.
Keely Hayden also scored her first goal of the season as Kennedy Keer brought the ball to the end line and put a pass across the net. Hayden was able to blast it past the keeper to put the YellowJackets up 3-0.
Just one minute later Kennedy Keer would score a goal of her own as she received a ball from freshman Xanthe Sanchez and placed it in the corner of the net to give LeTourneau their final four-goal differential.
The YellowJackets improved to 8-8-1 on the season and 4-6-1 in ASC play. LeTourneau will take on top seed Hardin-Simmons on Tuesday, November 1st at 2:00 P.M. The Cowgirls enter the game with a 16 game win streak and a perfect 11-0 record in conference play.
Sophomore Michael Field ran a 27:54 en route to a second place finish and first team all-conference honors as the YellowJackets finished fourth out of eight teams in the standings at the ASC Championships on Saturday. This game is the first top five finish for Field as the Tega City, South Carolina native picked an excellent time to run one of the best races of his young career.
Senior Daniel Moses also earned first-team all-ASC honors as he finished sixth overall as he crossed the finish line in 28:11 on the 8K course hosted by Concordia University at Balcones Country Club in Austin. This ackoledgment is the second all-conference honor for Moses as the Bellevue; Nebraska native earned second-team all-ASC honors last season with a seventh place finish in Tyler.
Michael Field and Daniel Moses will represent LeTourneau at the NCAA DIII South/Southeast Regional Meet in Berry, Georgia on November 12. This game will be the second regional appearance for Field and the third appearance of Moses.
Senior leader Taber Miyauchi was in first for a majority of the race until he collapsed in the final 1,000 meters and was unable to finish the race. Miyauchi was favored to win coming into the contest as he was the top returning runner from 2015 when he placed 3rd overall. He also won the ASC Preview meet held on the same course earlier in the season. The Grand Lake, Colorado product had been named the ASC Runner of the Week five times this season as he tore through the regular season competition.
The YellowJackets would put one more runner in the Top 20 as senior Jason Saler ran a season-best 28:58 and finished in 18th overall. Junior Austin Coblentz was the next LETU runner across the line as he placed 26th with a time of 29:39. Sophomore Ryan Blais was just behind his teammate as he finished the scoring for LeTourneau with a 28th place finish in 29:49.
The freshman duo of Conrad Deller (30:29) and Lane Martin (31:13) finished 41st and 45th amongst the eight-team field. Senior Blake Redwine placed 49th in his final race for the YellowJackets.
Sophomore Josh Austin (62nd, 34:28) along with freshmen Ben Duitsman (64th, 34:46) and Adam Russell (69th, 35:36) rounded out the finishers for LeTourneau as the YellowJackets finished fourth at the 2016 ASC Championships.
LeTourneau women’s cross country finished fourth in the team standings with freshman Alexis Segura and senior Elisa Hamm both placed in the top 10 for the YellowJackets.
Alexis Segura ran in her first conference championship and earned first team All-ASC honors as she finished the 6K course in a personal-best 23:27 and placed sixth among the 81 runner field.
Elisa Hamm was not far behind as the San Diego, California native came across the line in 10th place in 24:24. Hamm also earned all-conference honors as she was named the second team All-ASC after the race.
Hamm and Segura will represent LeTourneau at the NCAA DIII South/Southeast Regional Meet in Berry, Georgia on November 12. This meet will be the first regional appearance for both runners.
Freshman Allison Fuller placed 34th overall as she finished the course in a personal-best time of 27:26. Hwimin Kim finished in 43rd amongst the field as she ran a career-best effort as she crossed the line in 28:59.
Senior Lizzie Duffy was running in her final meet for LeTourneau. Duffy finished in 53rd and 29:50. Sophomore Faith Williams placed 62nd overall in the championship meet with a personal best 6K time of 30:50.
Senior Whitney Judd ran in her final race for the YellowJackets after she sat out most of the 2016 season with a back injury. Judd was an all-conference runner for LeTourneau in her previous three seasons as she qualified for the NCAA regional meet in all three ASC Championship races. With no practices before the meet the Azle, Texas native finished 65th overall in 31:18.
Olivia Stine (75th, 34:40) and Ann Jones (77th, 35:26) rounded out the field for LeTourneau as the YellowJackets finished in fourth place out of 11 teams.