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LeTourneau University



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The LeTourneau University volleyball team recently wrapped up the spring portion of its training for the 2016 season. As part of NCAA Division III rules, the YellowJackets are limited in its time that they have for team workouts to go along with self-directed individual workouts as well as strength and conditioning sessions. The YellowJackets return 12 players from a team in 2015 that just missed out on a spot in the American Southwest Conference Tournament.

To wrap up the spring, the YellowJackets hosted Jarvis Christian, Centenary and East Texas Baptist University for the spring tournament. LeTourneau defeated Jarvis Christian, 25-21, 25-19 and 5-3 and Centenary, 25-15, 25-23 and 8-11. East Texas Baptist defeated the Yellow Jackets, 25-13, 25-16 and 17-14.

LeTourneau University head coach Scott Peluso, who returns for his sixth season as the YellowJackets head coach was pleased with the spring season. “The team came in with a determination to get better and that was very evident from the very first practice. The energy and effort in the gym were fantastic. We identified several areas that we wanted to focus on including improving our serve receive, the Hitter/Setter connections and getting better out of system swings. I felt like we were getting these things accomplished in practice, but you never really know until you face outside competition, and that’s why the spring tournament that we hosted was so valuable to our continued growth. It gave us the opportunity to play multiple lineups and get a good feel for where we are. The team embraced the areas of focus, and those came out during the tournament. Not only did we see growth in the areas of focus we were able to see what areas we still need to work. Overall, it was a great spring season and with our returners and the addition of a solid recruiting class, everyone is excited about the fall.”

The announcement of the 2016 schedule and additions to the recruiting class will be coming, later this spring.

The LeTourneau University softball team was well represented with six selections on the all-American Southwest Conference Team that were announced by conference officials on Monday.

LeTourneau sophomore second baseman Ashlin Roach (Hughes Springs, Texas) and senior pitcher Kayla Cosby (Lindale, Texas) were named second-team all-ASC. Roach, who played and started 41 games, was the co-leader in doubles (12), third in batting average (.330), on-base percentage (.375) and total bases (54), fourth in slugging percentage (.495) and hits (36), tied for fourth in home runs (2) and fifth in RBI (17), runs scored (16).

Cosby emerged as the top pitcher in the rotation in her senior season for the YellowJackets. She posted a 10-10 mark with a 2.45 ERA with 68 strikeouts to lead LeTourneau. She made 25 appearances including 18 starts in 117 innings of work. It is the first post-season honor for Roach and Cosby.

Senior outfielder Brianna Williams (Detroit, Texas) was named to the Second Team At-Large. Williams was the team leader in slugging percentage (.684), runs scored (29), home runs (5), total bases (65), tied for the team lead in walks (10), second in batting average (.400), RBIs (22), third in hits (38) and tied for third in doubles (10). Plus, Williams was also named to the ASC All-Tournament Team on Sunday.

Senior third baseman Megan Hill (San Antonio, Texas) picked up her third all-ASC honor with being named third team all-ASC. Hill was the team leader in batting average (.402), hits (49), RBIs (26), tied for first in doubles (12), second in on-base percentage (.460), total bases (61), third in slugging percentage (.500) and runs scored (21).

Freshman shortstop Kennedi Dillow (Pasadena, Texas) and junior outfielder Courtney Matulis (Pittsburg, Texas) were named honorable mention. Dillow played and started all 42 games with a .302 batting average. She was second in runs scored (23), hits (39), fourth in on-base percentage (.366). Matulis played in 37 games, hitting at a .308 clip for the YellowJackets. She led the team in stolen bases (11), fourth in runs scored (18). fifth in on-base percentage (.345) and hits (33)
In addition, LETU senior Rachel Gauspohl (Cedar Park, Texas) along with Sul Ross State junior infielder Isaura Rodriguez were named Co-Sportsmanship Athletes of the Year.


2016 All-ASC Softball Teams

Individual Awards

Player of the Year – Raven Rodriguez, UT Tyler

Pitcher of the Year – Kelsie Batten, UT Tyler

Freshman of the Year – Melissa Livermore, UT Dallas

Newcomer of the Year – Kaylee Prather, UT Tyler

Co-Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year – Rachel Gauspohl, LeTourneau / Isaura Rodriguez, Sul Ross State

Coaching Staff of the Year – UT Tyler

(Head Coach Mike Reed, Assistant Coaches Whitney Wyly, Cody Gipson, Christa Hartnett, Sarah Gipson, Anthony Springer)


  First Team

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown / HS
1B Lacey Lindsey3 Jr. East Texas Baptist Leander, Texas / Leander
2B Linzie Lewis Fr. East Texas Baptist Maypearl, Texas / Maypearl
SS Raven Rodriguez4 Sr. UT Tyler Houston, Texas / Waltrip
3B Leah Brown3 Jr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Waco, Texas / Crawford
C KK Stevens3 Jr. UT-Tyler Plano, Texas / Plano East
OF Melissa Livermore Fr. UT Dallas Frisco, Texas / Wakeland
OF Kaylee Prather Jr. UT Tyler Elysian Fields, Texas / Elysian Fields
OF Lindsey Vasquez Jr. East Texas Baptist Hallsville, Texas / Hallsville
UT M.J. Ledkins Jr. Hardin-Simmons Mineola, Texas / Mineola
DP Jayme Perez3 Jr. East Texas Baptist Austin, Texas / James Bowie
P Kelsie Batten4 Sr. UT Tyler Huntington, Texas / Huntington
P Raquel Tello So. East Texas Baptist Katy, Texas / St. Pius X
P Lauren McLeod Jr. UT Dallas Manchaca, Texas / Austin Westlake


  First Team At-large

P Alaina Kissinger3 Jr. UT Tyler Telephone, Texas / Sam Rayburn
P Savannah Settle2 So. Louisiana College Natchitoches, La. / Natchitoches
OF Haleigh Moore So. Univ. of Ozarks Van, Texas / Van


  Second Team

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown / HS
1B Karley Free2 So. Mary Hardin-Baylor Henderson, Texas / Henderson
2B Ashlin Roach So. LeTourneau Hughes Springs, Texas / Hughes Springs
SS Kaitlyn Hollingshead3 Jr. East Texas Baptist New Braunfels, Texas / Canyon
3B Vanessa Carrizales3 Sr. UT Tyler Austin, Texas / St. Michaels
C Cori Drake Jr. Mary Hardin-Baylor North Zulch, Texas / North Zulch
OF Kourtney Cummings Fr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Grandview, Texas / Grandview
OF Sydnie Darden2 Sr. Hardin-Simmons Brownwood, Texas / Brownwood
OF Alexis Padilla Sr. East Texas Baptist Houston, Texas / North Shore
UT Angelica Arroyo Fr. Concordia Texas Buda, Texas / Hays
DP Sara Navarro Sr. UT-Dallas San Antonio, Texas / Warren HS
P Darian Thacker So. Louisiana College Jena, La. / Jena
P Celese Tirres Sr. Howard Payne Grand Prairie, Texas / Grand Prairie
P Kayla Cosby Sr. LeTourneau Lindale, Texas / Lindale


  Second Team At-large

OF Brianna Williams Sr. LeTourneau Detroit, Texas / Detroit
OF Kristin Lopez Sr. UT Tyler Houston, Texas / Aldine
P Karen Tennis So. Mary Hardin-Baylor League City, Texas / Bay Area Christian


  Third Team

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown / HS
1B Jackie Mendez3 Sr. UT Tyler San Antonio, Texas / Wagner
2B Ravin Wilson Fr. UT Dallas Dayton, Texas / Dayton
SS Myranda Hinojosa2 Jr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Edinburg, Texas / Edinburg
3B Megan Hill3 Sr. LeTourneau San Antonio, Texas / Smithson Valley
C Lauren Williams Jr. Hardin-Simmons Abilene, Texas / Abilene
OF Gaby Muniz Sr. Howard Payne Midland, Texas / Midland
OF Stefanie Polderman So. UT Dallas Vancouver, B.C., Can. / Rockridge Secondary
OF Devon Walter So. Mary Hardin-Baylor Southlake, Texas / Carroll
UT Not awarded      
DP Hannah Oler2 So. Univ. of Ozarks Needville, Texas / Needville
P Sydney Coffey Sr. Concordia Texas Houston, Texas / Spring Wood
P Shelby Burrus Jr. Concordia Texas Eastland, Texas / Eastland
P Jackie Gonzalez So. Sul Ross State El Paso, Texas / Montwood


  Third Team At-large

C Kourtney Herrera Jr. Louisiana College Marrero, La. / John Ehret
1B Mattie Stine So. Louisiana College Hackberry, La. / Hackberry
3B Jessica Bowden Sr. East Texas Baptist Pearland, Texas / Pearland


  Honorable Mention

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown / HS
1B Kara LeLeux Sr. Hardin-Simmons Cypress, Texas / Cypress Ranch
1B Brooke Jones Sr. Concordia Texas Rowlett, Texas / Sasche
1B Brittany Perkins Jr. UT Dallas Grapevine, Texas / Grapevine
2B Katelyn Joyner Jr. Hardin-Simmons Mt. Pleasant, Texas / Mt. Pleasant
2B Jessica Johnson Sr. Louisiana College Deville, La. / Buckeye
2B Morgan Loredo So. Concordia Texas Leander, Texas / Vista Ridge
SS Braleigh Middleton Jr. Hardin-Simmons Abilene, Texas / Wylie
SS Ellen Bairnsfather Sr. Louisiana College Monterey, La. / Monterey
SS Haley Dennett Fr. Concordia Texas Edinburg, Texas / Edinburg
SS Kennedi Dillow Fr. LeTourneau Pasadena, Texas / Deer Park
3B Zuriah Leyva Fr. Sul Ross State Carlsbad, N.M. / Carlsbad
3B Regan LeJeune So. Louisiana College Grand Lake, La. / Grand Lake
OF Courtney Matulis Jr. LeTourneau Pittsburgh, Texas / Harmony
OF Jordan Mason Jr. Louisiana College Vivian, La. / North Caddo
OF Sarah Truelove Sr. Hardin-Simmons Temple, Texas / Temple
OF Taylor Ervin Sr. UT Dallas Oak Ridge, Texas / Oak Ridge
OF Darrian Doederlein So. Sul Ross State Lamesa, Texas / Lamesa
OF Emma Martino Fr. Concordia Texas Austin, Texas / Westlake
DP Alexis Vines So. Hardin-Simmons Lubbock, Texas / Monterey
DP Shelby Doederlein Sr. Sul Ross State Lamesa, Texas / Lamesa
DP Jade Green Fr. UT Tyler Mineola, Texas / Mineola
P Dominique Lopez So. Sul Ross State El Paso, Texas / Riverside

Two-Time All-Conference Selection2

Three-Time All-Conference Selection3

Four-Time All-Conference Selection4

Danny Kambel
LeTourneau University
Sports Information Director