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LeTourneau University – Sports


LeTourneau Softball Falls In Extra-Innings 8-4 At Concordia Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas- After a sixth-inning rally pushed the game into extra innings, the LeTourneau University softball team fell short of a series victory by suffering an 8-4, nine-inning loss to Concordia University Texas on Monday, February 25.

The loss drops the YellowJackets to 6-4 overall, and 4-2 in American Southwest Conference play. Concordia improves to .500 on the season with a 6-6 overall mark and a 3-3 conference record.

Freshman Bailey Richey would dominate the circle in the opening three innings of play, allowing zero hits and striking out four batters while facing the minimum. CTX would eventually break the scoreless tie in the fourth, scoring one run off two hits but would strand two runners in the process. The Tornado offense would strike again in the top of the fifth when a pair of doubles tacked on two more runs to stretch their lead to 4-0.

Being held to hitless through five innings, LETU would finally get their bats hot when freshman Ashley Crawford led off the bottom of the sixth with a single up the middle. A Tornado error and Emilee Anderson single would bring the first run across for the YellowJackets. With the bases loaded, Kennedi Dillow would add to the total tacking on two more with a single to left center field. Two batters later, LeTourneau’s Haydn Parker would knot the game at four with a single to right field before seeing the YellowJacket rally ended as the Tornadoes would retire the final three hitters of the inning.

Neither team would push across any runs in the seventh as LETU would strand one run off one hit to send the game into extra innings. The offensive woes would continue as there would be zero hits seen by either team in the eighth inning. Concordia would flip the switch in the ninth, bringing across four runs off four hits and one LETU error to secure an 8-4 lead. With their backs against the wall, the LETU offense would fail to make up ground as CTX retired the side in the bottom of the ninth to clinch the series 2-1.

After replacing Richey in the circle in the top of the fifth, Leigh Luker would take her first loss of the season after allowing four runs off five hits in 4.2 innings of work. Crawford would lead the YellowJackets offensively, collecting two of LETU’s five base hits. The Tornado’s recorded nine hits and five doubles in the contest. Both squads would commit two errors through nine innings of action.

The YellowJackets will return to Longview to continue ASC play against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor beginning with a 4:00 p.m. doubleheader on Friday, March 1. The Crusaders will enter Friday’s doubleheader holding a 5-5 overall record and are coming off a series sweep against the University of the Ozarks.



Doubleheader Sweep Gives LeTourneau Baseball Series Win At Hardin-Simmons.

ABILENE, Texas – A night after getting held to just five hits over nine innings, the LeTourneau University baseball team would explode for 14 runs on 16 hits in game one. That was before using a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth to walk off with a 10-9 victory and earn a series victory over Hardin-Simmons University at Hunter Field in Abilene, Texas on Sunday, February 24.

Earning their fifth win in the past six games, LETU is now 5-5 overall and 2-1 in the American Southwest Conference while the Cowboys slipped to 2-7 overall and 1-2 in ASC play.

How It Happened (Game 1):

HSU would pick up where they left off on Saturday night, using a two-out rally in the top of the first to score the first run of the game with an RBI triple to the left-center field gap.
The YellowJackets would look to respond in the bottom of the first by putting a runner in a scoring position with one out but would be unable to move the runner to third as Hardin-Simmons would get a strikeout and ground out to end the inning.

Following a one-two-three top of the second, LETU would string together four hits including three consecutive singes with one out to grab a 3-1 lead after two innings of action while matching their scoring output from the previous night.

LeTourneau starter Andrew Harlan would then work his second straight one-two-three inning to keep momentum in favor of the YellowJackets who would break the game open with an eight-run seven-hit bottom of the third.

The eight-run inning would five of the first six batters of the inning safely reach base as Lee Hosie would deliver the big hit to break things open with a bases-loaded two-RBI double.

The offense would then find its way to Hardin-Simmons in the top of the fourth as the Cowboys would manage to score five runs of their own on six hits, but strand two runners as LETU would hold an 11-6 lead halfway through the game.

HSU would further cut into the YellowJacket lead in the fifth by scoring two runs on three hits and one LeTourneau error, with both runners and all three hits coming with one out.

Despite the Cowboys cut, the lead to three, LETU would once again force Hardin-Simmons to strand two runners and manage to keep HSU from getting any closer.

Looking to add to their lead, the YellowJackets would see junior Bryce Breuggemeyer launch his second home run of the game to put LeTourneau up 12-8 as the solo shot would spark a three-run rally with two outs to make the score 14-8 heading to the sixth.
Things would finally settle down in the latter stages of the game as HSU would manage to score just one more run in the top of the seventh as LETU would even the series at one game apiece.

Key Stats (Game 1):

Nine of LeTourneau’s 16 hits would end up going for extra-bases as the YellowJackets would strand just six runners in the ballgame.
The top four batters in the LETU lineup would combine to collect nine of the 16 hits and drive in eight runs led by Brueggemeyer and Hosie who both went two-for-three with three RBI’s.

Limiting strikeouts also proved to be pivotal for LeTourneau as the YellowJackets struck out just four times while drawing two walks.
How It Happened (Game 2)

The second game of Sunday’s twin bill would take on a similar role to Saturday’s game in the early going as Hardin-Simmons would score two runs in the top of the second and add two runs on two hits in the top of the third while holding LeTourneau scoreless through the first four innings of action.

After an HSU sacrifice fly would make the score 5-0 in favor of the Cowboys heading to the bottom of the fifth, LETU would finally manage to get on the scoreboard with a Brandon Ramirez RBI double to score Josh Raies and make the score 5-1.

Hardin-Simmons would take their largest lead of the weekend by scoring two runs on a Michael Hicks two-RBI double with two outs. That was in the top of the sixth but see the YellowJackets once again match their efforts with two runs on two hits in the bottom half of the frame to keep the deficit at four going into the seventh inning.

LeTourneau would then hold HSU scoreless in the top of the seventh after seeing the Cowboys load the bases with two outs but fail to add to their lead because the moment would serve as a turning point in the game.

A pitching change to start the bottom of the seventh would prove to be just what LETU needed as a Jacob Jones three-run home run with one out in the inning would cut the YellowJacket deficit to 7-6 and give LeTourneau new life with two innings left to play.

Single runs by the HSU would give Hardin-Simmons breathing room to push the score to 9-6 in favor of the Cowboys, but squandered opportunities would once again take place as LeTourneau would get out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the eighth and strand two more HSU runners in the ninth.

Down to their final three outs, LeTourneau would see lead-off batter Ramirez get on followed by a one-out single from Jones to bring up the tying run to the plate with and two outs.

Noah Mahoney would make the most of the opportunity by hitting a game-tying three-run homer to knot things at 9-9 before seeing a foul-out and walk loaded the bases with two outs.

Having scored the first run of the game for LeTourneau earlier in the game, Raies would play the role of hero by connecting on a pitch for a walk-off RBI double to the left-center field fence as the YellowJackets would stun the Cowboys and grab the series victory.

Key Stats (Game 2):

Stranded runners would prove to be the difference in the game as the Cowboys would be unable to take advantage of runners in scoring position by stranding 18 runners in the game while seeing LeTourneau strand nine runners of their own.

The hot-hitting of LETU would carry over into game two as the YellowJackets outhit HSU 13-10 in the contest and collected eight more hits for extra-bases with Raies and Mahoney both collecting two extra-base hits in the game.

Deploying a similar game plan, Wednesday night’s win at Centenary, LeTourneau would use five pitchers in the contest with Konner Gayle picking up his first victory of the year after tossing the final three innings of action and allowing just two runs on three hits.

What’s Next?

LeTourneau will look to make its 2019 home debut on Friday, March 1 at 6:00 p.m. when they play host to Schreiner University to open a three-game set at Conrad-Vernon Field. The Mountaineers will enter next weekend’s series with a 2-9 mark with all 11 games coming against American Southwest Conference competition. Schreiner has dropped its last four contests including with all four games coming away from home.



LeTourneau Softball Drops Game One, Takes Game Two At Concordia Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas- After two postponements and a change in location, the LeTourneau University softball team was handed their first American Southwest Conference loss of the season before bouncing back to split a doubleheader with Concordia Texas on Sunday, February 24.

The split brings the YellowJackets to 6-3 on the season and 4-1 in conference action while the Tornados move to 5-6 overall and 2-3 in ASC play.

“We fought hard in both games,” said head coach in a post-game interview. “We had a rough start to game one as we made two crucial errors and walked too many people, but we didn’t give up and lost a heartbreaker.” “Game two we pitched much better and had timely hitting to cruise to a 7-3 victory.”

Game one:

The Tornados would come out swinging putting up one run off one hit in the opening inning. CTX continued to shine offensively in the second as they put up six runs on two hits with the help of two YellowJacket errors. Samantha Akers would take things over in the circle for the YellowJackets as she worked herself out of a bases-loaded jam to limit the damage as LETU would face a 7-0 hole heading to the bottom of the second.

LeTourneau would be scoreless until a Hana Bonner three-run home run scored Katelynn Trombley and Haydn Parker to cut the Tornado lead to 7-3. LeTourneau would carry their offensive momentum into the fifth as back-to-back walks set the table for a Macey Mize RBI single to center field. Parker would then follow with a double to the wall scoring Mize and Kennedi Dillow to pull the YellowJackets within one at 7-6. Bonner would cap off the rally for the YellowJackets with a single to left scoring Kiley Banks to tie the game at seven all.

The Tornados responded quickly by bringing in the eighth run in the top of the sixth off a bunt squeeze play to regain their lead at 8-7 and would tack on some insurance in the final inning after loading the bases and drawing a walk to go up 9-7. Mize would strike again for the YellowJackets in the bottom of the seventh as she hit a solo shot beyond the left-center wall to make it 9-8. The home run by Mize would prove to be the final run scored in the game as three of the next four LETU hitters would be retired which resulted in a CTX victory.

Akers took the loss in the circle for LETU, which moved her season record to 3-2, as the YellowJackets out-hit the Tornados. They recorded nine hits and two home runs. Bonner led the way with three hits while Mize and Parker followed with two. CTX finished with eight singles and would use aggressive base running to their advantage as they stole three bases against the LETU defense.

Game two:

Concordia would look to carry their offensive success into game two by getting on the board with a single run in the top of the first. LeTourneau would be quick to respond as Mize connected on her second home run of the day to score Dillow and give the YellowJackets their early lead of the day.

The back-and-forth continued as CTX came up with another run in the top of the second to tie it up at two each. Banks, Dillow, and Ethel Warren would get things started for the YellowJacket offense in the bottom of the second as they would load the bases from a single and a pair of walks. Mize would also watch four balls go by to drive in her third run of the game before a Bonner fly ball to second base would be bobbled and hit the tur which allowed the YellowJackets to bring in three runs and stretch the lead to 6-2.

Freshman Bailey Richey would set the tone for the remainder of the game, sitting down three batters in the top of the third, while Warren would tack on one more in the bottom half of the inning to make it 7-2. It would be a defensive battle until the sixth when the Tornado offense would produce one run off three hits, but nothing would go for CTX in the final inning of play as the YellowJackets would seal the deal and take game two by a 7-3 margin.

Richey tossed the first complete game of her collegiate career, giving up eight hits while striking out 11 Tornado hitters. Warren and Walton would each have a team-high two singles while Mize drove in a team-best, three RBI.

The YellowJackets and Tornados will battle one more time to conclude their three-game series with a 2:00 p.m. matchup set for Monday afternoon in Austin.



LeTourneau Men’s Tennis Splits Pair In Shreveport, Moves To 2-2 Overall.

SHREVEPORT, LA – After dropping their first match of the day to Millsaps College by a final of 7-2, the LeTourneau University men’s tennis team would earn a 9-0 victory over host Centenary College to split a pair of matches in Shreveport, Louisiana on Sunday, February 24.

Four matches into the 2019 season, LeTourneau now sits at 2-2 overall while the Majors improved to 4-0 going into a game against Austin College this afternoon. The Gents dropped both of their Sunday matches to fall to 0-3 overall on the season.

Against Millsaps, tiebreakers would be the undoing of the YellowJackets in doubles action as the double’s duo of Jimmie Henson and Christian Farris as well as the number three doubles team of Bobby Clark and Jeffrey Golladay would fall 8-7 after a tiebreaker would determine the matches. Henson and Farris would go to extra points before falling in their tiebreaker 11-9 while Clark and Golladay fell 8-6 in their match tiebreak. The Majors would also go on to take an 8-5 decision at number two doubles over Paulo Cressio and Nathan Schmidt to hold a 3-0, going to singles action.

Singles play saw Millsaps pick up a quick point as Henson would retire from his number one singles match due to injury after dropping the first set 6-1 before seeing Farris get LeTourneau on the board with a 7-5, 6-0 victory at number two singles. Millsaps clinched the match as Cressio would fall 6-4, 6-2 at number three singles and Golladay dropping a 6-0, 6-1 decision at number five singles. Schmidt would manage to earn a come-from-behind victory at number four singles by taking a 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 win for secure a second point for the YellowJackets before a 6-4, 7-5 defeat for Clark at number six singles ended the match.

LeTourneau wouldn’t have much time to recoup as their match against Centenary would start less than an hour after their game with the Majors, but determination would take over for the YellowJackets as LETU would go on to drop just two games in doubles action on their way to a 3-0 lead. Farris would team up with Schmidt at number one doubles for an 8-2 victory while Clark and Golladay (number two doubles) as well as Cressio and Cameron Wall (number three doubles) both managed to win their matches by a score of 8-0.

With momentum in their favor, LETU didn’t take any chances in singles play as Schmidt (6-0, 6-0) and Clark (6-1, 6-0) picked up two quick points to secure the match with wins at number two and number three singles before Farris would pick up his second singles victory of the day with a 6-2, 6-1 win at number one singles. Cressio would earn his first singles win of the season with a 6-0, 6-0 win at number five singles and would be followed up by a 6-0, 6-0 win at number four singles for Golladay and 6-0, 6-1 win at number six singles by junior Dale Wallace.

A five-match road trip will continue next weekend beginning on Friday, March 1st when the YellowJackets travel to Brownwood, Texas to take on Howard Payne in non-conference action. First serve is slated for 2 p.m. as LETU will be going for their third win in three years over HPU.

#1 Doubles – Christian Farris/Nathan Schmidt defeated Kevin Le/Max Wamsley 8-2
#2 Doubles – Bobby Clark/Jeffrey Golladay defeated Nathan Lim/Tobias Therkelsen 8-0
#3 Doubles – Paulo Cressio/Cameron Wall defeated Divine Martin/Pius Lau 8-0
Order of Finish – 2, 3, 1
#1 Singles – Christian Farris defeated Kevin Le 6-2, 6-1
#2 Singles – Nathan Schmidt defeated Nathan Lim 6-0, 6-0
# 3 Singles – Bobby Clark defeated Max Wamsley 6-1, 6-0
#4 Singles – Jeffrey Golladay defeated Tobias Therkelsen 6-0, 6-0
#5 Singles – Paulo Cressio defeated Divine Martin 6-0, 6-0
#6 Singles – Dale Wallace defeated Miguel Vazquez 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish – 2, 3, 1, 5, 4, 6



LeTourneau Women’s Tennis Goes 1-1 In Sunday Doubleheader Against Millsaps, Centenary

SHREVEPORT, La. – Falling by a score of 9-0 to Millsaps to kick off the morning, the LeTourneau University women’s tennis team would bounce back with a 9-0 victory over Centenary College to go 1-1 overall in a pair of Sunday matches in Shreveport, Louisiana on February 24.

With two weeks of the season now complete, LeTourneau improved to 1-3 overall while the Majors picked up their fourth win of the year to stay perfect at 4-0. Centenary would drop both contests that they played on Sunday to fall to 0-3 overall.

In their match with the Majors, LeTourneau would see Samantha Trevino and Hannah Moore fall by a final score of 8-0 at number three doubles while Terin Murray and Lauren Rockwell dropped an 8-1 decision at number two doubles. The number one doubles match featuring Katharine Waldthausen, and Maddison Brackenreg would nearly go in LeTourneau’s favor before Millsaps would pull out an 8-6 decision to go up 3-0.

An injury would allow the Majors to pick up a victory at number two singles with Brackenreg retiring while down 4-1 while Waldthausen would drop a 6-3, 6-4 decision at number one singles. Murray would play two close matches at number three singles before ultimately falling 7-5, 6-3 while Rockwell nearly forced a third-set tiebreaker in a 6-1, 7-5 defeat at number four singles. The other two singles match for the YellowJackets saw Trevino fall 6-0, 6-1 at number five singles and Moore drop a 6-0, 6-0 decision at number six singles.

Against the Ladies, LeTourneau would find smooth sailing in doubles action with Trevino and Moore along with Waldthausen and Brackenreg earning 8-1 victories at number three and number one doubles. Murray and Rockwell would complete the sweep for LETU with an 8-0 win at number two doubles and put LETU in prime position to win the match going to singles play.

Things would fare equally as well for LeTourneau throughout singles play as Waldthausen earned an injury retirement victory at number one singles while Brackenreg took a 6-1, 6-0 decision at number two singles to clinch the match. Murray would go on to win by a score of 6-2, 6-0 at number three singles while Rockwell would drop just one set in a 6-0, 6-1 win at number four singles. Trevino picked up her first singles win of the year with a 7-5, 6-1 win at number five singles while Mimi Samdi would win her season debut at number six singles by a score of 6-1, 6-0.

LeTourneau will next be in action on Friday, March 1st with a 2 p.m. match against Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. The Yellow Jackets are 0-3 following a 2-6 defeat to the University of the Ozarks in non-conference action on Saturday morning.

#1 Doubles – Katharine Waldthausen/Maddison Brackenreg defeated Grace Doucet/Alyssa Davis 8-1
#2 Doubles – Terin Murray/Lauren Rockwell defeated London Todd/Laerke Solnaes 8-0
#3 Doubles – Samantha Trevino/Hannah Moore defeated Taylor Morgan/Camille Pirard 8-1
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
#1 Singles – Katharine Waldthausen defeated Grace Doucet by Retirement (Injury)
#2 Singles – Maddison Brackenreg defeated Alyssa Davis 6-1, 6-0
#3 Singles – Terin Murray defeated London Todd 6-2, 6-0
#4 Singles – Lauren Rockwell defeated Laerke Solnaes 6-0, 6-1
#5 Singles – Samantha Trevino defeated Shyann Pisano 7-5, 6-1
#6 Singles – Mimi Samdi defeated Taylor Morgan 6-1, 6-0
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2, 4, 6, 5



LeTourneau Men’s Tennis Grabs 6-3 Neutral-Site Victory Over Austin College.

SHREVEPORT, La. – Looking to bounce back from last Sunday’s defeat in their 2019 season opener, the LeTourneau University men’s tennis team would earn wins in five of the six singles matches to go along with a win at number one doubles to make a 6-3 victory over Austin College at the Cockrell Tennis Center in Shreveport, Louisiana on Saturday, February 23.

The victory allows LETU to move to 1-1 overall on the season while the Kangaroos drop their 2019 season opener to fall to 0-1 overall.

Three tight matches would be seen in doubles play as Paulo Cressio and Nathan Schmidt would fall by a score of 8-4 at number two doubles before Jimmie Henson, and Christian Farris tied the match at 1-1 with an 8-6 win at number one doubles to leave the No. three doubles match, to determine an early lead. In the final doubles match of the day, Bobby Clark and Jeffrey Golladay would be unable to overcome the duo of Preston Spivey and Safe Rahman in an 8-5 defeat which gave AC a 2-1 lead heading into singles action.

A quick start at number four singles and number two singles saw the YellowJackets secure two points to take a 3-2 lead as Schmidt would earn a 6-3, 6-2 victory and Farris would win 6-4, 6-4. The ‘Roos would then tie the match once again by making a 6-2, 6-4 victory at number three singles over Cressio but see Clark allow LeTourneau to reclaim the lead with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win at number one singles by Henson. With two matches to play and one point needed by the YellowJackets to secure the game, Clark would grab a 6-3, 6-3 victory at number six singles to give LETU the win while Golladay would earn a 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 come from behind victory at number five singles to end the match. Both tie-breaker matches would prove pivotal on Saturday as the YellowJackets would be able to win both three-set games in what would be the difference in the team score.

Returning to Shreveport on short rest, LeTourneau will take on Millsaps College at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 24 followed by a 3:00 p.m. match against Centenary College later in the afternoon. Both events will take place at the Cockrell Tennis Center in Shreveport.

#1 Doubles – Jimmie Henson/Christian Farris defeated Brett O’Brien/Josh Granbury 8-6
#2 Doubles – Andres Padila/Calum Robe defeated Paulo Cressio/Nathan Schmidt 8-4
#3 Doubles – Preston Spivey/Safe Rahman defeated Bobby Clark/Jeffrey Golladay 8-5
Doubles Order of Finish (2, 1, 3)
#1 Singles – Jimmie Henson defeated Josh Granbury 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
#2 Singles – Christian Farris defeated Brett O’Brien 6-4, 6-4
#3 Singles – Andres Padilla defeated Paulo Cressio 6-2, 6-4
#4 Singles – Nathan Schmidt defeated Calum Robe 6-3, 6-2
#5 Singles – Jeffrey Golladay defeated Safe Rahman 5-7, 6-2, 6-0
#6 Singles – Bobby Clark defeated Travis Fortune 6-3, 6-3
Singles Order of Finish (4, 2, 3, 1, 6, 5)



LeTourneau Baseball Falls In Series Opener 6-3 To Hardin-Simmons.

ABILENE, Texas – Playing their first American Southwest Conference series of the 2019 season away from home, the LeTourneau University baseball team fell to Hardin-Simmons University by a final score of 6-3 at Hunter Field in Abilene, Texas on Saturday, February 23.

The loss drops the YellowJackets to 3-5 on the season and puts them at 0-1 to ASC play while the Cowboys improve to 2-5 overall and 1-0 in ASC action. This weekend’s series was initially scheduled as a home series for LeTourneau, who will serve as the home team in all three contests despite playing on the campus of HSU.

It would be a pitching duel for the opening two innings of play as neither team would see offensive production to start the game. Not allowing a hit until the third inning, YellowJacket starting pitcher Kolbey Sharpe would see the Cowboys string together two hits to bring across two runs in the top of the third to go up 2-0.

LeTourneau would end up waiting until the bottom of the fourth to respond, using a leadoff walk by Lee Hosie and a Bryce Brueggemeyerdouble to left center to cut the lead to 2-1. Konner Gayle would get things rolling for the YellowJackets in the sixth with a leadoff single while Cody Lee would follow up by reaching base on a Cowboy error. A Brandon Ramirez RBI single would tie the game up before a sacrifice fly from Brueggemeyer would put the YellowJackets on top 3-2 heading into the seventh.

The back-and-forth would continue as the Cowboys capitalized on three hits to score three runs in the bottom of the eighth to regain the lead at 6-3. LeTourneau would only muster one hit in the final two innings of play, failing to make up for the eighth inning cowboy rally as the loss snaps a run of three straight wins for the YellowJackets.

Gayle would take his first loss of the season on the mound for the YellowJackets giving up three runs on just one hit as LeTourneau would use six pitchers in the game. The Cowboys would out-shine the YellowJackets offensively, recording 12 hits and drawing four walks, but would struggle to capitalize, stranding 10 total baserunners. LETU would see five hits spread across five different YellowJackets as HSU starting pitcher Jaxon Terrell would toss a complete-game.

With the series victory still available, LeTourneau will look to redeem themselves in a doubleheader on Sunday, February 24 beginning at 1:00 p.m.



LeTourneau Women’s Tennis Drops 7-2 Decision To Austin College.

SHREVEPORT, La. – Playing their first of three matches on the weekend, the LeTourneau University women’s tennis team would face a 2-1 deficit following a tiebreak loss at number doubles and would fall by a final score of 7-2 to Austin College at the Cockrell Tennis Center in Shreveport, Louisiana on Saturday, February 23.

LETU now sits at 0-2 to start the season while the Kangaroos picked up a victory in their 2019 season opener.

How It Happened:

An 8-2 defeat at number two doubles would put the YellowJackets in a 1-0 hole before a strong response from the doubles duo of Katharine Waldthausen and Maddison Brackenreg at number one doubles would knot the match at 1-1 with an 8-6 set victory. LeTourneau would then have a chance to take the lead after the doubles match but would see Samantha Trevino and Lauren Rockwell fall 8-7 (7-4) in the number three doubles match following a tiebreaker.

With the momentum swinging in favor of the ‘Roos, Austin College would pick up an injury retirement win at number four singles after Bailey Deatherage would be tied 3-3 with Kirsten Weber while Murray would fall 6-2, 6-1 at number three singles. Needing a victory to avoid the match being clinched, Rockwell would be unable to pull out a victory at number five singles and would fall 6-1, 6-2 before Waldhausen would earn a 6-3, 6-2 win at number two singles. Brackenreg would nearly pull out a tiebreak victory at number one singles, falling 6-2, 3-6, 1-6 in three sets to Diana Carvajaline before seeing Trevino fall 6-2, 6-1 to finalize the match.

What’s Next?

LeTourneau will get two opportunities to pick up a win on Sunday, February 24 with matches against Millsaps College and Centenary College beginning at 10:00 a.m. The YellowJackets will face off against the Majors at 10 a.m. before taking on the Ladies at 3:00 p.m. with both matches taking place in Shreveport, LA.

#1 Doubles – Katharine Waldthausen/Maddison Brackenreg defeated Diana Carvajalino/Melody Duong 8-6
#2 Doubles – Anna Sergiovanni/Kirsten Weber defeated Terin Murray/Bailey Deatherage 8-2
#3 Doubles – Katie Seibert/Georgia Moore defeated Samantha Trevino/Lauren Rockwell 8-7 (7-4)
Doubles Order of Finish (2, 1, 3)
#1 Singles – Diana Carvajaline defeated Maddison Brackenreg 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
#2 Singles – Katharine Waldthausen defeated Anna Sergiovanni 6-3, 6-2
#3 Singles – Chandler Morris defeated Terin Murray 2-6, 1-6
#4 Singles – Kirsten Weber defeated Bailey Deatherage 3-3 (retirement, injury)
#5 Singles – Georgia Moore defeated Lauren Rockwell 6-1, 6-2
#6 Singles – Breanna McCown defeated Samantha Trevino 6-2, 6-1
Singles Order of Finish (4, 3, 5, 2, 1, 6)



LeTourneau Men’s Track and Field Notches 11 Top-Eight Finishes At Hardin-Simmons Relays.

ABILENE, TEXAS – Earning seven top-five finishes and 11 top-eight finishes in their 2019 outdoor season debut, the LeTourneau University men’s track and field team would show well at both the Hardin-Simmons Relays and Great American Conference Championships/Last Chance All-Comers meet on Saturday, February 23.

Neither meet would have team scores as the last chance meet served as the final opportunity for individuals on the YellowJacket track and field team to post qualifying marks for the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships while the HSU Relays served as the official start to the outdoor season.

Competing in Norman, Oklahoma, both Alex Hindman (4.65 meters, 15 ft. – 3 in.) and Jack Miller (4.45 meters, 14 ft. – 7.25 in.) would place in the pole vault while Stanley Williams posted times of 7.09 and 7.06 in the 60 meters along with a mark of 6.38 meters (20 ft. – 11.25 in.) in the long jump.

LeTourneau’s top finish in Abilene would come in the 1,500 meters from sophomore Lorien Nightingale who took second with a time of 4:30.27 while Colton Pounders took third in the 400 hurdles (1:00.42) and fifth in the 110 hurdles (16.83). Fourth-place finishes would come from Adrik Kling in the hammer throw (32.81 meters, 107 ft. – 8 in.) and Solomon Siniard in the 400 meters (54.76) while Jared Rose (3,000-meter steeplechase – 11:59.22) and Judson Iverson (hammer throw, 32.42 meters – 106 ft. – 4 in.) both took fifth in their respective events.

LETU would also get a sixth and seventh-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as Matt Nusser (12:02.01), and Daniel Lopez (12:11.33) gave the YellowJackets three top-eight finishers in the event. Other results for LeTourneau saw Arvin Hrushka take seventh in his only function of the day (110 hurdles, 17.18) while Dalton Heichelheim took eighth in the 200 meters (22.89). Nathan Glastetter would also compete for LETU on Saturday, finishing with a time of 2:16.56 in the 800 meters.

What’s Next?

A chance to return to East Texas and compete in the Marc Randle Classic is next in store for LeTourneau on Friday, March 1 in Bullard, Texas.



LeTourneau Women’s Track and Field Get Jump Start On Outdoor Season In Abilene.

Sending athletes to two different meets, the LeTourneau University women’s track and field team would get a jump start on their 2019 outdoor season. While at the Hardin-Simmons Relays they would also see Kennady Poling and Kaylee Packer compete in the pole vault at the Great American Conference Championships/Last Chance All-Comers Meet. It was held on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma on Saturday, February 23.

In Norman, Packer would set a school record by clearing 3.05 meters (10 ft. – 0 in.) while Poling would tie her personal best by making the mark of 2.75 meters (9 ft. – 0.25 in.). Both marks conclude the 2019 indoor season for the YellowJackets who will now turn their focus over to the outdoor season.

The first outdoor meet of the season would prove equally as successful for LETU as the YellowJackets would see Alexis Segura (12:30.02), Victoria Hood (13:27.36) and Allison Fuller (14:57.89) sweep the top three spots in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as part of eight top-five finishes. Sophomore Tori Field would record two top-three finishes by taking second in the long jump with a mark of 4.57 meters (15 ft. – 0 in.) before taking third in the 100-meter hurdles (17.44). Also earning top-three finishes was the 4×100 meter relay team consisting of Kristyn Matthews, Field, Georgianna Roeder, and Ro Galloway (54.15) and Lexi Funk in the 400-meter hurdles (1:16.49) as both results earned third-place finishes.

LeTourneau’s lone other top-five finish on Saturday came from Rebekah Stevenson in the hammer throw (35.33 meters, 115 ft. – 11 in.) before earning a 10th-place finish in the discus throw (26.93 meters, 88 ft. – 4 in.). The trio McKenzie Craycraft (5,000 meters – 22:38.30) Galloway (100 meters – 12.93) and Alicia Griscom (hammer throw – 32.51 meters, 106 ft. – 8 in.) all took sixth in their respective events with Griscom also competing in the discus (21.84 meters, 71 ft. – 8 in.). Also competing for LeTourneau in Abilene on Saturday was Matthews in the 100 meters (13.13) and 200 meters (28.41) along with Funk in the 100-meter hurdles (19.05) and Bridey Davis in the 5,000 meters (25:42.00).

What’s Next?

The shortest road trip of the season will see the YellowJackets travel to Bullard, Texas on Friday, March 1 to take part in the Marc Randle Classic which will be hosted by the University of Texas-Tyler.

Matt Kinney
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