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LeTourneau Women’s Tennis Drops Home Match To Dallas Baptist 9-0.

LONGVIEW, Texas – Playing in their first of three home matches during March, the LeTourneau University women’s tennis team dropped a 9-0 decision to NCAA Division II Dallas Baptist University at the Davis Tennis Courts in Longview, Texas on Wednesday, March 6.

LETU is now 2-5 overall on the season while the Patriots improved to 8-4 overall.

The YellowJackets put up an intense battle in doubles action and would be unable to secure a point during the three matches as Katharine Waldthausen, and Maddison Brackenreg would fall 8-2 at number one doubles. Gracie Favela and Terin Murray dropped an 8-3 decision at number two doubles. In the number three doubles match, Lauren Rockwell and Mimi Samdi would drop an 8-1 decision which would give DBU a 3-0 lead heading into singles play.

The top of the LETU lineup would provide more tough battles in singles play with Waldthausen dropping a 6-2, 7-5 decision at number one singles while Brackenreg would fall 6-3, 6-2 at number two singles. The number three singles match would see Favela fall 6-4, 6-0 after a very close opening set while Murray (number four singles) and Rockwell (number five singles) fell by scores of 6-1, 6-0. Samdi would play in the lone other singles match for LeTourneau, dropping a 6-0, 6-0 decision at number six singles.

LeTourneau hits the road once again and will next play on Sunday, March 10 at 11:30 a.m. (ET) against the University of Mount Union in the Spring Tennis Fest in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The YellowJackets will play three matches in four days as part of the Spring Tennis Fest, which features teams from all over the United States.



LeTourneau Men’s Tennis Pushes Patriots To Brink In 5-4 Loss.

LONGVIEW, Texas – Trailing 2-1 at the conclusion of doubles play, the LeTourneau University men’s tennis team would two of three singles matches that would go to a third-set tiebreak but ultimately fall by a final score of 5-4 to Dallas Baptist University at the Davis Tennis Courts in Longview, Texas on Wednesday, March 6.

LETU saw their three-match win streak snapped to fall to 4-3 overall while the Patriots improved to 5-6 overall after splitting a pair of matches on Wednesday.

The YellowJackets would not back down against NCAA Division II DBU, keeping things close in all three doubles matches played. Bobby Clark and Nathan Schmidt would see a tight battle at number three doubles end up going in favor of the Patriots by a score of 8-5 while Zac Crowley-Kurth and James Estrada would fall by a score of 8-4. The number one doubles match proved to be the closest of the three as Jimmie Henson, and Christian Farris would manage to battle back and force a tiebreaker at 7-7 before winning the tiebreak 7-2 to take the match 8-7 and grab momentum right before the singles play.

Henson would carry over the strong finish into his number one singles match, making quick work of his opponent with a 6-4, 6-2 victory to tie the game at 2-2. Farris would be unable to pull out a win at number two singles, falling 6-4, 6-4 while Schmidt nearly overcame a first set loss in a 6-3, 3-6, 11-9 defeat at number three singles. DBU would also manage to take the number four singles match over Crowley-Kurth by scores of 6-3, 6-3 before Clark would earn a 4-6, 6-0, 10-8 win at number five singles. Jeffrey Golladay would make an appearance in the final match of the day at number six singles, battling back from a 6-2 first set defeat to win 2-6, 6-2, 10-6 as the YellowJackets would come up just one point shy of a team win.

LeTourneau will look to maintain their plus .500 record in their next match when they take on the University of Mount Union in their opening match at the 2019 Spring Tennis Fest in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The game, which will take place at 11:30 a.m. (ET) on Sunday, March 11, will take place at the Van Der Meer Tennis Center and will be the first of three matches for LETU at Spring Tennis Fest.



Four From LETU Men’s Track and Field Named USTFCCCA All-Region

New Orleans, LA – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced the All-Region honorees for the 2019 NCAA Division III indoor track & field season with LeTourneau University pole vaulters Alex Hindman, Austin Parrish, Jack Miller, and Collin Jones all earning the All-Region distinction.

The top-5 individuals in each event from each region earned All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the region’s top-3 relays teams. Used for this award – Atlantic, Central, Great Lakes, Mideast, Midwest, New England, South/Southeast, and West – match those used during the cross country season.

Hindman, Parrish, and Miller will all compete at the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships this Friday, with the pole vault slated to get underway at 1 p.m. (ET). Hindman will enter the meet with the sixth-best qualified mark in the NCAA this season (4.98 meters) while Miller and Parrish both have the eighth-best mark posted by an NCAA Division III pole vaulter (4.88 meters). Jones narrowly missed out on qualifying for the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships and concluded his indoor season with a personal-best mark of 4.67 meters.

This year’s NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships will take place at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Complex in Boston, Massachusetts on March 8 and 9.

Matt Kinney
Sports Information Director
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Cell: 903-736-7669