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LeTourneau Women’s Tennis Earns 7-2 Win Over Shorewomen.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – The YellowJackets came off a thrilling 5-4 victory yesterday afternoon, the LeTourneau University women’s tennis team picked up their second-straight victory with a 7-2 neutral-site win over Washington College at the Chaplin Park Tennis Center in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina on Wednesday, March 13.

LETU is now 4-6 overall after winning two of their three matches at Spring Tennis Fest while the Shorewomen fell to 1-3 overall with the defeat.

The YellowJackets would handily win all three doubles matches as to set the tone early as Katharine Waldthausen and Maddison Brackenreg (number one doubles) and Gracie Favela and Terin Murray (number two doubles) both earned 8-2 wins. Mimi Samdi and Lauren Rockwell would team up for LETU at number three doubles and earn an 8-5 win to finish off a clean doubles sweep for LeTourneau.

In singles action, LETU would get two quick wins from Waldthausen at number one singles (6-2, 6-3) and Brackenreg at number two singles (6-2, 6-3) to secure the team match. Washington College would manage to pick up a victory at number three singles over Favela by scores of 7-5, 7-5, but Murray would lead to respond with a 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 win at number four singles for the YellowJackets. The final two matches would see Rockwell fall 6-4, 5-7, 10-7 at number five singles while Samdi would earn a 6-3, 6-3 straight-sets victory.

Having split their past six matches, LETU will look to return home and earn their first home victory of the year on Friday, March 22 when they play host to Concordia University Texas at 4:00 p.m. CTX is 1-2 overall and will play two more matches before taking on the YellowJackets.



LeTourneau Men’s Tennis Suffers 5-4 Heartbreaker to Washington College.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – Seeing four of six singles matches and one of the three doubles matches go to a tiebreak, the LeTourneau University men’s tennis team would drop a heartbreaking 5-4 decision to Washington College at the Chaplin Park Tennis Center in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina on Wednesday, March 13.

LETU closes out their spring trip by splitting their four matches and now sits at 6-5 overall while the Shormen picked up their second victory of the year to improve to 2-3 overall.

All three doubles matches would be tightly contested, with Jimmie Henson and Christian Farris earning an 8-5 decision at number one doubles while Bobby Clark and Nathan Schmidt grabbed an 8-4 victory to put the YellowJackets up 2-0. Washington College would cut the LETU lead in half by earning a 9-8 (7-4 victory over Zac Crowley-Kurth and James Estrada at number two doubles to set up an even more exciting round of singles play.

With the six singles matches finishing in order, Henson would be the second to suffer a heartbreaking setback by falling 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 10-8 while Farris would put LeTourneau back up by a score of 3-2 after a 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 14-12 marathon win at number two singles. Schmidt would grab a 6-7 (2-7), 7-5, 10-3 win at number three singles before Paulo Cressio would fall 6-1, 6-3 at number four singles. Clark would be unable to carry over momentum from his doubles match at number five singles to fall by scores of 6-1, 6-2 as the Shoremen would tie things at 4-4 heading into the number six singles match. The final game would see Jeffrey Golladay win the first set by a score of 6-1, but fall 1-6, 7-5, 10-4 in a tiebreak as Washington College would escape with a victory.

LETU will return to the Lone Star State and have a little more than a week off before playing host to Concordia University Texas at the Davis Tennis Courts at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22.



Nate West Named NABC Second Team All-South District.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – LeTourneau University junior guard Nate West has been named National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) second-team All-South District, as announced by the NABC on Wednesday, March 13.

The awards, which are chosen by member coaches of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, recognize the best collegiate basketball student-athletes and coaches in the division.

West was an All-American Southwest Conference selection this past season, after leading the ASC with a 24.1 points per game scoring average and 4.1 made three-point field goals per game. The Houston, Texas native ranked fourth among all NCAA Division III players in three-point field goals per game and 12th in scoring average while also finishing as one of 14 players this season to record a triple-double. West’s 626 points this past season is the seventh-most in single-season history while even breaking the single-season three-point record with 106. The junior would also record top-10 single-season marks in assists (T-6, 136) and steals (7th, 51) to go along with the sixth-best single-season free throw percentage by an LETU player (85.9 percent, 116-135).

The award is the second consecutive season that West has earned NABC All-South District honors after being named a first-team All-South District selection a year ago.



LeTourneau Men’s Tennis Now 6-4 Following 9-0 Win Over Gordon College.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – Dropping a total of two games during doubles play, the LeTourneau University men’s tennis team would carry over their hot start to win by a final score of 9-0 over Gordon College at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina on Tuesday, March 12.

Earning their second win in three days, LETU is now 6-4 overall while the Fighting Scots slipped to 1-6 overall.

YellowJacket dominance in doubles play would be shown from all three teams as the duos of Jimmie Henson and Christian Farris at number one doubles along with Bobby Clark and Nathan Schmidt at number three doubles would both take 8-0 victories in their matches. Completing the doubles sweep was Paulo Cressio and Zac Crowley-Kurth with an 8-2 win at number two doubles to put LeTourneau in prime position to earn a quick victory during singles play.

Farris (number two singles) and Clark (number four singles) would secure an LETU victory by winning their matches by scores of 6-0, 6-1 while Cressio earned a 6-2, 6-2 victory at number three singles. James Estrada would secure a 6-1, 6-1 win in his only action of the day at number six singles while Henson would outlast his opponent at number one singles 7-6, 5-7, 10-7. Jeffrey Golladay would also manage to pick up tiebreaker singles victory at number five singles with a 6-2, 4-6, 10-5 win to cap off the clean sheet for the YellowJackets.

What’s Next?

LeTourneau will look to end their spring trip on a high note when they take on Washington College of Maryland at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13. The Shoremen are coming off a 9-0 win over Lake Forest College in their only match thus far at Spring Tennis Fest.



LeTourneau Women’s Tennis Snags 5-4 Victory Over Gordon College.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – Managing to split six singles matches to go along with two wins in doubles action, the LeTourneau University women’s tennis team would earn a 5-4 victory over Gordon College at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina on Tuesday, March 12.

Earning their third victory of the season, LETU is now 3-6 overall while the Fighting Scots fall to 11-6 overall after falling for the first time at Spring Tennis Fest.

Doubles victories for the YellowJackets would come from Katharine Waldthausen and Maddison Brackenreg at number one doubles (8-2) as well as Gracie Favela and Terin Murray at number two doubles (8-2). Gordon managed to pick up a victory at number three doubles over Mimi Samdi and Lauren Rockwell by a score of 8-4 to make things 2-1 heading into singles action.

Following a shift to the lineup due to injury, LETU would see Brackenreg pick up a 6-0, 6-1 win at number one singles while Favela earned a 6-4, 6-4 win at number two singles. Murray would push her number three singles record to 3-2 overall on the season with a 6-1, 6-2 victory to help the YellowJackets clinch the match before seeing Rockwell fall 6-0 7-6 (8-6) at number four singles, Samdi 6-0, 6-1 at number five singles, and Hannah Moore 6-0, 6-1 at number six singles.

One more match remains for LETU this week as the YellowJackets take on Washington College (Maryland) tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 p.m. The Shorewomen have only played three matches this season and are 1-2 overall after dropping a 7-2 decision to Lake Forest College on Sunday.



LeTourneau Men’s Basketball Earns ASC SAAC Team Sportsmanship Award.

RICHARDSON, Texas – For the third consecutive year and fourth time in five years, the LeTourneau University men’s basketball team has been awarded the American Southwest Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Team Sportsmanship Award for the ASC East Division.

Overall, it is the fifth time in school history that LETU has been honored with the award, with the other awards coming in 2009, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Other honorees for the sportsmanship award during the basketball season include Howard Payne University representing the ASC men’s West Division selection while the University of Texas Dallas (East) and Sul Ross State University (West) were honored from the women’s side.

The SAAC Team Sportsmanship Award honors the member institution in each ASC championship sport that best displays positive qualities of sportsmanship and fair play from its student-athletes, coaches and fans throughout the season. The 2018-19 year marks the 12th season the award has been presented by vote of the campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committees of the American Southwest Conference.

The next ASC SAAC Team Sportsmanship Awards will be named after the 2019 spring season.

American Southwest Conference Winter 2018-19 SAAC Team Sportsmanship Awards
Presented by the 13 ASC Student-Athlete Advisory Committees

Men’s Basketball Women’s Basketball
East Division: LeTourneau East Division: UT Dallas
West Division: Howard Payne West Division: Sul Ross State



Alex Hindman Named ASC Co-Men’s Field Athlete of the Week.

RICHARDSON, Texas – For the second time, this season and fourth time in his career, LeTourneau University sophomore track and field athlete Alex Hindman has been named the American Southwest Conference Men’s Co-Field Athlete of the Week for his performance at the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships on Friday, March 8.

Hindman became the first All-American in school history by placing sixth in the pole vault at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. The Seminole, Texas native cleared 4.90 meters (16 ft.- 0.75 in.), well surpassing his mark of 4.75 meters at last year’s NCAA Championships that gave him a ninth-place finish.

A mechanical engineering major at LeTourneau University, Hindman is the son of Eric and Jenny Hindman.


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