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LeTourneau University – Sports

 

VOLLEYBALL

LONGVIEW, Texas – On a night that saw both teams honor breast cancer patients as part of breast cancer awareness month, the LeTourneau University volleyball team would see their 2017 home finale spoiled by an upstart East Texas Baptist University in a 3-0 loss at Solheim Arena in Longview, Texas on Tuesday, October 17.

LETU slips to 7-18 overall and 2-11 in the American Southwest Conference with the loss while the visiting Tigers improved to 10-16 and 6-7 in the ASC.

The first set would be one to forget for the YellowJackets as it would be all ETBU from the start. Seven of the first eight points would break in favor of the Tigers as LeTourneau could not get anything going offensively in the set. Things would get even worse, with East Texas Baptist pushing their lead out to as large as 21-4 before three straight points by the YellowJackets brought the score down to 21-7. The set would end up 25-9 in favor of ETBU as the Tigers would hit .500 in the match while committing just two attack errors.

In the second set, LETU would do a better job of keeping with ETBU early on, trailing by scores of 8-5 and 10-6 before scoring three straight points to pull within one at 10-9. The Tigers pushed their lead back to 15-10 with and extended it to 18-12 before eventually pulling away for a 25-19 set victory.

East Texas Baptist would continue their hot hitting in the third set by again scoring the first three points of the match and jumping out to a 7-2 lead forcing a LeTourneau timeout. The closest that the YellowJackets would get the rest of the way would come at scores of 17-13 and again at 18-14 before another 3-0 run by ETBU gave the Tigers a 21-14 lead. LETU would manage to fend off two straight match points to pull within 24-18 before a kill by Bailey Byas ended the match with a third set score of 25-18 going in favor of East Texas Baptist.

LeTourneau hit .147 for the match after managing just six kills in the first set while hitting .033. The Tigers managed to hit .303 in the match record seven service aces compared to only two for LETU.

Freshman Hailey Matthews led the YellowJackets with seven kills while Korissa White and Cam Taylor had 13 assists apiece. Liz Williams would add nine digs while Torie Langston and Lauren Egby-McNealeach recorded two blocks.

The final seven matches for the YellowJackets will come on the road with three taking place this weekend. LeTourneau will take part in the Belhaven University triangular, taking on the Blazers at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 20 and Mississippi University for Women at 5:00 p.m.

 

MEN’S GOLF

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Playing a tightly contested meet that saw the top four teams separated by a total of eight strokes, the LeTourneau University men’s golf team finished in seventh place at the Alamo City Classic at The Quarry Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday, October 17.

LETU finished with a final round 309 to post a two-day total of 629. Hardin-Simmons University earned the team title with a score of 600, followed by the University of Dallas (601) and Trinity University and Texas Lutheran (608).

Individually, senior Mason Terry would lead the YellowJacket charge with a final day score of four-over 75 to finish tied for 15th overall. After playing the first nine holes at four-over 39, Terry closed out his round with an even-par 36 on the final nine holes to move up three spots in the individual standings.

Daniel Kay (T29) would shoot a final round of 80 following yesterday’s first-round 78 while Chris Clark would follow up a first round score of 82 with a final round of six-over 77 to move up two spots and finish in a tie for 31st.

Cody Taylor (34th) shot the second-best round of the day for LeTourneau on Tuesday by shooting a six-over 77 to improve his overall position three spots while Keaton Williams shot a score of 82 for the second consecutive day to finish with a two-day total of 164 (T36).

LeTourneau will wrap up their fall 2017 season next week by playing in two separate events. The YellowJackets will send one team to the Hardin-Simmons University Fall Invitational in Abilene, Texas while also fielding a team in the Tyler Junior College Pine Springs Invitational in Tyler. Both meets will be Monday, October 23, and Tuesday, October 24.

 

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Led by a 12th place finish by sophomore Kristin Boone, the LeTourneau University women’s golf team finished sixth at the Alamo City Classic hosted by Trinity University at The Quarry Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday, October 17.

The YellowJackets finished with a two-day team score of 711 to take sixth place while host Trinity University ended up going wire-to-wire to win the tournament with a 36-hole team score of 635. Southwestern University (654) and Hardin-Simmons University (673) took second and third, respectively.

Boone would end up being LeTourneau’s top finisher by moving up six spots to tie for 12th place overall following a final day score of 10-over 81. The Wichita Falls, Texas native played both the front and the back nine at five-over.

Lauren Johnson moved up three spots following a final round of 83 to finish tied for 18th with a two-day total of 173 while Bree Mask finished just three strokes back of her with a 36-hole total of 176 (22nd). Johnson would make three birdies on the front nine of her final round while Mask would pick up her only birdie of the day on the par-three eighth hole.

Freshman Rachael Green also competed for the YellowJackets, shooting a final day score of 96 to finish with a total of 194 to come in 37th place.

The Alamo City Classic concludes the fall portion of the 2017-18 schedule for the YellowJackets, who will return to action next spring. LeTourneau will compete in five meets starting February 16th at the Howard Payne University Match Play Event held in Brownwood, Texas.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Shooting a first round team score of 365, the LeTourneau University women’s golf team sits in sixth place overall at the Alamo City Classic following day one of competition at The Quarry Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas on Monday, October 16.

Trinity University leads the team race with a first round total of 314 followed by Southwestern University (337) while tied for third (342) are Schreiner University and Hardin-Simmons University.

Sophomore Kristin Boone led the YellowJackets on Monday with a first-round score of 87 on the Par-71 course to head into tomorrow’s final round tied for 16th. Boone would shoot a 44 on the front nine before scoring her only birdie of the day on the Par-4 10th while closing out her round with a 43 on the back nine.

Bree Mask and Lauren Johnson are both tied for 21st following a first round score of 90 as the pair shot matching 43’s on the front nine before playing the final nine holes of the afternoon with a score of 47. LeTourneau’s fourth scoring individual would be freshman Rachael Green who shot a 98 to head into tomorrow’s final round tied for 34th.

Tomorrow’s action will the final time in 2017 that LETU will hit the links, with 18 holes of golf getting underway at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow morning on the 5,872-yard course.

 

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Seniors Mason Terry and Daniel Kay each shot a seven-over 78 and tied for 18th overall to lead LeTourneau University, men’s golf team in the first round of the Alamo City Classic hosted by Trinity University at The Quarry Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas on Monday, October 16.

LETU shot a first round team score of 320 to sit in seventh place overall, 19 shots back of leader Hardin-Simmons University. Schreiner University (304) and Texas Lutheran University (306) round out the top three team scores.

Terry would kick off his opening nine holes by making three straight pars en route to a two-over 37 on the front nine. The back nine would not be as kind to the Lindale, Texas native who would finish up his round with a five-over 41 on the back nine to shoot a 78 overall.

Kay had a quick start to his round this morning following a bogey on the second hole by rebounding to birdie two of his next three holes and play the front nine one under par with a 34. A three-hole stretch that saw the senior shoot four-over in the first four holes of the back nine would quickly erase the under-par round as Kay would have to settle for 78.

Keaton Williams and Chris Clark both shot a first round score of 82 to go into tomorrow’s final round tied for 33rd overall while Cody Taylor is in a tie for 37th with a first round total of 84. Williams would play the front nine at seven-over 42 before bouncing back on the final nine holes by playing his last six holes of the afternoon at even-par to come in with the round of 11-over while Clark followed up a five-over 40 on the front nine with a six-over 42 on the back nine. Taylor entered the back nine following a five-over 40 on the front nine but would end up shooting an eight-over 44 on the back to finish with his score of 84.

The final round of the Alamo City Classic will get underway at 8:30 am tomorrow morning. Just 19 strokes separated the top-seven teams in the field. LETU sits eight strokes back of the University of Dallas in sixth place and is ten shots behind host Trinity University in fifth heading into tomorrow.