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LeTourneau University – Volleyball

RICHARDSON, Texas – The LeTourneau University volleyball team has been picked fifth in the American Southwest Conference East Division following a vote of the league’s head coaches and sports information directors the conference office announced Monday (Aug. 14). Senior Savanna Stutts was one of 10 players from the East Division to be named to the players to watch list.

LETU received 54 total points while two-time defending ASC champions The University of Texas at Dallas (32-3 / 12-0 ASC) led the East Division with 144 points in the preseason poll and received all 24 first place votes. Following UT-Dallas was the University of Texas at Tyler (117 points), East Texas Baptist (96 points) and Belhaven (60 points). Trailing the YellowJackets in the ASC East poll was Louisiana College who came in with 31 points. The Lady Wildcats are entering their first season of competition in volleyball.

Mary Hardin-Baylor (21-10 / 11-3 ASC) led the West Division with 136 points in the preseason poll and received 18 out of a possible 24 first place votes. Head Coach Rob Frost and the Cru have won the West Division the past two seasons and were the 2014 ASC champions.

Twenty-four players are among those to watch in the 2017 season. Nominated by the head coaches, the watch list includes four players who earned All-Conference honors and 10 All-Division award recipients.

Season Notes
· Louisiana College will enter their first season of varsity play in 2017. The Lady Wildcats will be eligible for the regular season and ASC Championship Tournament titles.
· Regular season play will begin Friday, September 1. The ASC Championship is Thursday through Saturday (Nov 2-4) with NCAA Division III Championship hosting for the East Division No. 1 seed. An automatic berth to NCAA Division III Championship will be on the line.
· Belhaven University and McMurry University will be eligible for the regular season title but will be ineligible for the ASC Championship Tournament and NCAA Division III Championship Tournament due to NCAA reclassifying rules.

ASC Volleyball Preseason Poll
East Division

Rank Team (1st) Pts. 2016 Record (ASC)
1. UT Dallas (24) 144 32-3 (12-0)
2. UT Tyler 117 18-9 (7-5)
3. East Texas Baptist 96 13-14 (5-7)
4. Belhaven# 60 13-17 (n/a)
5. LeTourneau 54 9-24 (1-11)
6. Louisiana College 31 2017 First Varsity Season

# Eligible for ASC regular-season title, ineligible for ASC Championship/NCAA Division III Championship Tournaments (NCAA Div. III Provisional)

West Division

Rank Team (1st) Pts. 2016 Record (ASC)
1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (18) 136 21-10 (11-3)
2. Hardin-Simmons 110 16-13 (10-4)
3. McMurry (2)% 103 20-12 (8-6)
4. Concordia Texas 70 10-15 (5-9)
5. Howard Payne 60 11-16 (5-9)
6. Sul Ross State 25 3-24 (2-12)

% Eligible for ASC regular-season title, ineligible for ASC Championship/NCAA Division III Championship Tournaments (NCAA Div. III Reclassifying)

ASC Volleyball Players to Watch List
East Division

Name Pos. Cl. Team
Kelly Aholt S Sr. Belhaven
Paris Babino S Fr. Louisiana College
Dylan Brinkman*E OH So. UT Dallas
Brieanne Brown RS Sr. UT Tyler
Bailey Byas MB So. East Texas Baptist
Olivia Huval DS Fr. Louisiana College
Samantha Lee MB Jr. UT Tyler
Allison Sevening RS Jr. East Texas Baptist
Caroline ShecterleE S So. UT Dallas
Savanna Stutts RS/MB Sr. LeTourneau

West Division

Name Cl. Pos. Team
Zhartaezia BradleyW MB Jr. Howard Payne
Carly CusterW OH Sr. Concordia Texas
Natasha Evans*W S/RS Sr. Mary Hardin-Baylor
Allison KusterW OH Jr. Hardin-Simmons
Cheyanne LoveladyW S Sr. Howard Payne
Justice McGowan*W MB So. McMurry
Sarah Paolini MB So. Mary Hardin-Baylor
Odalis Rodriguez L Jr. McMurry
Grace Schulz*W MB Sr. Hardin-Simmons
Marissa Stinson MB So. Concordia Texas
Breean Sturges OH Sr. Sul Ross State
McKenna ThomasW L Sr. Sul Ross State

2016 All-ASC Selection*
2016 East Division Selection E
2016 West Division Selection W


Matt Kinney

Sports Information Director