The Hesston College men’s tennis program earned a statement win over Barton Community College (Great Bend, Kan.) on Monday, Feb. 20, by a 5-4 team score.
After winning two of three doubles matches, the Larks’ top three singles all fell, giving Barton a 4-2 advantage with three matches to go. Freshmen Taylor Ermoian (Hays, Kan.) and Keenan Jensen (Hesston, Kan.) rebounded with impressive wins (6-2, 6-4 and 6-1, 6-1) to knot things up, and sophomore Austin Loucks (Elkhart, Ind.) delivered with a win (6-0, 7-5) in the final singles match to clinch the Hesston win.
“We knew going in we had to lead with our doubles play and start the day off strong,” said Hesston coach Jeron Baker. “We got big wins at 1 and 3 doubles and from there it was a percentage game. We just needed 3 of the 6 singles to pull out the match. The bottom half of our lineup came up huge. If we continue to play like we did yesterday we will have a very successful season.”