Seven commit to Larks Volleyball for 2017

returning HC volleyball players

The Hesston College women’s volleyball program is proud to announce the commitments of seven student-athletes to join the Larks for the 2017 season. The Larks welcome four players from Kansas and one each from South Dakota, Colorado and Pennsylvania.

The group of seven incoming freshmen will join four returning sophomores to this year’s fall roster.

“I am really excited about this class that we have coming in next year,” Head Coach DeeDee Landes commented. “We have a lot of talent which will allow us to be fairly deep in several positions.” The Larks will look to improve on their 14-16 record in 2016 and coach Landes believes this class will help the program continue in the right direction. “I am really excited about what each girl is going to bring to the table next year and it will be great to see them grow together as a family and compete on the court​. I think that each of these girls will be a great fit for Hesston College and will thrive here.”

Joining the Larks this fall are:

Olivia Duerksen, MB, Goessel (Kan.) High School – also a basketball and track athlete for the Bluebirds, Duerksen earned all-league honors (2nd team in 2015, 1st team in 2016) as well as 2016 All State Tournament Team and KVA 2nd Team All State (2016).

Faith Hallmark, ​Setter, Libero, Augusta (Kan.) High School – a four-year volleyball letter winner for the Orioles, Ha​l​lmark earned 2nd team all-conference honors her freshman year and 1st team as a sophomore, junior and senior (AV-CTL-III) and was a 4A State​ All Tournament team member her final three years. Ha​ll​mark will major in nursing.

Kylee Kasselman, OH, Central Plains High School (Claflin, Kan.) – Kasselman earned Central Prairie League 1st team, KVA All-tournament team (2015-16), KVA all state 2A-2nd team (2015) KVA all state 2A-1st team (2016) honors. The Oilers won state in volleyball in 2015 and in basketball in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Kasselman plans to major in nursing.

Cassidy King, OH, Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite School – earned first team league all-star honors in 2015 and 2016 and served as team captain. King also played softball and basketball for the Blazers. She plans to major in sports education and coaching.

Autumn Lungwitz, RS, OH, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Wichita, Kan. – competed in volleyball four years and basketball for three years for the Golden Eagles. Lungwitz plans to major in nursing.

Samantha Rossin, M​B​, Douglas County High School (Castle Rock, Colo.) – a member of the 2016 Husky varsity team, she collected 22 kills and 30 blocks. (5A Continental league). Rossin will major in accounting.

Hannah Yoder, MB, Freeman (S.D.) Academy – also a basketball and track athlete for the Bearcats. Freeman Academy’s volleyball team was district runner up in 2014 and 2015 and compiled the best record in school history in 2015. Yoder played her freshman year in Iowa and joined the Larks this semester.