The Hesston College men’s tennis team defeated the visiting Midland University (Fremont, Neb.) Warriors 5-4 on Friday afternoon at Hesston College.
Sophomore Riley Kingsley (Newton, Kan.) and freshman Garrett Roth (Hesston, Kan.) got things going in doubles with an 8-4 win. Freshman Nadeem Jaber (Jaljulia, Israel) fell behind early 3-6, but rallied to knock off Andy McDill 6-2, 12-10.
Kingsley also won comfortably in singles play 6-2, 6-2; as did sophomore Josiah Borst (Becker, Minn.) 6-1, 6-2 over Midland’s Ryder Ross. Roth’s 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 win in singles helped the Larks hold off the Warriors.
“Today was a big win. That’s two in a row as we head into a big rematch with Baker tomorrow. All year we’ve been beating against a wall to get those last couple points so we have a lot of losses that are 5-4 or 6-3 that could’ve gone either way. Today we went over the wall. Now we can’t get too high on win so we have to be ready to come out tomorrow and compete against one of the better teams in the state,“ head coach Chance Joost commented following the big win for the Larks. Hesston will look to build on the momentum for their next match on Saturday.
Next up – The Larks (3-9) will meet Baker University in Baldwin City on Saturday, April 1. Action will get underway at 10 a.m. against the Wildcats.