Men’s Tennis News Archive 2016-2017

Coyotes get past Larks

The Hesston College men’s tennis team was defeated by the Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes 6-3 on Monday afternoon in Salina.

Freshman Nadeem Jaber (Jaljulia, Israel) rallied to pick up another singles win (6-7, 5-7, 6-1, 11-9) over the Coyotes’ Samir Lopez. Freshman Garrett Roth (Hesston, Kan.) won over Mitchell Byers (6-0, 6-3) to grab the two singles wins for the Larks. Jaber and sophomore Josiah Borst (Becker, Minn.) provided the lone doubles win for Hesston, 9-7.

“We’re learning how to compete. We have to do better and we will,” Head Coach Chance Joost commented. “I have confidence in these guys but they have to have it in themselves which we are growing toward. The off-the-court work will show soon.”

The Larks (1-5) will look to rebound when they host the Barton County Community College Cougars at 9 a.m. before taking on Southwestern College at 5 p.m. on Tuesday March 14 at Hesston High School. Hesston will then take some time off for spring break, before returning to Hesston to host Colorado Christian University, an NCAA DII school, March 22.

Kingsley and Jaber lead Larks past Threshers

Sophomore Riley Kingsley (North Newton, Kan.) and freshman Nadeem Jaber (Jaljulia, Israel) each picked up singles wins to help propel the Hesston College men’s tennis team past the Bethel College Threshers 7-2 for Hesston’s first win of the season.

Kingsley (#1 singles) won in two sets 6-3, 6-3 over Gabe Johnson, and Jaber cruised 6-2, 6-0 over Ryan LaCombe at #2. Sophomore Josiah Borst (Becker, Minn.) and freshman Garrett Roth (Hesston, Kan.) also won in singles play. &ldquo:We played really well today. We’re definitely feeling very confident right now heading into the Dallas Baptist match. We keep improving and that’s the most important thing. The boys did well.” Head Coach Chance Joost commented after earning his first win as collegiate head coach. Kingsley/Roth, Jaber/Kremier and Oesch/Borst all were victorious in doubles competition. “We haven’t won three doubles matches in a long time.”

Tennis will look to build on their strong effort vs. Bethel, as NCAA DII Dallas Baptist University comes to town on Friday March 10. Match begins at 9 a.m. at Hesston College.

Bulldogs squeak by Larks

The Hesston College men’s tennis team narrowly missed their first win of the season, falling 5-4 to visiting Concordia University.

The Larks’ #1 doubles team of sophomore Riley Kinglsey (North Newton, Kan.) and freshman Garrett Roth started things off for the Larks with an impressive 8-3 win. In singles play, #2 Nadeem Jaber (freshman, Israel) won 6-1, 6-1 and #3 Josiah Borst (sophomore, Becker, Minn.) also picked up wins for the Larks 6-7(6-8), 6-2, 10-5. Freshman Garrett Roth #5 (Hesston, Kan.) won his match 6-3, 6-3.

“We’re really close to a breakthrough. Everyone has improved a ton, and I look forward to the next couple weeks to see it come together,” Head Coach Chance Joost commented. “It was a great fight. We almost had it. We just got too tired.”

Next up – Larks Tennis will welcome rival Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.) to town on Wednesday, March 8, at 4 p.m., before NCAA DII foe, Dallas Baptist University comes to Hesston on Friday morning, March 10, at 9 a.m.

Men’s tennis falls to Bethany

The Hesston college men’s tennis team opened their 2017 home spring schedule hosting the Bethany College Swedes in front of a large crowd at Hesston College. The Larks fell 8-1 to the visitors.

Freshman Garrett Roth (Hesston, Kan.) and sophomore Riley Kingsley (North Newton, Kan.) picked up the Larks lone win in doubles play (8-4) against a talented KCAC team from Lindsborg.

“We competed really well in the beginning. We had a huge crowd that really helped. We really appreciated the support we got from the students and staff of the college,” Head Coach Chance Joost said. Bethany College is one of the larger schools that the Larks will match up with this spring. “We’re getting better, and we’re learning but Bethany is probably going to finish 1 or 2 in the KCAC so we competed well and the results will come if stay to the process.”

Top singles player, Nadeem Jaber, a freshman from Israel, fell to Juan Mateus from Bethany: 6-3, 6-1.

Tennis will be back in action as they host Concordia University at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 5.

2017 Larks tennis team begins season

The Hesston College men’s tennis team is eager to begin their 2017 season under first year head coach Chance Joost. The Larks opened their schedule with a trip to Emporia State (Kan.) an NCAA DII school, Wednesday, February 22. The Larks will enjoy seven straight home matches in March, before heading back on the road March 25 (Tabor College)

The Larks will carry eight on this season’s roster – six freshman and two sophomores. Freshmen include: Nadeem Jaber (Israel), Jeff Kauffman (Hutchinson, Kan.), Tre Kremeier (Newton), Garrett Roth (Hesston), Curtis Oesch (Caldwell, Idaho) and Ryuki Kawamoto (Japan). Sophomores include Riley Kinglsey (Newton) and Josiah Borst (Becker, Minn.) who played two years on the men’s soccer team.

The mood around the program is spirited and the bar is high, as the Larks look to take another step in the right direction. “The expectation is for us to continue to grow and develop into a nationally prominent program. If all goes well we could make nationals,” Head Coach Chance Joost remarked.

Jaber, an international student from Israel, has impressed early and is expected to start out in the Larks #1 singles slot. “He’s been amazing,” Joost said. Kingsley will provide valuable experience to the Larks roster as one of the two retuning players. “Jaber and Riley Kingsley are two guys who are really going to make a difference for us this year. If those two can get wins then we will have an outstanding year,” Joost commented.

Projected men’s singles & doubles lineup:
1 Freshman, Nadeem Jaber
2 Sophomore, Riley Kingsley
3 Sophomore, Josiah Borst
4 Freshman, Garrett Roth
5 Freshman, Curtis Oesch
6 Freshman, Jeff Kauffman

1 Kinglsey/Roth
2 Jaber/Borst
3 Kauffman/Oesch

A couple other matches to look out for – Barton Community College comes to town March 14 and Dallas Baptist, an NCAA DII school comes to Hesston for a visit March 10. Hesston’s home opener will be March 5 vs. Concordia University.

Women’s Tennis, also lead by coach Joost will get underway March 5 as well. Team members include sophomore Becca Delp (Sellersville, Pa.) and freshmen Miho Okuda (Chiba-ken, Japan) and Koyuki Sakamoto (Osaka, Japan).

Larks Men’s Tennis completes successful week at national tournament

The Hesston College men’s tennis team returned from a great week of tennis at the NJCAA Division I national tournament May 16 to-20 in Plano, Texas, finishing 17th among 24 teams.

Four Hesston players earned day-one singles matches, including sophomore Caleb Schrock-Hurst (Harrisonburg, Va.), freshman Josiah Borst (Becker, Minn.), sophomore Andry Stutzman (Harrisonburg, Va.) and sophomore Yuki Torri (Nishio-shi, Japan). Borst and Torri both came back from one set down to win, while Schrock-Hurst and Stutzman cruised to straight-set wins.

Larks’ top doubles team of Riley Kingsley (North Newton, Kan.) and Keegan LeFevre (Woodland Park, Colo.), meanwhile, won several matches throughout the week before finally falling in the backside finals. Following an 8-6 quarterfinals win, the pair sprinted to a 5-2 lead in the semifinals before finding itself in a 7-7 tie.

Kingsley put in a clutch service game, fighting off two break points to get to an 8-7 lead, and LeFevre clinched a berth in the finals with a well-placed volley on a second break point.

“The guys made an excellent showing in the tournament,” said Hesston coach Myron Diener. “The sophomores deserve tons of credit for helping us punch our ticket to nationals for the second straight year. It was great to see several parents make the trip to Texas to support the team, and it’s been a real privilege to be a part of this group these last couple years.”

Photo courtesy Jen LeFevre

Day three results from nationals

The Hesston College men’s tennis team continued to play well into the tournament’s third day, with the doubles pair of Riley Kingsley (North Newton, Kan.) and Keegan LeFevre (Woodland Park, Colo.) advancing in the consolation bracket of one doubles.

Results from May 18:

II (consolation) – Riley Kingsley lost 4-8

I – (consolation) Kingsley/LeFevre won 8-6
II – (consolation) Schrock-Hurst/Stutzman lost 1-8
III – (consolation) Borst/Oyer lost 4-8

Kingsley and LeFevre play again today (May 19), weather permitting. A win advances the pair to the backdraw finals.

Larks collect four wins at first day of nationals

The Hesston College men’s tennis team made some noise on the opening day of the national tournament, held May 16-20 in Plano, Texas, as four Hesston players came away with day-one wins in singles competition.

Results from May 16:

I – Riley Kingsley lost 1-6, 1-6
II – Keegan LeFevre lost 4-6, 2-6
III – Caleb Schrock-Hurst won 6-3, 6-1
IV – Andry Stutzman won 6-2, 6-2
V – Josiah Borst won 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
VI – Yuki Torri won 6-4, 6-3

I – Kingsley/LeFevre lost 2-6, 2-6
II – Schrock-Hurst/Stutzman lost 2-6, 2-6
III – Borst/Oyer lost 0-6, 0-6

Hesston College names Joost new tennis coach

Hesston College athletic director Rob Ramseyer introduces Chance Joost as head coach of the Hesston College men’s and women’s tennis programs.

“We’re very excited to have Chance leading our tennis programs,” Ramseyer said. “He has the tools necessary to impact Hesston Tennis in many positive ways on and off the court.”

Joost, currently finishing his second season as assistant tennis coach at Washburn University, Topeka, Kan., was a four-year varsity player for Washburn while earning a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. In addition to his time with Washburn Tennis, Joost has been the assistant tennis professional at Topeka Country Club for five years.

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Hesston College as well as the Hesston community,” said Joost. “We’ll achieve success through hard work and perseverance while maintaining character, honesty and discipline. My passion is to bring players together to a team that is focused on each other’s success. We want our players to be prepared for athletics and academics at a four-year college after their time at Hesston.”

Men’s Tennis adds Idaho talent

Hesston College men’s tennis coach Myron Diener announces Curtis Oesch, a senior at Caldwell (Idaho) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks’ recruiting class.

Oesch is currently competing in his third year of varsity tennis for Caldwell High. As a junior, he helped the team to a district championship and fourth-place finish at the state tournament. An accomplished student, Oesch will study veterinary medicine at Hesston.

“Curtis is a solid player who will bring depth and energy to our roster,” Diener said. “His doubles experience in high school will help him be successful at the collegiate level and we look forward to his campus contributions.”

Oesch attends Evergreen Heights Mennonite Church, Caldwell. He is the son of Mike and Jana Oesch, Caldwell.

Men’s Tennis headed back to Nationals

The Hesston College men’s tennis team is headed back to the national stage following a stellar 8-1 team win over Barton CC (Great Bend, Kan.) at the NJCAA Region VI match on May 1, in Liberal, Kan.

Fighting the elements on a windy and unusually cool May afternoon, the Larks got things started with a pair of wins in doubles play. Sophomore Keegan LeFevre (Woodland Park, Colo.) and freshman Riley Kingsley (North Newton, Kan.) recorded a straight set win (6-2, 6-1) at one doubles, followed by a win (6-4, 6-3) at three doubles by freshmen Josiah Borst (Becker, Minn.) and Trevor Oyer (Hubbard, Ore.).

With the Larks leading 2-1, sophomore Caleb Schrock-Hurst (Harrisonburg, Va.) set the tone in singles play with a dominating straight-set win (6-0, 6-1) at three singles. Needing two more wins to advance to nationals, Kingsley put Hesston on the brink with an impressive win at one singles (6-1, 6-3). LeFevre iced the match by closing out a tough second set (6-0, 6-4) at two singles.

Not to be outdone, sophomore Andry Stutzman (Harrisonburg, Va.) won at five singles in another straight-set effort (6-2, 6-4), while Borst added to an already great day with an exciting win (7-6, 6-3) of his own. Borst was down 5-1 in the tiebreaker before fighting back for a 9-7 win to take the first set.

The day was completed when sophomore Yuki Torri (Nishio-shi, Japan) won at six singles (7-6, 6-2) to close out a stout 8-1 win.

“It was a real pleasure to watch the gritty play that these guys put forth,” said Hesston coach Myron Diener. “They did an excellent job representing Hesston College with their talent, determination and sportsmanship.”

For the second straight year, the Larks advance to the NJCAA, Division I National Tournament, beginning May 16, in Plano, Texas.

Men’s Tennis adds local talent

Hesston College men’s tennis coach Myron Diener announces Garrett Roth, a senior at Hesston (Kan.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks’ recruiting class.

Roth is a three-sport athlete at Hesston High; competing in football and basketball in addition to his time with Swathers’ Tennis.

Roth was a member of Hesston High’s 2015 boy’s tennis team that claimed the state championship. He will study business at Hesston College.

“We’re excited to add a local tennis talent to the squad for next year,” Diener said. “Garrett made a strong contribution to the tennis team at #1 doubles, helping secure the state title last spring. We look forward to Garrett’s contribution as a doubles talent and will also enjoy working with him on his singles game. We feel very fortunate that he has chosen Hesston College Tennis and we look forward to his development as a student athlete.”

Roth attends Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston, and is active in the youth group there. He is the son of Clark and Deb Roth, Hesston.

LeFevre, Larks top Tabor

The Hesston College men’s tennis team got back in the win column after earning a gutty 5-4 effort over Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kan.) on Saturday, April 9.

The Larks recorded strong wins at two and three doubles (8-4 and 8-3, respectively) to begin the day and needed three singles wins to take the match.

Freshman Josiah Borst (Becker, Minn.) got the Larks off to a good start with a solid straight-set win at four singles (6-4, 6-0). Sophomore Caleb Shrock-Hurst (Harrisonburg, Va.) put the match within reach with a come-from-behind win at three singles (3-6, 7-5 [10-5]).

Tabor claimed wins at six, one and five singles, setting the stage for a crucial finish at two singles. Sophomore Keegan LeFevre (Woodland Park, Colo.) endured a very tight opening set, taking it 9-7 in the first-set tie-breaker. LeFevre dropped the second set, 1-6, taking the overall match down to a super-tiebreaker.

After a tight start, LeFevre willed his way to a 6-2 lead before the score tightened to 8-6. LeFevre then came through with the final two points, securing a satisfying win for the Larks.

5-6 on the year, Hesston Men’s Tennis hosts John Brown University (Siloam Springs, Ark.) for a 3 p.m. match on Friday, April 15.

Larks win road match at Nebraska Wesleyan

The Hesston College men’s tennis team fought their way to earn a tight 5-4 win at Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln) on Monday, March 21, improving its season mark to 3-1.

The Larks started with a pair of wins in doubles play, as freshman Riley Kingsley (North Newton, Kan.) and sophomore Keegan LeFevre (Woodland Park, Colo.) moved their undefeated season record to 5-0.

In singles competition, Lefevre cruised to a straight set win (6-1, 6-3), while Caleb Schrock-Hurst (Harrisonburg, Va.) turned in his strongest win of the young season (6-1, 6-0). Fellow sophomore Andry Stutzman (Harrisonburg, Va.) ran his singles record to a team-best 4-1 with a straight set win of his own (6-2, 6-4).

Hesston hosts Southwestern College (Winfield, Kan.) for a 3 p.m. match on Wednesday, March 23.