Men’s Tennis News Archive 2016-2017

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:

SINGLES
II (consolation) – Riley Kingsley lost 4-8

DOUBLES
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:

SINGLES
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

DOUBLES
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.

Larks defeat Bethel 7-2

The Hesston College men’s tennis team earned a solid 7-2 win over rival Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.) on Thursday, March 17, improving its season mark to 2-1.

Hesston went 3-0 in doubles play, lead by sophomore Keegan LeFevre (Woodland Park, Colo.) and freshman Riley Kingsley (North Newton, Kan.), who remained undefeated with a strong 8-2 win at #1 doubles. Needing only two of the singles matches to clinch the win, freshman Josiah Borst (Becker, Minn.) and sophomore Andry Stutzman (Harrisonburg, Va.) extended their strong seasons with straight set wins at #4 and #5 singles (6-3, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-0, respectively). Kingsley and sophomore Caleb Schrock-Hurst (Harrisonburg, Va.) also delivered straight set wins.

Hesston travels to Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln, Neb.) for a 3:30 p.m. match on Monday, March 21.

Hesston Men’s Tennis opens 2016 season with a win

The Hesston College men’s tennis team recorded a solid 9-0 win in its season opening match at Central Christian College (McPherson, Kan.) on Tuesday, March 1. The Larks 2015 season culminated in a trip to the NJCAA national tournament.

Freshman Josiah Borst (Becker, Minn.) and sophomore Yuki Torri (Nishio-shi, Japan) recorded solid wins in singles play, with Becker winning 6-2, 6-0 and Torri winning 6-0, 6-0. Borst and fellow freshman Trevor Oyer (Hubbard, Ore.) teamed up to close out the match in doubles with an 8-4 win.

The Larks will host Colorado Christian on Thursday, March 3 at 3 p.m.

Men’s Tennis signs Haven (Kan.) High senior

Hesston College men’s tennis coach Myron Diener announces Jeff Kauffman, a senior at nearby Haven (Kan.) High School, as the first signee in the Larks’ 2016 recruiting class.

Kauffman is a three-sport athlete at Haven High; competing in cross country and basketball in addition to his time with Haven Tennis.

A member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Kauffman will study mechanical engineering at Hesston.

“It’s been a privilege to get to know Jeff over the last three years,” Diener said. “He has a passion for tennis and clearly wants to improve and contribute to the success of the tennis program here. We’re getting a competitive kid who will contribute right away.”

Kauffman attends First Mennonite Church, Hutchinson. He is the son of Dan and Shelley Kauffman, Hutchinson.

Larks add Minnesota talent for 2015-16

Hesston College men’s tennis coach Myron Diener announces Josiah Borst, a recent graduate of Becker (Minn.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks program.

A two-time all-Granite Ridge Conference selection in tennis, Borst was the top GRC player at two singles in 2015 and advanced to the 8AA section finals. He helped Becker High Boys Tennis to a conference title in 2013.

A three-sport athlete in high school, Borst was an all-conference soccer player and team captain his senior year, and was voted Most Improved Player after he finished fourth in his weight class at sectionals in wrestling in 2015.

Borst joins a Hesston Men’s Tennis program coming off a trip to the 2015 NJCAA National Tournament.

“I’m glad to welcome Josiah to the men’s tennis squad,” said Hesston coach Myron Diener. “As a multi-sport athlete, Josiah’s addition helps round out the squad for the coming year.”

Borst is the son of Steve and Kim Borst, Becker. He attends New Life Church, Princeton, Minn., and will study athletic training at Hesston.

Men’s Tennis adds Oregon talent for 2015

Hesston College men’s tennis coach Myron Diener announces Trevor Oyer, a 2015 graduate of Western Mennonite School, Salem, Ore., as the newest addition to the Larks program.

A three-sport athlete in high school, Oyer played tennis, basketball and soccer. In his senior tennis season, he accumulated a 6-5 mark in singles play and went 1-1 in doubles.

Oyer is deciding his major at Hesston. He was a Salem Statesman Journal Academic All Star in high school.

“We’re fortunate to add Trevor to our program,” said Hesston coach Myron Diener. “He’s a hard-working guy with a lot of heart and effort. I look forward to working with him next year.”

Oyer is the son of Stan and Vonnie Oyer, Hubbard, Ore. He attends Zion Mennonite Church, Hubbard.