Men’s Tennis News Archive 2014-2015

Larks compete at 2015 nationals

The Hesston College men’s tennis team recently competed in the 2015 NJCAA national tournament in Plano, Texas, finishing 24th among 27 teams. The Larks posted seven regular-season team wins in 2015 to go with an impressive effort at the Region VI post-season match.

“This year’s turnaround was fun to watch,” Hesston coach Myron Diener said. “We improved dramatically from a year ago, and I believe our showing at nationals was strong enough to show the guys belonged there.”

In Plano, freshman Keegan LeFevre (Hesston, Kan.) jumped out to an early 4-1 first-set lead in one singles, but was unable to hang on, dropping his opening match 6-4, 6-2. Freshman Caleb Schrock-Hurst (Harrisonburg, Va.) took the opening set in his second-round singles match before falling in a second-set tie-breaker and finally dropped the third set 6-3 in a three-and-a-half-hour heartbreaking loss.

Sophomores Eric Cender (Valparaiso, Ind.) and Yuu Sakaguchi (Isehara-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan) started strong at two doubles, winning the initial eight games only to drop the next two sets, 6-3 and 6-4.

Schrock-Hurst and Yuki Torri (Aichi-ken, Nishio-shi, Japan) secured the lone opening-round win for the Larks, winning 6-2, 6-2 at three doubles before falling to the number two seed in the second round.

Cender, Sakaguchi, Schrock-Hurst and Lucas Caywood (Burrton, Kan.) picked up wins in the back draw at two, three, four and six singles, respectively, giving the Larks a total of 5.5 points for the tournament.

“It was a great experience to be able to play in a tournament of this level,” Diener added. “Hopefully we can make this an annual trip.”

Hesston men qualify for Nat’l Tournament

The Hesston College men’s tennis team is headed to the 2015 NJCAA Div. I National Tournament following its third-place finish at the Region VI tournament, held April 24-25 in Arkansas City, Kan.

Freshman Keegan LeFevre (Hesston, Kan.) started off the region tournament’s second day with a clutch win at one singles (6-1, 6-2). Freshmen Caleb Schrock-Hurst (Harrisonburg, Va.), Andry Stutzman (Harrisonburg, Va.) and Lucas Caywood (Hutchinson, Kan.) then positioned the Larks at the brink of qualification following straight-set wins by each (6-2, 6-3; 6-3, 6-3; 6-0, 6-4) at four, five and six singles, respectively.

Hesston’s number one doubles team of LeFevre and Caywood secured the final spot for the national tournament (6-3, 4-6, 10-6) with a thrilling three-set win. Schrock-Hurst and Stutzman earned a final win (6-1, 6-0) at three doubles.

“Our guys really came together when they needed it,” said Hesston head coach Myron Diener. “They turned in by far their best performance of the year at doubles.”

The Hesston men go back to work on their extended season, continuing to practice through commencement weekend. Following graduation ceremonies (Sunday, May 10) the Larks travel to Plano, Texas, to prepare for the national tournament, held May 11 to 15 at the Collin County Tennis Facilities.

“This is a great accomplishment for the 2015 men’s tennis team,” Diener said. “They’ve worked
hard all season both on and off the courts, really bonding as a unit. I’m glad their efforts paid off with the opportunity to play at the 2015 NJCAA DI Men’s Championship.”

Hesston men down Tabor 6-3

The Hesston College men’s tennis team dropped visiting Tabor College (Hillsboro) 6-3 on Tuesday, April 21, improving its season record to 7-8.

Following two doubles wins, freshmen Andry Stutzman (Harrisonburg, Va.) and Caleb Schrock-Hurst (Harrisonburg, Va.) recorded key straight-set wins (6-3, 6-4 and 6-0, 6-4 respectfully), running the match total to four.

Needing one more match for the team win, sophomore Eric Cender (Valparaiso, Ind.), playing his last home match, pulled out a clutch third-set super tie-breaker at 10-6 to seal the victory.

Freshman Yuki Torri (Aichi-ken, Nishio-shi, Japan) added to the total with a strong win at six singles (6-2, 6-1). Also in his last home match for the Larks, sophomore Yuu Sakaguchi (Isehara-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan) dropped a close match, losing in two close tie-breakers.

The Larks head to Arkansas City, Kan., for the regional tournament on Friday, April 24.

Men’s Tennis takes down Barton

The Hesston College men’s tennis team earned a clutch Region VI match at Barton CC (Great Bend, Kan.) on Tuesday, April 7, winning four singles matches and two doubles matches for the 6-3 team win.

In singles play, Yuu Sakaguchi (Isehara-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan) got the win (6-1, 6-0) at three, Caleb Schrock-Hurst (Harrisonburg, Va.) won at four (6-3, 6-2), Andry Stutzman (Harrisonburg, Va.) won at five (6-2, 6-0) and Lucas Caywood improved to a team-best 8-2 individual mark with a win at six singles (6-0, 6-3).

Eric Cender (Valparaiso, Ind.) and Yuki Torii (Aichi-ken, Nishio-shi, Japan) won their doubles match 9-8 while Sakaguchi and Keegan LeFevre (Hesston, Kan.) teamed up for an 8-3 doubles win.

The Larks are 5-5 on the year and play at Seward County CC (Liberal, Kan.) at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 9.

Larks battle back to top Southwestern

The Hesston College men’s tennis team earned an impressive 6-3 win over Southwestern College (Winfield, Kan.) on Tuesday, March 24, improving its season mark to 3-2.

The Larks dropped two close doubles matches early but got a come-from-behind win at three doubles (Caleb Schrock-Hurst, Andry Stutzman).

Needing to win four of the six singles matches, the men split sets at one, two, three and six singles. In each of the third-set super-tie-breakers; Keegan LeFevre (Hesston, Kan.), Eric Cender (Valparaiso, Ind.), Yuu Sakaguchi (Isehara-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan) and Lucas Caywood (Hutchinson, Kan.) pulled out clutch wins, (10-8), (12-10), (12-10) and (10-3) respectively.

Freshman Andry Stutzman (Harrisonburg, Va.) recorded the only straight sets win at 6-3, 7-6 (12-10).

The Larks play a 2 p.m. match at Ottawa (Kan.) University on Thursday, March 26.

Doane downs Hesston, 7-2

The Hesston College men’s tennis team dropped a 7-2 match at Doane College (Crete, Neb.) on Saturday, March 21. The Larks are 2-2 on the young season.

Lucas Caywood (Hutchinson, Kan.) cruised to his third straight single win in a straight sets win (6-0, 6-2), while and Caleb Shrock-Hurst (Harrisonburg, Va.) came back from 7-1 down to win the 8-game pro set in a tie breaker, 7-3.

The Larks host Southwestern College (Winfield, Kan.) at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. The match will be streamed live via the Hesston College athletics website.

Hesston earns 7-2 win over Colorado Christian

The Hesston College men’s tennis team recorded a 7-2 over Colorado Christian University (Lakewood) on Thursday, March 5, improving the Larks to 1-1 on the young season.

Freshman Keegan LeFevre (Hesston, Kan.) got the win at 1-singles for the Larks, while Eric Cender (Valparaiso, Ind.), Yuu Sakaguchi (Kanagawa-ken, Japan), Caleb Schrock-Hurst Harrisonburg, Va.) and Lucas Caywood (Hutchinson, Kan.) also recorded singles wins.

In doubles play, Cender and Sakaguchi teamed up for a win while Schrock-Hurst and Andry Stutzman (Harrisonburg, Va.) paired up for another.

Men’s Tennis looks to improve from last year

Second-year Hesston College Men’s Tennis coach Myron Diener is optimistic that his solid roster will give the Larks some wins on the season. Diener is aiming for a .500 season to improve on the winless season from last year.

“I think we’re pretty strong all the way up and down the ladder,” Diener said. “Our one through four players are, on any day, all very strong and close to each other (talent-wise). We could be winning a lot of matches from the three and four position.”

The Larks kick off the new season at 9 a.m. against Southwestern Christian University (Bethany, Okla.) on Tuesday, March 3.

“The guys seem to love the sport,” Diener said. “They’re motivated to work, they come out on weekends and do work on their own. I’m hopeful that we can get some rewards on that work.”

Hesston College Men’s Tennis announces LeFevre signing

Hesston College Men’s Tennis Coach Myron Diener announces Keegan LeFevre, a Hesston (Kan.) High School graduate, as the latest addition to the Larks program.

A two-time Central Kansas League singles champion, LeFevre helped lead the Hesston High boys’ tennis team to a three consecutive CKL championships from 2012 to 2014. LeFevre placed fifth in state singles in 2014, where the Swathers finished third as a team.

LeFevre was a Senior Principal’s Honor Award recipient at Hesston High and is studying business at Hesston College, where he is a Dean’s Scholar. He is a member of Hesston Mennonite Church and throughout high school was an active member of the youth group there.

“I’m very pleased to have Keegan on this roster,” Diener said. “He has a strong family connection to Hesston and will contribute much to the team and broader community. I’m looking forward to watching him succeed.”

LeFevre is the son of Dennis and Jen LeFevre, Hesston.

Hesston College Men’s Tennis adds Eastern Mennonite High grads to 2014-15 roster

Hesston College Men’s Tennis Coach Myron Diener announces Caleb Schrock-Hurst and Andry Stutzman, both graduates from Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg, Va., as the latest additions to the Larks program.

A three-time team captain and Most Valuable Player for EMHS Boy’s Tennis, Schrock-Hurst was voted Most Inspirational Player his sophomore year. He led EMHS Boy’s Tennis to three state tournament appearances during his career with the Flames.

A National Honor Society member and National Merit Commended Scholar, Schrock-Hurst attends Park View Mennnonite Church, Harrisonburg, and is active in the youth group there.

Schrock is the son of Carmen and Luke Schrock-Hurst, Harrisonburg.

A three-time state tournament qualifier, Stutzman was twice voted team captain and Most Valuable Player for EMHS Boy’s Tennis.  

A National Honor Society member, Stutzman graduated summa cum laude from EMHS and will study music education at Hesston. In addition to tennis, he will sing in Bel Canto, Hesston’s elite touring choir. 

Stutzman is the son of Curt and Jeanne Stutzman, Harrisonburg. He attends Horizon Christian Fellowship, Harrisonburg, and is active in the youth group there.

“I’m thrilled to add Caleb and Andry to our roster,” Diener said. “Their talents, both on and off the court, will impact our program in a positive way.”

                                                                 

Men fall to Southwestern Christian

The Hesston College men’s tennis team dropped a home match to Southwestern Christian University (Bethany, Okla.) 7-2 on Tuesday, April 15.

The men built early leads in two of the three doubles matches but were unable to close out wins. Freshman Eric Cender (one singles – Valparaiso, Ind.) and sophomore Tyler Roth (six singles – Canby, Ore.) each took their opening set in singles, but then dropped their matches in 3rd set super tie-breakers 10–12 and 8–10 respectively. Sophomores Kendrik Mast (five singles – Harrisonburg, Va.) and Dominic Murray (four singles – Denver) each won their singles matches giving the Larks two match wins. Mast won in straight sets 6–0, 6–3 and Murray was leading in the first set 4–3 when his opponent retired due to an injury.

Hesston men and women travel to Baker University (Baldwin City, Kan.) for a 4 p.m. match on Thursday, April 17.

Larks drop 5-4 match to Bethel

The Hesston College men’s tennis team dropped a close 5-4 match to Bethel College JV (North Newton, Kan.) on Thursday, April 3.

Sophomores Drew Hostetler (Goshen, Ind.) and Dominic Murray (Denver) opened up with an impressive 8-2 win at one doubles. Hostetler (three singles) and Kendrik Mast (five singles – Harrisonburg, Va.) recorded straight set wins (7-5, 6-2) and (6-2, 6-2), respectively. Murray fought through a tough 3rd set super tie-breaker closing out the 4th win at 6-4, 5-7, (11-9). The overall match hinged on the one singles match between freshman Eric Cender (Valparaiso, Ind.) and Bethel’s Jenson Kingsley. The two split sets 6-7, 6-4 and went back and forth in the super tie-breaker until Kingsley eventually won the match (8-10).

The Hesston men will host the Cowley College (Arkansas City, Kan.) at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 7.

Hesston men fall to Midland by 7-2 count

The Hesston College men’s tennis team dropped a 7-2 match to Midland University (Fremont, Neb.) on Saturday, March 22.

Sophomore Drew Hostetler (Goshen, Ind.) played a smart match by throwing a lot of variety at his opponent, carrying him to a straight sets win 6-4, 6-3 at three singles. Freshman Eric Cender (Valparaiso, Ind.) won a tie-breaker to clinch a win at one singles 3-6, 6-4 (10-7).

 

Larks drop opener to Southwestern Christian

The Hesston College men’s tennis team dropped its home season opener to Southwestern Christian University (Bethany, Okla.) 8-1 on Friday, March 7.

Hesston had a couple tight matches in singles with freshman Eric Cender (Valparaiso, Ind.) taking the first set to a tie-breaker and sophomore Tyler Roth (Canby, Ore.) dropping two close sets (5-7, 4-6) in his first competitive tennis match. Sophomore Kendrik Mast (Harrisonburg, Va.) recorded the lone match win of the afternoon for the Larks with an impressive come-from-behind win in a third-set tie-breaker 1-6, 6-2, (10-8).

Dominic Murray (Denver) and Ty Coblentz (Goshen, Ind.)) were nearly able to take their doubles match to a tie breaker, dropping it 7-9.

Hesston men’s and women’s tennis teams travels to Doane College (Crete, Neb.) for an 11 a.m. match on Saturday, March 22.

Men’s Tennis looks ahead to new campaign

Coming off a successful 2013 season, first-year Hesston College Men’s Tennis coach Myron Diener points to returners Drew Hostetler (Goshen, Ind.), Kendrik Mast (Harrisonburg, Va.) and Dominic Murray (Denver) as veterans who will be counted on to lead the program this spring. Freshman Eric Cender (Valparaiso, Ind.), among others, give the Larks added talent.

“I was pleased with the effort the team put forth during the off-season by getting out to the courts several days per week,” Diener said. “This will certainly pay off as we get into the competitive portion of the season. We will be challenged this spring with mostly four-year schools on the schedule.  We are excited to host six home matches this spring.

The Larks kick off the new season with a 1 p.m. home match with Colorado Christian University Sunday, March 2.

“I am honored to return to this setting that I experienced 35 years ago,” Diener said. “To have an influence on a group of students who have chosen my classroom – the tennis court – is a blessing.”