Men’s Tennis News Archive 2015-2016

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.

Men’s Tennis signs local talent

Hesston College men’s tennis coach Myron Diener announces Riley Kingsley, a 2015 graduate of Newton (Kan.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks program.

Kingsley was a part of a 30-2 doubles team his junior year that finished as state runner up. His sophomore-year doubles team finished fifth in state. As a freshman, he went 26-10 in singles play and qualified for the state tournament.

A National Business Honors Society member, Kingsley will study accounting at Hesston. He attends First Mennonite Church, Newton, and is active in the youth group there.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Riley to our program,” said Hesston coach Myron Diener. “He was sought by many local programs, and I feel fortunate he chose Hesston as the place to start his collegiate tennis.”

Kingsley is the son of Don and Lori Kingsley, North Newton.

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 national 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.