Volleyball News Archive 2016-2017

Greyhounds knock off Larks

The Hesston College volleyball team fell to the visiting Fort Scott Community College Greyhounds in three sets – 14-25, 11-25, 18-25 – on Wednesday evening at the Yost Center.

Fort Scott raced out to early leads in each frame, forcing the Larks to play from behind, unable to rally. Sophomore, Erin Brubaker (Goessel, Kan.) led the attacking effort for the Larks with five kills. Sophomore Emily McMichael (Fort Worth, Texas) and sophomore Jesseana Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) each chipped in with 10 digs on the defensive side. With the loss the Larks fall to 10-11.

The team will head west to Colorado for a weekend tri in La Junta. On Saturday October 15, Otero Junior College will host the Larks at 10 a.m. before Hesston takes on the Adams State Grizzlies JV squad from Alamosa, Colo., an NCAA Div. II school.

Lark volleyball to host Highland for Power of Pink night

The Hesston College volleyball team will host Highland (Kan.) Community College for a 6:30 p.m. match on Wed., Oct. 19. The Power of Pink match will be in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. All proceeds from the gate admission will be contributed to the Susan B. Komen Foundation.

The Power of Pink event will include other special activities in addition to the volleyball match. The Larks, sitting on a record of 10-10, will wear pink jerseys and toss pink balls to the crowd in support of breast cancer awareness. The first 100 students to arrive will receive a free commemorative t-shirt and nametags will be available at the door for attendees to write down the names of loved ones impacted by breast cancer.

“Breast cancer affects so many lives,” said Hesston head volleyball coach DeeDee Landes. “Many of the women on the team have been touched by breast cancer in one way or another. It feels good to be able to do the little things like this that help contribute to a great cause. I am really excited to have this game and be able to make a difference in this way.”


Lark volleyball tops Cardinals

The Hesston College Larks volleyball team defeated the visiting Labette Community College cardinals in three sets, 25-19, 25-22, 25-20.

The Larks came out strong in the first set, opening up a five point lead early. Labette CC made a rally midway through the first set as they trailed 13-9, only to fall 25-19. After taking the first set, Hesston came out on fire leading 10-5 forcing the Cardinals to call a timeout. The second set saw an even 18-18 score late, as the Larks scored seven of the next 11 points to win a competitive set 25-22; and take a comfortable 2-0 lead in the match.

Looking to avoid the sweep, the Cardinals went up 9-5 forcing a Larks timeout. Hesston rattled off five points in a row to retake the lead at 10-9 and never looked back, taking the final set 25-22. Sophomore Kortney Cunningham (Almena, Kan.) led the blocking effort for the Larks and had two of the team’s five aces. Sophomore Jessanna Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) had 26 assists while freshman Alicen Meysing (Hesston, Kan.) had eight kills in the winning effort. With the win, the Larks even their season record at 10-10.

Volleyball will have a week off before hosting their next match, Wednesday October 12 at 6:30 p.m. vs. the Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College Greyhounds.

Volleyball takes down Falcons, falls to Cougars

The Hesston College volleyball team hosted Friends University and the Barton Community College in a home triangular tournament over homecoming weekend.

The Larks began the day taking on Friends Falcons JV, an NAIA school from Wichita. Hesston had no problem, downing the Falcons 3-0 (25-12, 25-9, 25-18). The Larks had impressive starts in each set including a 10-0 run to start the second frame. Sophomore Kortney Cunningham (Almena, Kan.) led the charge with 11 kills, followed by sophomore Jessanna Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) with nine. Freshman Jessica Aguilar (Brownsville, Texas.) chipped in two aces and 14 assists in the winning effort.

In the second match, the Larks were up against a familiar Region VI foe, Barton CC. The Cougars entered the match 18-5 on the season and took control early in the first set before Hesston rattled off a few points late to make things interesting before falling 23-25. Barton continued their momentum, knocking off the Larks 25-15 in set two. The Larks showed some real grit in the third set rallying from as many as seven down to get things level at 22-22 before eventually winning 25-23. Hesston ran out of gas in the fourth set, dropping 16-25 to the Cougars.

Jessanna Nebel had 10 kills followed by Kortney Cunningham with nine. Freshman Sierrah Long (Highland, Calif.) had 15 digs, and sophomore Emily McMicheal (Fort Worth, Texas) had 14 in the loss. “The girls fought hard today and played with heart,” Head Coach DeeDee Landes commented. “It just wasn’t quite enough to hold off a strong Barton team.”

Volleyball will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. for a home match vs. Labette Community College (Parsons, Kan.).

Larks fall to Ravens

Riding momentum from Saturday’s 6-0 weekend sweep of Clarendon College and Pratt CC, wasn’t quite enough to carry the Hesston College Volleyball team over Coffeyville CC on Wednesday. The Larks fell to the Ravens 0-3.

Coffeyville opened the match on a 9-4 run and didn’t look back. The Larks traded points throughout the first set but weren’t able to match the tough Ravens, falling 16-25.

Hesston College showed more of a spark in the second set eventually bringing the exciting match even at 18-18. The Larks sprang ahead 22-20 forcing Coffeyville to call a time out. The Ravens went on a 5-0 run to win the second set 25-22 for a commanding lead.

Coffeyville started out strong in the third set, leading 10-5, heading to a later lead of 20-14. The Larks began a furious rally but fell just short 23-25. “We did a lot of good things tonight and played with heart. We just needed to take advantage of our momentum and not let them sneak back in it,” said Head Coach DeeDee Landes following the match.

Sophomore Kortney Cunningham (Almena, Kan.) finished with nine kills on the night while freshmen Haley Unruh (Coldwater, Kan.), Sierrah Long (Highland, Calif.) and Alicen Meysing (Goessel, Kan.) all finished with eight kills. Sophomore Jessanna Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) led the way with 23 assists.

The loss drops the Larks to 8-9 on the season. Volleyball will return for two more home matches on Saturday Oct. 1 hosting Friends University JV at 10 a.m. and Barton Community College at 2 p.m.

Volleyball sweeps home triangular

Hesston College Larks volleyball began the day impressively with a commanding 3-0 victory over the visiting Clarendon (Texas) Bulldogs 25-17, 25-17, 25-16. Clarendon, a team the Larks faced last month in Texas, won the earlier match 3-1 in August.

Freshman Jessica Aguilar (Brownsville, Texas) lifted the Larks with five aces and sophomore Erin Brubaker (Goessel, Kan.) contributed three of the team’s 12 total aces. Freshman Sierrah Long (Highland, Calif.) led the attack with eight kills to help the Larks to victory.

In their second match, the Larks again got some payback, as Hesston College now (8-8) swept Pratt CC 3-0 on set scores of 25-21, 25-20, 25-21. The Beavers defeated the Larks 2-1 at the Vernon (Texas) tournament.

Sierrah Long and local standout sophomore Jessanna Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) both contributed 10 kills. Nebel also finished with an impressive 26 assists. The Saturday wins even the Larks’ record at 8-8.

Larks fall to Blue Devils in Kansas City

The Hesston College volleyball team fell to nationally ranked Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) in three sets 19-25, 17-25, 22-25 in Kansas City Wednesday evening. The Larks are 6-8 overall.

The Larks showed some fight throughout, especially in the third frame, almost forcing a fourth set. The Blue Devils proved to be the tougher side on the night, holding on in the last set to win 3-0.

Volleyball returns home this weekend to host a triangular. The Larks will face Clarendon College at 10 a.m., followed by Pratt CC at 2 p.m. Both schools will look familiar to Hesston College as the Larks defeated Clarendon 3-1 and fell to Pratt 1-2 at the Vernon (Texas) tournament last month.

Volleyball finishes week strong with sweep of Indians

The Hesston College volleyball team finished out the week on a positive note enjoying a win on “white out” night at Yost Center; picking up their first three-set sweep of the season, over the visiting Indians from McCook (Neb.) CC 25-20, 25-19, 25-21.

The Larks controlled the net against McCook, a team that beat Hesston 3-0 last month at a tournament in McCook. Freshman RS Alicen Meysing (Goessel, Kan.), sophomore OH Jessanna Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) and sophomore MH Kortney Cunningham (Almena, Kan.) each contributed solo blocks while sophomore DS Emily McMichael (Fort Worth, Texas) led the serving with four aces and freshman OH Sierrah Long (Highland, Calif.) contributed two of the team’s nine over aces on the night.

“This week we made a lot of progress in working through weaknesses and minimizing our errors. We started working though a new lineup which gives us a stronger blocking presence, and it showed this week. It is really encouraging to see these girls starting to believe,” said Coach DeeDee Landes.

Larks volleyball (6-7) look to even their record on Wednesday Sept. 21, when they hit the road to take on Kansas City (Kan.) CC at 6:30 p.m.

Volleyball splits at McPherson Tri

The Hesston College volleyball team went 1-1 on Saturday at the McPherson College triangular.

Hesston began the day taking on the Swedes (JV) of Bethany College. After dropping the first set 24-26, the Larks responded by winning three consecutive sets: 25-13, 25-19, 29-27 to win the match and even their overall record at 5-5.

Sophomore Jessanna Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) and freshman Haley Unruh (Coldwater, Kan.) led the offense with 14 and 11 kills, respectively. Freshman Jessica Aguilar (Brownsville, Texas) led the serving with seven aces, with Jessanna Nebel contributing five and ophomore Kortney Cunningham (Almena, Kan.) adding four.

In the second match of the day, the Larks faced a tough task in the home team McPherson Bulldogs (JV). After starting strong and grabbing the first set 25-22, the Larks ran out of gas and lost the next three sets to McPherson 21-25, 19-25, 22-25. Jessanna Nebel put down 14 kills. Freshman Alicen Meysing (Goessel, Kan.) led the blocking effort for Hesston College.

The loss drops the Larks to a (5-6) overall record. They will have a chance to even their record when they travel to Concordia to take on Cloud County CC, Wednesday Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Larks volleyball returns to win column

The Hesston College volleyball team got a much needed win in four sets over the Coyotes of Kansas Wesleyan (JV) 28-26, 25-19, 21-25, 25-17 on Thursday night in Yost Center.

The Larks, coming off a tough string of matches this past week, were able to start strong, grabbing the first two sets over a feisty Coyotes squad. Kansas Wesleyan responded by winning set three 25-21 and forcing a fourth set. The Larks regained their momentum in the final frame to finish off KWU 25-17.

The win pushes the Larks to 4-5 overall. They return to action this weekend at noon on Saturday when they face Bethany College JV at the McPherson College Tri.

Volleyball shows sparks but comes up short in Nebraska

Larks volleyball returned to action Friday, Sept. 2, in Nebraska with a rapid-fire three games at the McCook CC Tournament.

Hesston College began the day taking on North Platte (Neb.) CC on the right foot picking up set one with a 25-14 win. The Lady Knights then responded to win sets two and three – 25-20 and 25-19. The Larks fell to McCook (Neb.) CC in three sets, and finished up falling 2-0 to Colby CC. It was a tough tournament for the Larks (3-4) coming off a strong showing last weekend in Texas.

Sophomore, Kortney Cunnighman (Almena, Kan.) led the charge on the day for the Larks with numerous blocks. Sophomore Jessanna Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) had 12 kills vs. McCook CC.

Larks volleyball returns to Hesston to host the Coyotes of Kansas Wesleyan (JV) Wednesday, Sept. 7. First serve will be at 6:30 p.m.

Brenneman signs with Hesston College Volleyball

Hesston College volleyball coach DeeDee Landes announces Kylie Brenneman, a 5’3″ defensive specialist from Hesston (Kan.) High School, as the latest member of the Larks’ 2016 recruiting class.

A three-sport letter-winner at Hesston High, Brenneman helped Hesston High Volleyball to a third-place finish at the state tournament her senior year. She was an all-Central Kansas League honorable mention selection and is a four-time member of the Principal’s Honor Roll. Brenneman will study business at Hesston College.

“Kylie is a great addition to our program,” Landes said. “I’m excited to see her adjust to the college game and contribute to our team. She’s a tremendous athlete who has the potential to make an early contribution to this year’s team.”

Brenneman attends Hesston (Kan.) Mennonite Church and is active in the youth group there. She is the daughter of Jim and Christy Brenneman, Hesston.

Swartzendruber, Hansen honored as Hesston College’s Top Student Athletes

Christy Swartzendruber, a sophomore women’s volleyball player, and Jake Hansen, a sophomore men’s basketball player, were named 2016 male and female Hesston College Student Athletes of the Year at the school’s annual Athletic Banquet.

Swartzendruber, Shickley, Neb., a two-time all-region player and Hesston Volleyball’s all-time leader in digs, was a huge contributor the last two seasons in which the Larks won 21 games each year.

“Playing volleyball at Hesston has allowed me to connect with people and broaden my friend circle,” Swartzendruber said. “Seeing how the community and the students came to support us was amazing. We had amazing team chemistry this year and I’m going to miss all the great times we had.”

Hansen, Effingham, Kan., was twice awarded the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. He contributed over 450 points and 300 rebounds in his career.

“Throughout my two years here I’ve been put in situations that have set me up for success,” Hansen said. “I’ve learned a good work ethic in the classroom and have a have a strong base to work from. The most important take away for me has been the family that I made with my teammates and also the friends I’ve made off the court.”

“Christy had a huge impact on our team on and off the court,” said coach DeeDee Landes. “She is well respected by her teammates and peers and is the epitome of a fantastic Hesston College student athlete.”

“Jake is a winner on and off the floor,” said Hesston coach Dustin Galyon. “He’s played a vital role in elevating our program. Jake was a captain this year and was a big part of our run to the national tournament as a freshman. More importantly, Jake is a phenomenal representative of our program and college. He is a selfless leader who has impacted many on our campus.”

Swartzendruber and Hansen succeed last year’s winners Samantha Rimann, Liberty Hill, Texas, and Malcolm Mann, Plano, Texas.

Volleyball adds more talent to incoming class

Hesston College volleyball coach DeeDee Landes announces Haley Unruh, a 5’10” middle hitter/blocker from South Central High School (Coldwater, Kan.), as the newest addition to the Hesston program.

A first-team all-league selection as a senior, Unruh was a key part of South Central’s sub-state championship in 2015. Aside from volleyball, she played varsity basketball and golf.

Unruh will study elementary education at Hesston. She has been named to the honor roll several times at South Central High.

“We’re excited to have Haley join our team,” Landes said. “She’s a versatile front-row player and is eager to take her volleyball skills to the next level. She has a strong work ethic and it will be fun to watch her grow as a player. Haley is a great addition to our team and campus.”

Unruh leads worship and teaches Sunday school at her church. She is the daughter of Wendell and Saundra Unruh, Wilmore, Kan.

Landes named new volleyball coach

Hesston College athletic director Rob Ramseyer introduces DeeDee Landes as head coach of the Larks volleyball program.

“We received a great deal of interest in this position,” Ramseyer said. “DeeDee emerged as our best candidate due to her commitment to the mission of Hesston College, care for students and her passion for the game of volleyball.”

Landes, a 2002 Hesston graduate, has served the program for the past three years as an assistant. She was an NJCAA All-American during her time on the court with the Larks.

“I’m so excited to be taking on this new venture,” Landes said. “I love the sport and look forward to building relationships and winning games.”

Landes succeeds Jessica Cleveland at the helm of a program coming off back-to-back 21-win seasons.

“Hesston College Volleyball is at an excellent place and I look forward to building from here,” Landes said. “I expect to bring players to Hesston that will fit both the mission of the college and the volleyball program.”