Volleyball News Archive 2015-2016

Cloud rallies past Larks in five games

The Hesston College volleyball dropped a five-game match to Cloud County CC (Concordia, Kan.) on Friday, Aug. 28, evening its record at 2-2.

Cloud took game one 25-23 before Hesston stormed back with consecutive 25-20 wins to go up two games to one. The visiting Thunderbirds responded with a 25-18 win in the fourth game before closing out the match with a 15-9 win in game five.

Hesston hosts Region VI foe Kansas City Kansas CC for a 6:30 p.m. match on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Volleyball opens with a pair of wins

The Hesston College volleyball team opened its 2015 campaign in style by picking up two wins in a home tri on Saturday, Aug. 22.

The Larks knocked off Friends University JV (Wichita, Kan.) in three sets (25-14, 25-19, 25-19) before cruising to another three-set win (25-15, 25-19, 25-12) over Kansas Wesleyan University JV (Salina, Kan.) in the finale.

Hesston Volleyball, 21-8 last season, is off to another fast start and is poised for a big season.

The Larks travel to Longview CC (Lee’s Summit Mo.) for a 6 p.m. match on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Volleyball looks to build on 2014 success

Head Coach Jessica Cleveland begins her fifth season at the helm of Hesston College Volleyball. The Larks finished 21-8 in 2014, including a 6-4 mark in NJCAA Region VI, one of the strongest junior college conferences in the nation.

Cleveland leans on a strong sophomore class that drove last year’s winning season. All-region performers Casey Perez (Kalona, Iowa) and Christy Swartzendruber (Shickley, Neb.) return to lead the team.

“Fans can expect a new and faster offense,” Cleveland said. “The level of play should be more competitive and I’m excited to see our sophomore leaders excel. We’ve made good progress in our first week and I think this team can peak at the right time. The freshmen continue to get better, smarter and are eager to learn more. I’m looking forward to watching us compete in big matches this season.”

Hesston opens with a 10 a.m. home Tri Saturday, Aug. 22, against JV squads from Friends University (Wichita) and Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina). The Larks’ schedule includes tournaments at Otero CC (La Junta, Colo.), Sept. 4 to 5, and Des Moines (Iowa) Area CC, Oct. 9 to 10, where three of the four Hesston opponents finished in last year’s top-25 poll.

Mann, Rimann Honored as Hesston College’s Top Student Athletes

Malcolm Mann, a sophomore men’s basketball player, and Samantha Rimann, a sophomore volleyball player, were named 2015 male and female Hesston College Student Athletes of the Year at the school’s annual Athletic Banquet April 28.

Mann, Plano, Texas, was one of the sophomore leaders to charge the way to a Region VI title and a berth to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament for the first time in 25 years. This two-year captain for the men’s basketball team now sits on the top ten list of career steals in Hesston College history. To add to all of the team’s success this year, Mann received Honorable Mention all-region.

“I learned the importance of solid relationships within the team and how that can translate to success on the court,” said Mann. “This award shows that who I’m striving to be is worth it.”

Mann is also involved in various ways on campus including activities like First-Year Experience Scholar, campus worship team, and the Hesston College Gospel Choir.

“I believe that Malcolm Mann is a model recipient for the athlete of the year honor,” said coach Dustin Galyon. “Malcolm is an incredible athlete and leader. His athletic accomplishments are historic, but small in measure to his impact and involvement on our campus and student body.”

Rimann, Liberty Hill, Texas, was a defensive phenomenon for the volleyball team, shattering numermous Hesston College records. The sophomore now sits first in three categories for the volleyball team. She holds the single season record for digs (550), single season record for digs per game (5.24) and career record for digs (899). Along with all these records, Rimann received a spot on the all-tournament team at the Vernon Community College (Texas) tournament.

“This year was all about redemption for our team,” said Rimann. “We had a good season with good teammates. It was satisfying and refreshing. Postseason participation was a highlight to this year. It represented a complete turnaround from last season.”

“Sam Rimann is well deserving of Hesston College female athlete of the year,” said coach Jessica Cleveland. “She was a major factor in our success this year. We changed our defense to give her more area of the court defensively and she stepped up to the challenge and excelled at it. She was consistent all year and was the foundation of our team. It was fun watching her grow as a student-athlete at Hesston College.”

Mann and Rimann succeed last year’s winners Makayla Ladwig, Wichita, Kansas, and Nick Yoder, Millersburg, Ohio.

The awards were revealed at the annual Hesston Athletics Banquet. The other major honor of the night was the highest team GPA which the women’s tennis team won with a 3.69.

Volleyball adds Kansas middle hitter to 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College volleyball coach Jessica Cleveland announces Reilly Malone, a 5’9″ middle hitter from Bishop Seabury Academy, Lawrence, Kan., as the latest addition to the Larks program.

Malone, a first-team all-area performer, received MVP and Most Improved Player recognition following her senior year at Bishop Seabury where she holds the school record for kills.

“Reilly has a dynamic arm swing and knows how to put a ball down,” Cleveland said. “Athletically, she’ll beat out her opponent and help the team rise to a higher level of play. I’m excited to watch Reilly excel as a college volleyball player.”

Malone will study business at Hesston. She is the daughter of Steve and Erin Malone, Lawrence.

Volleyball adds more Texas talent to 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College volleyball coach Jessica Cleveland announces Emily McMichael, a 5’3” defensive specialist from North Crowley High School, Fort Worth, Texas, as the latest addition to the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

A first-team all-district player as a senior, McMichael was the team leader in digs and helped North Crowley secure a district championship and a regional quarterfinal berth.

“Emily is a quick and smart defender and will make an impact for us in the back row,” Cleveland said. “I’m excited to her see her transition to the college game.”

An academic all-district player, McMichael will study kinesiology at Hesston. She attends Watermark Community Church, Fort Worth.

McMichael is the daughter of Lance and Dotty McMichael, Fort Worth.

Volleyball signs local defensive specialist

Hesston College volleyball coach Jessica Cleveland announces Ally Vogt, a 5’6” defensive specialist from Berean Academy, Elbing, Kan., as the latest addition to the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

Vogt was an honorable mention all-league performer as a senior for Berean Academy, where she also played basketball and ran track for the Warriors. Vogt helped lead Berean to the 2012 volleyball state tournament.

A National Honor Society member and four-year Gold Honor Roll selection, Vogt will study social work at Hesston.

“Ally will be a great fit at Hesston College and the volleyball program,” Cleveland said. “She’s athletic with a lot of volleyball potential. I’m excited to watch her grow and develop as a student athlete at Hesston.”

Vogt is the daughter of Scott and Amy Vogt, Hesston. She attends Garden Community Church, Moundridge, Kan.

Volleyball adds Texas setter to 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College volleyball coach Jessica Cleveland announces Kristen Reid, a 5’6” setter from Cleburne (Texas) High School, as the latest addition to the Larks 2015 recruiting class. Hesston Volleyball enjoyed a 21-8 season in 2014.

Reid was an honorable mention all-league player as a senior and helped Cleburne Volleyball reach the postseason in 2012. An all-Academic player and National Honor Society member, Reid will study pre-dentistry at Hesston.

“Kristen will be a great addition to our program,” Cleveland said. “Her movement and court sense will make her an efficient setter. She has a lot of volleyball experience through her many years in a big club program in Texas and I suspect her transition to the college level will be a smooth process.”

Reid is the daughter of Kenneth and Becky Reid, Cleburne.

Volleyball signs Cunningham for 2015 season

Hesston College volleyball coach Jessica Cleveland announces Kortney Cunningham, a 5’11” middle blocker from Northern Valley High School, Almena, Kan., as the newest signee to the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

A two-time all-league player, Cunningham helped Northern Valley High to a league championship in 2014. Aside from volleyball, she played basketball and ran track for the Huskies.

“I’m excited to see Kortney transition to the college game,” Cleveland said. “She has a big arm swing that will score a lot of points and will have a presence at the net.”

Cunningham will study physical education for Hesston. She is the daughter of Ruth and Dave Shearer, Almena.

Hesston College Volleyball adds Brubaker to 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College volleyball coach Jessica Cleveland announces Erin Brubaker, a 5’9” outside hitter from Goessel (Kan.) High School, as the latest addition to the Larks program.

A three-time all-Wheat State League selection, Brubaker was named to the first team as a junior and second team as a senior. She helped Goessel High Volleyball to a state runner-up finish in 2014.

An Honor Roll student, Brubaker is deciding her major at Hesston. She attends Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Goessel.

“Erin comes from a strong program,” Cleveland said. “She’s a stable player and will bring consistency to the floor. She’s very light-hearted with a constant smile and could calm down any situation on the court. I’m thrilled to add Erin to our 2015 roster.”

Brubaker is the daughter of Karl and Marcia Brubaker, Goessel.

Volleyball opens 2015 recruiting class with local signing

Hesston College volleyball coach Jessica Cleveland announces Jessanna Nebel, a 5’9” right side hitter/defensive specialist from Hesston (Kan.) High School, as the first signee to the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

An all-Central Kansas League honorable mention selection, Nebel finished in the top ten of Swather record books for kills, assists, blocks and digs. She helped Hesston High qualify for the state tournament her senior year and was a member of the 2013-14 Hesston girls basketball team that captured the state title.

A National Honor Society member, Nebel is deciding her major. She attends Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston.

“Jessanna’s versatility is a valued skill in my program,” Cleveland said. “She’s an option at any position and has a dedicated passion for volleyball. Jessanna played competitive club volleyball for me the past two years which will make the transition to college ball an easy one. I’m excited to have her join our 2015 roster.”

Nebel is the daughter of Brian and Brenda Nebel, Hesston.

Larks Volleyball finishes 2014 campaign with 21-8 mark

The Hesston College volleyball team lost its first-round playoff game (25-13, 25-14, 25-15) against Ft. Scott (Kan.) CC on Saturday, Nov. 8, ending its memorable year at 21-8.

2014 represented a remarkable turnaround for fourth-year coach Jessica Cleveland as the Larks bounced back from a disappointing 2013 to post the most successful season in recent memory. Highlights included an 11-game winning streak and sixth-place finish (among 12 schools) in the ultra-competitive NJCAA Region VI.

Sam Rimann (Liberty Hill, Texas) enjoyed a record-setting season, as the sophomore defensive specialist set single-season (550) and career (899) digs records.

Freshmen Christy Swartzendruber (outside hitter, Shickley, Neb.) and Casey Perez (setter, Kalona, Iowa) recorded big seasons as well. Swartzendruber ranks tenth in single-season kills (326) while Perez is seventh in single-season assists (740).


Hesston Volleyball secures come-from-behind win on Sophomore Night

The Hesston College volleyball team earned its 21st win of the year following a five-game win (18-25, 20-25, 25-18, 25-10, 15-10) over Bethel College JV on Saturday, Nov. 1. The Larks, playing its annual Sophomore Night, fell behind two games to none before mounting the comeback win. Hesston finishes the regular season with an impressive 21-7 record.

Sophomore Amanda Parker (Uniontown, Ohio) led the way with 15 kills, while sophomore Alex Hiebert (Goessel, Kan. blocked five shots. Christy Swartzendruber (Shickley, Neb.) had a team-high 14 digs, while Sam Rimann (Liberty Hill, Texas) added 13 digs. Casey Perez (Kalona, Iowa) recorded 33 assists.

Hesston, seeded sixth in the upcoming Region VI (District N) tournament at Kansas City Kansas CC, play third-seeded Ft. Scott (Kan.) CC at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8.


Volleyball earns 20th win; eyes Cowley

The Hesston College volleyball team earned its 20th win of the season with a come-from-behind home win (15-25, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, 15-9) over Labette CC on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Sam Rimann (Liberty Hill, Texas) had a season-high 35 digs, while Christy Swartzendruber (Shickley, Neb.) led Hesston with 18 kills and added 18 digs. Casey Perez (Kalona, Iowa) paced the Larks attack with 39 assists. Karli Rodriquez (Harker Heights, Texas) blocked four shots.

Hesston, now 20-5 on the year and winner of 11 straight, travels to Arkansas City, Kan., for a 6:30 p.m. showdown with Region VI leader and defending national champion Cowley College on Monday, Oct 27.

Volleyball win streak at 10 as Larks sweep tri

The Hesston College volleyball team continued its roll with a pair of impressive wins at a triangular hosted by Southeast CC (Beatrice, Neb.) Saturday, Oct. 18.

In the opener against Southwestern CC (Creston, Iowa), Hesston won easily (25-16, 25-18, 25-14) on the strength of Christy Swartzendruber’s (Shickley, Neb.) team-high 12 kills to go along with eight digs. Casey Perez (Kalona, Iowa) had 31 assists, while Sam Rimann (Liberty Hill, Texas) led with 10 digs.

In the day’s second game against host Southeast, the teams split the first two games (25-23, 18-25) before Hesston pulled away late (25-21, 25-16) to run its win streak to double digits.

Swartzendruber contributed 14 kills and 16 digs, while Perez again logged 31 assists. Rimann added 16 digs and Alex Hiebert (Goessel, Kan.) had a game-high six blocks.

Hesston hosts Labette CC at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The Larks, on the cusp on a 20-win season, have clinched a Region VI playoff spot with an eye on hosting an opening-round game.