Women’s Tennis News Archive 2016-2017

2017 Larks tennis team begins season

The Hesston College men’s tennis team is eager to begin their 2017 season under first year head coach Chance Joost. The Larks opened their schedule with a trip to Emporia State (Kan.) an NCAA DII school, Wednesday, February 22. The Larks will enjoy seven straight home matches in March, before heading back on the road March 25 (Tabor College)

The Larks will carry eight on this season’s roster – six freshman and two sophomores. Freshmen include: Nadeem Jaber (Israel), Jeff Kauffman (Hutchinson, Kan.), Tre Kremeier (Newton), Garrett Roth (Hesston), Curtis Oesch (Caldwell, Idaho) and Ryuki Kawamoto (Japan). Sophomores include Riley Kinglsey (Newton) and Josiah Borst (Becker, Minn.) who played two years on the men’s soccer team.

The mood around the program is spirited and the bar is high, as the Larks look to take another step in the right direction. “The expectation is for us to continue to grow and develop into a nationally prominent program. If all goes well we could make nationals,” Head Coach Chance Joost remarked.

Jaber, an international student from Israel, has impressed early and is expected to start out in the Larks #1 singles slot. “He’s been amazing,” Joost said. Kingsley will provide valuable experience to the Larks roster as one of the two retuning players. “Jaber and Riley Kingsley are two guys who are really going to make a difference for us this year. If those two can get wins then we will have an outstanding year,” Joost commented.

Projected men’s singles & doubles lineup:
1 Freshman, Nadeem Jaber
2 Sophomore, Riley Kingsley
3 Sophomore, Josiah Borst
4 Freshman, Garrett Roth
5 Freshman, Curtis Oesch
6 Freshman, Jeff Kauffman

1 Kinglsey/Roth
2 Jaber/Borst
3 Kauffman/Oesch

A couple other matches to look out for – Barton Community College comes to town March 14 and Dallas Baptist, an NCAA DII school comes to Hesston for a visit March 10. Hesston’s home opener will be March 5 vs. Concordia University.

Women’s Tennis, also lead by coach Joost will get underway March 5 as well. Team members include sophomore Becca Delp (Sellersville, Pa.) and freshmen Miho Okuda (Chiba-ken, Japan) and Koyuki Sakamoto (Osaka, Japan).

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.”

Larks open with big win at Central

The Hesston College women’s tennis team opened its 2016 season with a strong performance, besting Cetnral Christian College (McPherson, Kan.) 8-1.

Sophomore Brooke Hershberger (Goshen, Ind.) and freshman Anna Miller (Millersburg, Ohio) each recorded solid wins (6-0, 6-0) in singles play. They were followed up with a clutch 8-6 win in doubles by sophomore Christy Swartzendruber (Shickley, Neb.) and freshman Abby Byler (Harrisonburg, Va.).

The Larks look to build on its early-season success with a 3 p.m. home match versus Colorado Christian University on Thursday, March 3.

Hershberger, Diener lead Larks to win

The Hesston College women’s tennis team picked up a 7-2 win over Central Christian College (McPherson, Kan.) on Tuesday, April 14, upping its season mark to 2-11.

Freshmen Brooke Hershberger (Goshen, Ind.) and Dusti Diener (Harrisonville, Mo.) set the tone at one and two singles, respectively, with dominant straight set wins (Hershberger: 6-0, 6-0), (Diener: 6-2, 6-0) before the pair combined for an 8-1 win at one doubles.

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

Larks fall at Doane

The Hesston College women’s tennis team dropped a 9-0 match at Doane College (Crete, Neb.), on Saturday, March 21. The Larks are 0-3 this year.

Freshmen Brooke Hershberger (Goshen, Ind.) had a tight match at one singles, losing in a third set tie breaker.

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.

Women’s Tennis additions look bright

Second-year Hesston College Women’s Tennis coach, Myron Diener, is excited about the new additions to the spring roster. Diener is borrowing freshman Brooke Hershberger (Goshen, Ind.) and sophomore Dusti Diener (Harrisonville, Mo.) from two other Hesston sports teams to fill out his team. Hershberger played volleyball in the fall and Diener, Myron’s daughter, played soccer in the fall.

“They’re actually really solid tennis players,” Diener said. “They both have very stable games and I see a lot of upside to both of them. I’m optimistic that they could have a reasonably good season.”

Diener is thinking positively for his women’s team. He’s shooting to be .500 for the season and believes the team’s hard work and dedication will help achieve this.

“Five of my ten have never played in a competitive tennis match before,” Diener said. “Really gutsy for the girls. They’re motivated. They seem to embrace the sport and they’ve been working hard.”

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

Hesston women drop 7-2 match to Bethany

The Hesston College women’s tennis team hosted Bethany College (Lindsborg, Kan.) on Saturday, April 5, dropping a 7-2 match to the Swedes.

Sophomore Savannah Mitchell (Groveland, Ill.) teamed up with freshman Brett Fair (Topeka, Kan.) to take one doubles at 8-5. Mitchell then won at one singles by the same score. Sophomores Victoria Kropf (Monroe, Ore.) and Sierra Wyse (Mt. Pleasant, Iowa) kept their singles matches close, staying on serve till 5-6 where they dropped their final two games and the match.

Hesston hosts Cowley College (Arkansas City, Kan.) at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 7.

Hesston records 6-3 win over Central Christian

The Hesston College women’s tennis team defeated Central Christian College (McPherson, Kan.) 6-3 on Wednesday, April 2 for its first win of the year.

Freshmen Brett Fair (Topeka, Kan.) and Elisabeth Wilder (Hesston, Kan.) recorded impressive straight set wins (two singles: 6 -3, 6-1) and (three singles: 6-1, 6-0) respectively. Sophomores Savannah Mitchell (Lindsborg, Kan.) and Sierra Wyse (Mt. Pleasant, Iowa) fought back after each losing their first set to win their matches in third-set super tie-breakers (one singles: 3-6, 7-6, [10-6]) and (six singles: 4-6, 6-3, [10-6]), respectively.

The doubles teams (Mitchell/Fair and Wilder/Morgan Martin [New Holland, Pa.]) each recorded wins, pushing Hesston to six total wins to claim the match victory.

The Hesston women will host Bethany College at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 5.

Larks drop competitive match at Tabor

The Hesston College women’s tennis team dropped a road match to Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kan.) on Thursday, March 27 by a 6-3 count.

Sophomores Samantha Aeschliman (Lindsborg, Kan.) and Savannah Mitchell (Groveland, Ill.) came out with a 9-7 win at one doubles. Freshman Brett Fair (Topeka, Kan.) completed an impressive straight sets win at two singles (6-3, 7-5),  while freshman Elisabeth Wilder (Hesston, Kan.) outlasted her opponent in a tight (6-2, 4-6 [10-7]) 3rd set super tie-breaker.

The Hesston women host Seward County CC (Liberal, Kan.) in a Region VI match at noon on Saturday, March 29.

Women’s Tennis anticipates 2014 season

First-year Hesston College Women’s Tennis coach Myron Diener points to returners Samantha Aeschliman (Lindsborg, Kan.), Narumi Hayano (Kiyosu-Shi, Aichi-ken, Japan) and Savannah Mitchell (Groveland, Ill.) as veteran leaders for the upcoming season. Freshmen Brett Fair (Topeka, Kan.) and Victoria Kropf (Monroe, Ore.) 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 on 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.”

Hesston College Women’s Tennis welcomes Topeka (Kan.) West High grad to 2013 roster

Hesston College Women’s Tennis Coach Myron Diener announces Brett Fair, a recent Topeka (Kan.) West High School graduate, as the newest addition to the Larks program.

One of only two female members of the 100-Win Club in the history of Topeka West High Tennis, Fair recorded 101 career wins during four state tournament-qualifying seasons.  A two-time state medaler, Fair was a key member of a Topeka West High team that finished fourth at the 2013 state tournament.

An All-State Academic All-Star and four-year honor roll member, Fair will pursue studies towards an animation/film degree.

“We’re pleased to have Brett join our program,” said Hesston coach Myron Diener. “I’m looking forward to her contributions to our team and the broader campus community.”

Fair attends Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene, Topeka, where she is active in youth group, mission trips and vacation bible school. She is the daughter of Pam and Glen Fair, Topeka.

Hesston College announces new tennis coach

Hesston College athletic director Joel Kauffman announced the July 16 hiring of Myron Diener, a 1979 Hesston College graduate, as men’s and women’s tennis coach. He will succeed Jeron Baker, who resigned after five years at the helm of Hesston Tennis.

“I’m excited to have Myron as our men’s and women’s tennis coach,” Kauffman said. “He has a passion for tennis and knows the game well. He also has a strong interest in working with and mentoring student athletes.”

“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.  The opportunities at Hesston are many – academics, arts, music and sports, to name a few. The students at Hesston are the significant part of a unique experience.

Diener spent the previous 15 years as senior statistician at Sanofi Pharmaceuticals, Kansas City, Mo. The position with the Larks is his first head coaching job at the college level.

“Certainly all those involved in sports find motivation in the natural competition existing in this venue,” Diener said. “I’m also motivated to see the gradual improvement that an athlete can experience through focused training, hard work and commitment. The result likely will not lead to Wimbledon, but can be evidenced through a higher first serve percentage, lower net clearance, deeper ground strokes, faster foot work, cleaner ball strikes, etc. I’m excited to have the opportunity to influence these improvements and observe the results.”

Coach Diener and his wife, Donna, reside in Hesston. They have two daughters; Kaci ’13 and Dusti, who will enroll at Hesston in August.

Deeper roster key to Hesston Women’s Tennis success in 2013

The Hesston College women’s tennis program takes the court in a few short weeks. Fifth-year coach Jeron Baker is excited about the added team depth and overall talent on the women’s roster.

“We’ve added several key freshmen to a roster that returned the entire recruiting class from a year ago – meaning a deeper and more talented lineup,” Baker said. “Our number one player from last year will likely be at three or four this year. I think that depth and experience will help us tremendously. We’ll also be much better at doubles.”

As an NJCAA Region VI member, Hesston will once again look forward to a challenging schedule. The Larks open the 2013 slate with an indoor match at Region VI foe Barton Community College (Great Bend, Kan.) at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22. The Larks’ March 21 home match against Ottawa (Kan.) University, beginning at 11 a.m., will be streamed live and is accessible at hesston.edu/larks.

“How we compete in our opener will likely determine the mindset for our team the rest of the season,” Baker added. “Our women are looking to make some good things happen and, if we play up to our ability, will be able to surprise some teams. It’ll be fun to see how the year unfolds.”

Hesston Tennis recognized for 2012 success

As the 2012-13 Hesston College men’s and women’s tennis teams are busy training for a new year, the men’s program received news of a 2011-12 post-season ranking that speaks to the progress the Larks have enjoyed over the past several years.

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranked Hesston Tennis 24th in its final 2011-12 rankings, released earlier this summer. When he received word of the recognition, Hesston coach Jeron Baker was thrilled.

“The year-end ranking is a testament to the hard work put in by our entire program last year,” Baker said. “The men specifically received the ranking but we view ourselves as one team. The time and energy put in by all players, both men and women, to challenge each other is what helped us accomplish this milestone. With the strong support we have returning and the new additions to our program, last year’s ceiling could become this year’s floor.”

Baker highlighted three individuals from last year’s squad who stood out, including Taylor Ermoian (Hays, Kan.), Luis Ramirez (Tachira, Venezuela) and local product Michael Oyer (Hesston, Kan.), all returning sophomores who hope to life the Larks to even greater heights this year.

“We only hope to grow from here,” added Baker. “We continue to teach that in all things, not just tennis, there is nothing better than getting better. I’m proud of our team and our institution for supporting each other in the ways we have.”