Larks rally past Barton for huge win in season opener

The Hesston College men’s tennis team notched a big early-season Region VI win by besting Barton Community College (Great Bend, Kan.) 5-4 on Friday, March 1.

After Barton claimed wins at one and two singles, Hesston responded with victories in the remaining singles matches. Keenan Jensen (Hesston, Kan.), Taylor Ermoian (Hays, Kan.), Dominic Murray (Denver, Colo.) and Drew Hostetler (Goshen, Ind.) earned wins in singles play. Needing just one doubles victory to secure the team win, Ermoian and Hostetler coasted to an 8-0 win to send the Larks home happy.

“Our men played well up and down the lineup,” said Hesston coach Jeron Baker. “A huge win at three singles essentially clinched the match for us. It was awesome also to see freshman step up in the way they did. Drew got a good win at six singles and Dominic fought hard to bring us a win at five singles in a third set tie-breaker. That kind of matchplay helps them grow up quickly.”

Hesston travels to McPherson (Kan.) College for a 6 p.m. match on Tuesday, March 5.