The Hesston College men’s tennis team returned from a great week of tennis at the NJCAA Division I national tournament May 16 to-20 in Plano, Texas, finishing 17th among 24 teams.
Four Hesston players earned day-one singles matches, including sophomore Caleb Schrock-Hurst (Harrisonburg, Va.), freshman Josiah Borst (Becker, Minn.), sophomore Andry Stutzman (Harrisonburg, Va.) and sophomore Yuki Torri (Nishio-shi, Japan). Borst and Torri both came back from one set down to win, while Schrock-Hurst and Stutzman cruised to straight-set wins.
Larks’ top doubles team of Riley Kingsley (North Newton, Kan.) and Keegan LeFevre (Woodland Park, Colo.), meanwhile, won several matches throughout the week before finally falling in the backside finals. Following an 8-6 quarterfinals win, the pair sprinted to a 5-2 lead in the semifinals before finding itself in a 7-7 tie.
Kingsley put in a clutch service game, fighting off two break points to get to an 8-7 lead, and LeFevre clinched a berth in the finals with a well-placed volley on a second break point.
“The guys made an excellent showing in the tournament,” said Hesston coach Myron Diener. “The sophomores deserve tons of credit for helping us punch our ticket to nationals for the second straight year. It was great to see several parents make the trip to Texas to support the team, and it’s been a real privilege to be a part of this group these last couple years.”
Photo courtesy Jen LeFevre