Men’s Tennis News Archive 2017-2018

Lark women’s tennis wins, men’s team falls at Kansas Wesleyan

Coach James Komakech got his first win as a head coach as the Larks women’s tennis team defeated Kansas Wesleyan University 5-4 on Tuesday.

Hannah Rosenbaum, Lily Wait and Cameron Bracknell all won their singles matches. In the number 3 singles match, Bracknell had to outlast a long bout against Mallory of KWU. The match was finally decided with a final score of 17-15. “I am proud of our players,” Komakech said. “The responded well and took what did in practice to help them win.”

The doubles teams of Rosenbaum/Bracknell and Wait/Kaede Nakada were able to pull out wins to give the Larks their first win of the fall season.

The men’s team, down a player, were not able to overcome the deficit and lost 3-6. Jeff Kauffman and Curtis Oesch won their singles matches while the tandem of Garrett Roth and Hermes Fernandez won their doubles match.

“I thought both teams played really well” said Coach Komakech. “It was good to put them into tough situations and I believe they will continue to get better and have good results the rest of the year.”

Tennis coach named to lead Larks

Hesston College Athletic Director, Rob Ramseyer, has announced the appointment of James Komakech as the new men’s and women’s tennis coach.

Komakech, who hails from Uganda, has worked as a teaching pro at Genesis Health Club in Wichita for the last 15 years. He is also active with the National Junior Tennis League in Wichita, which provides tennis and education to under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities.

Komakech played collegiate tennis at Barton County Community College (Great Bend, Kan.) and Bethany College (Lindsborg, Kan.). Prior to coming to the United States, he was a member of the Ugandan Davis Cup team, and he represented his country twice at the All African Games.

“I am excited to welcome James as our tennis coach,” said Ramseyer. “His care for each student-athlete he coaches and vast tennis experience positions him well to lead our program.”



Saints take control of Larks in men’s tennis regionals, win championship

The Hesston College men’s tennis team came up against tough competition over the weekend in the Region VI tournament in Great Bend (Barton CC).

The Larks saw themselves in several of the #4 v #1 first round matchups, losing four out of five to the Seward County Saints, the 2017 men’s team Region VI champions. Hesston’s Garrett Roth tallied the lone win for the Larks over the weekend in the 3rd Place #4 Singles, defeating Barton’s Kaio Massao Sato 6-1, 6-4.

Men’s tennis has wrapped up their spring season and will look to start strong in the fall. For more information on the men’s tennis program, contact Head Coach Chance Joost at

Complete results
Saturday singles

#1 Singles: Carlos Anez (Seward County) def Nadeem Jaber (Hesston freshman, Jaljulia, Israel) 6-1, 6-0.
#2 Singles: Duro Opacic (Seward County) def Riley Kingsley (Hesston sophomore, Newton, Kan.) 6-1, 6-1.
#3 Singles: Ondrej Nice (Seward County) def Josiah Borst (Hesston sophomore, Becker, Minn.) 6-0, 6-2.
#4 Singles: Przemek Zielinski (Seward County) def Garrett Roth (Hesston freshman, Hesston, Kan.) 6-1, 6-0.
#5 Singles: Cowley College’s Ronald Rufyikiri def Tre Kremeier (Hesston freshman, Newton, Kan.) 6-0, 6-0.
#6 Singles: Ngoni Makambwa (Seward County) def Jeff Kauffman (Hesston freshman, Hutchinson, Kan.) 6-0, 6-0

Saturday doubles

#1 Doubles: Anez/Nice (Seward County) def Kingsley/Roth (Hesston) 6-1, 6-3.
#2 Doubles: Mosehle/Nery (Seward County) def Jaber/Borst (Hesston) 6-2, 6-0.
#3 Doubles: Opacic/Zielinski (Seward County) def Kremeier/Kauffman (Hesston) 6-1, 6-3.

Sunday singles

3rd Place #1 Singles: Marcel Miasato (Barton) def Nadeem Jaber (Hesston) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.
3rd Place #2 Singles: Juan David Navarro (Barton) def Riley Kingsley (Hesston) 6-0, 6-2.
3rd Place #3 Singles: Giovanni Fragalle (Barton) def Josiah Borst (Hesston) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
3rd Place #4 Singles: Garrett Roth (Hesston) def Kaio Massao Sato (Barton) 6-1, 6-4.
3rd Place #5 Singles: Juan Diego (Barton) Jaimes def Tre Kremeier (Hesston) 6-2, 6-0.
3rd Place #6 Singles: Ray Strunk (Barton) def Jeff Kauffman (Hesston) 6-2, 6-2.

Sunday doubles

3rd Place #1 Doubles: Miasato/Navarro (Barton) def Kingsley/Roth (Hesston) 3-6,6-3, 6-0.
3rd Place #2 Doubles: Fragalle/Sato (Barton) def Jaber/Borst (Hesston) 6-4, 7-5.
3rd Place #3 Doubles: Jaimes/Herbst (Barton) def Kremeier/Kauffman (Hesston) 6-3, 6-0.

Larks defeat Tritons 6-3

Hesston College men’s tennis knocked off Iowa Central Community College 6-3 in Wichita in their final matches before regionals this weekend.

Sophomores Riley Kingsley (Newton, Kan.) and Josiah Borst (Becker, Minn.) each won in singles play, while freshmen Garrett Roth (Hesston, Kan.) and Jeff Kauffman (Hutchinson, Kan.) also were victorious. Freshman number one singles Nadeem Jaber (Jaljulia, Israel) fell 6-0, 6-2 to Iowa Central’s Manuel Roman.

The pairs of Jaber/Borst and Kauffmann/ Kremeier were winners in doubles action to help propel the Larks to the win over the Tritons.

“It’s a great way to head into regionals Saturday,” Head Coach Chance Joost commented. The men’s tennis team finished 5-12 in the regular season under first year Coach Joost.

Barton Community College is set to host the 2017 men’s tennis regionals April 22 and 23 in Great Bend.

Southwestern Christian tops Larks Tennis

Hesston College men’s tennis fell 6-3 to Southwestern Christian University (Bethany, Okla.) Friday afternoon at Hesston College.

Freshman Garrett Roth (Hesston, Kan) defeated Levi Coleman from Southwestern Christian 6-2, 6-2 and Jeff Kauffman (6-2, 2-1*retired) dropped Jacob Nguyen to pick up the singles wins for the Larks. Hesston’s duo of Nadeem Jaber (Jaljulia, Israel) and Josiah Borst (Becker, Minn) won 8-3 to record the Larks’ win in doubles.

Freshman #1 singles Nadeem Jaber battled but ultimately fell short 6-2, 6-4 to the Eagles’ Mitch Vecione. Sophomore Riley Kingsley (Newton, Kan.) nearly knocked off Jose Nino, forcing a tiebreaker before losing 6-2, 5-7, 10-6.

“We lost 9-0 to this team last year so to lose 6-3 today when the weather conditions were far from ideal shows how much we’ve improved already. I look forward to the continued growth of this team as we play ICC tomorrow,” first year head coach Chance Joost commented following the loss.

Next: The Larks will have a quick turnaround before facing Iowa Central Community College on Saturday, April 15. Matches begin at 4 p.m. at a neutral site in Wichita.

Tennis falls to nationally ranked Cowley College

The Hesston men’s tennis team fell 9-0 to Cowley College on Monday afternoon at Hesston High School.

The Larks (4-11) were unable to keep the momentum going after a solid showing last week against Central Christian College which the Larks defeated 8-1. The Tigers, coming into the match ranked #9 in the nation, proved to be too tough for the Larks. “It was a tough match against a top 10 team, but we competed,” Head Coach Chance Joost commented.

Freshman Nadeem Jaber (Jaljulia, Israel) Hesston’s #1 singles player, fell 6-2, 6-2 as did #2 singles sophomore Riley Kingsley (North Newton, Kan.). Freshman Garrett Roth (Hesston, Kan.) and Kingsley put up a fight in doubles play, dropping a 8-4 decision.

Next up – the Larks will be back in action on Saturday, April 15, when they host Iowa Central Community College at 10 a.m. before taking on Southwestern Christian University at 4 p.m.

Tennis knocks off Tigers

The Hesston College men’s tennis team showed well on Thursday afternoon; defeating the visiting Central Christian (Kan.) College Cougars 8-1 at Hesston College.

Freshman #1 singles player Nadeem Jaber (Jaljulia, Israel) got past C. Padilla 6-4, 7-5. Sophomore Riley Kingsley (North Newton, Kan.) won comfortably over G. Martin Chavez, 6-2, 6-0. Hesston’s Garrett Roth (Hesston, Kan.) won 6-0, 6-3. Tre Kremeier (Newton, Kan.) didn’t drop a set, winning 6-0, 6-0, before freshman Jeff Kauffman (Hutchinson, Kan.) added another win: 6-2, 6-2 for Hesston College.

The Larks swept the doubles action as Kingsley/Roth, Jaber/Borst and Kauffman/Kremeier all won. C. Padilla notched Central Christian’s only win, outlasting the Larks’ Josiah Borst (Becker, Minn.) 6-2, 7-5.

“We got an important win as we head into the latter part of our season. We look to finish strong with three matches left and then we look to continue the run to nationals in a couple weeks,&rdquo Head coach Chance Joost commented following the team’s win.

Next – men’s tennis (4-10) will host Cowley College on Monday, April 10, at 11 a.m.

Men’s Tennis knocks of Midland University

The Hesston College men’s tennis team defeated the visiting Midland University (Fremont, Neb.) Warriors 5-4 on Friday afternoon at Hesston College.

Sophomore Riley Kingsley (Newton, Kan.) and freshman Garrett Roth (Hesston, Kan.) got things going in doubles with an 8-4 win. Freshman Nadeem Jaber (Jaljulia, Israel) fell behind early 3-6, but rallied to knock off Andy McDill 6-2, 12-10.
Kingsley also won comfortably in singles play 6-2, 6-2; as did sophomore Josiah Borst (Becker, Minn.) 6-1, 6-2 over Midland’s Ryder Ross. Roth’s 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 win in singles helped the Larks hold off the Warriors.

“Today was a big win. That’s two in a row as we head into a big rematch with Baker tomorrow. All year we’ve been beating against a wall to get those last couple points so we have a lot of losses that are 5-4 or 6-3 that could’ve gone either way. Today we went over the wall. Now we can’t get too high on win so we have to be ready to come out tomorrow and compete against one of the better teams in the state,“ head coach Chance Joost commented following the big win for the Larks. Hesston will look to build on the momentum for their next match on Saturday.

Next up – The Larks (3-9) will meet Baker University in Baldwin City on Saturday, April 1. Action will get underway at 10 a.m. against the Wildcats.

Larks see improvement in loss to Baker University

Hesston College men’s tennis traveled to Baldwin City over the weekend, losing 8-1 to the Baker University Wildcats.

Freshman Nadeem Jaber (Jaljulia, Israel) was strong picking up the comfortable win for the Larks in #1 singles: 6-3, 6-0 over Baker’s Blake Barnard. Sophomore Riley Kingsley (Newton, Kan) and freshman Garrett Roth (Hesston, Kan.) played well but came up short 8-5 in doubles play. Roth also narrowly lost in singles; 6-4, 6-3, as coach Joost came away with positives in the loss.

“We lost 9-0 to them (Baker) in the fall, our scores improved dramatically today. We are getting much better,”” Head coach Chance Joost commented.

Next – men’s tennis will look to regroup before playing host to Central Christian (Kan.) College on Thursday, April 6. Matches will get underway at 4 p.m.

Coyotes get past Larks

The Hesston College men’s tennis team was defeated by the Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes 6-3 on Monday afternoon in Salina.

Freshman Nadeem Jaber (Jaljulia, Israel) rallied to pick up another singles win (6-7, 5-7, 6-1, 11-9) over the Coyotes’ Samir Lopez. Freshman Garrett Roth (Hesston, Kan.) won over Mitchell Byers (6-0, 6-3) to grab the two singles wins for the Larks. Jaber and sophomore Josiah Borst (Becker, Minn.) provided the lone doubles win for Hesston, 9-7.

“We’re learning how to compete. We have to do better and we will,” Head Coach Chance Joost commented. “I have confidence in these guys but they have to have it in themselves which we are growing toward. The off-the-court work will show soon.”

The Larks (1-5) will look to rebound when they host the Barton County Community College Cougars at 9 a.m. before taking on Southwestern College at 5 p.m. on Tuesday March 14 at Hesston High School. Hesston will then take some time off for spring break, before returning to Hesston to host Colorado Christian University, an NCAA DII school, March 22.

Kingsley and Jaber lead Larks past Threshers

Sophomore Riley Kingsley (North Newton, Kan.) and freshman Nadeem Jaber (Jaljulia, Israel) each picked up singles wins to help propel the Hesston College men’s tennis team past the Bethel College Threshers 7-2 for Hesston’s first win of the season.

Kingsley (#1 singles) won in two sets 6-3, 6-3 over Gabe Johnson, and Jaber cruised 6-2, 6-0 over Ryan LaCombe at #2. Sophomore Josiah Borst (Becker, Minn.) and freshman Garrett Roth (Hesston, Kan.) also won in singles play. &ldquo:We played really well today. We’re definitely feeling very confident right now heading into the Dallas Baptist match. We keep improving and that’s the most important thing. The boys did well.” Head Coach Chance Joost commented after earning his first win as collegiate head coach. Kingsley/Roth, Jaber/Kremier and Oesch/Borst all were victorious in doubles competition. “We haven’t won three doubles matches in a long time.”

Tennis will look to build on their strong effort vs. Bethel, as NCAA DII Dallas Baptist University comes to town on Friday March 10. Match begins at 9 a.m. at Hesston College.

Bulldogs squeak by Larks

The Hesston College men’s tennis team narrowly missed their first win of the season, falling 5-4 to visiting Concordia University.

The Larks’ #1 doubles team of sophomore Riley Kinglsey (North Newton, Kan.) and freshman Garrett Roth started things off for the Larks with an impressive 8-3 win. In singles play, #2 Nadeem Jaber (freshman, Israel) won 6-1, 6-1 and #3 Josiah Borst (sophomore, Becker, Minn.) also picked up wins for the Larks 6-7(6-8), 6-2, 10-5. Freshman Garrett Roth #5 (Hesston, Kan.) won his match 6-3, 6-3.

“We’re really close to a breakthrough. Everyone has improved a ton, and I look forward to the next couple weeks to see it come together,” Head Coach Chance Joost commented. “It was a great fight. We almost had it. We just got too tired.”

Next up – Larks Tennis will welcome rival Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.) to town on Wednesday, March 8, at 4 p.m., before NCAA DII foe, Dallas Baptist University comes to Hesston on Friday morning, March 10, at 9 a.m.

Men’s tennis falls to Bethany

The Hesston college men’s tennis team opened their 2017 home spring schedule hosting the Bethany College Swedes in front of a large crowd at Hesston College. The Larks fell 8-1 to the visitors.

Freshman Garrett Roth (Hesston, Kan.) and sophomore Riley Kingsley (North Newton, Kan.) picked up the Larks lone win in doubles play (8-4) against a talented KCAC team from Lindsborg.

“We competed really well in the beginning. We had a huge crowd that really helped. We really appreciated the support we got from the students and staff of the college,” Head Coach Chance Joost said. Bethany College is one of the larger schools that the Larks will match up with this spring. “We’re getting better, and we’re learning but Bethany is probably going to finish 1 or 2 in the KCAC so we competed well and the results will come if stay to the process.”

Top singles player, Nadeem Jaber, a freshman from Israel, fell to Juan Mateus from Bethany: 6-3, 6-1.

Tennis will be back in action as they host Concordia University at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 5.

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).

Larks Men’s Tennis completes successful week at national tournament

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