Volleyball News Archive 2017-2018

Larks Volleyball defeats Cloud in 3

Friday night was a culmination of hard work and mental toughness in Hesston College’s straight set victory at home against Cloud County Community College. “We played really tough against Cloud and we were mentally ready to put together a good game,” said Head Coach DeeDee Landes. The Larks did just that winning three close set 25-20, 25-20 and 25-22.

Stand out performances on the evening were libero Kylie Brenneman who had a fantastic night defensively. She read hits and passed the ball well to set up the offense. Setter Faith Hallmark built on that solid defensive effort and ran the offense effectively. Haley Unruh led the offense with ten kills, followed closely by Kylee Kasselman (9) and Sierrah Long (8). The team rounded off the overall performance with some key blocks.

Coach Landes was most impressed with the team’s preparation. “The girls worked really hard in practice and it showed” said Landes. The Larks will play at Labette Community College (Parson) this Wednesday and at Metropolitan Community College-Longview for a triangular this Friday.

Larks volleyball takes two at Homecoming Tri

The Larks enjoyed their homecoming Saturday with two wins at home, defeating Pratt Community College and Kansas Wesleyan University in straight sets. The opening match was close in the first two sets but Hesston never trailed, winning 25-21. The critical moment in the match was in game two with the score tied at 22. Pratt served and a nice rally ensued. A free pass allowed the Larks to set up their offense and Haley Unruh hit off the block for the point. The set ended 26-24. The Larks cruised in game 3, winning 25-16.

Match two saw the Larks build and get stronger throughout the contest, winning 25-22, 25-17 and 25-11 over KWU. Sam Rossin and Cassidy King both led the attack with eight kills each. Leading the way of some great team defense was Kylie Brenneman with 12 of the team’s 50 digs.

“It was a great weekend to play at home after a long time on the road and to pick up two wins,” said Head Coach Deedee Landes. “It was good timing to play well together as a team and find confidence in ourselves again. We are excited for a big week ahead of us!”

This week will be a big one as the Larks have two regional opponents, Allen County Community College and Kansas City Kansas Community College, at home. Allen County will be in Hesston on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and KCK will be here on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The Larks will also play Saturday at home against the McPherson College JV squad with the game at 2 p.m.

Larks volleyball defeats Neosho in four

What makes small college athletics so much fun? The answer could have been found last night in Yost Center as the Larks opened their home volleyball campaign against Neosho County Community College. Hesston ground out a four-set win (25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 25-21) in a gym full with a raucous crowd. Students, faculty and staff as well as community members joined in on the hype to set an incredible atmosphere and helped spur the Larks onto victory.

“I am so proud of the girls,” said Head Coach DeeDee Landes. “It was a tough win and things weren’t coming easy for us, however we were resilient, fought hard and stayed in the grind.” Sierrah Long led the offense with 14 kills while Faith Hallmark leds the defense with 29 digs.

“We were mentally tough and responded well in pressure. That’s why we got the win,” said Landes. “Great home opener!”

The Larks are on the road Friday against Sterling College JV. They will be home again next Wednesday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Volleyball team ready to compete

Excitement is buzzing around the Hesston College volleyball program this year. Head Coach DeeDee Landes is excited about her team for the upcoming 2017 season.

“We will be able to compete at a high level and I know that these girls have put a lot of time and effort into conditioning this off season and coming in ready to play.” Coach Landes says. “They will work hard to get better on the court and use every opportunity to learn life lessons. That gets me excited.”

In hoping to build off of her first year leading the team, Coach Landes expects her sophomores to be keys to the success of this season. Freshman will also to play vital roles, Landes asserts. “I am really excited to coach this team this year,” Landes says. “It is my first complete class that I have recruited and so I feel like I know each girl and her family a little more than last year which is exciting to me.”

With the cohesion built last season, a quality off season and the new and exciting connection with all of the players, the Larks hope to better their 2016 record of 14-16.

Larks Volleyball will take the court in their annual Maroon and Gold scrimmage at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19, in Yost Center and will host a scrimmage with McPherson College at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23. They start their season at Lamar (Colo.) Community College Tournament Friday, Aug. 25, and open at home the following Wednesday vs. Neosho County Community College.

Seven commit to Larks Volleyball for 2017

volleyball signees composite photoThe Hesston College women’s volleyball program is proud to announce the commitments of seven student-athletes to join the Larks for the 2017 season. The Larks welcome four players from Kansas and one each from South Dakota, Colorado and Pennsylvania.

The group of seven incoming freshmen will join four returning sophomores to this year’s fall roster.

“I am really excited about this class that we have coming in next year,” Head Coach DeeDee Landes commented. “We have a lot of talent which will allow us to be fairly deep in several positions.” The Larks will look to improve on their 14-16 record in 2016 and coach Landes believes this class will help the program continue in the right direction. “I am really excited about what each girl is going to bring to the table next year and it will be great to see them grow together as a family and compete on the court​. I think that each of these girls will be a great fit for Hesston College and will thrive here.”

Joining the Larks this fall are:

Olivia Duerksen, MB, Goessel (Kan.) High School – also a basketball and track athlete for the Bluebirds, Duerksen earned all-league honors (2nd team in 2015, 1st team in 2016) as well as 2016 All State Tournament Team and KVA 2nd Team All State (2016).

Faith Hallmark, ​Setter, Libero, Augusta (Kan.) High School – a four-year volleyball letter winner for the Orioles, Ha​l​lmark earned 2nd team all-conference honors her freshman year and 1st team as a sophomore, junior and senior (AV-CTL-III) and was a 4A State​ All Tournament team member her final three years. Ha​ll​mark will major in nursing.

Kylee Kasselman, OH, Central Plains High School (Claflin, Kan.) – Kasselman earned Central Prairie League 1st team, KVA All-tournament team (2015-16), KVA all state 2A-2nd team (2015) KVA all state 2A-1st team (2016) honors. The Oilers won state in volleyball in 2015 and in basketball in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Kasselman plans to major in nursing.

Cassidy King, OH, Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite School – earned first team league all-star honors in 2015 and 2016 and served as team captain. King also played softball and basketball for the Blazers. She plans to major in sports education and coaching.

Autumn Lungwitz, RS, OH, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Wichita, Kan. – competed in volleyball four years and basketball for three years for the Golden Eagles. Lungwitz plans to major in nursing.

Samantha Rossin, M​B​, Douglas County High School (Castle Rock, Colo.) – a member of the 2016 Husky varsity team, she collected 22 kills and 30 blocks. (5A Continental league). Rossin will major in accounting.

Hannah Yoder, MB, Freeman (S.D.) Academy – also a basketball and track athlete for the Bearcats. Freeman Academy’s volleyball team was district runner up in 2014 and 2015 and compiled the best record in school history in 2015. Yoder played her freshman year in Iowa and joined the Larks this semester.

Larks fall in straight sets to end season

The Hesston College volleyball season came to a close, as the eighth seeded Llarks fell on the road 3-0 (14-25, 18-25, 20-25) to host and top seed Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College in the district semifinal round.

Freshman Sierrah Long (Highland, Calif.) led the way with 10 kills. Sophomore Jessanna Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) had 21 assists and sophomore Ally Vogt (Hesston, Kan.) had two aces in the loss for Hesston College.

“Our girls played with all of their heart and made many good runs on this very talented team. We just couldn’t put together a consistent run long enough. Hard to end the season but they fought hard until the end.” Coach DeeDee Landes commented following the loss.

Ranked sixth in the NJCAA Div. II, the Ravens improved to 37-1 overall after defeating Fort Scott CC in the district championship and will advance to the national tournament. The Larks season concludes with a 14-16 record in their first season under Coach Landes.

Volleyball falls to Neosho County to close regular season

The Hesston College volleyball team lost to Neosho County Community College 25-13, 25-13, 25-17 in Chanute to conclude the regular season.

The Panthers jumped in front early in the first set to take control of the match. Hesston struggled throughout the first and second set but played better in the third set eventually losing 25-17.

Freshman Sierrah Long (Highland, Calif) was one of the bright spots in the losing effort, leading the way with 11 kills for the Larks. Sophomore Jessana Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) contributed 19 assists.

The Larks’ record falls to 14-15. The win pushes Neosho County to 20-11 overall. The Larks will travel to Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College November 5 to take on the Red Ravens in the first round of the Region VI playoffs. The match starts at 11 a.m.

Volleyball takes down Pirates and Threshers

The Hesston College volleyball team welcomed the Pirates from Independence (Kan.) Community College in the first of two home matches on the weekend. The Larks dropped the first set 25-20 before rallying and winning three straight sets – 20-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-22 – to win 3-1 overall. Sophomore Jessanna Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) lead the charge with 16 kills, sophomore Kortney Cunningham (Almena, Kan.) added eight blocks and freshman Haley Unruh (Coldwater, Kan.) chipped in seven. The Larks showed some resilience in the middle sets after falling down a set early. “We were steady – not great, not awful,”” Coach Landes commented following the match.

Hesston college followed up Friday’s performance with a clean sweep on Saturday of neighboring Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.) JV 3-0 25-20, 25-20, 25-18. The Larks improve to 14-14 overall.

The volleyball team will close out the regular season in at Neosho County Community College (Chanute, Kan.) on Tuesday November 1. They have a chance to end the regular season winning three straight matches and finishing above .500. The match against the Panthers will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Volleyball defeats Red Devils in five sets

The Hesston College volleyball team traveled to Iola, Kan., and defeated Allen Community College Red Devils 3-2 (25-14, 22-25, 25-19, 17-25, 15-13) on Saturday afternoon.

The Larks started out strong winning the first set 25-14. Allen CC responded by grabbing the second frame 25-22. Hesston College answered in the third set to go up 2-1 after winning 25-19. The Red Devils forced a fifth set after getting past the Larks 25-17 in the fourth set. The Larks slipped by Allen CC in an exciting final set 15-13 to win the match.

Sophomore Kortney Cunningham (Almena, Kan.) lead the team with 10 assist blocks, while freshman Sierrah Long (Highland, Calif.) added eight. “Everyone stepped up when they needed to,” coach Landes said following the victory.

The win pushes Hesston College to 12-13 overall this season. The Larks will have a chance to get back to .500 on Wednesday Oct. 26, when they travel to the Kansas City area to face Johnson County Community College (Overland Park) in a 5:30 p.m. match.

Greyhounds knock off Larks

The Hesston College volleyball team fell to the visiting Fort Scott Community College Greyhounds in three sets – 14-25, 11-25, 18-25 – on Wednesday evening at the Yost Center.

Fort Scott raced out to early leads in each frame, forcing the Larks to play from behind, unable to rally. Sophomore, Erin Brubaker (Goessel, Kan.) led the attacking effort for the Larks with five kills. Sophomore Emily McMichael (Fort Worth, Texas) and sophomore Jesseana Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) each chipped in with 10 digs on the defensive side. With the loss the Larks fall to 10-11.

The team will head west to Colorado for a weekend tri in La Junta. On Saturday October 15, Otero Junior College will host the Larks at 10 a.m. before Hesston takes on the Adams State Grizzlies JV squad from Alamosa, Colo., an NCAA Div. II school.

Lark volleyball to host Highland for Power of Pink night

The Hesston College volleyball team will host Highland (Kan.) Community College for a 6:30 p.m. match on Wed., Oct. 19. The Power of Pink match will be in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. All proceeds from the gate admission will be contributed to the Susan B. Komen Foundation.

The Power of Pink event will include other special activities in addition to the volleyball match. The Larks, sitting on a record of 10-10, will wear pink jerseys and toss pink balls to the crowd in support of breast cancer awareness. The first 100 students to arrive will receive a free commemorative t-shirt and nametags will be available at the door for attendees to write down the names of loved ones impacted by breast cancer.

“Breast cancer affects so many lives,” said Hesston head volleyball coach DeeDee Landes. “Many of the women on the team have been touched by breast cancer in one way or another. It feels good to be able to do the little things like this that help contribute to a great cause. I am really excited to have this game and be able to make a difference in this way.”


Lark volleyball tops Cardinals

The Hesston College Larks volleyball team defeated the visiting Labette Community College cardinals in three sets, 25-19, 25-22, 25-20.

The Larks came out strong in the first set, opening up a five point lead early. Labette CC made a rally midway through the first set as they trailed 13-9, only to fall 25-19. After taking the first set, Hesston came out on fire leading 10-5 forcing the Cardinals to call a timeout. The second set saw an even 18-18 score late, as the Larks scored seven of the next 11 points to win a competitive set 25-22; and take a comfortable 2-0 lead in the match.

Looking to avoid the sweep, the Cardinals went up 9-5 forcing a Larks timeout. Hesston rattled off five points in a row to retake the lead at 10-9 and never looked back, taking the final set 25-22. Sophomore Kortney Cunningham (Almena, Kan.) led the blocking effort for the Larks and had two of the team’s five aces. Sophomore Jessanna Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) had 26 assists while freshman Alicen Meysing (Hesston, Kan.) had eight kills in the winning effort. With the win, the Larks even their season record at 10-10.

Volleyball will have a week off before hosting their next match, Wednesday October 12 at 6:30 p.m. vs. the Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College Greyhounds.

Volleyball takes down Falcons, falls to Cougars

The Hesston College volleyball team hosted Friends University and the Barton Community College in a home triangular tournament over homecoming weekend.

The Larks began the day taking on Friends Falcons JV, an NAIA school from Wichita. Hesston had no problem, downing the Falcons 3-0 (25-12, 25-9, 25-18). The Larks had impressive starts in each set including a 10-0 run to start the second frame. Sophomore Kortney Cunningham (Almena, Kan.) led the charge with 11 kills, followed by sophomore Jessanna Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) with nine. Freshman Jessica Aguilar (Brownsville, Texas.) chipped in two aces and 14 assists in the winning effort.

In the second match, the Larks were up against a familiar Region VI foe, Barton CC. The Cougars entered the match 18-5 on the season and took control early in the first set before Hesston rattled off a few points late to make things interesting before falling 23-25. Barton continued their momentum, knocking off the Larks 25-15 in set two. The Larks showed some real grit in the third set rallying from as many as seven down to get things level at 22-22 before eventually winning 25-23. Hesston ran out of gas in the fourth set, dropping 16-25 to the Cougars.

Jessanna Nebel had 10 kills followed by Kortney Cunningham with nine. Freshman Sierrah Long (Highland, Calif.) had 15 digs, and sophomore Emily McMicheal (Fort Worth, Texas) had 14 in the loss. “The girls fought hard today and played with heart,” Head Coach DeeDee Landes commented. “It just wasn’t quite enough to hold off a strong Barton team.”

Volleyball will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. for a home match vs. Labette Community College (Parsons, Kan.).

Larks fall to Ravens

Riding momentum from Saturday’s 6-0 weekend sweep of Clarendon College and Pratt CC, wasn’t quite enough to carry the Hesston College Volleyball team over Coffeyville CC on Wednesday. The Larks fell to the Ravens 0-3.

Coffeyville opened the match on a 9-4 run and didn’t look back. The Larks traded points throughout the first set but weren’t able to match the tough Ravens, falling 16-25.

Hesston College showed more of a spark in the second set eventually bringing the exciting match even at 18-18. The Larks sprang ahead 22-20 forcing Coffeyville to call a time out. The Ravens went on a 5-0 run to win the second set 25-22 for a commanding lead.

Coffeyville started out strong in the third set, leading 10-5, heading to a later lead of 20-14. The Larks began a furious rally but fell just short 23-25. “We did a lot of good things tonight and played with heart. We just needed to take advantage of our momentum and not let them sneak back in it,” said Head Coach DeeDee Landes following the match.

Sophomore Kortney Cunningham (Almena, Kan.) finished with nine kills on the night while freshmen Haley Unruh (Coldwater, Kan.), Sierrah Long (Highland, Calif.) and Alicen Meysing (Goessel, Kan.) all finished with eight kills. Sophomore Jessanna Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) led the way with 23 assists.

The loss drops the Larks to 8-9 on the season. Volleyball will return for two more home matches on Saturday Oct. 1 hosting Friends University JV at 10 a.m. and Barton Community College at 2 p.m.

Volleyball sweeps home triangular

Hesston College Larks volleyball began the day impressively with a commanding 3-0 victory over the visiting Clarendon (Texas) Bulldogs 25-17, 25-17, 25-16. Clarendon, a team the Larks faced last month in Texas, won the earlier match 3-1 in August.

Freshman Jessica Aguilar (Brownsville, Texas) lifted the Larks with five aces and sophomore Erin Brubaker (Goessel, Kan.) contributed three of the team’s 12 total aces. Freshman Sierrah Long (Highland, Calif.) led the attack with eight kills to help the Larks to victory.

In their second match, the Larks again got some payback, as Hesston College now (8-8) swept Pratt CC 3-0 on set scores of 25-21, 25-20, 25-21. The Beavers defeated the Larks 2-1 at the Vernon (Texas) tournament.

Sierrah Long and local standout sophomore Jessanna Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) both contributed 10 kills. Nebel also finished with an impressive 26 assists. The Saturday wins even the Larks’ record at 8-8.