Women’s Tennis News Archive 2017-2018

Tennis teams prepare for a great season

A new season is about to begin for the Hesston College tennis team. Interim Head Coach Michael Oyer recently took the reins and has been working and building the team. “Over the last few weeks, there has been some really positive growth,” said Coach Oyer. “They are showing togetherness; the team is helping each other.”

On the men’s side, returning sophomores are stepping into their roles of leadership and motivation. This should provide a fantastic base for growth and team success. The chemistry in training can be seen in practice and on the doubles court with pairs Nadeem Jaber and Garrett Roth as well as Curtis Oesch and Jeff Kauffman.

The women’s side, on the other hand is relatively young and inexperienced at the college level. However, the talent level is high and deep, giving way to hope for quality and success. “The freshman are ready to step up,” said Oyer. “For both teams we have good season expectations. I have a good feeling we are going to win some big matches.”

The Larks will start their spring season at Kansas Wesleyan University on Wednesday, February 28. They will then travel to Friends University and Barton Community College before hosting Bethel College on Monday, March 5.

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.”



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 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.