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Hesston Record 5.21

Hesston Record 5.21

Coach Dahlsten Gets First State Title

Posted 5/21/2015

By Blake Spurney

Hesston Record Staff

Hesston rode its hot streak of fortuitous breaks to a Class 3-2-1A state tennis title Saturday in Emporia.

The Swathers, who edged Wichita Collegiate by one point and defending champion Kansas City Christian by two points, also made the most of their opportunities by taking must-win games. Hesston had won its regional tournament by .0064 percentage points.

No victory was more clutch or unexpected than the one pulled out Friday evening by doubles partners Daniel Holthus and Gus Williams against Kansas City Christian’s Turner Jones and William Vander Ark. It was one of the last matches of the day, and all of the players from Hesston, Kansas City Christian and Collegiate were watching the match in anticipation.

“The atmosphere was awesome,” Williams said. “So many people were watching because that was one of the last matches going on.”

“It was a huge upset,” Holthus said about their 9-5 victory. “We came out with a huge boom right off the bat. We were able to get a big lead, and that helped us in the long run.”

Matches on the front side of the bracket were decided by who won two sets. On the consolation side, the winner was whoever won nine games.

Teammates ran up to congratulate Williams and Holthus.

“Being honest, I didn’t expect them to win,” said Isaac Penner. “They played lights out.”

Collin Martin said Hesston hadn’t yet sealed a state title, but that doubles win was a defining factor.

Before play began Friday morning, Hesston won a coin flip that put Penner in a more favorable location in the bracket. Instead of playing Sacred Heart's Stratton Brown in the second round, Penner met and beat Conway Springs' Grant Bellar, whom he beat 6-2, 6-0. Next, Penner downed Sterling's Kyler Comley 6-2, 6-2 to make the semifinals.

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Lark Netters Make History

Posted 5/21/2015

Regardless of the outcome, it was indeed historical.
For the first time in Hesston College history, the men’s tennis team journeyed to the NJCAA National Tournament in Plano, Texas from May 11-15. While the Larks couldn’t break into the team standings, they still won several matches.
Keegan LeFevre went 0-2 in number one singles, losing his first match 6-4, 6-2. His second loss came in the first round of the consolation bracket, an 8-6 battle with a player from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
In number two singles, Eric Cender lost his opening match 6-1, 6-1 but bounced back to win the first match for the Larks in the consolation bracket. Cender dispatched Richard Bolling from Faulkner Community College 8-2. Cender’s run was stopped by Christian Dela Cruz in an 8-5 loss in the consolation semi-finals.
Yuu Sakaguchi fell in the first round of number three singles, 6-2, 6-1 before picking up the second win for the Larks in the consolation quarterfinals, an 8-0 drubbing of Taylor Tamburg. Sakaguchi lost another hard-fought battle in the consolation semifinals 8-6

Number four singles player Caleb Shrock-Horst nearly picked up the first round victory, losing a nailbiter to Jimmy McCormick in the second round. Shrock-Horst was the benefactor of a draw which gave him a bye into the second round. His day came to an end shortly as he was forced to retire from the consolation bracket with an injury.
Yuki Torii lost his first round match in number five singles play 6-2, 6-1. Torii then lost his consolation match 8-0.
Rounding out the singles play, Lucas Caywood lost his first round number six singles match 6-3, 6-2. Caywood picked up a victory in the consolation quarterfinals, with an 8-6 win before falling in the consolation semifinals 8-2.

In number one doubles action, the Lark team of Lefevre and Caywood went 0-2 as they were defeated in the first round 6-0, 6-4 followed by an 8-4 loss in the consolation bracket.
Cender and Sakaguchi won the first set 6-0 in number two doubles action, but lost the next two 6-3 and 6-4 to drop to the consolation side of the bracket. Their team was dispatched 8-5 in the consolation bracket by a team from Prairie State College. 

Hesston picked up a first round win in number three doubles with Shrock-Horst and Torii winning over a team from Jacksonville, Texas 6-2, 6-2. In the second round, the Larks were dispatched by ASA College, New York, losing 6-1, 6-0.  Hesston was unable to continue in the consolation finals.
ASA College captured the team standings. 

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