HESSTON — Fifth-year Hesston College men’s tennis coach Jeron Baker returns his entire freshman class from a year ago that, paired with five new incoming players, raises the goals and expectations of a program that has enjoyed steady growth since Baker’s arrival.?“Our men’s roster is similar to last year,” Baker said. “We’ve increased our depth in the two spots we graduated and have a better overall team.”?As an NJCAA Region VI member, Hesston men’s tennis will once again look forward to a challenging schedule. The Larks open the 2013 slate with an indoor match at Region VI foe Barton Community College at 2 p.m. on Monday.?“We’ve improved, but so has our competition,” Baker added. “I’m excited to see how this group handles themselves after last year’s success. The bar has been raised, and we have the talent to play at a higher level. I expect our men to make a solid push in region play.”

Roster?Hugo Chavez, fr., Brownsville, Texas?Taylor Ermoian, so., Hays?Drew Hostetler, fr., Goshen, Ind.?Keenan Jensen, fr., Hesston?Kendrik Mast, fr., Harrisonburg, Va.?Dominic Murray, fr., Denver, Colo.?Michael Oyer, so., Hesston?Luis Ramirez, so., Tachira, Venezuela?Amornlerd (Mark) Sukmark fr.-RS, Bangkok, Thailand?Wes Wilder, fr., Hesston?Schedule?Feb. 25 at Barton CC (Great Bend) 2 p.m.?March 5 at McPherson College noon.?March 6 vs Cowley College (at Hesston HS) 2 p.m.?March 21 vs Ottawa University 11 a.m.?March 22 at Bethany College (at Salina Oakdale Park) 11 a.m.?March 22 at Kansas Wesleyan University (at Salina Oakdale Park) 4 p.m.?March 25 at Emporia State University 3 p.m.?March 28 at Tabor College (Hillsboro) 2 p.m.?March 30 at Southwestern College (at McPherson HS) noon.?March 30 at Central Christian College (at McPherson HS) 3:30 p.m.?April 3 at Bethel College (North Newton) 4:30 p.m.?April 9 at Baker University (Baldwin City) noon.?April 13 vs Central Christian College 1 p.m.?April 19 at Regional Tournament (Wichita) noon.?April 20 at Regional Tournament (Wichita) noon.