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Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis Team
Head Coach: Jerry Hendrick (24th year)

Assistant Coaches: Steve Rose (7th year),

Kyle Masteller (2nd year), Aaron Hendrick (1st year)

2014-15 Record: 15-7 Overall 4-1 WHAC
Team Statistics: 2014-15
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2014-15 Schedule & Results


Thurs. - Sat.,

Sept. 11 - 13

USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Tournament Grand Rapids, Mich. Results
Sat., Sept. 27 vs. Lake Superior State Grand Rapids, Mich. W 9-0
Sat., Jan. 31 @ Kalamazoo Kalamazoo, Mich. W 5-4
Sat., Feb. 7 vs. Ferris State @ MVP (Crahen) Grand Rapids, Mich. L 2-7

Fri., Feb. 13

City Tourney hosted by Hope College Holland, Mich. Results
Fri., Feb. 20 vs. Rochester @ MVP (Crahen) Grand Rapids, Mich. W 9-0
Fri., Feb. 27 @ Hope College Holland, Mich. W 8-1
Sat., Feb. 28 vs. #18 Olivet Nazarene @ MVP (Crahen) Grand Rapids, Mich. W 5-4
Fri., March 6 vs. Judson Orlando, Fla. W 8-1
Sat., March 7 vs. Ave Marie Orlando, Fla. W 8-1
Sun., March 8 vs. Northwood (MI) Orlando, Fla. L 1-8
Mon., March 9 vs. Marian Orlando, Fla. L 4-5
Tues., March 10 vs. McMurry Orlando, Fla. W 5-4
Wed., March 11 vs. Bentley Orlando, Fla. W 8-1
Thurs., March 12 vs. Coe Orlando, FL. L 2-7
Thurs., March 19 vs. Tiffin Grand Rapids, Mich. W 5-4
Sat., March 21 @ St. Francis (Ill.) Joliet, Ill. L 3-6
Sat., March 28 vs. Indiana Wesleyan @ Dewitt Holland, Mich. W 5-4
Thurs., April 2 vs. Davenport* @ MVP Sportsplex (Burton) Grand Rapids, Mich. W 5-3
Sat., April 11 vs. Northwestern Ohio* @ Gainey Grand Rapids, Mich. L 1-8
Mon., April 13 vs. Lawrence Tech* @ Riverview Grand Rapids, Mich. W 9-0
Wed., April 15 vs. Cornerstone* @ Davenport Grand Rapids, Mich. W 6-3
Sat., April 18 @ Indiana Tech* Fort Wayne, Ind. W 7-2

Fri., April 24

WHAC Championships Semifinals

vs. Davenport

Grand Rapids, Mich. L 4-5


Photos Name Yr. Hometown/High School (College)
Will Buurma Will Buurma Fr. Bradenton, Fla./Bradenton Christian
Ryan Fedewa Ryan Fedewa Fr. Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake
Kenny Garstecki Kenny Garstecki Fr. St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph
Matt Jackson Matt Jackson Jr. Kalamazoo, Mich./Kalamazoo Christian/Grand Rapids CC
Gunnar Peery Gunnar Peery So. Bloomfield Hills, Michigan/Brother Rice
Kristoff Saari Kristoff Saari Jr.. Rochester, Mich./Rochester Adams
Andy Struble Andy Struble Jr. Holt, Mich./Okemos
Evan Taylor Evan Taylor Fr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central


Coach Hendrick

Jerry Hendrick - Head Coach


(616) 356-0112


Jerry Hendrick begins his 24rd season as the men's tennis coach at Aquinas College. Coach Hendrick is a 1986 graduate of Spring Arbor University where he was a four-year letter winner. While at Spring Arbor, Hendrick served as captain and played first singles and doubles. Coach Hendrick received a master's degree in social work from Grand Valley State University in 1991 and is currently working as an Adult Foster Care Licensing Area Manager for the State of Michigan.


During his tenure, Coach Hendrick has been named the Wolverine-Hoosier Conference coach of the year numerous times. His teams have won twelve NAIA Great Lakes Regional titles and have qualified for the NAIA National Championship tournament 15 times. Coach Hendrick has compiled 434 wins and 131 losses in dual matches against top-level competition over the past 23 seasons for a .77 winning percentage.


 Coach Hendrick has also served as the President of the NAIA Tennis Coaches Association (three terms), has been the National Chairperson of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Ranking Committee (four terms) and has served on the ITA Small College Advisory Board. Prior to arriving at Aquinas, Hendrick coached at Jackson Lumen Christi High School for two seasons where he led both teams to the high school state championship tournament. Numerous Aquinas players have compiled 100-wins during their career at Aquinas under Hendrick’s coaching. This list includes Doug Dooley, Eric Vangessel, Scott David, Steve Greene, David Acevedo, Justin Crain, Kurt Brummel, Tom Huizing, Jason Winegar, Nate Price, Jason Walsh, Matt Garner, Jared Flick, Mike Rose, Patrick Grashorn, Patrick Bruining, Jason Beydoun, Jordan O'Neill, Tuan-Anh Tran, Dan Doerrfeld, John Telfer, Travis Wolf, Kyle Masteller, Aaron Hendrick and Nik Artaev. Coach Hendrick resides in Grand Rapids with his wife, Beth, of 27 years and their three children: Ashley (24), Aaron (22) and Austin (18).


Steve Rose - Assistant Coach


Steve Rose begins his sixth year on staff as Assistant Tennis Coach. He has extensive experience in coaching a variety of sports including coaching tennis at the Jr. Varsity and Varsity level for Forest Hills Central High School in Grand Rapids Michigan. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the West Michigan Tennis Association and has been a USTA Travel Team player for over 15 years. Steve considers it a privilege to be a part of the Aquinas tradition of tennis excellence at the small college level and is looking forward to contributing to the team's continued success.


He received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Central Michigan University and his MBA from the University of Michigan. Steve is also a Certified Public Accountant and is owner and president of CertaPro Painters, West Michigan.


Steve is married to Patricia and they are proud to have a son, Michael who is a recent Aquinas graduate. Mike was an All-American and National Senior Player of the Year while competing for the Saints.

Kyle Masteller

Kyle Masteller - Assistant Coach


After completing a stellar career in 2013 as a Saints player, Masteller will remain involved with the team in 2013-14 as an assistant coach. As a player, Masteller won over 100 matches and was a four-year starter in both singles and doubles. His successes as a player will make him a valuable asset to the members of the current squad as he shares the lessons he has learned with those who are following in his footsteps.

Aaron Hendrick Aaron Hendrick - Assistant Coach

Season Outlook

The Saints graduated lost six players from last year's conference championship squad that finished the season with a 25-5 record and a #13 National ranking in the final poll. Aaron Hendrick, a four year #1 singles and #1 doubles standout, four year All American and the NAIA National Senior Player of the Year will be especially missed. Nik Artaev was also an All American for the Saints and played all four years at #1 doubles and near the top of the singles line up and will also be severely missed. In addition, the Saints lost Brendan Petz and Fran Huber to graduation. Both Brendan and Fran provided quality leadership over the past four years and were key contributors to all of the successes those teams achieved.


This year’s team will be led by junior Kristoff Saari, who achieved one of the best singles seasons ever for a Saints player last season by going 29-2 at #2. Saari finished last season ranked among the top 40 players in the nation in singles and will be looking to improve on that ranking while transitioning to the top of the line-up. Gunnar Peery returns for his sophomore year after having a very impressive debut last season playing primarily #6 singles and #2 doubles. After a summer that included much work on his game Gunnar returns with even higher expectations and is expected to climb the ranks in the team’s roster. Andy Strubble (junior) also returns to Aquinas in 2014/15 looking to continue his progress as a player. Andy’s power and competitive instincts resulted in a near perfect record in singles last year and he will be expected to do even better as a regular contributor in the line-up this season.


Coach Hendrick is very excited about the newcomers to this year’s team. This includes Evan Taylor, Will Buurma, Ryan Fedewa and Kenny Garstecki. Even comes to Aquinas after completing a very impressive high school career at Forest Hills Central where he played #1 singles and was an All-State performer. Evan is a determined and competitive player who will not be outworked on the court.  Will comes to Aquinas from Florida and brings with him considerable talent and an ability to adjust to his opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. Ryan hails from the West Michigan Lakeshore and is also an All State performer for his high school where he earned a reputation for finding a way to win with his athletic ability and variety of shots. Kenny also played high school tennis in West Michigan and experienced considerable success for perennial powerhouse St. Josephs High School. 


Despite the considerable losses from last year, expectations at Aquinas remain very high for another successful year of tennis. The 2014/15 team hopes to carry on the tradition of being ranked among the nation’s elite teams and will contend for their conference championship. As always, the team’s top goal is to qualify for the National Championship tournament to be played in Mobile, Alabama in May. Despite a very strong schedule the Saints are looking forward to a challenging, yet successful 2015.