From March 29 to April 12 the HPU men’s and women’s
tennis team faced off with the nation’s top teams on the
mainland and on the Big Island. On their trip they played against
universities in South Carolina and Georgia, and most recently
in Kona and Hilo on the Big Island.
In the first match on the East Coast, both teams fell to Valdosta
State University. The men’s team fell 4-5 to VSU and the
Lady Sea Warriors dropped a 6-3 defeat to the Lady Blazers who
were ranked No. 3 nationally.
On March 31, the Sea Warriors played in Savannah, Ga, against
Armstrong Atlantic State University. The HPU men’s and
women’s tennis teams both fell to the nationally ranked
Pirates 1-8. Although HPU fell, they lost their doubles in tiebreaks,
and the singles ended in three sets with close results. “It
was a very tough match,” said Coach Stefan Pampulov, “but
the close results show that we can keep up with the best teams
on the mainland.”
HPU women’s team fell 9-6 but is still 18th-ranked and
the 6th-ranked men’s team drops to 10-3 in PacWest. Although
the HPU women’s team had a hard time measuring up to the
top-ranked and 2008 National Champion Lady Pirates, they grabbed
a win in doubles as Alexsandra Stankovic and Sandra Wikstrom
defeated Kathleen Henry and Tina Ronel, 8-6. In singles action,
Nikola Petrov nearly knocked off No. 1 Edualdo Bonet 6-3, 7-6
(10-5). No. 46
Daniel Luedi gave HPU their lone point, defeating Mikk
Irdoja 3-6, 6-2, 10-5.
On April 1, the Sea
Warriors traveled to South Carolina to fight against the University
of South Carolina-Aiken. The
ladies defeated USCA 9-0 while the men fell to 10th-ranked South
Aiken, 4-5. USCA Lady Sea Warriors improved to 10-6 in PacWest,
won every singles match highlighted by Vlckova who topped Stephanie
Humphrey 6-1, 6-0. On the men´s side No. 46 Daniel Luedi
had the biggest win, topping Christopher Kaetz 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.
Sebastian Bader and Jan Hroch also won their singles.
The Sea Warrior tennis teams traveled back to Georgia for their
next tournament on April 3. Hosting this tournament was Georgia
College and State University in Milledgeville. HPU men’s
and women’s teams topped victorious the nationally ranked
men’s (4th) and women’s (19th) Bobcats. The Sea Warrior
Ladies topped Georgia State
College 9-0. Men improved to 11-4 in handing the fourth-ranked
Bobcats their first home loss of the year, and won a 7-2 victory.
On the ladies side, HPU won all three doubles with an impressive
win of 8-0 by Anastasiya Ageychik and Lauren Shin at No. 2 doubles.
The women’s team also won all six singles matches. 12th-ranked
Zora Vlckova topped 22nd- ranked
Marjorie Ceppo 6-2, 6-1 in No.1 singles.
Although HPU men´s tennis fell to Valdosta State and top-ranked
Armstrong Atlantic, they
defeated then fourth-ranked
Georgia State & College, who previously defeated Armstrong
Atlantic. For this victory, the HPU men’s tennis team received
No.5 in the latest ITA National Poll. This announcement was made
by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national office on
April 7. The
women’s tennis team moved up three spots to rank 15. The
Lady Sea Warriors lost against 4th-ranked Valdosta State and
5th-ranked Armstrong Atlantic but the HPU women’s team
shutout both South Carolina-Aiken and Georgia College & State.
In addition, HPU is one of 15 schools with both men’s and
women’s tennis programs ranked in the Top 25.
After a short break, the Sea Warriors traveled to the Big Island
to close the regular season. On April 8, the women played against
Dixie State College and won 9-0 in the opening round for the
final of the PacWest Conference Women’s Tennis Championships
in Kona on April 9-11. The HPU women’s tennis team topped
Dixie State College again 9-0 on April 9, highlighted by 12th-ranked
singles player Zora Vlckova, who defeated Ashley Lafeen 6-1,
6-0. Nina Mihova, who is ranked No. 40, topped Aexandria Bergen
The men´s team played against University of
Hawai‘i-Hilo on April 11-12. The Sea Warriors defeated
UH-Hilo 8-1, and
improved their results to 12-4. In doubles play, the pair of
Nikola Petrov and Daniel Luedi topped Luis Gonzaga and Stephen
Royalty 9-7. “I really like playing with him. Our styles
match pretty well,” Petrov said about his partner
Luedi, “He has an amazing touch while my game is powerful.” The
Sea Warriors won all six singles games, highlighted by Petrov’s
win against Laurent Colombo 6-3, 6-1.
On April 12, HPU Men´s tennis won against UH-Hilo 5-1,
and showed their talent in doubles again: Hendrik Bode and Sebastian
Bader topped Luis Gonzaga and Stephen Royalty, 8-3.“They
have a good team, but we were just a little better,” Bader,
a sophomore from Austria, said about the victory. Nikola Petrov
and Anton Samuilau defeated Justin Dugan and Aaron Tada 8-2.
The Sea Warriors also showed a strong singles play: On the men´s
side Petrov, Bode, and Samuilau each won their singles games.
On the women´s side, HPU also topped UH-Hilo 5-1 on April
10 and 12. Vlckova won against Castaing 6-0, 6-2, and Nina Mihova
defeated Campbell 6-3, 7-5.
In doubles, Zora
Vlckova and Ingrid Cseh defeated Eve Castaing and Christie Pagatpatan,
9-7. Unfortunately the ladies fell to BYU-Hawai‘i, (5-2)
on April 11 14-7, while the Lady Seasiders improved their results
After this successful season, the men’s team still holds
the top spot in the West Region, and five HPU players are ranked
in the region’s Top 15 singles, with Hendrik Bode ranked
No. 3 as a great victory. Now both teams are getting ready for
the NCAA Regional Tournament on May 7-9. As the West Region’s
top-ranked team, the men’s team will probably host the
first match against UC-San Diego.