It was a real boost for our guys, said head coach
Henry Somerville. We needed some confidence going into
post season play, and you couldnt ask for
any more confidence than that, added Somerville.
HPU got off to a 3-0 lead after sweeping the three doubles
After the doubles, Somerville gathered his players and told
them to stay focused and to take care of business. The Sea Warriors
responded by winning two of the first three singles matches
to clinch the team win. They did that, Somerville
said. They really came through well.
Junior Jan Tribler picked up the clinching fifth point for
the Sea Warriors with a 6-3, 7-5 win over junior Eddie Merc
in the singles No. 4 match.
The lone BYU-H point came from freshman Jan Krejcis 6-1,
6-2 win over sophomore Mikael Maatta in the No. 1 singles match.
Individually, Krejci is ranked second in Division II while Maatta
is ranked fourth.
HPU went up 4-0 after sophomore Matey Pampulov won 6-1, 6-2
over senior Andrew Makarevich in the singles No.3 match.
Tribler/Maatta teamed to win the doubles No. 1 match 8-2 and
the first point of the match over the Seasiders Korean team,
freshman Hing-Tae Kim and sophomore Hung-Soon Park.
(Maatta/Tribler) were executing shots well, closing the net,
and returning excellent, Somerville said. It was
a real flawless effort by our number one team.
Junior Stefan Pampulov and senior Karl Sloss picked up the
second point for HPU after beating junior Dauda Ndiaye/ Makerovich
8-6 in the doubles No. 2 match. S. Pampulov/ Sloss squandered
a 4-0 lead, but then broke at six all and served out the match
for the win.
In the doubles No. 3 match, M. Pampulov teamed with junior
Blaz Jurjec to beat Kreji/ Merc 8-6. M. Pampulov/Jurjec went
down a break before coming back. For our team to come
back and win, that was a fantastic effort because they had to
break twice in a row to win the match, said Somerville.
Women second in Pac West
The Division II No. 14 HPU womens tennis team lost to
powerhouse No. 1 BYU-H 1-5 in the championship match of the
inaugural tennis Pac West Conference Championships April 13
The BYU-H women are really in a league of their own,
Somerville said. They are an extremely strong team.
Freshman Shakti Stream picked up the only Sea Warrior point
against BYU-H in the singles No. 6 match.
The Lady Sea Warriors had no problems getting to the Pac West
final, beating UH-H 7-2 and Western New Mexico 9-0. The Lady
Sea Warriors have now beaten UH-H three times in a row after
losing the first meeting of the season.
The Lady Sea Warriors will get a first round bye in their half
of the NCAA Division II West Regionals.