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Tennis squad fall to BYU-H in PacWest

by Baxter Cepeda, News editor

   

The HPU men’s and women’s tennis teams lost to Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i 2-5 and 0-7, respectively, in the finals of the PacWest Conference Championships April 10-12 in Billings, Mont.

The Sea Warrior squads still have the NCAA Division II West Regionals May 2-3 and the National Championships May 8-10.

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The seventh-ranked Sea Warrior men (15-3, 6-3 PacWest) are hoping they can do what the No. 2 Seasiders (25-1) did last year—win the national championship after losing the PacWest final (to HPU). The top-ranked Lady Seasiders (31-0, 11-0), currently on a 60-game win streak, are defending the national championship as well.

 

The HPU squads had to beat the same foes to reach the conference championship matches— Chaminade in the first round and the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo in the second. In the first round, the Sea Warrior squads swept the Silverswords—the men 6-0 and the women 7-0. In the second round, the men swept the Vulcans 7-0 while the No. 15 Lady Sea Warriors (9-5, 6-4) won 5-3.

In the men’s final, Blaz Jurjec and Jan Tribler picked up the Sea Warrrior points. Jurjec beat Jong Woong Yoon 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in a three-set, No. 3 singles match while Tribler beat Hong Tae Kim 6-2, 6-4 in the No. 4 singles.

The Seasider men won some closely contested matches in the win, including a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 win by Jan Krejci over Mike Maatta in the No. 1 singles match and the No. 3 doubles match, which went to a tie-break before Wen-Lung Chang and Leon So’onalole outlasted Tribler and Stefan Pampulov 9-8 (6).

In the women’s final, the closest the No. 15 Lady Sea Warriors came to a win was in the No. 3 doubles where a tie-breaker was necessary before Trisha Piercy and Guri Korinihona prevailed over Davelin Godinet and Bianca Barreto 9-8 (7).

 

 

 

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