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Men win PacWest tennis

by Sophie Schmidt, assoc. Sports editor

It was a glorious weekend for the HPU men’s tennis team, which won the PacWest Championship that started on April 8 and finished on April 10 at the Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i campus in Laie. According to Sea Warrior Matey Pampulov, the HPU team already knew that the singles would be fairly easy for them and that the doubles would be decisive.


It started with a 5-0 singles defeat of Chaminade University on Thursday. (Scores for the singles have not been reported by HPU Athletics). In the doubles, Matey Pampulov and Sasa Pirc defeated Chaminade University players 8-3, and Moritz Szelzki and Christian Lindberg overwhelmed CU’s Wendel Raping and Brenton Arakaki 8-0.

April 9, the Sea Warriors played Montana State-Billings in singles and doubles and beat them effortlessly. In the doubles, Szelzki and Lindberg won against MSU-Billing players Sergio Diaz and Jose Garcia 8-4 and Sea Warriors Mikael Maata and Gabor Jaross defeated MSUB’s Francisco Sanchez and Sean O’Daniel 8-4.

On April 10, the sea warrior men won the Pacific West Conference title, defeating BYU-Hawai‘i on its home campus 5-2. It was an exiting game, since it was not clear if the Sea Warriors were going to win the match, which started off with Matey Pampulov losing against BYU-H’s Jan Krejci by 2-6 and 1-6. In the second game, Sea Warrior Mikael Maatta scored twice, a definite 6-2 against BYU-H’s Dilllon Porter.

Game three and four were the most exciting ones. In separate single’s matches, Gabor Jaross and Moritz Szelzki, splitting their scores against BYUH’s Hong Tae Kim and Dorian Porada, had to go to extension matches. However, after exciting and certainly exhausting matches for the players, HPU took the victory. Sea Warrior Christian Lindberg scored 7-6 and 6-4 against BYU-H’s Leon So’onalole, and Sasa Pirc defeated Jeff Rice by 6-3 and 6-4.

In the doubles, Pampulov and Pirc lost against BUY-H’s Jan Krejci and Hong Tae Kim by 1-8. This would be the only victory for BYU-H. In the following doubles, the Sea Warriors Jaross and Szelzki knocked out BYUH’s Dillon Porter and Leon So’onalole 8-4, and HPU’s Maatta and Lindberg bounced BYU-H’s Dorian Porada and Jeff Rice 8-5.

Overall, the No.1-ranked Hawai‘i Pacific men’s team stayed undefeated. They even improved their overall record to 17-0.


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