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by Kaylee Noborikawa, Sports editor

Despite their national rankings, the HPU men’s and women’s tennis teams were unable to pull off an underdog victory against higher-ranked Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i, as the Seasiders swept the Sea Warriors 4-5, 0-9.

On March 3, the 18th-ranked Lady Sea Warriors (3-2) fell to No. 1 BYUH (6-0), 0-9, winning just one set in the match.

Anastasyia Ageychik played, and lost the first match 6-1, 6-2, while Elena Hudzicova struggled in the next to matches falling at love to third-ranked Yuliya Ustyuzhanina. HPU’s Ingrid Cseh stole a set off of fourth-ranked Jing Jing Liu, but couldn’t maintain the lead, falling 6-1 in the tie-breaking set.

The Seasiders were relentless; sweeping the HPU doubles teams as well.

The HPU men’s tennis team fared better than the women, but the result was the same: a loss to the undefeated Seasiders (6-0) in an intense match that the Sea Warriors (3-1) would eventually lose, 4-5.

The Sea Warriors, a young team consisting of freshmen and sophomores, were led by Henrik Bode, who won the first match, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. HPU’s Mark Mestan and Jan Hroch won the third and sixth matches, but the Sea Warriors dropped the remaining matches.

Bode and Anton Samuilau teamed up to defeat Junyoung Kim and Junichi Shimoda in the first doubles match, but the Seasiders captured the victory and won the next two doubles matches over HPU.

The following day, the HPU women’s tennis team bounced back to defeat Chaminade University 8-1. The Lady Sea Warriors dominated in almost every match, but gave up the third singles match to CU’s Joelle Tanaka.

Hudzikova and Cseh defeated the Silverswords in the No. 1 doubles match, 8-4, while Lauren Shin and Tinka Mihova won the second doubles match, 8-2.

The HPU men’s tennis team challenges Wisconsin Eau Clair on March 21 at CORP at 3 p.m. The HPU tennis teams will then head to California for a six-game road trip from March 23-26. The HPU women face off against BYUH on April 5 at CORP at 3 p.m.


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