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by Kaylee Noborikawa, Sports editor

With the season coming to a close, the HPU men’s tennis team is peaking at the right time. On April 14, the Sea Warriors (12-4) defeated the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo, 6-3, at the Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i campus.

Henrik Bode won the singles match one 6-3, 6-2 and finished the regular season undefeated in singles play. Anton Samuilau also won over UH-Hilo’s Fuyuki Samejima 6-0, 6-1 in match two. Peter Raben won for the Sea Warriors, 6-4, 6-3 in the third match against Kevin Tamura.

The Sea Warriors also dominated in doubles play, sweeping all Vulcan teams. Bode and Raben fought hard in a 8-6 victory, while Frank Godinet and Samuilau worked together to win doubles match two, 8-4. Jan Hroch and Mark Mestan finished off the Vulcans with an 8-1 win.

Women’s tennis
On April 14, the HPU women’s tennis team placed second in the Pacific West Conference championship, falling to no. 1 Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i, 6-0.

Despite their best efforts, the Lady Sea Warriors were shutout by the Seasiders for the championship. HPU had lost its first two matches, but Stephanie Bigom had led 6-2, 2-1, when the third match was called off.

BYUH also swept the HPU in doubles matches, 8-2, 8-2, 8-5.

The Lady Sea Warriors defeated Grand Canyon University 6-0 in the opening round of the tournament, held at the BYUH campus, and advanced to the semifinal against no. 34 University of Hawai‘i-Hilo. On April 13, HPU defeated the Vulcans, 7-1, to compete in the finals against the rival Seasiders.

*The HPU men’s and women’s teams will compete in the NCAA Regional Championship May 3-5.


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