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
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.
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.