Hawai’i Pacific Defends PacWest Championship
SURPRISE, Ariz. – Hawai'i Pacific demonstrated why it's the No. 3 team in the nation as it repeated as PacWest men's tennis champions. HPU swept Azusa Pacific in the championship match, finishing the tournament without a lost set. BYU-Hawaii claimed third place over Point Loma, while Fresno Pacific defeated Sonoma State for fifth place.
The 2014 NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Championship is May 14-17 in Altamonte Springs, Fla. The full bracket will be announced April 29 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.
No. 1 Hawai'i Pacific 5 – No. 3 Azusa Pacific 0
HPU rattled off two quick wins in doubles, posting an 8-1 win from Adriano Locorotondo and Yann Renault at No. 3, before Jaume Martinez-Vich and Mattis Wetzel put the Sea Warriors ahead 2-0 with an 8-2 victory at No. 2. At No. 1 doubles, the Sea Warriors broke the Cougars' in the first game, and Azusa Pacific (19-5) couldn't break back, falling 8-6 to Petr Michnev and Thibaud Berland.
The Sea Warriors continued to put it on the Cougars in singles, with Clemens Graute putting HPU on the verge with his 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 6. The reigning PacWest tournament champions then sealed the sweep with Wetzel's 6-0, 6-0 defeat of Alan Leahy at No. 4.
"We're excited. I'm happy for the guys. They've worked hard, and have played better every match. Today was definitely one of our better matches and it was important because Azusa Pacific is a tough team. We came out hot in doubles and had the momentum in singles," said Hawai'i Pacific head coach Hendrik Bode.
Michnev, the PacWest tournament MVP, was tied at a set apiece (6-0, 5-7) with Jan Meyer at No. 1, while APU's Frederik Wilkens led 6-3, 3-4 on court two.
No. 4 BYU-Hawaii 5 – No. 7 Point Loma 0
No.4 BYU-Hawaii took down No. 7 Point Loma in the third-place match. Yevhen Zakharov and Martin Chojnacki won first doubles 8-4, Wei-Feng Lee and Peng Dai earned a tough 8-6 win, and Ibrahim Karmadzhe and Taylor De Hoyas won 8-4 to take all three doubles points for the Seasiders. In singles, Lee dispatched his opponent first in No. 3 singles with a 6-3, 6-3 win and Zakharov finished off a 6-4, 6-2 win to win it 5-0 for BYU-Hawaii.
No. 2 Fresno Pacific 5 - No. 5 Sonoma State 0
No. 2 Fresno Pacific rebounded from its first-round upset to win the consolation bracket, sweeping No. 5 Sonoma State, 5-0. The Sunbirds swept all three doubles matches for the second-straight match posting a pair of 8-1 wins and an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles. Leonardo Urquidi earned a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Robert Henry at No. 3 singles to clinch the win for FPU.