ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL
(May 16, 2014) – The second-ranked Hawai'i Pacific Men's Tennis Team (23-0) is
headed to the national championship match after defeating third-ranked Barry
(25-3), 5-1, in a D II heavyweight semifinal showdown.
The Sea Warriors seized a 2-1 lead during doubles play. What was supposed to be
a doubles showcase, featuring the first and second ranked teams in the nation,
turned out to be a walkover. Petr Michnev and Thibaud
Berland showed why they are ranked number one with a quick 8-3 win. HPU
went up 2-0 after the third doubles team of Yann Renault and Adriano
Locorotondo put up their second 8-4 victory in as many days. Barry just
edged HPU at second doubles to get on the board.
Singles play was hotly contested between the two storied programs, fitting of
the national semifinal stage. While some of the best in the country battled at
the top, HPU separated itself in the middle part of the lineup. Mattis
Wetzel gave HPU its third point with a 6-3, 6-4 win at fourth singles.
Then Locorotondo won 6-4, 6-1 at fifth singles to put HPU on the brink. It was
the ITA Rookie of the Year, Berland, who clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-1 win
at third singles.
Michnev miraculously won his first set 7-6 (7-5) after going down 5-0 in the
"I could not be more happy for our guys. They've played their hearts out
today and showed a lot of character when they needed to. This was a new
situation for all of them but they stepped up to the occasion and showed why we
have been so successful this season," said Head Coach Hendrik Bode.
HPU will play top ranked West Florida tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. EST in Altamonte
"We're very excited to get the chance to play in a national championship
match tomorrow and I'm confident that our guys will bring everything they have
again tomorrow to put themselves in the best situation to get a shot at another
win," said Bode.