The second-ranked Hawaii Pacific Men's Tennis
Team (23-1) fought valiantly against top ranked West Florida (29-0) in the NCAA
Division II National Championship, but couldn't complete the comeback, falling
Doubles play went the way of the de facto home team. West Florida took first and second doubles by 8-4 and 8-5 counts. At third doubles, Yann Renault and Adriano Locorotondo nearly pulled off the win after a long battle, but lost 9-7 in the tiebreaker.
West Florida took a 4-0 lead with a win at first singles, but then the Sea Warriors rallied. Mattis Wetzel landed the first blow for the Sea Warriors with a 6-2, 6-4 win at fourth singles. Thibaud Berland, who is ranked 35th nationally in singles, picked up a quality win vs. the 11th ranked player in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) at third singles. Locorotondo then made it a 4-3 match with his 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) win at fifth singles. That was it however as West Florida finished off the match with a three set win at second singles.
HPU closes the season ranked #2 with a 23-1 record. The Sea Warriors will await the May 28th ITA final rankings to see how many team members are named All-Americans.
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