HPU heads to Div. II NCAA Tourney

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Pacific University Men's Tennis team has experienced unprecedented success the past two seasons going undefeated in the regular season in 2014 and again this year. The key to success: great team chemistry.

This familiar support system is something Head Coach Kendrick Bode has promoted since taking over the program in 2012. This is when he inherited a team whose winning percentage was just above 500, HPU now stands as one of the nation's premiere programs.

Despite HPU's back-to-back undefeated regular season runs, the one thing that has eluded the Sharks is a national championship. Last year they fell to West Florida in the Final. HPU is hoping this year yields different results.

As the number one ranked team in the country, HPU are the favorites to win the title. West Florida ranked number 2, setting up what could be a rematch of last year's championship game. The Shark's advantage- they have already beaten the Argonauts twice this year.

HPU's quest for a national championship begins on May 13th in Surprise, Arizona. The Sharks face #19 Northwest Missouri State on Wednesday in the first round of the tournament.