Last season the Hawaii Pacific University men's tennis team headed into the NCAA Division II tournament with a perfect record only to be handed their first loss of the season in the national final. This time around the team is grinding day in an day out, in hopes of a different result.
"We've been very very lucky with the players we've recruited, their dedication to hard work and the process of the off season and the process of approaching things on a day to day basis and not being so much result driven but more improvement driven." said Sharks head coach, Hendrik Bode.
It's not just that improvement that's driving the team, it's also maturity. Two of the Sharks top three players this season reached the national finals in both 2014 and 2015, which has left them believing third time's the charm.
"We've gained a lot of experience in the past two years and you know we get really good players and we get used to winning and we just want to get more and more every match we had some struggles this year but we had a good reaction." said senior, Thibaud Berland.
"A lot of the guys we have on the team have been to two consecutive finals, and I think that part is really going to help us this year in terms of experience. Playing in the NCAA and playing in finals. That's something that's a huge advantage and we'll see where it take us." added Bode.
HPU will open play against Lander University on Wednesday
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