HPU men's tennis returns to 808 as national champions

HPU men's tennis returns to 808 as national champions

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - One day after winning the NCAA Division II National Championship, the Hawaii Pacific University men's tennis team returned to Honolulu on Sunday night.

After losing in final match of the NCAA tournament in both 2014 and 2015, head coach, Hendrik Bode says finally earning that national title was "an amazing feeling".

"I think on the flight it kind of sunk in, and I've gotten a ridiculous amount of texts and emails from a lot of our former players, even ones that played in the finals in 2000, 2001. So it's been pretty overwhelming." said Bode.

For senior, Jaume Martinez-Vich, the opportunity to end his collegiate tennis career on top was one he couldn't let slip away.

"Every year we have been closer, and this is the last time that we could make it. It was now or never and it finally paid off. It was, it was really an awesome feeling." said Martinez-Vich.

HPU had previously appeared in five National Championship title matches since 2000, but finished in second in all of them. This is the school's seventh national title.