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By HPU Athletics. March 30, 2015 - 3:34 pm
The Hawai’i Pacific Men’s Tennis Team has climbed the mountain. The Sharks are ranked first in the country in today’s ITA Division II National Team Rankings. The women’s team is also turning heads around the country with a ranking of seventh.
Individually, the Sharks were also well represented in the singles rankings. Marko Lenz jumped into the rankings at #2, Thibaud Berland moved up to #8, while Jaume Martinez-Vich held steady at #15. In doubles, Berland and partner Yann Renault got the call as the fifth best team in the nation.
The men’s team is 13-0 on the season with wins against six top-25 teams, including the then #1 and #5 teams. HPU is not just the ruler of DII, but is 2-0 against DI teams as well.
Lenz is 12-0 on the season in singles, playing exclusively at the first position. The German native has toppled the #1, #4, #8 and #37 ranked singles players already this year. The junior has lost just one set in a Sharks’ uniform.
Berland is 10-0, playing mostly second singles. The two-time 2014 All-American (singles and doubles) has dropped the #9, #13, and #39 ranked players. Berland too has lost just one set this season.
Martinez-Vich, the defending 2014 HPU Male Athlete of the Year, is 6-2 with a win over the 30th ranked player. The Spanish sparkplug is looking for his third All-American award in as many seasons.
Renault and Berland have played the last four matches as HPU’s top team. The pair is 3-1 with a win over the #15 team.
The women’s tennis team is 15-3 and somehow dropped a spot in the rankings. HPU’s only losses came at the hands of two DI schools and top ranked Armstrong State. HPU has eight wins in the top 25, including #7 and #12. The Sharks also boast two DI wins on their schedule.
Hancarova made her first appearance in the rankings after going 11-3 at first singles. The Czech native took down the #4, #28, #36 and #43 ranked singles players.
Hoynaski and Hancarova are 13-3 at first doubles. The H&H duo has defeated the #10 team and the #14 team twice.
The Sharks next head to Florida for a four-match road trip, both teams open up with West Florida on April 1st.
Photo by Eric Alcantara.