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By HPU Athletics. May 12, 2015 - 9:45 pm
As expected, the Hawai’i Pacific Tennis program was well represented when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its regional award winners. Hendrik Bode was named Coach of the Year, Thibaud Berland won Player to Watch, Marko Lenz took Rookie of the Year, and Yann Renault got the nod as Most Improved Player on the men’s side. Women’s tennis star, Kristyna Hancarova, was also named Rookie of the Year. Bode has been named the regional Coach of the Year for the third time in four seasons.
This season Bode has led the Sharks to a perfect 21-0 record and the top ranking in the nation. HPU won the PacWest and is headed to the national tournament next week. Bode was also selected PacWest Coach of the Year this season. Berland, who was named Rookie of the Year last season, got the call as Player to Watch in 2015. Berland made the All-PacWest first team in singles after going 14-2, in the second position.
The HPU Team MVP is also ranked #9 in the nation in singles. In doubles, he earned a spot on the All-PacWest first team with partner Renault; the pair is also the top team in the country. Lenz burst onto the scene in 2015 and left an imprint, winning Rookie of the Year. Lenz didn’t lose all year in singles (18-0), being ranked #2 in the nation and being named to the All-PacWest first team. He was also 18-3 in doubles play, with five wins over nationally-ranked doubles pairs making the All-PacWest second team.
The PacWest also chose Lenz as its Newcomer of the Year. Renault, always a productive player the last three seasons, stepped up his game to a new level in 2015. The Frenchman is 11-0 in singles and one half of the nation’s best doubles team. Since teaming up with Berland in mid-March the pair is 11-1. Hancarova made an immediate impact on the Sharks’ lineup in her first season recording a 12-6 record with four wins over nationally-ranked opponents. In doubles, she posted a 15-3 record and earned the #5 ranking in the nation. Hancarova, ranked #13 in singles, was selected to the PacWest first team in singles and doubles and named the Freshman of the Year.
Both teams compete on Wednesday in the opening round the NCAA Division II Tennis Championships in Surprise, AZ.