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HPU tennis wins NCAA D-II title


    Alexander Meyer at the Hale Koa tennis courts during practice on May 11.

The Hawaii Pacific men’s tennis team won today’s NCAA Division II Championship in Denver.

After back-to-back runner-up finishes, the third-ranked Sharks finally broke through for a 5-3 win over No. 1 St. Leo. HPU (21-3) won the last two singles matches of the dual match for the program’s first national title. Filip Dolezel clinched it for HPU with a 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 win over Jaime Bueno at No. 4 singles.

St. Leo, which won two of the three doubles matches, finishes the year 27-2 with both losses coming to HPU.

Third-ranked Armstrong State defeated top-ranked BYU-Hawaii 5-3 to win the women’s championship. BYUH led 2-1 after the doubles matches before Armstrong (32-1) rallied to win four singles matches to capture the title. Diana Stomlega defeated BYUH’s Jeong-Min Jeon 1-6, 6-0, 6-3 at No. 5 singles for Armstrong’s 10th national title.

BYUH (25-1) has lost to Armstrong in five national finals. The Seasiders last won the national title in 2007.

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