After SDC defaulted third doubles and sixth singles, SDC claimed first and second doubles to knot the match at two all.then beat Aleksand Emelianova in first singles 6-1 and 6-3 to give the Vulcans a 3-2 advantage.SDC came back to win the remaining four singles matches for the win.The Vulcans next play Azusa Pacific University in an a.m.
Matthew Halligan (Holy Names) was the ITA Most Improved Player (Senior), Torben Otto (Hawai’i Pacific) was the ITA Senior Player of the Year and Vaclav Slezak (Hawai’i Hilo) was the ITA Player to Watch.
Leah Hemuli (BYU-Hawaii) also won national and regional awards as the ITA Rookie of the Year. Meccico was the Pac West Newcomer of the Year, posting a 12-1 record at No. He is the winningest collegiate tennis coach with a career record of 1,409-187 and his .883 winning percentage is the highest of any coach, of any sport, of any division in the NCAA.
The Pac West Freshman of the Year went 24-0 in singles and 22-2 in doubles during the season. Oliver Frank (Azusa Pacific) earned two men’s honors as the ITA Rookie of the Year. He won the Division II national title at the 2016 ITA Oracle Cup, and also claimed the overall men’s singles ITA Oracle Cup championship, earning a spot in the 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
UHH also lost another one-match verdict earlier in the year to Dixie State (5-4), but won the same kind of battle at the end of the season against No. Transfer Tandem: Mc Dermott secured two talents for the top two singles spots, and that duo also played No. Caseli, a transfer from Barton CC in Kansas and a native of Brazil, teamed with Sara Valero Marin, a fellow junior, a Spain native and a transfer from William Carey (Mississippi).
They went 9-13 in doubles, playing in the toughest region in NCAA Division II. The Grind: The Vulcans got match ready in a hurry in 2017, playing five matches in six days to open the season in Kona.