Two local division two college men's tennis programs advance to the NCAA Tournament in Alamonte Springs, Florida after winning their west regional match today. Hawaii Pacific took down Sonoma State 4-0 while UH Hilo defeated Azusa Pacific 5-1. 

Hawaii Pacific recap via: https://hpusharks.com/

KAILUA, Hawai'i – No. 3 Hawai'i Pacific University took care of business on Mothers' Day Sunday by dispatching Sonoma State 4-0 in the NCAA Division II West Regional I at the Kailua Racquet Club.
 
The third ranked Sharks (16-4) needed just over two hours in downing the Seawolves (9-7) to advance to the NCAA Division II National Championships at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla., a suburb of Orlando.
 
HPU claimed the doubles point without trailing on any court, then collected singles wins at positions three, five and six to clinch the match.
 
The Sharks were powerful in doubles action led by the 17th doubles team of Valentin Masse and Maxime Gayte who rolled at No. 1 over Nate Oppenheim and Max Nudell 6-2. The Sharks clinched the when the No. 3 duo of Benjamin Loccisano and Ondrej Ctverak beat Santiago Sarudiansky and Harren Cohen 6-4.  HPU's Lukas Bauer and Cheng-Chieh Wang were leading 5-4 at No. 2 over Igor Pissarenko and Alec Wong when the Sharks Wang was hit by a tennis ball and took a medical timeout. Loccisano/Ctverak clinched the match to win the point and the Bauer/Wang set went unfinished.
 
The middle and bottom of the Sharks singles lineup came through to send HPU to Florida.
 
Loccisano, playing at No. 3 singles, was the first to add to the Sharks point total, beating Nudell 6-1, 6-2. Just a few minutes later, Bauer, who moved up to No. 5 singles with Wang pulled, completed his match with a 6-1, 6-1 win oagainst Josh Liu for a 3-0 lead.
 
Lucas Poock gave HPU the win. Subbing in at No. 6, Poock downed Sonoma's Wong 6-3, 6-3 for the ending point.
 
The best match of the day was the unfinished battle at No. 1. Masse, ranked 21st nationally, was locked into a duel with SSU's Oppenheim. The two stayed on serve through the first set for 11 games before Masse broke Oppenheim with a deciding point for a 7-5 win. In the unfinished second set the two were again on serve with Masse leading 4-3 when the match was clinched.
 
Sonoma State was ahead at No. 2 with Sarudiansky leading Ctverak 6-2, 3-1 when pulled, and 44th ranked Gayte lost the first set at No. 4 to Pissarenko 3-6, but held a 4-3 lead in the second set when the match was over.
 
HPU plays again in the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 on Tuesday, May 21 in Altamonte Springs. Their opponent will be determined after the bracket is seeded later this week.
 

UH Hilo recap via: https://hiloathletics.com/

KOHALA COAST, Hawai`i—In the rubber match of any series, home court advantage can play a huge factor.

Count that to be true on a hot Sunday morning at the Fairmont Orchid on the west side of the Big Island when host Hawai`i Hilo defeated Azusa Pacific, 5-1 in the Preliminary Round of the NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Championships.

With the West Region victory, the Vulcans advance to the round of 16 in Altamonte Springs, Florida, May 21-25. They are now 13-4 on the year, while APU's successful season ends at 23-4.

It was the third match of the year between the Pacific West Conference teams. APU won the first (4-3) in Azusa. The Vulcans won the second (4-1) at the PacWest tournament. Today's rubber match, was closer than the score would indicate, and was a battle on every court in 86-degree (and humid) weather.

The Cougars struck first, taking two doubles matches to claim the team point. The Vulcans actually won the first match on court one, but APU won on courts two and three, both in tiebreakers.

Trailing 1-0 heading into singles, the Vulcans reversed the momentum by winning the first set on three courts. The Cougars countered by winning the first set on the next three courts, adding to the tension.

The Vulcans got the first team point back when Alessandro Giuliato remained unbeaten on the year with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Ryan Nuno. Martin Soukalclaimed the next Vulcan point with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ronald Kang. The PacWest Freshman of the year improved to 14-1 on the year, while Giuliato is now 13-0.

Up 2-1, Arturo Dell`Eva added to the pressure on the Cougars with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Jesse Haas to give UHH a 3-1 lead, leaving just one victory needed. But in the other three matches, the Cougars had won the first set.

The Vulcans began to battle back in the heat. Vaclav SlezakLuca Checchia and Chun En Wu rallied to win their second set as the heat began to take its toll. On court four, APU's Leyton Bohren began to cramp and tried to continue while Wu took the second set. On court six, Checchia rallied back to take the second set after dropping the first..

30 minutes later, Checchia took down Marnix Pluim in the third set, after the Cougar fought off four match points, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. At almost the exact same time, Wu focused through the distractions to win over the wounded and game Bohren, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. The only shame was that the match on center court between two of the top players in the west, Slezak and Jakob Schnaitter, ended unfinished at 5-7, 6-2, 2-1 with Slezak up a break in the third.

"It was a tough match, like we knew it would be," said interim head coach Kallen Mizuguchi. "We needed a big effort from every single player, and we got it."

The Vulcans will heal up and get back to practice this week before heading to Florida over the weekend. It is the second consecutive year that UH Hilo has advanced to the sweet 16. Last season, they defeated Point Loma in the preliminary round and dropped a tight match to Indianapolis at the national tournament site in Arizona.