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Hawaii men’s tennis: John Nelson retires after 16 years as UH coach

By Brian McInnis on August 15, 2019

Sixteen-year Hawaii men’s tennis coach John Nelson has retired, UH announced on Thursday. Nelson led UH to WAC tournament titles in back-to-back-to-back years (2008, ’09, ’10), and the 2014 Big West regular-season title. In terms of program ranking, UH topped out under Nelson at No. 35 in the ITA poll in the 2010 season. UH also beat Oklahoma State in the NCAA team tournament first round. Two players earned conference player of the year honors under Nelson: Dennis Lajola (2011) […]

Hawaii women’s tennis: Remembering the late, great Joy Minaai

By Dave Reardon on June 16, 2019

Celebration of Life services for Joy Minaai, who starred in tennis at the University of Hawaii and in 1983 won the Bonham Award for all-around excellence as a student-athlete and sportsmanship and community service, are set for July 6 at New Hope Chapel at Sand Island. Minaai, 57, passed away peacefully at her Makiki home recently after a long illness. Minaai, who was 5 feet 3, did not hit the ball hard, but for most of her Rainbow Wahine career […]

Hawaii tennis, water polo players receive All-America honors

By Brian McInnis on June 1, 2019

The Hawaii women’s tennis and water polo programs received some heady individual recognition over the last few days. Water polo players Irene Gonzalez and Elyse Lemay-Lavoie were named All-Americans, as was UH tennis star Petra Melounova. Gonzalez, a first-teamer, and Lemay-Lavoie, a second-teamer, helped the Rainbow Wahine to the Big West championship and the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 2015. For Gonzalez, a two-time Big West player of the year and a senior who scored 60 goals this season, […]

Hawaii tennis: Petra Melounova bows out in round of 16

By Brian McInnis on May 22, 2019

Fortunes turned on a dime for Petra Melounova. One second, she was leading Texas Tech’s Felicity Maltby 5-1 in the first set Wednesday. The next, she’d dropped the set and was on her way to a stunningly abrupt exit from the NCAA tournament, 7-5, 6-0 in the round of 16. It didn’t take away from what she’d already accomplished at the USTA Campus in Orlando, Fla. — the deepest run in the NCAAs in program history. “I’m really happy I got […]

Hawaii tennis: Petra Melounova makes NCAA sweet 16

By Brian McInnis on May 21, 2019

UPDATE: After a blistering start, Petra Melounova could not keep it going in the NCAA round of 16 on Wednesday. She jumped out to a 5-1 lead in Set 1 on Texas Tech’s Felicity Maltby — only to see Maltby rattle off 12 straight games. Maltby prevailed 7-5, 6-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. Melounova will go into her senior year with the only three NCAA singles wins in program history (two as a junior, one as a freshman). —————— […]

Hawaii women’s tennis: Petra Melounova advances to NCAA round of 32 (VIDEO)

By Brian McInnis on May 19, 2019

UPDATE: Petra Melounova is advancing in the NCAA singles tournament for the second time in her career — and first since her freshman season two years ago — with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 comeback win over LSU’s Jessica Golovin in Orlando, Fla. There was an upset in the bracket right next to Melounova; Michigan’s Chiara Lommer knocked off No. 4 seed Ingrid Gamarra Martins of South Carolina. Melounova, ranked No. 61, gets the 47th-ranked Lommer in the second round Tuesday. The match […]

Hawaii tennis: Petra Melounova three-peats as Big West player of year; Andre Ilagan honored

By Brian McInnis on May 1, 2019

Make it 3-for-3 for Hawaii tennis junior Petra Melounova. Three straight trips to the NCAA women’s individual tennis tournament. And, on Wednesday, three straight Big West player of the year awards. Melounova, of the Czech Republic, is only the third Big West women’s player to receive the league’s top individual honors three times in a career. #BWCHonors Player of the Year – Petra Melounova (@UofHawaiiTennis) 3rd all-time to be named POY 3 times Secured 3rd-straight berth to the NCAA Singles […]

Rainbow Wahine tennis: Seniors come through on their day

By Brian McInnis on April 6, 2019

The Hawaii women’s tennis seniors took matters into their own hands on their special day. Outgoing players Maayan Sela (No. 2 court), Roxanne Resma (No. 5) and Alzbeta Houbova (No. 6) won their singles matches to anchor the Rainbow Wahine’s 6-1 dual match win over Big West leader UC Santa Barbara at the UH tennis complex on Saturday. In the case of Sela and Resma, that required coming back from a set down against their opponent. Sela’s 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 […]