All-American and state doubles champ join Hilo men
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo men’s tennis Assistant Coach Dan Pollock was named Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s West Region Assistant Coach of the Year for 2010. Pollock helped the Vulcans finish the 2010 season with a 6–14 record.
Head coach Kula Oda credits Pollock for taking over the team’s strength and conditioning program and overseeing players’ academic work. Pollock was also an athletic department academic advisor and the advisor for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
A former UH Hilo player, Pollock was the 2007 Division II recipient of the ITA Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship. He is now assistant coach for the University of Idaho Vandals.
Among team newcomers this season is Bryan Canavan, who was a junior college All-American last year at Seminole State College in Oklahoma. Ryan Coffey, Canavan’s teammate at Seminole State, also joins the Vulcans. Also on the team is Kallen Mizuguchi, last year’s state doubles champion at Waiākea High School.
The Vulcan men open the spring season Feb. 6 against Hawaiʻi Pacific University in Hilo.
Vulcan women welcome new players
A young University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo women’s tennis team welcomes six newcomers for the season. Among them is Kelsey Daguio, a Sacred Hearts Academy graduate from Waipahu who was last year’s runner-up at the state tennis championships.
The UH Hilo women (4–20) finished seventh at the 2010 Pacific West Conference Championships in Phoenix.
The Vulcan women start their 2011 season at home against Hawaiʻi Pacific on Feb. 6.
Wahine open season with experienced players
The Wahine (12–14) came on strong late in the 2010 season, winning five of their last six matches. Sophie Kobuch and Katarina Poljakova were named to the All-WAC first team for doubles. The pair compiled a 13–6 record while playing at No. 1 doubles, going 5–2 in league play and winning 10 of their last 12 matches.
It was the third straight doubles honor for Kobuch. The sole senior, who was named to the All-WAC second team in singles, became the Rainbow Wahine’s first three-time all-league singles player since Diane Okada (1993–95).
The Rainbow Wahine return all but two players and welcome transfer Magdalena Ploch, who played the last two seasons at the University of Massachusetts.
Hawaiʻi hosts Duke to start the spring season on Jan. 8.