Waimea, Kaua‘i dominate KIF tennis openers

The private schools took the most lumps in the KIF tennis openers at Kiahuna and Hanalei Bay Resort Tennis Courts on Saturday. In Po‘ipu, Waimea manhandled Puhi-based Island School, 3-2 in the boys matches and 4-1 in the girls contests.

The Menehune boys were unsuccessful in the singles matches, but they were able to sweep the doubles competitions.

Kale Nakata and Darrel No-naka ousted Kevin Dhorne and Ashton Perez, 6-2, 6-2.

Meanwhile, Ruben Nonaka and Craig Ponting defeated Erik Talvi and Ryan Bender, 6-3, 7-5.

In third doubles, Michael Hack and Kekoa Masuda nailed Trent Robison and Hunter Co-berly, 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 6-4.

Island’s Justin Vea and Andrew Rowen took the singles competitions, with Vea beating Jake Anderson, 6-1, 6-2 and Rowen roasting Harold Shimono, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

Island’s only win in the girls matches came from the arms of Natasha Arruda and Hokulani Koerte, who outhustled Leslie Gudoy and May Badua, 6-0, 6-1.

After that, it was all Waimea, as Tiffany Lum defeated Jasmine Blaine, 6-0, 6-1 and Kelsey Naumu cruised past Tayler Dabin, 6-3, 6-4.

The Menehune also took remaining doubles contests, with Sonya Tacub and Jenny Rumbaoa taking down Juli Blachowiak and Sky Smith, 6-0, 6-0.

Banana Kajiwara and Sheila Ramos ousted Nicole Arruda and Jessica Duarte, 6-3, 6-0.

Over in Hanalei, the Kaua‘i boys scored a 2-0 win and the girls took the 3-1 victory.

Red Raider John-Louis Vento climbed over a tough attempt by Kula’s Dylan Latif, 7-5, 7-6.

Then in boys doubles, Alan Castillo and Chris Webster defeated Matt Vinsko and Kyle Sherrer, 6-4, 6-4.

Kula’s Ariel Carlson accounted for the girls’ lone win, with a three set triumph over Cassady Sirois, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. The Red Raiders crushed Kula in doubles, allowing just one point in the three matches.

Lizzy Schiller and Lezlie Tao blasted Anna Novoselova and Diane Sater, 6-0, 6-0.

In the meantime, Katie Anderson and Tatiana Zina overmatched the young duo of Bailey Bierlein and Kristen Steiner, 6-1, 6-0.

“It was my first match and we should do better next week,” Bierlein said.

In the third doubles match, Alyssa Miyake and Alanna White ousted Chloe Garrett and Elli Sherrer, 6-0, 6-0. KIF tennis bounces its way to Hanalei and Po‘ipu once again on Saturday, with Kula battling Island in Hanalei and Waimea tangling with Kapa‘a at Kiahuna. Both matches commence at 12 noon.


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