PO’IPU — No school was able to bring out a broom in KIF tennis action on Saturday.
All four teams (Waimea, Kapa’a, Island, and Kula) won at least one division, which means that parity exists in the yellow ball madness.
Kapa’a and Waimea battled at the Kiahuna Tennis Courts, with the Warriors winning the girls’ division, 3-2, but for the boys, it was a different story, with the blue shirts defeating “Big Green,” 4-1.
Waimea’s Jake Anderson fought off a hard challenge by Danny Rodrick, who sported his “Vin Diesel” sunglasses in his debut in the first singles spot.
But Anderson mustered up the 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory for the Menehune.
Kollin Morikawa continued the momentum for Waimea with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Taylor Alfiler in second singles.
In doubles action, Kale Nakata and Jordan Sato of Waimea battled ’til the end against Adam Kerlin and Travis Wakayama, but the Menehune duo survived, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Matthew Hanley and Kila Youn scored Kapa’a’s lone win, with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph against Darrel Nonaka and Harold Shimono Jr.
But the “Blue Pride” stormed back in third doubles, with a 6-2, 6-1 win, as Ruben Nonaka and Froilan Tyler enjoyed the late afternoon success over Angel Hernandez and Steven Pascual.
In exhibition play, Jacques Amo and Hanley ousted Waimea’s Kevin Toma and Craig Fountain, 8-0. Pascual and Ramelb defeated Waimea’s Michael Haack and Daniel Kalauawa, 8-4.
Youn and Hernandez took down Waimea’s Ansen Acain and Kekoa Masuda, 8-4, and Kerlin and Amo ousted Shimono Jr. and Nonaka, 8-5.
In the girls’ contests, Kapa’a’s Lyndsey Tom and Crystine Ito took the singles matches. Tom toppled Tiffany Lum, 6-0, 6-0 and Ito erased Kelsi Naumu, 6-2, 6-1.
Waimea took two of the three doubles competitions, with Sonya Tacub and Sharla Shimono defeating Kelli Okamoto and Steph Kawamura of Kapa’a, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3).
Erna Agmata took three sets to beat Kapa’a’s Cherine Ito and Eryn O’Shaugnessy, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The crucial win for the Warriors came in the second doubles match, with Mai’lika Napoleon and Courtney Kerlin ousting Banana Kajiwara and Lovely Abalos, 6-3, 6-1.
The Warriors swept the exhibition matches, as Tom and Kirsten McCracken cracked Waimea’s LeeAnn Sagucio and Ceci Sun, 8-1.
McCracken and Kerlin defeated Waimea’s Leslie Gudoy and Beverly Grande, 8-2, and Okamoto and Napoleon blanked May Badua and LeeAnn Sagucio, 8-0.
Meanwhile, out in Hanalei, Kula’s Ariel Carlson swept Island’s Jasmine Blaine, 6-1, 6-2.
However, Island’s Taylor Dabin struck back for her school, with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Nora Robertson.
Island took two of three doubles matches, as Juli Blachowiak and Nicole Arruda defeated Kula’s Bailey Bierlein and Anna Novasolova, 6-2, 6-1.
Then Natasha Arruda and Jessica Duarte took the forfeit from Kula’s Kristen Steiner and Chloe Garrett.
Kula’s lone doubles win saw Danielle Hoen and Danielle Jure ousting Sky Smith and Paige Blagg, 6-2, 6-1.
Kyle Barrett and Dylan Latif cruised in their singles contests over Justin Vea (6-4, 6-0) and Kevin Dhorne (6-1, 6-0).
Kula also took two of three doubles competitions, with Alex Latif and Matt Viensko taking down Andrew Rowen and Justin Pelton, 6-1, 6-2.
Kibo Smith and Kai Anderson nailed Ashton Perez and Noah Randolph-Flagg, 6-1, 6-1.
Island’s Trenton Robison and Hunter Coberly won by default in the third match.
KIF tennis serves up another set of matches on Saturday in Kiahuna, with Kapa’a and Island battling at 12 noon and Kaua’i and Waimea facing off at 2 p.m.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or firstname.lastname@example.org