New coach, same results.
The Kaua’i High School girls tennis team took the KIF title last season under then-head coach Debbie Engdahl in convincing fashion, and this year seems to be no different as the Red Raiders, under first-year coach Kristen Konishi, climbed past Waimea on Saturday, 4-0, with just one match pending due to rain.
Waimea’s No. 1 singles player Sonya Tacub leads Kaua’i’s Cassady Sirois 4-6, 7-6 (5), 5-0 (duece).
According to Konishi, there were a series of rainfalls in the latter part of the match and both coaches agreed to continue the match the next time Waimea faces Kaua’i in Hanapepe (April 8).
Dasha Lagmay defeated Waimea’s Kelsi Naumu 6-4, 6-3 in the second singles match and Lizzy Schiller/Lezlie Tao fought off a tough challenge from Waimea’s Tiffany Lum/Sharla Shimono, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 7-6 (5) in first doubles action.
Kaua’i’s Megan Vento/Tati Zina ran past Jenny Rumbaoa/Sheila Ramos, 7-6 (1), 6-2 and Jacey Ageno/Katie Anderson breezed by Waimea’s Banana Kajiwara/Erna Agmata, 6-1, 6-1.
In exhibition matches, Rachel Parker/Alanna White (Kaua’i) defeated LeeAnn Sagucio/Cece Sun, 8-3.
Auika Muragin/Alyssa Miyake beat Waimea’s Leslie Gudoy/Beverly Grande, 8-2.
Kaua’i’s Jessica Castillo/Katie Anderson drove by May Badua/Sheila Ramos, 8-2.
Menehune boys edge the Red Raiders, 3-2
The Menehune boys turned the tables on Kaua’i, with a 3-2 win, thanks to victories by Kollin Morikawa (1st singles), Jake Anderson/Darrel Nonaka (1st doubles), and Ruben Nonaka/Froilan Tyler (3rd doubles).
Morikawa defeated J.L. Vento, 6-1, 6-4, Anderson/Nonaka took care of Chris Webster/Alan Castillo, 6-0, 6-1, and Nonaka/Tyler beat Chris Barich/Lanny Henriques, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
Reyn Balocan/Sheadon Ringor (2nd doubles) and Sterling Inouye (2nd singles) accounted for the two Kaua’i triumphs.
Balocan/Ringor defeated Harold Shimono Jr./Michael Haack, 6-4, 6-2 and Inouye fought off Jordan Sato, 6-0, 6-4.
Kapa’a girls, Island boys victorious
Justin Vea and Andrew Rowen of Island School laid down the law in the singles bracket, with Vea beating Danny Rodrick, 6-1, 6-0 and Rowen fighting off Adam Kerlin, 6-2, 7-6 (6).
Island’s third win, which clinched the entire match, 3-2, was credited to Ryan Bender/Ashton Perez, who upended Travis Wakayama/Angel Hernandez, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Taylor Alfiler/Brent Sokei (1st doubles) and Matthew Hanley/Kila Youn (3rd doubles) were Kapa’a’s only two wins.
Alfiler/Sokei defeated Trent Robison/Justin Pelton, 6-2, 6-1 and Hanley/Youn beat Erik Talvi/Noah Radolph-Flagg, 6-0, 6-1.
In an exhibition contest, Talvi/Randolph-Flagg dominated Steven Pascual/Chris Ramelb, 8-2.
The Warrior girls were un-stoppable against the Voyagers, who were unable to win a set on Saturday.
Lyndsey Tom blanked Jasmine Blaine, 6-0, 6-0 and Crystine Ito defeated Tayler Dabin, 6-2, 6-1 in singles matches.
Kelli Okamoto/Steph Kawamura outhustled Paige Blagg/Lena McRoberts, 6-0, 7-6 (6), Cherine Ito/Courtney Kerlin defeated Juli Blachowiak/Jessica Duarte, 6-0, 6-3, and Lauren Esaki/Eryn O’Shaughnessy scooped up the win against Natasha Arruda/Nicole Arruda, 6-2, 6-1.
Esaki/O’Shaughnessy upheld Isabel Worley/Kristen Yee, 8-1 in an exhibition match.
KIF tennis continues Saturday, with Waimea challenging Kula in Hanapepe and Kapa’a battling Kaua’i at Kiahuna. Both matches commence at 12 noon.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or firstname.lastname@example.org.