Girls tennis heats up

The Waimea boys wrapped up the Kaua’i Interscholatic Federation tennis title last week, but the girls’ title is still up in the air, with Kaua’i and Kapa’a battling for the top spot.

“We’re tied for first with Kaua’i. We have one last meet, and Kaua’i has two meets,” Kapa’a coach Jon Tom said. “Since we’re tied, we look at the head-to-head matches, but we’re still tied. The final tie-breaker is the team with the most individual match wins throughout the entire season,” said Tom.

Kaua’i jousts with Island School in a make-up set of matches this week, and then on Saturday, the Red Raiders will finish up with the Voyagers at Kiahuna.

In yesterday’s results, Kapa’a’s boys edged Kaua’i, 4-1. Taylor Alfiler defeated Kaua’i’s J.L. Vento, 6-0, 6-2. In second singles, Kaua’i’s Sterling Inouye took out Brent Sokei, 6-2, 6-1. In first doubles, Chris Ramelb and Dan Rodrick of Kapa’a ousted Alan Castillo and Chris Webster, 6-0, 7-5. Kapa’a’s Kila Youn and Matt Hanley beat out Reyn Balocan and Chris Barich, 6-4, 7-5, and in third doubles, Angel Hernandez and Travis Wakayama of Kapa’a ousted Jeremy Ferguson and Sheadon Ringor, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

Kapa’a’s girls squad squeaked by Kaua’i, 3-2. Lyndsey Tom took down Kaua’i’s Cassady Sirois, 6-2, 6-2, and Crystine Ito of Kapa’a downed Dasha Lagmay, 6-2, 6-4. In first doubles, Kelli Okamoto and Steph Kawamura of Kapa’a slammed past Lizzy Schiller and Lezlie Tao, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. Megan Vento and Tati Zina of Kaua’i nailed Cherine Ito and Lauren Esaki, 6-3, 6-2. In third doubles, Kaua’i’s Jacey Ageno and Katie Anderson nudged Mailika Napoleon and Courtney Kerlin, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Results from the Kula/Waimea matches weren’t available until after press time.

KIF tennis ends its regular season on Saturday at Kiahuna. Kaua’i/Island battle at 12 noon and Kapa’a/Kula face off at 2 p.m.

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