Last year it was a cake walk, but this season, it’s a struggle to the finish line between the Warriors and Red Raiders in girls tennis.
However, with just one set of matches to go, Kaua’i controls its destiny towards taking home its second straight KIF championship trophy.
The ladies in red and white ran off a 5-0 win yesterday over Island School at the Kiahuna Tennis Courts.
Cassady Sirois, whose sister was the top player last season, slammed down a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Jasmine Blaine.
Dasha Lagmay also dominated her singles match over Taylor Dabin, 6-0, 6-1. In first doubles, Lizzy Schiller/Lezlie Tao controlled the match from the start on their way to a convincing 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Paige Blagg/Sky Smith.
Megan Vento/Tati Zina continued the Red Raider surge, handing Jessica Duarte/Juli Blachowiak a double bagel, 6-0, 6-0.
In third doubles, Jacey Ageno/Katie Anderson ousted Natasha Arruda/Nicole Arruda, 6-2, 6-2.
Rachel Parker/Alannah White of Kaua’i defeated Isabel Worley/Juli Blachowiak, 8-4 in an exhibition match.
Kaua’i needs another convincing win on Saturday to capture the KIF title.
Meanwhile, the Red Raider boys dominated, 4-1, with Island’s lone win coming from Justin Vea, who hammered J.L. Vento, 6-0, 6-1 in first singles.
After that win, Kaua’i stumped the Voyagers in the other matches. Sterling Inouye climbed over Justin Pelton, 6-4, 6-4 in second singles and in first doubles, Alan Castillo/Chris Webster defeated Ashton Perez/Trent Robison, 6-1, 6-3.
Reyn Balocan/Chris Barich took care of Erik Talvi/Noah Randolph-Flagg, 6-4, 6-2 and Jeremy Ferguson/Sheadon Ringor defeated Ryan Bender/Hunter Coberly, 6-2, 6-2.
Waimea has already wrapped up the KIF boys championship.
In matches on Saturday, April 15, the Menehune boys continued their hot streak with a 3-2 victory over Island School.
Kyle Barrett of Kula downed Kollin Morikawa, 6-0, 6-1 in the first singles match, but Waimea’s Jake Anderson returned the favor by beating Dylan Latif in a tough two-setter, 6-4, 7-6 (5).
Alex Latif/Matt Vinsko aced Waimea’s Kale Nakata/Anson Acain, 6-4, 6-0 in first doubles. Waimea bounced back in the second doubles match, as Tyren Sakuda/Froilan Tyler nudged Kai Anderson/Kibo Smith, 7-5, 6-0.
Waimea won by default in the third doubles contest. In an exhibition match, Kula’s Vinsko/Kyle Sherrer defeated Waimea’s Kekoa Masuda/Kevin Toma, 8-1.
In the girls matches, Waimea swept Kula, 5-0. Sonya Tacub outhustled Kula’s Ariel Carlson in a tough three set match, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5.
In second singles, Jenny Rumbaoa slid by Kula’s Danielle Hoen, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. Then in first doubles, Kelsi Naumu/Banana Kajiwara ousted Kula’s Nora Robertson/Danielle Jure, 6-3, 6-1.
In second doubles, Lovely Abalos/Beverly Grant defeated Diane Sater/Anna Novoselova, 6-1, 6-2.
Waimea took the third doubles match by default.
KIF tennis ends its regular season on Saturday at the Kiahuna Tennis Courts.
Kaua’i/Island battle at 12 noon and Kapa’a/Kula follows at 2 p.m.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or email@example.com.