It was close as you could possibly get, but when the last tennis ball was served, the Red Raider girls tennis team captured their second straight KIF championship, yesterday at the Kiahuna Tennis Courts.
Kaua’i and Kapa’a battled all the way until the final volley and the season actually ended in a tie between the two schools.
“The season ended up tied. We both have one meet loss to each other, so the first tie-breaker is head to head matches, they won 3-2 and we won 3-2 in the second round, so it came down to individual match wins throughout the season and I think they got one or two more wins than us,” Kapa’a coach Jon Tom said.
And to get to that point, Kaua’i needed a strong showing against Island School on Saturday and with the pressure on, the Red Raider girls answered the challenge with a 5-0 victory.
“It was never in our hands. We had our chance last week. Kaua’i High stepped up and did what they needed to do to win. It was a real close season,” Tom said.
Here are the results of yesterday’s matches:
Girls: Kaua’i 5, Island 0. No. 1 Singles: Cassady Sirois def. Jasmine Blaine 6-0, 6-1. No. 2 Singles: Dasha Lagmay def. Taylor Dabin 6-0, 6-0. No. 1 Doubles: Lizzy Schiller/Lezlie Tao def. Sky Smith/Paige Biagg 6-1, 6-1. No. 2 Doubles: Megan Vento/Tatiana Zina def. Juli Blachowiak/Natasha Arruda 6-2, 6-1. No. 3 Doubles: Jacey Agena/Katie Anderson def. Hoku Koerte/Isabelle Worley 6-0, 6-0.
Boys: Kaua’i 4, Island 1. No. 1 Singles: Justin Vea (Island) def. J.L. Vento, 6-0, 6-1. No. 2 Singles: Sterling Inouye (Kau) def. Andrew Rowen, 6-3, 6-4. No. 1 Doubles: Chris Webster/Alan Castillo (Kau) def. Kevin Dhorne/Justin Pelton, 6-3, 6-3. No. 2 Doubles: Chris Barich/Reyn Balocan (Kau) def. Ashton Perez/Noah Randolph-Flagg, 6-2, 6-3. No. 3 Doubles: Sheadon Ringor/Jeremy Ferguson (Kau) def. Hunter Coberly/Ryan Bender, 6-0, 7-5.
Boys: Kula 4, Kapa’a 1. No. 1 Singles: Kyle Barrett (Kula) def. Taylor Alfiler, 6-0, 6-0. No. 2 Singles: Matt Vinsko (Kula) def. Brent Sokei, 6-0, 6-2. No. 1 Doubles: Dylan Latif/Alex Latif (Kula) def. Chris Ramelb/Danny Rodrick, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. No. 2 Doubles: Kai Anderson/Kibo Smith (Kula) def. Kila Youn/Matt Hanley, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. No. 3 Doubles: Kapa’a won by default.
Girls: Kapa’a 5, Kula 0: No. 1 Singles: Lyndsey Tom won by default. No. 2 Singles: Crystine “Judge” Ito def. Nora Robertson, 6-1, 6-0. No. 1 Doubles: Kelli Okamoto/Steph Kawamura def. Danielle Hoen/Danielle Jure, 6-1, 7-6 (3). No. 2 Doubles: Cherine Ito/Eryn O’Shaughnessy def. Bailey Bierlein/Anna Novoselova, 6-2, 6-0. No. 3 Doubles: Courtney Kerlin/Lauren Esaki def. Elli Scherrer/Diane Sater, 6-1, 6-0.
KIF tennis state qualifying matches run from April 27-28 at the Kiahuna Tennis Courts, starting at 8 a.m. on both days. States will also be held at the Kiahuna Courts on May 10-13.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or firstname.lastname@example.org.