Waimea senior Sonya Tacub fought off a tough challenge from Pearl City’s Debie Bolosan to win her first round match yesterday at the 2006 Carlsmith Ball/HHSAA State Tennis Championships in Po‘ipu.
Tacub fell in the first set, 5-7, but stormed back with a 6-1 second set win and she closed out the Charger player, 6-4 in the final frame.
Kula’s Ariel Carlson wasn’t as successful as Tacub in round one. The senior lost in straight sets (6-4, 6-2) to Hilo’s Kimberly Katada. The two other KIF girls singles players, Lyndsey Tom and Crystine Ito, both of Kapa‘a, play today.
Kula’s Kyle Barrett is the only KIF boys singles competitor left in the tournament, with all three first round hopefuls falling yesterday.
Kapa‘a’s Taylor Alfiler went down in straight sets (6-1, 6-1) to Kapolei’s Earl Carlos.
Island School’s Justin Vea put up a good fight in his first set against Waialua’s Charles Monsell (6-4), but Vea was no match for Monsell, who cruised to a 6-0 triumph in the second set.
Waimea’s Jake Anderson won his first set, 6-3, but Moanalua’s Marc Manaois took the final two sets, 6-2, 6-4.
In boys doubles, Waimea’s Froilan Tyler/Darrel Nonaka ousted fellow KIF athletes, Matt Hanley/Kila Youn of Kapa‘a, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
Kaua‘i’s Reyn Balocan/Sterling Inouye came out on top in a grueling three set marathon, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3).
Kula’s Alex and Dylan Latif, who received a first round bye, play today.
Kaua‘i’s Lezlie Tao/Megan Vento ran past Baldwin’s Claire Fukuoka/Mesa Phan, 6-3, 6-2 in girls doubles.
Waimea’s Tiffany Lum/Jenny Rumbaoa fell to Mililani’s Erin Yamamoto/Jessica Kaneshiro, 6-3, 6-1.
King Kekaulike’s Danielle Friezner/Alexa Loney took care of Kaua‘i’s Jacey Ageno/Katie Anderson, 7-6 (5), 6-1.
Kapa‘a’s Kelli Okamoto/Mailika Napoleon were also sent home in the first round, as Hawai‘i Baptist’s Katherine Pang/Joanna Lee triumphed, 6-4, 7-5.
No KIF girls doubles teams are left in the tournament.
The action continues today at the Po‘ipu Kai and Kiahuna Tennis Courts.
Complete first round results can be found in the scoreboard on page B2.
• Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or email@example.com.