Today at noon will be the first time since last year’s championship tennis showdown that the Kapa‘a High School’s and Kaua‘i High School’s tennis teams will meet.
“It looks to be a really close one,” said Kapa‘a head coach Jon Tom said. “Last year we matched up against them pretty well.”
Last year, they were tied with the same amount of team wins, but when it came down to crowning a champion, Kaua‘i won by an individual match.
“But most of the players, from both teams, are back so it will be a good one,” Tom said.
Kapa‘a’s No.1 singles player Lyndsey Tom will play against Kaua‘i’s No. 1, Dasha Lagmay.
When Kapa‘a faced Island School last week, one of the tennis matches lasted two and a half hours.
Although Island School’s head coach Ernie Blachowiak doesn’ t think his team’s matches will go on for that long today, against Waimea High School, he does think the matches will be just as good.
“We will have our hands full,” Blachowiak said. “Their men’s team is strong. They’re definitely one of the stronger teams out there now.”
Blachowiak said this will be his No. 1 player Justin Vea’s hardest match to play, by far. He will face Waimea’s No. 1 Darrell Nonaka.
“We like that challenge though. That’s what makes it fun,” he said. “They’re a good team. There’ll be good sportsmanship and tough tennis matches.”
Island School hits the court against Waimea at 2 p.m.
Both matches will be at the Kiahuna Courts in Po‘ipu.
• Lanaly Cabalo, sports editor, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or firstname.lastname@example.org.