PO‘IPU — Kapa‘a High School’s Lyndsey Tom was near perfect yesterday against Island School’s Jasmine Blaine. The No. 1 singles players met for the first time since their spring break.
“It felt good, but it started to get hot,” Tom said. “The only game I lost, I double faulted, twice in a row.”
Tom went to O‘ahu to play in a tournament over the break. Blaine, on the other hand, had limited practice. But regardless of how often she practices, Blaine said Tom is a hard player to beat.
“It’s hard to play against a player with such quickness and skill,” Blaine said. “The first time I played her I was pretty much just watching her play because I was in awe. But now I figured I’d just try to play her and if it’s in, it’s in.”
Tom defeated Blaine, 6-1, 6-0.
Overall, the girls won the match over Island School 5-0.
In other girls games, Kapa‘a’s No. 2 singles player Crystine Ito defeated Island School’s Dianna Cowern 6-0, 6-3. Kapa‘a’s first doubles team of Kelli Okamoto and Stephanie Kawamura beat the team of Tayler Dabin and Juli Blachowiak, 6-1, 6-2. Kapa‘a’s Cherine Ito and Lauren Esaki won over Jessica Duarte and Niki Arruda, 6-4, 6-1. Lastly, in the third doubles match, Kapa‘a’s Mailika Napoleon and Tori Yatoga won over Isabelle Worley and Sky Smith, 6-0, 6-1.
On the boys side, Kapa‘a High School’s No. 1 singles player Matthew Hanley was having a hard time with Justin Vea’s serve.
“His serve was extremely fast,” Hanley said.
The No. 1 Island School singles player, Vea, clocks at about 110 miles per hour. But it wasn’t just his serve that had Hanley running.
“Every good shot I was able to shoot, he shot one better,” Hanley said. “You just kind of stick your racket out and hope it goes in.”
Hanley thought that if he could get two or three games on Vea, he had a chance to beat him.
“I started to serve at him to see if I could get a good volley on him,” Hanley said.
Hanley did manage to get a few rallies in, but Vea prevailed, beating Hanley 6-0, 6-0.
Vea did his part to monitor how Hanley played.
“He kept charging the net, so I had to change it up a little bit,” Vea said. “I tried to keep it low so it was harder for him to hit.”
Island School’s No. 2 singles player Ashton Perez also won his match. He defeated Kila Youn in three sets, 3-6, 6-2 and 6-3.
Kapa‘a took all three doubles matches, lifting them to win the overall match, 3-2.
Kapa‘a’s Daniel Rodrick and Adam Kerlin beat Noah-Randolh-Flagg and Justin Pelton, 6-3, 6-4. The pair of Steven Pascual and Ador Lopez defeated Ryan Bender and Eric Talvi in three sets, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-4.
Then in the third doubles match, Travis Wakayama and Jacques Amo beat Hunter Coberly and Manas Kirshisar, 6-3, 6-3.