Tom, Kukino, Okamoto seeded at state tennis

Lyndsey Tom of Kapa‘a and Sarah Kukino of Kaua‘i received seedings of No. 3 and No. 7, respectively, in the Girls Singles division.

The pair is joined by Kapa‘a freshman Chaz Okamoto who got the No. 8 seed for the Boys Singles when the Carlsmith Ball Tennis 2008 State Championships open Wednesday at the Holua Tennis Complex and the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort on Maui.

Tom, who was injured on the opening day of the KIF qualifying matches last week, is still nursing her injury, but fellow tennis player Adam Kerlin is hoping she is well enough to compete at the state matches.

“She’s been able to walk on her ankle, but it still looks pretty bad,” said Kerlin, who was at the Boys Volleyball game Saturday night. “But she hits good balls so hopefully, she won’t be running around too much.”

Being seeded helps Tom as well because she draws a bye on Wednesday and will take the court on Thursday against the winner of a match between Cassady Sirois of Kaua‘i and Mariko Fujio-White of Hawai‘i Prepatory Academy.

That match will be on the court starting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Outrigger Keauhou Resort.

Kukino, a freshman, will have a day to prepare as she draws an opening day bye and will face the winner of a match between Tierra Madani of Moloka‘i and Ashley Pascual of Baldwin.

Dasha Lagmay of Kaua‘i, unseeded in the states, will face Kristen Nakamura of Aiea starting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Okamoto, with his No. 8 seed, draws an opening day bye along with Kerlin.

Kerlin will face the victor of a match between Kaimalu Cope of Kealakehi and Kaito Mizutani of Waiakea starting at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Holua Tennis Center.

Okamoto will be on the courts at 10 a.m. Thursday at Keahuhou against the winner of a match between Shane Webb of Castle and Fred Fuchs of Aiea.

Sam Dunham of Island School, dropping to Okamoto in the finals of the KIF qualifying matches, will be in action against Quoc Huynh of McKinley starting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Keauhou, the winner advancing to meet No. 11 Joshua Wong of Hilo on Thursday.

Sterling Inouye, the Kaua‘i No. 1 Boys Singles player, will open at noon Wednesday against Wilson Wang at Keauhou.

None of the KIF doubles teams received seeding for the state tournament. The girls open on Wednesday starting at 12:30 p.m. when Waimea’s Leeann Sagucio and andice Klein meet the team of Tiffany Lozano and Brittany Lesher of Leilehua at the Holua courts.

Waimea’s team of Ceci Sun and Beverly Grande will go up against the team of Mattie Ross and Alex Riecke-Gonzales starting at noon.

Waimea’s Tiffany Lum and Jade Cano, winners of the division at KIF qualifying, will have an opening day bye and will go up against the No. 5 seeded team of Rachel Mizuno and Melissa Monette of Mililani starting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

The final KIF girls doubles team of Miyu Adach and Dessa Rentrop of Waimea will go up against the team of Denise Uchino and Mairi Koike starting at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Jordan Sato and Michael Haack of Waimea have a tough opening day schedule when they face the team of Travis Morita and Kellen Yamamoto of Waiakea. A win in this noon match at Keauhou will pit the Menehune duo against the top seeded team of Alex Ching and Erik Shoji of Punahou, Thursday.

Harold Shimono Jr. and Darrel Nonaka of Waimea will open against Gabe VonWellsheim and Tevi Kahaleuahi starting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Kapa‘a’s team of Kila Youn and Ador Lopez draws an opening day bye and will face the team of Ikaika Greenlaw and Peter Shewmaker of Hilo on Thursday starting at 10:30 a.m.

Jacque Amo and Anthony Lopez, another team from Kapa‘a, will be in action against Austin Wines and Jo Salamack of Maui on Wednesday starting at 2 p.m.


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