Waimea sweeps Kapa‘a at Hanapepe courts

HANAPEPE — Waimea High School tennis teams were able to get in a full slate of games at the Hanapepe courts despite the threat of rain that punctuated the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation matches with sprinkles on Saturday.

The Menehune swept its series over Kapa‘a 5-0 for the boys and 5-0 for the girls. Kaua‘i, scheduled to host Island School at the Kaua‘i Lagoons courts, canceled its matches due to the inclement weather.

Kapa‘a put up its share of challenges in the sweep, Justin Medina taking the first of the boys’ First Singles, 6-3, over Waimea’s Chris Ajimura before Ajimura rebounded to take the next two matches, 6-1, 6-2.

On the boys’ Second Singles court, Waimea’s Geoffrey Alayvilla downed Jonathan Obiano, 6-1, 6-1.

Waimea’s team of John Gawaran and Mark Razalan held on to defeat Kapa‘a’s duo of Reginald Agaran and Kai Harrison, 6-2, 7-6 (5) on the boys’ First Doubles court, the Warrior pair coming back strong in its second match, but falling short.

Chris Corpuz and Bradley Cano teamed to keep the win alive for Waimea on the boys’ Second Doubles court, taking the Kapa‘a pair of Kalani Murakami and Matthew Steinohrt, 6-3, 6-2.

John De Guzman and Kaleo Hauata rounded out the Waimea boys’ win, defeating the Kapa‘a duo of Kenji Matsuda and Randy Iloreta, 6-1, 6-2.

Waimea girls singles took both its first and second singles matches with 6-0, 6-0 scores, the First Singles seeing Lani-Rae Green defeating Taylor Anama and the Second Singles court having Brittney Barreira down Gabrielle Buist.

Menehune Rachel Umetsu teamed with Annalissa Hartsell to defeat Kapa‘a’s Kaylie Nakamura and Karalee Higa, 6-0, 6-2 on the girls’ First Doubles court.

Shantel Rita paired with Kaycee San Agustin-Nordmeier for Waimea to defeat the Warrior pair of Casey Nakamura and Angelika Questin, 6-0, 6-1.

On the girls’ Third Doubles court, Waimea’s Mary Yasay and Shalyn Jim defeated the Kapa‘a duo of Franses May Nono and Cassidy Yatsko, 6-0, 6-0.

Waimea also swept its consolation matches, with Caylee Yamamoto and Emily Evans shutting down Kapa‘a’s Wylie Barker and Alana Bauman, 6-0, and the second Menehune pair of Tiara Soliven and Kayla Ishida getting past Kapa‘a’s Chelsea Ferrer and Frenses May Nono, 6-3.

The next KIF tennis matches are scheduled for March 24, when Kaua‘i hosts Kapa‘a at the Kaua‘i Lagoons courts starting at 10 a.m. Waimea will travel to the Kaua‘i Community College courts to meet Island School in matches at noon.

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