Waimea tennis takes series over Kapa‘a; Island School match rained out

Waimea High School tennis took both the boys and girls matches at the Kapa‘a High School tennis courts on Saturday.

The matches between Kaua‘i High School and Island School scheduled for the Kaua‘i Community College tennis courts were rained out when a squall passed through just before the matches were about to begin.

Ernie Blachowiak, coach for the Island School teams, said the matches will be played at the KCC courts Wednesday afternoon.

The Waimea boys took the boys’ first and second singles and the second doubles to take the series 3-2 over Kapa‘a, while the Menehune wahine swept its series, 5-0.

Kapa‘a’s Kai Harrison gave Chris Ajimura a tough time in the boys’ first singles court, but Ajimura prevailed, 6-3, 7-5.

Bradley Cano of Waimea had and easier time on the boys’ second singles court, defeating Warrior Kalani Murakami, 6-1, 6-3.

Waimea’s only win in the boys’ doubles came on the second doubles court, where the team of John Gawaran and Kaleo Havata took down the Warrior duo of Andrew Obiano and Kailer Scopacasa-Dibona, 6-3, 6-1.

Kapa‘a’s Justin Medina teamed with Reginald Agaran and got past the tenacious duo of John DeGuzman and Mark Razalan in three sets, 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-1.

Another three sets dominated the boys’ third doubles court, where Kapa‘a’s Matthew Steinhort and Kenji Matsuda rebounded from its opening match to prevail against Menehune Geoffrey Alayvilla and James Andres, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Waimea’s girls had an easier time. Lani Rae Green, who came from a strong showing at Thursday’s Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation qualifying track meet, controlled Kapa‘a’s Kaylie Nakamura, 6-0, 6-0 on the girls’ first singles court.

Brittney Barreira of Waimea defeated Kapa‘a’s Sowalak Khae-Chawat, 6-0, 6-1 on the girls’ second singles court.

The Waimea girls first doubles team of Rachel Umetsu and Shantel downed Kapa‘a’s Kara Lee Higa and Casey Nakamura in that arena.

Annalissa Hartsell, winning recognition during the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i scholarship luncheon on Thursday, teamed with Menehune Shalyn Jim to defeat Kapa‘a’s duo of Taylor Anama and Amber Diaz, 6-0, 6-2.

Waimea’s Caycee San Agustin-Nordmeier teamed with Mary Yasay to defeat Kapa‘a’s May Nono and Alanna Bauman, 6-1, 6-1 on the girls’ third doubles court.

Waimea continued its control of the courts, taking the exhibition matches, as well.

Waimea’s Bradley Lumabao and Nelson Delcynn-Lagazo went two sets to get past Kapa‘a’s Don Maddock and Kenji Matsuda, 7-5, 6-1, while the second boys’ match saw Waimea’s Chris Corpuz and Daniel Sagucio get past Matthew Steinhort and Andrew Obiano, 8-6.

On the girls’ exhibition courts, Waimea’s Tiara Solivin teamed with Emily Evans to defeat Kapa‘a’s Cassidy Yatsko and Wylie Barker, 8-3. The Menehune pair of Ember Teter and Caylee Yamamoto defeated Kapa‘a’s Frances May Nono and Chelsea Ferrer, 6-3.

Following the make-up match Wednesday, Kapa‘a will travel to the Kaua‘i Lagoons to meet Kaua‘i on Saturday, while Waimea hosts Island School at the Hanapepe tennis courts. Both matches start at 10 a.m.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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