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KAPAA — About half of the day’s matches between Kapaa and Waimea high schools were completed and some were in progress before rain poured onto the courts Saturday afternoon at Kapaa High School.
After waiting a while to see if the weather would improve, coaches Rick Wanek and Adrian Alvarez agreed to postpone. Matches will continue on Wednesday.
“That’s the thing about Kauai. You never know. Some days it’s supposed to be beautiful and it rains, and sometimes it’s supposed to rain and it’s beautiful,” said Kapaa coach Wanek.
He also said the matches will resume around 3 p.m. depending on when Waimea will arrive.
“We’re just going to wait for them to drive here because they have to drive all the way across the island through traffic,” he said. “It’s too bad we couldn’t finish today because it’s more of a burden for some of their kids to come. That’s just the way it goes.”
Menehune coach Alvarez said players from both schools played well up until the rain delay.
“The kids played good. Both Kapaa and Waimea played good tennis,” Alvarez said.
In one of the matches that was completed, Waimea senior Lani-Rae Green defeated Kapaa sophomore Kiara Tamayose 6-0, 6-0.
Green is currently ranked the No. 1 girls player in the Kauai Interscholastic Federation.
“I felt pretty good out there. I was trying to use this as practice and really work hard to prepare for states,” Green said. “I just want to take whatever (my opponents) give me and just use that, and I think a lot of mental focus helps.”
Wanek said Green is a “dynamite tennis player.”
“It’s fun to see her playing again,” he said. “She was dominant as we all expected.”
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