NAWILIWILI — Waimea High School’s Ashley Pascual was nervous Saturday during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation tennis match at the Kauai Lagoons tennis courts.
“I’ve been playing just three months, and they told me I was going to play second singles,” Pascual said. “OMG!”
Both Waimea and Kauai High School were playing without their full complement of players due to various trips off-island Saturday.
“We were still short many players, but enjoyed good sportsmanship and competition with the Menehune,” said Kauai coach Charles Fulks. “We had to default our boys third doubles.”
Pascual entered the girls second singles arena against Mahina Tangonan, and after deliberate stroking with control, emerged victorious, 6-3, 6-2.
“I was scared,” Pascual said. “I was so confused. All of the things were building up and I was thinking a lot.”
The Kauai girls ended dropping the competitive series, 3-2 against Waimea while on the boys’ courts, Waimea prevailed 1-4.
Waimea’s Emily Evans worked to a 6-3, 6-3 win over Rachel Marshall in the girls first singles matchup.
On the girls doubles court, Kauai picked up two wins, dropping the girls second doubles to Waimea’s pair of Darla Bermudez and Shania Miner who got past Dareen Dameg and Mari Kanna, 7-5, 6-3.
Madison Rayno teamed with Mie Miller on the girls first doubles court to beat the Menehune duo of Diane Gawaran and Micah Guillermo, 6-0, 6-4.
On the girls third doubles arena, Kauai’s Manna Granziano paired with Helena Huffman to hold off Waimea’s Kristine Ruiz and Kryisha Pascual, 6-2, 6-2.
Kauai’s sole victory on the boys’ arena came when Mitchell Evans, playing on the boys second singles, got past Patrick Cowell, 7-5, 6-1.
Waimea took the boys first singles when Marcus Perreira, coming off a strong soccer showing for Waimea, downed Braden Myrick, 6-3, 6-1 on consistent and steady play.
Experience was the key to Waimea’s victory on the boys first doubles court when Gilson Guillermo, a returning player, teamed with Joshua Subiate, another 3-month player, to defeat the Raider duo of Akira Takabayashi and Ethan Combs, 6-2, 6-3.
Waimea wrapped up its day on the boys second doubles court when Marc Serapio teamed with Keegan Donahue to defeat the Kauai pair of Charles Butay and Grant Urmatam, 6-0, 6-1.
KIF tennis will get a bye for the spring break, returning on March 28 when Kauai will play Kapaa at the Kauai Lagoons tennis courts. Waimea will host Island School at the Hanapepe tennis courts with both matches starting at 10 a.m.