LIHUE — The Kapaa Warrior tennis teams came to the Hokuala tennis courts ready to play, and following a competitive morning that overflowed into the afternoon, took home 3-2 victories from both the boys and girls courts.
“This was a nail-biter for the opening season of Kauai Interscholastic Federation tennis,” said Charles Fulks, the Kauai coach. “Both teams showed up with much improved tennis veterans as well as new players showing a lot of promise.”
Kauai claimed one of its victories in the Boys 1st Singles court after Mitchell Evans prevailed over Kapaa’s Shawn Yamane in three sets, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.
“The competition was intense on that court,” Fulks said. “That match could have gone either way.”
Kauai’s second win on the boys court came in the 1st Doubles when Trevor Carbonel teamed with Holden Halladay to take another close three-set match over Kapaa’s team of Jake Deperalta and Jon Uribe, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.
Warrior wins included the Boys 2nd Singles when Bear Zeitz was a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Josh Matsuyama.
On the Boys 2nd Doubles court, Warrior Braedon Andrews paired with Bradon Quilos to take the Raider duo of Cayson Lalin and AJ Apalla, 6-4, 6-0.
Makani Crowder teamed with Mason Buick on the Boys 3rd Doubles court to down the Red Raider pair of Chris Constantino and Cameron Navor, 6-1, 6-0.
Kapaa continued its dominance on the exhibition courts when the Christian-Kaana duo took an 11-9 win over Nick Badua and Keith Macadangdang, and the Warrior combo of Levi and Kyler took an 8-3 win over Tom Vetter and Cameron Navor.
On the girls court, Kauai claimed its two victories on the doubles courts when Kaylin Kukino teamed with Hoku Iseri on the Girls 1st Doubles court for another three-set thriller over the Kapaa duo of Shannon Sitzler and Brittany Uribe, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, Fulks noting that the Red Raiders were down 3-5 in the final set before turning the tables.
Kauai’s Helena Huffman paired with Mari Kanna on the Girls 2nd Doubles arena to take the Kapaa pair of Sydney Nice and Kailee Bush, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Kapaa’s Lila Hearn, coming off a strong girls basketball showing, paired with Wailana on the Girls 3rd Doubles court to take down Kauai’s Brooke Kanna and Sandy Haz, 6-1, 6-0.
Kapaa also claimed the singles courts when Bella Kotsol’s consistency on the Girls 1st Singles court saw Kauai’s Mie Miller succumb, 6-3, 6-2.
Deidre Andaya claimed the Girls 2nd Singles over Kauai’s Manna Granziano, 6-2, 6-1.
Continuing its dominance on the exhibition courts, Kauai’s Emily Melchor and Jana Ogle dropped a heartbreaker, 8-9 to the Kapaa duo of Mary Jane and Jenni.
On the second exhibition court, Kauai’s Maria Luis and Helena Huffman dropped 2-8 to the Kapaa duo of Malia and Sydney.
Kauai next travels to Waimea High School on Saturday with the first serve going off at 10 a.m.
Kapaa will host Island School at the Hanalei Bay Resort courts with the first ball being served at 10 a.m.