Voyagers, Raiders split at KCC courts

PUHI — The winds were a little tricky but the sun shone brightly on Island School, which split its Kauai Interscholastic Federation tennis series against Kauai High School Saturday at the Kauai Community College tennis courts.

Led by the team of Manix Wolan and Eli Leech in the Boys First Doubles, the Voyagers took the boys’ matches, 3-2 after the Island School guys took all of the doubles matches.

On the girls’ side, Kauai High School reversed the order, 3-2 after the Red Raiders swept the girls’ doubles matches.

The Voyager pair of Wolan and Leech were in control of the Boys First Doubles, taking their match 6-0, 6-1 against the Kauai duo of Trevor Carbonel and Josh Matsuyama.

Dominique LaFratta teamed with Tebbo Beyer on the Boys Second Doubles for a 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 win over Kauai’s Cayson Lalin and Anthony Apalla, and the Voyagers completed their wins on the doubles court when Coleman Jonas paired with Andy Anderton for a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kauai’s Chris Constantino and Cameron Navor.

The Raiders held their own on the Boys Singles courts as Mitchell Evans was a 6-0, 6-0 winner against Island School freshman Kahea Kamalani who went up against the Kauai senior.

On the Boys Second Singles court, Akira Takabayashi prevailed in three sets over Sam Goldberg, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.

The order reversed on the girls’ arena as Island School’s pair of Michaela Fitzgerald and Mia Fitzgerald were solid winners, Michaela taking a 6-0, 6-0 win over Kauai’s Mie Miller and Mia ending a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Kauai’s Manna Grazian.

Hoku Iseri’s parents were relegated to the grassy area far from the viewing area of the court, and that helped her win the Girls First Doubles with partner Kaylin Kukino of Kauai High School against the Island School duo of Aija Sclafani and Risa Whetsel, 6-3, 6-4.

“We can’t sit too close,” said Neil Iseri, Hoku’s dad. “If she sees us, she gets nervous, so we sit far.”

Kauai continued to pick up wins when Helena Huffman paired with Rina Takabayashi for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 win in three sets over the Voyagers’ duo of Gabriella LaFratta and Julia Randolph-Flagg.

The Red Raiders picked up the Girls Third Doubles by default when Island School could not field players to Kauai’s pair of Emily Melchor and Jana Ogle.

No scores were available from the Waimea at Kapaa matches which were contested at the Hokuala Tennis Club, a change of venue from the originally scheduled Hanalei Bay Resort tennis courts.

KIF tennis enjoys the Easter weekend off and will resume on April 2 when Kapaa hosts Kauai at the Hanalei Bay Resort and Island School travels to Waimea High School courts. Matches serve up starting at 10 a.m.

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