The Waimea boys team edged Kapaa, 3-2, and the hosting Kapaa girls team swept its series, 5-0, during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation tennis matches which were contested at the Hokuala Tennis Club, a change of venue from the originally scheduled Hanalei Bay Resort courts.
“We had some good tennis,” said Kapaa coach Richard Wanek. “Both teams had students off-island for the spring break which gave some deserving beginners an opportunity to play.”
On the boys’ courts, Waimea’s Marcus Pereira picked up another win after outlasting Kapaa’s Shawn Yamane, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the Boys First Singles.
Kapaa picked up its first win on the Boys Second Singles court when Jon Uribe defeated the Menehune’s Joshua Subiate, 6-1, 6-2.
The Warrior men picked up its second win of the day on the Boys Second Doubles court when Breadon Andrews paired with Makani Crowder to edge Waimea’s pair of Keegan Donaher and Keatin Mariano-Hardy, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Waimea took the lead on the Boys First Doubles and Third Doubles courts, the duo of Patrick Cowell and Riley Saiki besting Kapaa’s Jake De Peralta and Brandon Quilos, 6-2, 6-4 on the first doubles court. Waimea’s win on the third doubles court came in three sets when the Menehune duo of Robbie Jiao and Marc Serapio got past Kapaa’s Kyler Tom and Cody Andrews, 1-6, 6-0, 6-4.
Kapaa girls shut down Waimea with some strong tennis.
Isabella Kotsol was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Kari Correa on the Girls First Singles court, and Deidre Andaya defeated Karla Bermudez, 6-0, 6-2 on the Girls Second Singles court.
On the doubles arena, Kapaa’s First Double pair of Shannon Sitzler and Brittaney Uribe topped Waimea’s Micah Guillermo and Kylah Gruspe, 6-1, 6-3. The winning ways continued on the Girls Second Doubles court when Sydney Nice paired with Kailee Bush to defeat the Waimea pair of Hope Coyaso and Rochelle Dela Cruz in three sets, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
Kapaa’s final win came on the Girls Third Doubles court when Jenni Medina and Mary Jane Uribe of the Warrior wahine team bested the Menehune’s Kristine Ruiz and Taylor Santos-Balisacan, 6-1, 6-2.
Wanek said the nice weather at Hokuala allowed for many exhibition matches, allowing more play time for players on both teams, including a mixed doubles match where Kapaa’s Cody Andrews teamed with Kiara Dolino for an 8-5 win over Waimea’s Christian Pablo and Kristine Ruiz.
On the exhibition courts, Waimea prevailed, 2-1, Kapaa’s sole win coming when Christian Agpada teamed with Ka‘Haa Lehua Aki for an 8-6 win over Waimea’s Ky Parangao and Keatin Mariano-Hardy.
Waimea’s Micah Guillermo and Rochelle Dela Cruz were 8-0 winners over Kapaa’s Analani Bacon and Haley Gokan, and on the boys’ court, Waimea’s Keatin Mariano-Hardy paired with Christian Fontanes for an 8-5 win over Kapaa’s Michael John Anderson, 12-10.
There are no scheduled matches for the Easter weekend, and when KIF tennis resumes on April 2, Kapaa will host Kauai at the Hanalei Bay Resort tennis courts and Waimea will host Island School at the Waimea High School tennis courts. Both matches start at 10 a.m.