Kapaa High School tennis enjoyed not only “perfect weather,” but 4-1, 4-1 victories in both its boys and girls classes over Kauai High School Saturday at the Hanalei Bay Resort tennis courts.
“Thank you to Mary Hannsz, the PBI tennis pro at the Hanalei Bay Resort, for providing a spectacular venue for our match,” said Richard Wanek, the Kapaa coach. “They even provided us with perfect weather. Both the Hanalei Bay Resort and the Makai Club have been so generous to allow high school tennis to come to the North Shore, and we are truly grateful.”
Kauai’s sole victory in the boys’ match came on the first singles court when Kauai’s Mitchell Evens edged out Kapaa’s Joshua “Bear” Zietz, 7-5, 7-6 (4).
“This was a classic tennis match with the underdog challenging the more experienced player with close, hard-fought points,” Wanek said. “In all sports, it is so important to learn how to play your best in crucial moments, to learn to relax, and have the confidence to play your best. Both young men played with poise and class, and in the end, it was Mitchell’s experience that was the difference. It was a pleasure to watch.”
Kapaa’s Jon Uribe beat Kauai’s Akira Takabayashi, 6-0, 6-4 on the boys second singles court.
On the doubles court, Kapaa took all three matches starting with Jake De Peralta and Shawn Yamane taking a 6-3, 6-2 win over Kauai’s Trevor Carbonel and Holden Halladay on the first doubles court.
Kapaa’s Braedon Andrews and Brandon Quilos was a 6-2, 6-3 winning pair over Kauai’s Cayson Lalin and Chris Constantino on the second doubles floor. Kapaa wrapped up the boys’ victories on the third double mat when Warriors Mason Buick and Makani Crowder bested Kauai’s Josh Matsuyama and Anthony Apalla, 6-3, 7-6(5).
“We were missing our No. 1 girl, Isabella Kotsol, but both Shannon Sitzler and Deidre Andaya had Bella’s back and played solid singles,” Wanek said.
Sitzler beat out Kauai’s Manna Graziano, 7-6(1), 6-0 in the girls second singles matchup.
“In first singles, with a 6-3, 5-4, 40-love lead, Diedre had four match points when Kauai’s Mie Miller had to withdraw with an injury,” Wanek said.
On the girls’ doubles courts, Kauai’s Kaylin Kukino partnered with Hokulani Iseri to edge out Kapaa’s Brittany Uribe and Chirra Fumagali, 7-6(6), 6-4 in first doubles. On the second girls doubles arena, Kapaa’s Sydney Nice and Kailee Bush beat out Kauai’s Helena Huffman and Mari Kanna, 7-5, 6-3.
Kapaa’s Lila Hearn and Jenni Medina took the girls third doubles with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Kauai’s Brooke Kanna and Rina Takabayashi.
Wanek said HBR had extra courts available for exhibition matches where Kapaa’s Ka‘ana Aki and Christian Agpada paired to beat Kauai’s Nick Badua and Cameron Navor, 8-6.
“Kapaa’s Mary Jane Uribe and Kiara Dolino got a win, and Kapaa’s Casey Fisher teamed with Kiara for some wins in some mixed doubles action,” Wanek said. “Once the visitors went to the beach at HBR during the heat of the day, more courts opened up and the kids took advantage of the perfect conditions and had a lot of fun with some impromptu matches.”
With the win, Kapaa next is scheduled to meet Island School at the Kauai Community College tennis courts with the first matches set for 1 p.m.