NAWILIWILI — The weather cooperated for a great day of Kauai Interscholastic Federation tennis at the Hokuala Tennis Club Saturday, said Kauai High School tennis coach Charles Fulks.
With the winds dying down and the showers being replaced by warm sunshine, Kauai High School split its series with Waimea, the Kauai boys edging the Menehune, 3-2, and the Menehune controlling the girls court, 3-2.
On the boys court, Kauai split the singles series when Mitchell Evans controlled Waimea’s Marcus Pereira, 6-3, 6-1 while the Menehune’s Patrick Cowell stayed ahead of Akira Takabayashi, 7-5, 6-4.
Kauai’s loss on the doubles court came in the second doubles when Waimea’s duo of Edmelle Medina and Riley Saiki prevailed over the Raiders’ pair of Cayson Lalin and Chris Constantino in three sets, 7-6(5), 6-1, 6-2.
The Raiders picked up victories in the first doubles and third doubles courts when Trevor Carbonel paired with Holden Hallday to hold on against Waimea’s Joshua Subiate and Limar Medina, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2) on the first doubles court.
The third doubles went three sets before Kauai’s pair of Josh Matsuyama and AJ Apalla walked off with a win over Waimea’s Keegan Donaher and Christian Fostanes, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.
Fulks said with the perfect tennis weather and the end of the season approaching, the players were relaxed and enjoying the competition, taking advantage of the weather and courts for extra exhibition matches.
In the four exhibition matches, Kauai shared the courts with Waimea, 2-2.
Waimea’s victories came when Cameron Navor teamed with Nick Badua, but dropped to the Menehune’s duo of Eli Nishihira and Keatin Mariano-Hardy, 4-8. Another 3-8 victory came on the court controlled by Waimea’s Ky Parongao and Vincent Altomare over Kauai’s Tom Vetter and Keith Macadangdang.
Kauai claimed its victories when Kevin Cubangbang paired with Haven Luper for an 8-3 win over Waimea’s Lavania Sommanstrum and Christian Pablo.
Its second exhibition victory came when Dillon Fulks paired with Micah Lalin to take an 8-0 win over Cyville Daligcon and Levi Mission.
Moving to the girls’ court, Kauai controlled the singles arena, but dropped its three doubles matches.
Mie Miller set the pace with a physical match against Micah Guillermo on the girls first singles court, winning 7-5, 6-4.
On the girls second singles arena, Kauai’s Manna Granziano was 6-2, 6-2 winner over Waimea’s Khryshia Pascual.
Kauai’s Kaylin Kukino and Hoku Iseri dropped to Waimea’s Kari Correa, returning to the doubles arena, and Karla Berndez, 4-6, 2-6 on the girls first doubles court.
The girls second doubles match went three sets, with Kauai’s Helena Huffman and Mari Kanna being edged out by Waimea’s Ashley Pascual and Kylah Gruspe, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6.
Waimea’s Julia Hirano and Rochelle Dela Cruz controlled the girls third doubles with a 6-3, 6-3 win over the Kauai pair of Brooke Kanna and Rina Takabayashi.
This weekend will be the final KIF matches before the state qualifying tournament on April 21 and 22. Kauai will host Island School at the Hokuala Tennis Club with the first ball serving up at 10 a.m. Saturday while Waimea hosts Kapaa High School at the Waimea High School tennis courts. The match starts at 10 a.m.