PUHI — The Island School boys and girls tennis teams took both sides, 3-2 for the girls and 3-2 for the boys, of its matches against the Kapaa High School Warriors Saturday at Kauai Community College.
“This was a perfect day for tennis,” said Island School assistant coach Michelle Fitzgerald. “The day was not too hot, not too cold, and sunny. Kapaa wanted to start the matches early because their girls needed to get ready for the prom that night, and as it turned out, the young tennis players had their event canceled so we could start early.”
On the girls’ courts, the Voyagers claimed the first singles when Mia Fitzgerald prevailed over Kapaa’s Isabella Kotsol, 7-5, 6-4 in a match where both girls played some tough points against each other and provided spectators some great tennis.
Island School’s Ajia Schlafani took the girls second singles over Kapaa’s Sydney Nice whose parents said this was her first singles match. Schlafani claimed the match, 6-4, 6-2.
“We had a prom to go to,” said Kapaa doubles player Deidre Andaya, Sunday at the Kiwanis French Breakfast. “A lot of the players never came because they needed to get ready. But I went, and was still able to make the prom.”
Andaya and partner Shannon Sitzler, however, came up short in the girls first doubles, dropping their match to Island Schools Michaela Fitzgerald and Risa Whetsel, 1-6, 2-6.
Kapaa claimed victories on the second and third doubles courts when Lila Hearn and Kailee Bush claimed a three-set victory, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 over the Island School pair of Gabriella LaFratta and Lily Briones.
On the girls third doubles court, Kapaa’s Jenni Medina and Wailana Makepa claimed a victory over Island School’s Hanna and Allison Summerhays.
Kapaa’s Joshua “Bear” Zietz came on strong for a 6-0, 6-1 win over Island School’s Sam Golderg in the boys first singles, only to have Island School redeem its loss on the boys second singles court when Kahea Kamalani went three sets for the win over Brandon Quilos, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
Kapaa’s second win on the boys’ court came in a three-set nailbiter when Braedon Andrews paired with Mason Buick to edge Island School’s Dominique LaFratta and Zeb Witchert in a third-set tiebreaker, 1-6, 6-3, 7-5.
The Voyager men wrapped it its win behind wins from Manix Wolan and Elijah Leech-Kritchman taking a 7-5, 6-2 win over Kapaa’s Shawn Yamane and Jake Deperalta in the boys first doubles, and Tebbo Beyer and Andy Anderton taking a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kapaa’s Kaana Aki and Christian Agpaoa on the boys third doubles court.
With the win, Island School next travels to the Waimea High School courts Saturday while Kapaa visits Kauai High School at the Hokuala Tennis Club. The first matches start at 10 a.m.