Voyagers victorious in rain delay

LIHUE — Island School tennis took its series over Kauai High School, 4-1, 4-1 in the latest round of Kauai Interscholastic Federation tennis, Sunday after being delayed by the weather at the Hokuala Tennis Club.

“We finally retreated from Hokuala to the Hanapepe tennis courts Sunday morning,” said Kauai tennis coach Charles Fulks. “We completed our matches there. There was supposed to be the seeding meeting Monday night, but Waimea High School did not finish its matches against Kapaa because of the weather. Kapaa is traveling to Waimea to complete the remaining matches Monday after school. This pushes the seeding meeting to Tuesday for the qualifying matches which will take place Thursday and Friday.”

Following a day when tennis players were pelted with wind and rain, the weather in Hanapepe was windy, but clear, Fulks said.

Kauai’s sole win on the boys courts came with No. 1 boys singles Mitchell Evans defeating the Voyagers’ Sam Goldberg, 6-0, 6-0.

The Island School team of Dominique LaFratta and Zeb Wichert fought off at least four match points to come back and beat the Red Raider team of Cayson Lalin and Anthony Apalla, 6-4, 1-6, 7(5)-6 on the boys second doubles court.

Kauai’s No. 2 singles Akira Takabayashi dropped to Kahea Kamalani, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 2-6, and the Raider duo of Trevor Carbonel and Holden Halladay suffered a 0-6, 1-6 loss to Island School’s Manix Wolan and Elijah Leech-Kritchman on the boys first doubles court.

Island School’s Tebbo Beyer and Andy Anderton wrapped up a 6-2, 6-4 win over Kauai’s Chris Constantino and Nick Badua on the boys third doubles court.

Kauai’s sole win on the girls courts saw Mari Kanna team with Rina Takabayashi for a 7-6 (2), 6-4 win over the Voyager team led by Gabri LaFratta on the girls second doubles court.

The Raiders dropped both ends of the girls singles, Manna Graziano being defeated by Island School’s Michaela Fitzgerald, 0-6, 0-6 on the girls first singles court, and Helena Huffman putting up some strong tennis, but succumbing to Island School’s Ajia Schlafani, 1-6, 7-5, 1-6 on the girls second singles arena.

Mia Fitzgerald of Island School partnered with Riza Whetsel to take a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kauai’s Kaylin Kukino and Hoku Iseri on the girls first doubles, and Allison Summerhays of Island School teamed with Lily Briones-Flynn for a 6-4, 6-2 win over the Red Raider pair of Brooke Kanna and Emily Melchor.

Results from the rained-delayed matches between Waimea and Kapaa were not available at press time.

KIF qualifying matches start at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Hokuala Tennis Club for the boys, and at the Kauai Community College tennis courts for the girls. The finals, weather permitting, will be Friday at the Kauai Community College tennis courts.


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