Players compete for state spots

LIHUE — The final rounds of the Kauai Interscholastic Federation tennis qualifying match starts at the Kauai Community College tennis courts 8:30 a.m.

David Janshen of Island School was announced the top seed for the boys singles. Fellow Voyager Sasha Rovinsky drew the No. 2 seed, with Edmelle Medina from Waimea getting the No. 3 seed, and Akira Takabayashi of Kauai being the No. 4 seed.

On the boys doubles court, top seed belongs to Waimea’s Limar Medina and Joshua Subiate, with the Kauai team of Trevor Carbonel and Cayson Lalin getting the No. 2 seed. Kapaa’s Jake DePeralta and Mason Buick earned the No. 3 seed with Island School’s Manix Wolan and Kahea Kamalani rounding out the top at No. 4 seed.

Kari Correa of Waimea High School earned the top seed on the Girls Singles court with Anna Burkman of Kauai High School getting the No. 2 seed. Isabella Kotsol of Kapaa filled in the No. 3 seed and Tia Fulks of Kauai earned the No. 4 seed.

On the Girls Doubles court, the team of Hoku Iseri and Kaylin Kukino earned the top seed, trying to beat the rain threat against the team of Rina Takabayashi and Emily Melchor. Takabayashi and Melchor earned the advance by downing Island School’s Allison Summerhays and Gabri LaFratta earlier Thursday morning at the Kauai Community College tennis courts.

No. 2 seed went to the Island School team of Ajia Sclafani and Risa Whetsel with Waimea’s Ashley Pascual and Khryshia Pascual getting the No. 3 seed. Island School’s Julia Randolph-Flagg and Lily Flynn earned the No. 4 seed.

The KIF boys title went to the Kauai High School boys following the split series by the four teams during Saturday’s final matches.

“We squeaked into the title,” said Kauai High School coach Charles Fulks. “It came down to who won the most number of matches. Kauai edged out Island School and Waimea to come out as champs.”

The finalists for the KIF qualifying tennis matches will represent the KIF at the 2017 HMSA Hawaii High School Athletic Association tennis championships which will contest May 4-6 at the Royal Lahaina and the Kapalua Tennis Garden on Maui.

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