PUHI — Waimea’s Leslie Uri battled to a three-set win over Island School’s Bonnie Lee in a match, Saturday during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation tennis matches contested at the Kauai Community College tennis courts.
Lee’s fall — 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 2-6 — came on the Girls Second Singles court, and was one of three losses suffered by the host Voyagers on the girls’ courts.
Waimea left the afternoon matches with a 3-2 edge in girls’ play and pocketed a 4-1 margin on the boys courts, its sole loss coming on the Boys First Singles court where Voyager Sasha Rovinsky controlled Waimea’s Breicen Medina, 6-0, 6-0.
Waimea’s Fred Ryi Penol Adella’s new headwear kept his fans’ attention as the Menehune downed Voyager Patrick McKenna, 6-0, 6-0 on the Boys Second Singles arena.
“Kudos to Patrick for stepping up to the challenge,” said John Crouse, the Island School tennis coach. “We lost our No. 2 Boys Single to injury, earlier. Patrick, who was playing doubles, was the only one who stepped up when we called for a replacement.”
On the doubles court, Waimea picked up all of its matches starting with the First Doubles team of Wendell Batangan pairing with Alvin Rafael to defeat the Island School pair of Foster McLychok and Max McLychok, 6-4, 6-1.
Menehune Wayne Noda teamed with Dylan Clarke to take the Boys Second Doubles, 6-3, 6-2 over the Island School pair of Andrew Sclafani and Canaan Washburn, and Waimea’s Vitto Altomare teamed with Eliott Pinkston to take a 6-1, 6-0 win over Island School’s Braydon King and Ethan Aiderete on the Boys Third Doubles court.
The host Voyagers put up a strong showing on the girls’ floor, ending with two wins starting with Girls First Singles’ Haven Sadler putting down Waimea’s Louisa Tanigawa, 6-1, 6-4 before the Voyagers ended with a split in singles play following Uri’s three-set win.
On the girls doubles arena, Voyagers Ava Anderton and Lily Reynolds claimed its sole victory on the Girls Second Doubles court by defeating the Menehune pair of Keria Vandehey and Mariah Medina, 6-1, 6-2.
Waimea’s duo of Julie Jane Remigio and Kamalani Goo were 6-1, 6-1 winners over Island School’s pair of Samantha Brown and Kalia Hamid on the Girls First Doubles floor, and Menehune Braelyn Cayaban and Kieran Canavan were 6-3, 6-2 winners over Alexa Lauryn and Paulina Do on the Girls Third Doubles court.
Island School next travels to the Timbers Kauai at Hokuala courts, March 30 when they meet the Kauai High School team for the first time in the season. Waimea will host Kapaa at the Waimea High School courts. Both matches get underway starting at 9 a.m.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.