LIHUE — Kapaa’s Mason Buick took a 6-4, 6-1 win over Kauai High School’s Trevor Carbonel to blemish the Raiders’ otherwise winning string Saturday during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation tennis matches contested at the Timbers Kauai Resort at Hokuala tennis courts.
Playing on the Boys First Singles arena, Buick’s win was the sole victory for the Warriors whose girls played ahead due to Kapaa High School hosting its prom.
Kauai girls took the series 5-0 starting with Raider Tia Fulks, upgraded from her normal Second Singles status, downed Kapaa’s Hannah Collins-Doijode, 6-0, 6-0.
Kapaa’s Sydney Nice, normally playing the First Singles position, teamed with Kiara Dolino on the Girls First Doubles arena where they fell to the Kauai team of Hoku Iseri and Katherine O’Neill, 2-6, 1-6.
Anna Burkman filled the Girls Second Singles court with a strong win over Kapaa’s Leila Nelson, 6-1, 6-1.
Kauai’s Second Doubles team of Miya Reese and Kirra Carvalho went to a tie-breaker over Kapaa’s Wailana Makepa and Jane Uribe in Kauai’s 6-3, 7-6(7-4) win, and the Raiders’ Third Doubles pair of Selma Tausend and Emily Melchor were 6-2, 6-3 winners over Warriors Ruby Jane Udaundo and Lexi Kennedy.
“We’re very proud of how hard our players fought today during some of the tough, closes matches,” said Kauai coach Shannon Burkman. “They remained focused, mentally strong, and made every point count under pressure.”
Carbonel’s loss to Buick on the Boys First Doubles resulted in Kauai taking the series 4-1 with victories on the remaining arenas.
Kai Villanueva’s calm and determined demeanor on the Boys Second Singles floor gave him the win over Kapaa’s Thomas Capelli, 6-3, 7-5.
On the Boys First Doubles floor, Kauai’s Micah Matsunaga and Christian Teves worked to a 6-1, 6-2 win over the Warriors’ Ian Dave Sotelo and Michael Amoyo, and on the Boys Second Doubles floor, the Raider duo of Dwayne Ancajas and Thaine Ochoco took a 6-0, 6-1 win over Kapaa’s Glenn Aguada and Kaimani Dryer.
Thomas Vetter paired with Matthew Rivers on the Boys Third Doubles floor to take a 6-1, 6-1 win over Kapaa’s La‘i Viernes and Carlos Ygov-Tapia to round out the day’s action.
Results from the Island School at Waimea High School courts were not available at press time.
Kauai High School next hosts Island School Saturday at the Timbers Kauai at Hokuala courts starting at 9 a.m. Kapaa High School will play Waimea at the Kauai Community College tennis courts starting from 1 p.m.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.