LAHAINA - The Lahainaluna High School girls tennis team flexed its muscle against St. Anthony on Friday with a squad that was at full strength.
The Lunas won all five matches in straight sets at the Lahaina Civic Center courts - dropping only six games altogether - to clinch the Maui Interscholastic League West Division title.
"We had our full squad this time around and everybody pulled through," said Lahainaluna assistant coach Edwin Pascual. "We've been having really good practices, really keying in on the matches with St. Anthony."
Lahainaluna High School’s Joanne Uzzanti (left) and Nicole Aceret celebrate the final point of their 6-0, 6-3 win over St. Anthony’s Ali Hanna and Alice Rossmann during the Lunas’ 5-0 victory over the Trojans on Friday at the Lahaina Civic Center courts.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
Shania Abut of Lahainaluna hits a return on the way to defeating Sarah Nolette 6-0, 6-0.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
The Lunas and Trojans each finished the regular season 7-1, splitting their two meetings, but Lahainaluna was awarded the championship by virtue of winning seven of the 10 head-to-head matches.
When the teams met in mid-March, the Lunas were without three players and lost 3-2 after forfeiting at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles.
On Friday, Joanna Aceret defeated Tia Seki 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, Charvie Duque defeated Ivana Vega 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 and Shania Abut beat Sarah Nolette 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3. In doubles, Nicole Aceret and Joanne Uzzanti defeated Alice Rossman and Ali Hanna 6-0, 6-3 and Maile Amine and Krizzia Sunio beat Megan Dorheim and Laura Dodson 6-1, 6-0.
|x-clinched playoff berth|
|y-clinched division championship|
|Kamehameha Maui 5, Lanai 0|
|Lahainaluna 5, St. Anthony 0|
|Maui High 2, Molokai 2, match suspended|
|Kamehameha Maui at Lanai, 9 a.m.|
|Maui High at Molokai, 10 a.m.|
|* * *|
x-clinched playoff berth
Molokai 3, Maui High 2
Lahainaluna 3, St. Anthony 2
Lanai 4, Kamehameha Maui 1
Kamehameha Maui at Lanai, 9 a.m.
Maui High at Molokai, 10 a.m.
Joanna Aceret, a sophomore who was the MIL runner-up last season, improved to 7-0 on the year.
"I think I played pretty decent. I've been working on a different part of my game a lot and I was finally able to use it today, unlike many other days," said Aceret, who added she tried to be more aggressive and attack the ball. "Tia was really good. She was able to hit some really good serves and hit a lot of balls back, but I thought I played really good today."
St. Anthony and Lahainaluna will both be in the MIL team playoffs, which start Thursday.
"The girls played as well as they could," said Trojans coach Joe Gage. "They made some mistakes obviously, but Lahainaluna had a lot to do with some of the mistakes they were making. That's how good they were. It's one of those games where we couldn't get it together I guess."
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LAHAINALUNA GIRLS 5, ST. ANTHONY 0
No. 1 singles-Joanna Aceret, Lahainaluna, def. Tia Seki 6-0, 6-1. No. 2 singles-Charvie Duque, Lahainaluna, Ivana Vega 6-0, 6-1. No. 3 singles-Shania Abut, Lahainaluna, Sarah Nolette 6-0, 6-0. No. 1 doubles-Nicole Aceret and Joanne Uzzanti, Lahainaluna, Alice Rossman and Ali Hanna 6-0, 6-3. No. 2 doubles-Maile Amine and Krizzia Sunio, Lahainaluna, beat Megan Dorheim and Laura Dodson 6-1, 6-0.
MAUI HIGH GIRLS 2, MOLOKAI 2
No. 1 singles-Genica-Mae Aban, Maui High, def. Alohalyn Espejo 6-4, 6-4. No. 2 singles-Amber-Lee Lana, Maui High, def. Kea'a Davis 6-3, 7-5. No. 3 singles-Evangelina Llamas, Maui High, leads Geisha Nunez 6-2, 4-6, 3-2 (susp., darkness). No. 1 doubles-Oceana Madani and Xrystina Bicoy, Molokai, def. Sydney Green and Samantha Segundo 6-3, 7-5. No. 2 doubles-Monalisa Espejo and Mae Alvarez, Molokai, won by default.
KAMEHAMEHA MAUI GIRLS 5, LANAI 0
No. 1 singles-Kylee Kato, Kamehameha Maui, def. Christine Haban 6-0, 6-0. No. 2 singles-Mikayla Lau, Kamehameha Maui, won by default. No. 3 singles-Quincee Taguchi, Kamehameha Maui, won by default. No. 1 doubles-Mehana Fisher and Sarah Ikioka, Kamehameha Maui, def. Caroline Stuck and Karla Calso 6-1, 6-0. No. 2 doubles-Kia Tehata and Michelle Nakashima, Kamehameha Maui, won by default.
MOLOKAI BOYS 3, MAUI HIGH 2
No. 1 singles-Devan Kepler, Maui High, def. Keoki Kaulia 6-0, 6-0. No. 2 singles-Kelly Griffith, Maui High, def. Caulen Angelsea 6-3, 6-4. No. 3 singles-Micah Matson, Molokai, def. Ezekiel Cawigan 6-3, 6-2. No. 1 doubles-Pono Chow and Kai DeCosta, Molokai, def. Anthony Buduwan and Eric Lazo 6-3, 6-1. No. 2 doubles-Conan Kawano and Kaiea Dowling, Molokai, def. Kelvin John Bio and Jan Erwin Bio 6-1, 6-0.
LAHAINALUNA BOYS 3, ST. ANTHONY 2
No. 1 singles-Max Linder, Lahainaluna, def. Jack Merritt 6-1, 6-2. No. 2 singles-Keoni Miranda, Lahainaluna, def. Bryant Sanchez 6-1, 6-0. No. 3 singles-Jonathan Ibanez, St. Anthony, def. Arden Domawa 6-0, 6-0. No. 1 doubles-Jarret Pascual and Radon Sinenci, Lahainaluna, def. Luke Gage and Daniel Raikes 6-1, 6-1. No. 2 doubles-Noah Castleton and Jason Runyan, St. Anthony, Blaine Casil and Ethan Kaleiopu 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
LANAI BOYS 4, KAMEHAMEHA MAUI 1
No. 1 singles-Marc Pader, Lanai, def. Chase Nakagawa by default. No. 2 singles-Harrison Ganir, Lanai, def. Damian Kuluhiwa 6-0, 6-1. No. 3 singles-Kacy Sabin, Lanai, def. Ed Suan 6-4, 6-2. No. 1 doubles-Cody Patterson and John Pante, Lanai, def. Zach Luis and Kona Dancil 6-4, 6-1. No. 2 doubles-Chandler Alo and Micah Alo, Kamehameha Maui, def. Ian Ruaboro and Omar Etrata 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-2.