Championship matchups set in MIL tennis
WAILUKU – The Maui Interscholastic League tennis season is going out with a bang.
Three semifinal contests were decided in the final match on Friday, one day after a three-team girls playoff needed to finalize the playoff field went down to the wire.
The Molokai High School boys beat Seabury Hall 3-2 at War Memorial Courts, and Maui High did the same to Baldwin at Kahului Community Center.
Kamehameha Maui’s girls team advanced to today’s championship round with a 3-2 win over Lahainaluna at Wells Park, while Baldwin swept St. Anthony.
The Warriors and Lunas kicked off the tight showdowns.
After the teams split their first four matches, Kamehameha’s Sarah Ikioka defeated Nicole Aceret 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.
“We were up and up. She’s a really good player,” Ikioka said of Aceret. “I started off really nervous but then when I heard my teammates cheering on for me my head kind of went up and I felt confident.”
The Warriors, seeking to repeat as champions, will face the Bears for the second time in three days – Baldwin beat Ka-mehameha 3-2 on Thursday.
“It’s going to be pretty nerve-racking,” said the Bears’ Molly Murai, who on Friday won her No. 3 singles match against Sarah Nolette 6-4, 6-3. “We know how good Kamehameha is.”
Amanda Barr, who teamed with Kiara Cummings-Carone for a win at No. 2 doubles for Baldwin, also knows there will be pressure on her and the team to repeat its performance against Kamehameha.
“Getting to the championships was the goal in the beginning of the season and this year we got things done,” Barr said after a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Emily Ferreira and Megan Dorheim.
Molokai sewed up its spot in the boys final when the No. 2 doubles team of Conan Kawano and Kaiea Dowling beat Matthew Lugo and Ben Peus 7-6 (5), 1-6, 6-1.
“I thought we were toasted in the first (set) because it was 5-2, but we came to 6-5 and didn’t even let them score,” Kawano said.
Dowling said they were aware that the other matches had finished, and that their coaches came to calm them down entering the final set.
“(They) told us to work hard and don’t stop moving,” he said. “I wanted to stay one more day.”
The Sabers are the defending boys champions.
Maui High No. 1 singles player Joey Baldwin, last year’s individual champion, played for the first time in three weeks and beat Soha Shirai 6-4, 6-2.
“I went to Oahu and played a bunch of matches in a row and ended up hurting my calves – both of them in the last match,” Baldwin said, adding that he pulled a back muscle as well.
“Usually I play better when I take some time off because my body is fresher,” Baldwin said. “There was a lot of pressure because it was two-all and everything was resting on this match. But it was a lot of fun having all my teammates there to cheer me on.”
The boys matches had been scheduled for Wells Park, but were moved because of rain. Today’s matches are to be played at Wells Park.
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BALDWIN GIRLS 5, ST. ANTHONY 0
No. 1 singles-Nicole Matsui, Baldwin, def. Alice Rossmann 6-2, 6-3. No. 2 singles-Jessica Pressman, Baldwin, def. Tia Seki 6-1, 6-0. No. 3 singles-Molly Murai, Baldwin, def. Sarah Nolette 6-4, 6-3. No. 1 doubles-Malorie Murakami and Kayla Bisqueira, Baldwin, def. Ali Hanna and Ivana Vega 6-2, 6-3. No. 2 doubles-Amanda Barr and Kiara Cummings-Carone, Baldwin, def. Emily Ferreira and Megan Dorheim 6-4, 6-0.
KAMEHAMEHA MAUI GIRLS 3, LAHAINALUNA 2
No. 1 singles-Kylee Kato, Kamehameha Maui, def. Joanna Aceret 6-0, 6-0. No. 2 singles-Sarah Ikioka, Kamehameha Maui, def. Nicole Aceret 6-4, 6-2. No. 3 singles-Quincy Taguchi, Kamehameha Maui, won by default. No. 1 doubles-Joanne Uzzanti and Charvie Duque, Lahainaluna, def. Mehana Fisher and Mikayla Lau 6-2, 6-4. No. 2 doubles-Maile Amine and Shania Abut, Lahainaluna, def. Julie-Anne Ohashi-Sides and Michelle Nakashima 6-2, 6-0.
MOLOKAI 3, SEABURY HALL 2
No. 1 singles-Shayan Shirkhodai, Seabury Hall, def. Keoki Kaulia 6-0, 5-0, retired. No. 2 singles-Mackenzie Wilson, Seabury Hall, def. Caulen Angelsea 6-2, 6-0. No. 3 singles-Mikah Matson, Molokai, def. Bjorn Nelson 6-3, 6-2. No. 1 doubles-Pono Chow and Kai DeCosta, Molokai, def. Jonah Adelman and Teddy Wilson 6-1, 6-2. No. 2 doubles-Conan Kawano and Kaiea Dowling, Molokai, def. Matthew Lugo and Ben Peus 7-6 (5), 1-6, 6-1.
MAUI HIGH 3, BALDWIN 2
No. 1 singles-Joey Baldwin, Maui High, def. Soha Shirai 6-4, 6-2, retired. No. 2 singles-Kelly Griffith, Maui High, def. Riley Caldwell 6-2, 6-0. No. 3 singles-Ezekiel Cawigan, Maui High, def. Kaulana Puu 6-0, 6-2. No. 1 doubles-Bud Kaiwi and Ethan Gazmen, Baldwin, def. Devan Kepler and Anthony Buduan 7-5, 6-3. No. 2 doubles-Zach Loomer and Nick Figueiroa, Baldwin, def. Eric Lazo and Jan Erwin Bio 6-4, 6-4.