Na Alii girls, boys triumph
PUKALANI – The playoffs for Maui Interscholastic League girls tennis start today.
It took until the final individual match of the season to decide which teams would be in the semifinal contests.
King Kekaulike High School sophomore Nicole Armour outlasted Kamehameha Maui’s Annie Ohashi-Sides 2-6, 7-6, 7-5 at No. 3 singles to help Na Alii defeat the Warriors 3-2 on Wednesday at Kamehameha’s on-campus courts.
Both teams thought the results had left them on the outside of the playoffs, but after going deep into the tiebreak procedures, both advanced. The team result left Na Alii, the defending MIL champion Warriors and Baldwin all at 6-2 in the MIL East Division standings.
“It does, it feels really good,” the 5-foot-2 Armour said. “I’m just, like, super excited. We didn’t like fully win everything.”
After going down to the third tiebreaker, Kamehameha emerged as the division champion and after going one more tiebreaker deep, King Kekaulike grabbed the final spot in the four-team playoffs.
The first tiebreaker is head-to-head results and each team was 1-1 against each of the tied foes. The second tiebreaker is individual matches and all of the team matches between the three ended in 3-2 scores.
The next tiebreaker is least number of sets lost against a tied opponent and the results there were Kamehameha Maui 21-21 in sets among the trio, while Baldwin and King Kekaulike were each 22-22.
The final tiebreaker before a coin flip is least number of games lost between the tied and Na Alii held a 98-89 advantage in games against Baldwin this season.
Keenan Reader, the Maui Preparatory Academy athletic director who is in charge of MIL tennis, said a final determination could not be determined Wednesday by looking at the league’s rulebook. He will have a conference call with league coaches and MIL Executive Director Joe Balangitao this morning to determine a final outcome.
“We knew we were still in the mix,” King Kekaulike coach Reuben Dela Cruz said. “We beat Baldwin the second time and now we beat Kamehameha the second time, so now it comes down to the tiebreaker – sets lost and then games lost.”
Both coaches felt it would come down to No. 3 singles to decide Wednesday’s match because the Warriors had an advantage in the first two singles matches and Na Alii was tough in doubles.
Kamehameha sophomores Kylee Kato and Sarah Ikioka each lost just one game in winning the Nos. 1 and 2 singles, while Na Alii’s tandems Emi Abe and Jaccie Hisashima, and Charlotte Clark and Claire Gragas each swept their matches.
The King Kekaulike boys won their team match 3-2.
“MIL tennis, it’s close, it’s pretty competitive,” Dela Cruz said. “The girls and the boys today, I’m real happy.”
Kamehameha coach Nalani Cagasan was concerned about letting her girls know if they had a playoff match today or not.
“It has been so close, especially on our (East Division) side,” Cagasan said. “Nicole and Annie really battled in that long No. 3 singles match. We might have to start counting games and what might work in our favor there is our two little hotshots blowing people out, Kylee and Sarah.”
In the final boys doubles match, Kamehameha brothers Micah and Chandler Alo – both first-team MIL soccer All-Stars – wrapped up their first tennis season with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Joshua Lundberg and Wyatt Roan.
“It was so fun, we had such good chemistry,” said Chandler, a senior headed for Notre Dame de Namur to play soccer in the fall. “It was a great experience and we really bonded.”
Micah Alo said he and his brother are seeking a state berth when the MIL tournament roll around.
“I’m amped for it,” he said. “We just have to work together, use that dual chemistry and we will be good.”
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KING KEKAULIKE GIRLS 3, KAMEHAMEHA MAUI 2
No. 1 singles-Kylee Kato, KSM, def. Mattie Anderson, 6-0, 6-1; No. 2 singles-Sarah Ikioka, KSM, def. Jaelyn Domingo, 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 singles-Nicole Armour, KK, def. Annie Ohashi-White, 2-6, 7-6, 7-5; No. 1 doubles-Emi Abe and Jaccie Hisashima, KK, def. Mikayla Lau and Mehana Fisher, 6-4, 7-5; No. 2 doubles-Charlotte Clark and Calire Gragas, KK, def. Kia Takamori and Michelle Nakashima, 6-2, 6-0.
BALDWIN GIRLS 4, SEABURY HALL 1
No. 1 singles-Sancia Nash, Seabury Hall, def. Jessica Pressman 6-4, 6-1. No. 2 singles-Malorie Murakami, Baldwin, def. Jessie Haylor 6-3, 6-1. No. 3 singles-Molly Murai, Baldwin, def. Maya Grimm 6-0, 6-0. No. 1 doubles-Nicole Matsui/Kayla Bisquera, Baldwin, def. Lauralei Singsank/Anna Ezzy 6-3, 6-2. No. 2 doubles-Amanda Barr/Kiara Cummings, Baldwin, Berry Beadles/Jackie Benson 7-6, (3), 6-4.
KING KEKAULIKE BOYS 3, KAMEHAMEHA MAUI 2
No. 1 singles-Aaron Monoogan, KK, won by default; No. 2 singles-Joshua Demotropolis, KK, def. Damian Kuluhiwa, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 singles-Ed Juan, KSM, by default; No. 1 doubles-Meric Griffith and Nik Gudzikowski, KK, def. Zach Luis and Chase Nakagawa, 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 doubles-Micah Alo and Chandler Alo, KSM, def. Joshua Lundberg and Wyatt Roan, 6-1, 6-1.
BALDWIN BOYS 3, SEABURY HALL 2
No. 1 singles-Shota Shirota, Baldwin, def. Mackenzie Wilson 7-5, 6-3. No. 2 singles-Bud Kaiwi, Baldwin, def. Teddy Wilson 6-0, 6-1. No. 3 singles-Bjorn Nelson, Seabury Hall, def. Kaulana Pu’u 6-2, 6-1. No. 1 doubles-Shayan Shirkhodai/Jonah Adelman, Seabury Hall, def. Ethan Gazmen/Riley Caldwell 6-1, 6-1. No. 2 doubles-Zack Coomer/Nick Figueroa, Baldwin, Matthew Lugo/Ben Pells 6-3, 6-2.