MIL tennis: Top seeds cruise into tourney finals

The Maui News

The four top seeds in the Maui Interscholastic League individual tennis tournament combined to lose just 13 games through Friday’s semifinals at Lahaina Civic Center.

Singles top seeds Nikki Fernando of Seabury Hall (girls) and Justin Powell of Baldwin (boys) have dropped just four games apiece through three matches en route to clinching spots in today’s finals.

In the girls singles final, Fernando — the MIL runner-up as a freshman in 2019 — will face Spartans teammate Alexa de Crinis, who eliminated secod-seeded Paula Esteve Rodriguez of King Kekaulike 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

The boys final will see Powell take on third-seeded Manoli Placourakis of Seabury Hall — Placourakis defeated No. 2 Chris Muller of Lahainaluna 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals.

The doubles finals will pit No. 1 vs. No. 2 seeds.

The top-seeded Bears boys pair of Ean Allencastre-Higuchi and Kai Matsui — who saw their first action of the tournament Friday after receiving byes through Day 1 — made the final with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Kamehameha Maui’s Jaxon and Jayden Pahukula, the No. 3 seed. They will play Indi Petrone and Alex Ferayorni of Kihei Charter in the final.

The girls doubles final features top-seeded Jordyn Luna and Hie Luna Beamer of Maui High — the pair have lost just three games through three matches so far — against Kamehameha Maui’s Beryl Lau and Keakealani Cashman.


MIL Tennis


Friday’s Results

At Lahaina Civic Center

Girls singles


(1) Nikki Fernando, Seabury Hall, def. Chelsea Ramos, Lahainaluna, 6-0, 6-1.

(4) Erica Gumboc, Maui High, def. Johnnie Holland, Maui Prep, 6-0, 6-0.

(3) Sophia Kato, Maui High, def. Lia Reisenauer, Seabury Hall, 6-3, 6-0.

Alexa de Crinis, Seabury Hall, def. (2) Paula Esteve Rodriguez, King Kekaulike, 6-1, 6-1.


Fernando def. Gumboc 6-2, 6-1.

De Crinis def. Kato 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Boys singles


(1) Justin Powell, Baldwin, def. Lucas Utsch, Seabury Hall, 6-2, 6-2.

Alexaner Smith, Hana, def. (4) Brandon Yu, Seabury Hall, 6-2, 6-4.

(3) Manoli Placourakis, Seabury Hall, def. Andy Webber, Maui Prep, 6-2, 6-0.

(2) Chris Muller, Lahainaluna, def. Liam Mabbutt, Seabury Hall, 6-2, 6-0.


Powell def. Smith 6-0, 6-0.

Placourakis def. Muller 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2.

Girls doubles


(1) Jordyn Luna/Hie Luna Beamer, Maui High, def. Sundi King/Sylvia Lipp, Kihei Charter, 6-0, 6-1.

Tanya Kari/Grace James, Kihei Charter, def. (4) Kolea Suehiro/Aubrey Ahana, Kamehameha Maui, 6-3, 6-3.

(3) Jenna Payba/Taliah Cabatu, Maui High, def. Emi Wunder/Piilani Kaeo, Kamehameha Maui, 6-4, 6-1.

(2) Beryl Lau/Keakealani Cashman, Kamehameha Maui, def. Julia Chou/Paris Doan, Seabury Hall, 6-0, 6-1.


Luna/Luna Beamer def. Kari/James 6-2, 6-0.

Lau/Cashman def. Payba/Cabatu 6-0, 7-6 (6).

Boys Doubles


(1) Ean Allencastre-Higuchi/Kai Matsui, Baldwin, def. Kahiau Snyder/Devin-Rey Ceballos-Lagazo, Kamehameha Maui, 6-0, 6-0.

(3) Jaxon Pahukula/Jayden Pahukula, Kamehameha Maui, def. Kai Shing/Skye Curley, Baldwin, 6-1, 6-2.

Evan Lipetz/Max Huston, Seabury Hall, def. (4) Angelo Baysa/Nicholas Bews, Maui High, 6-3, 6-2.

(2) Indi Petrone/Alex Ferayorni, Kihei Charter, def. Evan Lipetz/Max Huston, Seabury Hall, 6-2, 6-0.


Allencastre-Higuchi/Matsui def. Pahukula/Pahukula 6-0, 6-2.

Petrone/Ferayorni def. Lipetz/Huston 6-3, 6-3.


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