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Seabury’s Fernando to play for 3rd at state tennis

Nikki Fernando of Seabury Hall smiles during her state first-round match Thursday. — The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Seabury Hall’s Nikki Fernando won her quarterfinal match before bowing out in the semifinals of the HMSA/HHSAA State Tennis Championships at Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch on Friday.

Fernando, the Maui Interscholastic League girls singles champion, started the day with a 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory over Mid-Pacific’s Margaret Hoe, the No. 7 seed, in their quarterfinal.

That set up a semifinal showdown between Fernando, the No. 3 seed, and top-seeded Elise Wong of Punahou. Fernando gave Wong her toughest challenge yet of the tournament — the Buff ‘n Blue standout had dropped just four games total through her first three state matches — before Wong eventually prevailed 6-2, 6-3.

Fernando will face Kalaheo’s Larissa Teramura today for third place.

Finals and third-place matches are scheduledo start at 8:30 a.m. today at Royal Lahaina. All four finals will feature all-Interscholastic League of Honolulu matchups, with six of eight finalists from Punahou.

MIL champions Justin Powell of Baldwin and Hie Luna-Beamer and Jordyn Luna of Maui High were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Powell, the No. 5 seed in boys singles, dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision to top-seeded Payton Jim On of Punahou. Luna-Beamer and Luna, the No. 7 seed in girls doubles, had their state run ended by the Buff ‘n Blue’s Jariahlyn Rhoades and Sophia Woofter, the No. 3-seeded team.

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HMSA/HHSAA STATE TENNIS CHAPIONSHIPS

Friday’s Results

At Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch

QUARTERFINALS

Girls Singles

(1) Elise Wong, Punahou, def. (6) Denby Nagata, Kamehameha Hawaii, 6-2, 6-0.

(3) Nikki Fernando, Seabury Hall, def. (7) Margaret Hoe, Mid-Pacific, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

(4) Larissa Teramura, Kalaheo, def. (8) Asiya Sharipova, Iolani, 6-3, 6-3.

(2) Kylie Canubida, Mid-Pacific, def. (5) Arissa Dang, Mililani, 6-4, 6-1.

Girls Doubles

(1) Julia Visaya/Karli Vo, Iolani, def. (5) Kiora Kunimoto/Chloe Takahashi, Waiakea, 6-3, 6-4.

(4) Rozelyn Dizon/Kira Tobita, Mililani, def. (8) Reina Visaya/Aureana Wong, Kaiser, 6-4, 3-6, (6).

(3) Jariahlyn Rhoades/Sophia Woofter, Punahou, def. (7) Hie Luna-Beamer/Jordyn Luna, Maui, 6-0, 6-0.

(2) Harley Wolters/Leyanne Hirota, Punahou, def. (6) Cassidy Kawashima/Kacy Kaneshige, Punahou, 4-6, 6-3, (9).

Boys Singles

(1) Payton Jim On, Punahou, def. (5) Justin Powell, Baldwin, 6-0, 6-1.

(4) Gervase Ngo, Iolani, def. (6) Paul Brilhante, Waiakea, 4-6, 6-4, (5).

(3) Iori Furuhata, Waiakea, def. (7) Joshua Dela-Cruz, Moanalua, 6-4, 6-7 (1), (4).

(2) Brandon Ramos, Punahou, def. (8) Reyn Terao, Mililani, 6-3, 6-0.

Boys Doubles

(1) Tsubasa Okada/Tanner Ige, Punahou, def. (6) Brandon Law/Kelsen Martinez, Moanalua, 6-0, 6-0.

(4) Maika Nucci/Bruin Yomono, Waiakea, def. (8) Ryley Chang/Bryson Shibuya, Mililani, 7-5, 6-2.

(3) Alex Kinoshita/Aidan Baracao, Punahou, def. (5) Spencer Yamamoto/Glen Ngo, Iolani, 2-6, 6-4, (8).

(2) Cole Kurata/Conner Kurata, Punahou, def. (7) Haven Hepton/Braden Oshiro, Mid-Pacific, 5-7, 6-2, (8).

Semifinals

Girls Singles

Wong def. Fernando, 6-2, 6-3.

Canubida def. Teramura, 2-6, 6-3, (7).

Girls Doubles

Visaya/Vo def. Dizon/Tobita, 6-1, 6-0.

Rhoades/Woofter def. Wolters/Hirota, 5-7, 6-3, (10).

Boys Singles

On def. Ngo, 6-0, 2-0 (ret).

Ramos def. Furuhata, 6-1, 6-4.

Boys Doubles

Okada/Ige def. Nucci/Yomono, 6-1, 6-3.

Kinoshita/Baracao def. Kurata/Kurata, 6-3, 6-7 (5), (8).

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