Tennis sweeps girls singles, ties doubles; boys go 1 for 4


Seniors Shanice Ka’aikala and Leeana Batungbacal high-five each other during their match on April 27.

By Jaylin Kekiwi, sports writer

With Senior Day at hand, the girls tennis team finished their home court matches by winning four matches out of five against Baldwin High School today, April 27, at the Kamehameha Maui tennis courts.

Freshman Sarah Ikioka, who played first singles, won both sets, 6-3 and 6-4 against her opponent, Taylor Duarte.

Freshman Kylee Kato, who played second singles, won both sets with identical scores of 6-0 against Molly Murai.

Sophomore Mikayla Lau won her third singles match by default.

Seniors Kelcey Lorenzo and Brandi Silva, who played first doubles, won their match with scores of 6-3 and 6-1 against Jessica Pressman and Jourdan Duarte.

Seniors Shanise Ka’aikala and Leeana Batungbacal, who played second doubles, lost against Jayna Thurman and Jade Thurman in their match, going into three sets with scores of 2-6, 6-3, and 1-6.

The boys ended up with three losses out of four. Junior Avinash Singh was the only one who won his match, playing second singles and winning both sets 6-4 and 6-2 against his opponent, Will Summers.

“I’ve never played singles before,” Singh said. “Everything that went good for me happened because of luck.”

Senior Devonte Llanes, who played first singles, lost his match with scores of 4-6 and 2-6 against Bud Ka’iwi.

Baldwin’s AJ Fernando won the third singles match by default.

Sophomore Ed Juan and freshman Kona Dancil lost their match against Ethan Gazmen and Riley Caldwell with identical scores of 1-6.

Afterwards, the team celebrated with Senior Day festivities, including food and a piñata. Decorations included signs and “IT’S NOT OVER” spelled into the court fence with tennis balls.

“The seniors were brilliant, in one word,” Singh said.