Overall, Lahainaluna had a successful run.
In Boys Singles, Alec Wagner won the championship in a heated match over Western Division rival Jhun Gumboc of Maui High, 6-3, 6-3. The fans in the stands were definitely anti-Alec, but he ignored all that on his way to the title. Jordan Baclay qualified for states, finishing 3rd with a win over Steven Narasaki of Baldwin.
In MIL girls singles, Melissa Taketa fell to Western Division rival Alicia Ballesteros of St. Anthony 2-6, 6-7(4) in the final. Paige Pasion fell short of qualifying for the HHSAA tournament, going 2-1 in round robin play with a loss to Michaela Thompson of King Kekaulike.
In Boys Doubles, McNeil Magdaong and Max Linder qualified for States by winning their round-robin pool. Awesome job, boys!
In Girls Doubles, mixed feelings. Lahainaluna’s number 2 seeded freshmen tandem of Nicole Aceret and Chantelle Baclay defeated their teammates, #4 seed Ezra Baccar and Charvie Duque in the semifinals that morning. Aceret and Baclay did not have enough left in the tank, however, and lost to Baldwin’s experienced #1 seeded doubles led by my niece Rachel Pascual and her partner Taylor Duarte, who had lost the championship last year to their Baldwin teammates. On one hand, I was sad for the Lunas who came close. On the other hand, I was very happy for my niece Rachel, who ends her high school tennis career the same way she started her high school tennis career – as a MIL doubles champion. (She won the MIL Doubles in 2009 as a freshman, partnering with her older sister Ashley, who was a senior). Ezra Baccar and Charvie Duque settled for fourth place, losing to Gabiana and Molina of Maui High. Still, they are assured a trip to States. The team of Garde/Duque did not win their round-robin and did not qualify for states.
Too bad I can’t make it to States to take photos of your competition. I will, however, lend my camera to my brother. Good luck to all!
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