Tuesday, September 11, 2012

MIL TENNIS TOURNAMENT: Qualifying Day 2 – April 20, 2012

With some of the players from Lahainaluna eliminated on Day 1, there was still a lot of players to shoot, especially those who had byes on Day 1. So it was another full day of shooting. Another full day of getting blacker. Yay.

In boys singles,#1 seed Alec Wagner advanced to the championship on Saturday after defeating Will Summers of Baldwin 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinal and Steven Narasaki of Baldwin, 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinal. #4 seed Jordan Baclay defeated Bud Kaiwi of Baldwin 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinal but lost to his cousin, #2 seed Jhun Gumboc of Maui High 4-6, 2-6 in the semifinal. Alec will play Gumboc for the title on Saturday. Jordan will face Narasaki for 3rd place.

In girls singles, #4 seed Melissa Taketa got past Joudan Duarte of Baldwin 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinal and upset #2 seed Marissa Williams of Seabury Hall 6-3, 6-1 in the semifinal. Melissa is reaching her peak at the right time. Paige Pasion lost to friend and training partner Jaye Orikasa of Kamehameha Maui 2-6, 3-6 in the quarterfinals. Melissa will face Alicia Ballesteros of St. Anthony for the title on Saturday. Paige will try to qualify for states via a round-robin on Saturday. She needs to win 3 matches to go to States.

In boys doubles, #4 seed McNeil Magdaong and Max Linder defeated Caldwell/Ooka of Baldwin 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals but were stopped by Kog and Tengan of King Kekaulike 0-6, 1-6 in the semifinals. They will have to qualify for states via a round-robin on Saturday.

In girls doubles, Maile Amine and Lakeisha Ching’s magical run through the tournament came to a stop at the hands of the #1 seeds Rachel Pascual and Taylor Duarte of Baldwin, 1-6, 0-6 in the second round.  The senior-freshman tandem of Jasmine Garde and Valerie Duque got past the second round with a default win over Kaaikala/Lorenzo of Kamehameha Schools Maui, but were defeated by the #3 seed team of L.J. Gabiana and Steffi Molina of Maui High 2-6, 2-6 in the quarterfinals. The #4 seeded team of Ezra Baccar and Charvie Anne Duque defeated Bisquera/Hasegawa of Baldwin 6-2, 6-1 in the second round and won a gritty, hard-fought three setter against Batungbacal/Okazaki of Kamehameha Schools 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3) in the quarterfinals. The #2 seeded team of Nicole Aceret and Chantelle Baclay got past athletic seniors Gaddis/Goings of Baldwin 6-4, 6-2 in the second round and defeated Calvan/Giebink of King Kekaluike 6-0, 7-5 in the quarterfinals. Unfortunately, two Lahainaluna teams will be facing each other in the semifinals on Saturday for a shot at the title. On the bright side, a Lahainaluna team is guaranteed a shot for the title. Jasmine and Valerie will try to qualify for states via round-robin.

Good luck to all Lahainaluna players and to my niece Rachel.

For Maui News article, click here.

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