The Molokai boys tennis team made history last Saturday by winning the high school’s first ever Maui Interscholastic League tennis title.
Playing at the Wailea Tennis Club, the doubles team of Kamanu Pascua and Pono Chow defeated Dillon Koga and Ray Tengan from King Kekaulike 6-3, 6-3.
Pascua, a 6-foot-4 senior, plays football in the fall. “It feels awesome,” Pascua told The Maui News after the match. “First ever from Molokai and it feels good that Pono Chow and I took it this year. I feel so blessed that our hard work paid off in the end.”
For Chow, it was his third year playing in the MIL tournament and the first time he had even won a set in the league championships.
As a team, the Molokai boys improved from 1-7 last year to 7-1 this year, behind the strength of the Chow and Pascua doubles team. Both players competed in singles last year. This year’s success came from twice daily practices and setting a goal of winning the MIL tournament as a doubles team.