Sports briefs: Boys tennis picks up two wins; volleyball boys lose two at home; baseball team beats Lanai
Although rain has washed out a few athletic competitions over the past couple of weeks, the Molokai High School teams continue to go strong.
On Friday, boys and girls tennis matches between Molokai and St. Anthony at War Memorial Courts in Wailuku were rained out. The teams met Saturday at 6:30 a.m. at Lahaina Civic Center courts and Molokai then played Lahainaluna at 9 a.m.
The boys team beat St. Anthony three matches to two. The Trojans took the number-one and number-two singles matches with Molokai winning the third singles and both doubles matches.
In No. 1 singles, Luke Gage, St. Anthony, defeated Pono Chow 7-6, 5-7, 6-3. At No. 2 singles, Daniel Raikes, St. Anthony, beat Ka’i DeCosta, Molokai 5-7, 6-0, 6-0. Molokai’s Mikah Matson defeated Noah Castleton 6-2, 6-3 in No. 3 singles. At No. 1 doubles, Keoki Kaulia and Caulen Angelsea, Molokai, defeated Bryant Sanchez and Jonathan Ibanez 6-4, 6-1. In No. 2 doubles, Molokai’s Conan Kawano and Kaiea Dowling defeated Jason Runyan and Phillip Fontaine 6-3, 6-2.
Against Lahainaluna, the Molokai boys won 4-1 in matches. Chow and DeCosta moved to doubles, which proved to be a successful strategy. The pair played doubles against the Lunas, and rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 win over Max Linder and Blaine Casil. Molokai’s No. 2 doubles team of Conan Kawano and Kaiea Dowling won by default.
In singles, the Luna’s Jarret Pascual defeated Keoki Kaulia 6-0, 6-0. In No. 2 singles, Molokai’s Angelsea defeated Radon Sinenci 4-6, 7-6, 6-2. Matson, for Molokai, beat Ethan Kaleiopu 6-2, 6-1 in No. 3 singles.
“So far this season, our team has worked hard and has great coaches,” Molokai’s Pono Chow told The Maui News. “We have, like, a coach for every three kids so we get a lot of one-on-one time.”
The girls team did not fare as well against Lahainaluna. The Lunas won 4-1 in match play. At No. 1 singles, Joanna Aceret, Lahainaluna, defeated Molokai’s Alohalyn Espejo 6-0, 6-0. At No. 2 singles, Nicole Aceret defeated Kea’a Davis of Molokai 6-1, 6-0. In No. 3 singles, Lahaina’s Maile Amine defeated Geisha Nunez 6-0, 6-0. At No. 1 doubles, Joanne Uzzanti and Charvie Duque, Lahainaluna, defeated Xristina Bicoy and Oceana Madani 6-0, 6-0. Molokai’s No. 2 doubles team of Monalisa Espejo and Mae Alvarez won by default.
The boys tennis team is now 5-1, hoping to match last year’s 7-1 team record that propelled them to the Maui Interscholastic League Division II title. The girls team dropped to 0-6.
The baseball team traveled to Lanai on March 21 and defeated the Pine Lads 12-0 in five innings. Ena Victorino led the Farmers with a 2-for-4 hitting performance including a home run and two RBIs while Kahananui Alcon went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Nohi Meyer was the winning pitcher with 10 strikeouts on a one-hitter. A rematch the next was rained out and has not been rescheduled.
King Kekaulike visited Molokai over the weekend and beat the Farmers in two volleyball matches.
On Friday, King K swept through Molokai in three straight sets, 25-20, 25-17 and 25-22.
The next day, the Farmers opened with a lot of energy and defeated King K in the first two sets 25-16 and 25-18. But the home team could not keep the momentum going and dropped the next three sets, 25-19, 25-16 and 15-11 to loss in five sets. Molokai is now 0-5 in the MIL this season.
This coming weekend, April 4 and 5, will be busy for home sports. On Friday, the tennis teams will play Maui High at the Molokai tennis courts starting at 3:30 p.m. The baseball team will play Seabury Hall at Duke Maliu field, also starting at 3:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., the boys volleyball team plays Lanai at The Barn.
On Saturday, the golf team will be teeing up on Maui to determine the MIL individual titles. Maui High will play tennis again at 9 a.m. while Seabury and Molokai have a baseball rematch at Duke Maliu starting at 10 a.m. At noon, boys volleyball will play Lanai at The Barn again.