Punahou sweeps state tennis team titles


The Punahou pair of Katie Kim and Ashley Ishimura celebrate after winning the girls doubles title. Brien Ing | SL
Punahou continued its dominance of state tennis, wrapping up its tenth girls title and twenty-second boys crown at the Carlsmith Ball State Tennis Championships at Central Oahu Regional Park.

While the boys had already wrapped up the team title at the conclusion of play on Friday, the girls team title was still up for grabs, with the doubles final between Punahou's Katie Kim and Ashley Ishimura and 'Iolani's Kristen Poei and Sari Kwee the deciding match.

But for at least one more year, the streak would continue for the Buffanblu, as the combo of Kim-Ishimura would win going away, 6-2, 6-1.

"I was excited." said Kim. "It was a chance to prove what we can do especially for our school."

"I think being excited was really important" added Ishimura. "Rather than just being nervous and feeling all the pressure, it think it was important for us to take it in a good way."

"We took out energy and we turned it into something really positive... it helped us to pull through." added Kim.

In boys doubles, it would be Punahou's Kamika Lam/Zander Kim winning 6-0 and 6-4 over 'Iolani's Darin Poei/Lawrence Ho.

"We played solid throughout" said Kawika Lam. "we consistently got ourselves into the point and our focus really kept us in it."

A good portion of the crowd on hand at CORP settled down to watch the Alyssa Tobita-Sarah Dvorak clash for the girls singles title, and the pair did not disappoint.  In a rematch of last year's title match, Mililani's Tobita would again prevail, 6-4 and 7-5, but Dvorak, a sophomore from Waiakea, battled all the way back from 5-love to make things a bit more interesting that Tobita would have preferred.

"I was just thinking 'you have to do it now' I was getting kind of tired, and a little worried about heading into a third set but I just told myself, right now, just one more, you got it... I really wanted it right there." said Tobita.

The final match to conclude on Saturday was the boys singles final, with Kamehameha's Marcel Chan battling back to defeat Punahou's Brandon Lee after dropping the first set, winning the last two, 6-3 and 7-5.

Chan's victory was the first one over Lee, who had beaten Chan twice already this season.

"It (winning the singles title) means a lot to me and both my coaches and everyone in the community (at Kamehameha) because it doesn't happen that often that we win one of these." said Chan.



: [2] Marcel Chan (Kamehameha Schools Kapalama) def. [1] Brandon Lee (Punahou) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5

Third Place: [4] Paul Okuda (Punahou) def. [3] Alec Wagner (Lahainaluna) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2


Championship: [2] Alyssa Tobita (Mililani) def. [1] Sarah Dvorak (Waiakea) 6-4, 7-5

Third Place: [5] Lani-Rae Green (Waimea) def. [7] Cori Cummings (Le Jardin) 6-2, 6-3


Championship: [1] Kawika Lam/Zander Kim (Punahou) def. [2] Darin Poei/Lawrence Ho (Iolani) 6-0, 6-4

Third Place: [3] Chandler Daub/Jeffrey Gelman (Kealakehe) def. [4] Connor Yim/Matt Perez (Punahou) 6-1, 6-3


Championship: [1] Katie  Kim/Ashley Ishimura (Punahou) def. [3] Kristen Poei/Sari Kwee (Iolani) 6-2, 6-1

Third Place: [2] Sarah Steele/Dani Young (Punahou) def. [4] Brooke Alcuran/Kara Okazaki (Iolani) 6-3, 6-2

Mililani's Alyssa Tobita defeated Sarah Dvorak to win her second straight singles title.






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