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Nikki Fernando of Seabury Hall continues to serve during the first set of his 6-3, 6-2 win over Larissa Teramur in a match for third place in the state singles tournament for girls on Saturday at the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch. Photos by The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER

KAANAPALI – As the only Maui Inter-School League player still standing on Saturday morning at the HMSA / HHSAA state tennis tournament, Nikki Fernando felt responsible and proud as she went out on the court at the Royal Lahaina tennis ranch.

Senior Seabury Hall, who will continue her career at Rhode Island University in the fall, dropped out of high school tennis with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Larissa Teramur of Kalahe in a third-place singles match.

The championship and matches for third place on the last day of the competition were delayed by two hours due to rain, but that did not take the ever-present smile off Fernando’s face.

After all, the entire spring sports record has been postponed since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I feel great, even though the goal is to win,” said Fernando. “I am extremely proud of how far I have come in the last two years. I haven’t played a real tournament format in the last two years, so I’m really proud to have come out and, like, (finished) the top three in the state. I can not believe it.”

Payton Jim On of Punahou (left) shakes hands with teammate Brandon Ramos after beating him in the boys singles final.

Fernando led the Spartans to five points, good enough to place them in fifth place in the team standings. Punahou escaped with the girls ’team crown with 22 points, 12 more than Iolani and Mid-Pacific, who finished equally in second place.

Maui High School won three team points for the girls, while King Kekaulike and Kamehameha Maui had one each.

“The main thing I had in mind was that I wanted to have fun playing,” said Fernando. “Before COVID, I felt a lot of pressure and I felt like I was burned out. So I thought, ‘I’m going to have fun here and if I win, I’m going to win. If I lose, I lose. ‘ Yesterday when I realized I would last until Saturday, I was more than proud of myself. I knew today, no matter who I play for, I’ll just have fun again. “

While Fernando carried the flag for the entire MIL on Saturday, that day could be called “Punahou Invitational.”

Second-year Buffanblu Payton Jim On – whose great-grandfather Tin Yan Jim On was a prominent athlete for Maui High when the campus was in Hamakuapok more than 50 years ago – pushed through the boys ’draw individually to win the crown.

Elise Wong of Punahou is back on her way to winning the singles title for girls.

He lost just three games in five state games, beating his Punahou teammate Brandon Ramos 6-1, 6-0 in the final.

“I feel really, really great, but it was hard,” said Payton Jim On. “I have to thank my team and of course Brandon showed a lot of heart out there. But I felt I was preparing a lot for this and I managed to win. “

Buffanblu had 33 points in the boys’ standings, 21 more than second-placed Waiakee. The boys Baldwin and Seabury Hall tied for sixth place with three points per piece. Kihei Charter scored one point in the boys ’team standings.

Punahou had two boys finalists individually, and the first three in the boys ’doubles competition, led by champions Tsubas Okada and Tanner Ige.

“Personally, it’s extremely competitive, but it’s also a lot of my friends that I’ve played against since I was little and we always go back and forth, like we were winning,” said Jim On. “It’s a very competitive place to play. Exercise is so much fun. We can joke and still be better. ”

In the girls, Elise Wong of Punahou won the singles title, and Punahou also had second and third place in doubles.

Julia Visaya Karli Vo Iolani won the doubles title for girls.

* Robert Collias is at [email protected]


HMSA / HHSAA National Championship

Saturday’s results

At the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch


Girls – Punahou 22, Mid-Pacific 10, Iolani 10, Mililani 8, Seabury Hall 5, Kalaheo 4, Maui High 3, Waiakea 3, Pearl City 2, Kamehameha Hawaii 2, Kaiser 2, King Kekaulike 11, Keala Hileke 11, Kalani 1, Konawaena 1, Kamehameha Maui 1, Hawaii Baptist 1.

Boys – Punahou 33, Waiakea 12, Iolani 7, Moanalua 6, Mililani 5, Seabury Hall 3, Baldwin 3, Mid-Pacific 2, Aiea 1, Campbell 1, Kahuku 1, Waipahu 1, Kalani 1, 1 Kaheiser.

Girls Singles

Championship– (1) Elise Wong, Punahou, def. (2) Kylie Canubida, Mid-Pacific, 6-3, 6-3.

Third place – (3) Nikki Fernando, Seabury Hall, def. (4) Larissa Teramura, Callaheo, 6-3, 6-2.

Girls couples

Championship– (1) Julia Visaya / Karli Vo, Iolani, def. (3) Jariahlyn Rhoades / Sophia Woofter, Punahou, 6-3, 6-1.

Third place – (2) Harley Wolters / Leyanne Hirota, Punahou, def. (4) Rozelyn Dizon / Kira Tobita, Mililani, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Single boys

Championship– (1) Payton Jim On, Punahou, def. (2) Brandon Ramos, Punahou, 6-1, 6-0.

Third place– (3) Lori Furuhata, Waiakea, def. (4) Gervase Ngo, Iolani, 6-1, 6-2.

Boys couples

Championship– (1) Tsubasa Okada / Tanner Ige, Punahou, def. (3) Alex Kinoshita / Aidan Baracao, Punahou, 6-1, 6-1.

Third place – (2) Cole Kurata / Conner Kurata, Punahou, def. (4) Maika Nucci / Bruin Yomono, Waiakea, 6-1, 6-3.

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