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Kealakehe’s Doubles Switch Pays Dividends in BIIF Tennis

Kealakehe's Jeff Gelman and CJ Daub - #1 BIIF doubles team

   Considered to be one of the biggest tennis matches in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation regular season Waiakea and Kealakehe, two undefeated teams, went head to head on Saturday.

   The ‘Riders traveled to Waiakea in a showdown to determine who would be the top dog in BIIF team tennis as the two teams waited from the sidelines for two hours while rain delayed play.

   Both matches were decided by each schools number 3 doubles teams with Waiakea winning the girls, 3-2, and Kealakehe taking the boys by the same score.

   “I think, for us, this is one of the most important games of the season,” Waiakea boys coach Bill Brilhante, Jr. said prior to the match.  “I decided to play a straight up line up and fell victim to a lineup switch by Kealakehe.”

    With Waiakea having two of the top individual players in the BIIF and Kealakehe returning the league’s best doubles champions in Chandler “CJ” Daub and Jeffrey Gelman the showdown rested with the lineup changes produced by ‘Rider coach Jerome Kanuha. 

  “I knew they had better singles players than us,” Kanuha said.  “I decided to take my top singles player and put him into the doubles lineup.”

   The strategy paid off for the crafty Kanuha as Waiakea swept the two singles matches and Kealakehe won the three doubles matches to walk away with the 3-2 team victory over the Warriors.

  The Waiakea boys showcased two of their best individual players in Kaito Mizutani and Kallen Mizuguchi.


“Kaito (Mizutani) is ranked #2 in the state for boys 16 and Kallen (Mizuguchi) is ranked at #5 in the state for boys 18,” Coach Brilhante said.

  Mizuguchi made easy work out of ‘Rider Chase Richmond winning in straight sets of 6-1.

   “The only thing working today was my serve,” Mizuguchi said after the match.  “I was thrown off a little when he (Richmond) played at a different pace.  I was expecting something harder and faster and he kept changing the speed and that threw me off.”

   Mizuguchi played a solid all around game with a lightning fast serve and six aces to go with a consistent ground game.

   “My backhand is the most improved part of my game from last year,” Mizuguchi said.  “I think I got everything going in my game, but I still need to work on the mental aspects.  I took a long break by spending two weeks in Japan and it feels like I’m slowly coming back.”


The Warriors number two seed, Kaito Mizutani, won in straight sets 6-1, 6-0 over Aaron Hudman and also displayed a good all around game.

   “He’s (Hudman) pretty much the best I’ve played this season,” Mizutani said.  “I still need to keep working on the basics, my forehand and backhand, and I need to be more patient and not go after every shot.”

   Meanwhile defending BIIF doubles champions, CJ Daub and Jeffrey Gelman, was showing why they have yet to lose a regular season match in league play as they won 6-4, 6-1 over Warriors Chad Hara and Isaiah Brilhante.

   “We’ve been playing together for five years and we get along well and have a good friendship,” Gelman said.

   The duo won the doubles championships last year as freshman and look to continue their domination.

   “We’ve known each other since preschool and we like playing together,” Daub said.

   Kealakehe’s #2 doubles team of Shoyo Tsukamoto and Spencer Travalino defeated Garry Murayama and Caden Yamamoto 6-0, 6-1 and teammates Dillon Castillo and Chris Lysiuk beat Waiakea’s Chris Simons and Kris Shigehara 6-2, 7-5.

   For the girls it was Kealakehe’s three time BIIF individual champion, Sayo Tsukamoto, beating a talented Ceara Sumida by identical scores of 6-1.


‘Rider teammate Daisy Green, playing in the #2 singles spot, defeated Warrior Leisha Ishikawa in straight sets of 6-0.

   Playing in the shadow of Tsukamoto, Green has quietly gone undefeated in BIIF regular season play last year as a freshman and continues her streak into her sophomore year.

   “I make less mistakes that the people I play and I just wait for them to make the errors,” Green said.  “I use top spin on my serves and my ground stokes have worked well for me.  I just need to be more aggressive and not sit back on the ball.”

  With the two individual matches going to the Kealakehe the defending girl’s team champions had to just sit back and wait for one of their doubles teams to come through with a win.

  Waiakea bounced back when their doubles teams swept Kealakehe to win the overall team scoring 3-2.

   For Warriors #1 doubles team of Samantha Maesato and Chelsea Sato is was a marathon afternoon that went the full three sets.  The Warriors beat the talented duo of Crystal Makaiwi and Kristen Winther 6-3, 2-6 and 7-5.

   In the #2 doubles match it was Warriors Kaede Kanzawa and Stephanie Matsuura beating out Tiera Makaiwi and Tammi Nedlic, 6-2, 6-4 to make things interesting.

   Like in the boys play everything came down to the #3 doubles team of Warriors Qiana Hironaka and Shala Kushi who made a comeback against Lauren Fujino and Maura Montenero.

   After losing the first set 6-3 the Warrior duo rallied to win the second set 7-5 and closed the team victory with a final 6-3 score.


March 28, 2010 Posted by | tennis | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

BIIF Tennis Season Kicks Off – Results and Standings

Photo by Rick Ogata

as of 3/6/10
Kealakehe 2-0   Kamehameha 2-0
Waiakea 1-0   Waiakea 1-0
Konawaena 1-0   Konawaena 1-0
HPA 1-0   Kealakehe 1-0
Hilo 0-1   Hilo 0-1
Kamehameha 0-1   HPA 0-1
St. Joseph 0-1   St. Joseph 0-1
Parker 0-2   Parker 0-2
Kohala 1-0   Laupahoehoe 1-0
Honokaa 0-0   Honokaa 0-0
Makua Lani 0-0   Makua Lani 0-0
Pahoa 0-0   Pahoa 0-0
Kau 0-0   Kau 0-0
Keaau 0-0   Keaau 0-0
Laupahoehoe 0-1   Kohala 0-1

 BIIF Tennis Results 3/3/10

 Boys     Hilo 0 , Kealakehe 4

Singles:  Spencer Travalino (KEAL) def. Daniel Tada (Hil) 6-4, 6-2

Singles:  Chris Lysiuk (KEAL) def. Alex Zavarro (Hil) 5-7, 7-5, 6-2

Doubles:  Chandler “CJ’ Daub (KEAL)/ Jeffrey Gelman (KEAL) def. Jonathan Maesato (Hil)/ Devin Chu (Hil) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles:  Shoyo Tsukamoto (KEAL)/ Dillon Castillo (KEAL) def. Richard Weiser (Hil)/ Dillon Kell (Hil) 7-6(3), 6-4

Doubles:  Brandon Sawada (KEAL)/ Brian Tu (KEAL) vs. Reyn Yoshioka (Hil)/ Justin Takeda (Hil)  Did not report score

 Girls     Hilo 1 , Kealakehe 4

Singles:  Sayo Tsukamoto (KEAL) def. Kendall Tada (Hil) 6-2, 6-1

Singles:  Daisy Green (KEAL) def. Grace Riley (Hil) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles:  Crystal Makaiwi (KEAL)/ Karina Keith (KEAL) def. Sarah Nako (Hil)/ Reina Sako (Hil) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles:  Sabryna Yates (KEAL)/ Kristen Winther (KEAL) def. Stacie Lim (Hil)/ Joyce Iwashita (Hil) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles:Clarissa Crawford (Hil)/ Megan Cabison (Hil) def. Cierra Abellara (KEAL)/ Cecilia Stolzlechner (KEAL) 6-4,6-3

Boys     Waiakea 5 , St. Joseph 0

Singles:  Kaito Mizutani (WHS)) def. Gunnar Austin Lee (SJ) 6-0, 6-0

Singles:  Kallen Mizuguchi (WHS) def. Yu-Jen Chen (SJ) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles:  Isaiah Brilhante (WHS)/Chad Hara (WHS) def. Christian Borris (SJ)/Sawyer Rogers (SJ) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles:  Christopher Simmons (WHS)/Gary Muriuma (WHS) def. Robert D’Anna (SJ)/ Christopher Wyrick (SJ) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles:  Kris Shigehara (WHS)/ Caden Yamamoto (WHS) def. Dante Fernandes (SJ)/ Matthew Katibah (SJ) 7-6(3), 6-4

  Girls      Waiakea 5 , St. Joseph 0

Singles:  Leisha Ishikawa (WHS) def. Corinne Quinajon (SJ) 6-2, 6-1

Singles:  Candice Roddie (WHS) def. Amber Masulit (SJ) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles:  Kaede Kanzawa (WHS)/ Stephanie Matsuura (WHS) def. Lucy Grimm (SJ)/ Stephanie Tait (SJ) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles:  Quiana Hironaka (WHS)/ Sayla Kushi (WHS) def. Samantha Thorsen (SJ)/ Malia Nemeth (SJ) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles:  Julie Hara (WHS)/ Sara Matsuura (WHS) won by default

 Boys     Parker 2 , Kona 3

Singles:  Taylor Nakamoto (Kon) def. Kenyon Smith (PAR) 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3

Singles:  Elliot Warkus (PAR) def. Trevor Yamagata (Kon) 6-3, 6-1

Doubles:  Josh Inaba (PAR)/ Kai Inaba (PAR) def. Caelen McHale (Kon)/ Justin Uchimura (Kon) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles:  Anthony Ganuelas (Kon)/ Conrad Iranon (Kon) def. Charlie Charbonneau (PAR)/ Shotaro Kume (PAR) 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-2

Doubles:  Daniel Leleiwi (Kon)/ Matthew Savella (Kon) def. Kieran Najita (PAR)/ Cary Hoy (PAR) 6-1, 6-1

 Girls    Parker 2 , Kona 3

Singles:  Jenna Gerdsen (PAR) def. Cassiday Ching (Kon) 6-0, 6-0

Singles:  Emilie Skladzien (PAR) def. Kacey Kim (Kon) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles:  Alyssa Inaba (Kon)/ Jessica Ching (Kon) def. Madi Pozner (PAR)/ Marit Winborne (PAR) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles:  Jacqueline Moctezuma (Kon)/ Emma Hayko (Kon) def. Shelby Watson (PAR)/ Ajana Lowrey (PAR) 6-3, 6-4

Doubles:  Ashley Teshima (Kon)/ Hedwyne Dario (Kon) def. Lauren Sweere (PAR)/ Zhasmena Jasmine Asoyan (PAR) 7-5, 7-5

 Boys     Kamehameha 0 , HPA 5

Singles:  Jake Moran (HPA) def. Hunter O. Christensen (KS) 6-0, 6-0

Singles:  Michael Monahan (HPA) def. Matt K. Yamamoto (KS) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles:  Zane Moran (HPA)/ Sam Nam (HPA) def. Keoni K. Wong (KS)/ Shaun Kagawa (KS) 6-1, 7-5

Doubles:  Bobby Souza (HPA)/ Santa Chirathivat (HPA) def. Francis L. Kaho’okaulana-Sulpriz (KS)/ Harley Smith (KS) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles:  Won Joon Kim (HPA)/ Hiroki Kawalkami (HPA) def. Casey Chai (KS)/ Elijah Pung (KS) 6-0, 6-0

  Girls       Kamehameha 4 , HPA 1

Singles:  Erin Wakefield-McDonald (HPA) def Kekai Turner (KS) 6-1, 6-3

Singles:  Tehani Sewell (KS) def. Jackie Ornellas (HPA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

Doubles:  Amanda R. Lerma (KS)/ Kahealani R. Kanuha (KS) def. Na Yoon Kim (HPA)/ Rosa Lee (HPA) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles:  Corin N.L. Kim (KS)/ Jaci Macida (KS) def. Eun Sol Lee (HPA)/ Claire Rho (HPA) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles:  Rebekah S.K. Friel (KS)/ Shariyah (Yaya) Campbell (KS) def. Mikeala Owen (HPA)/ Bua Rojanai (HPA) 6-2, 6-1

March 7, 2010 Posted by | tennis | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment