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Top seeds move on in state tennis

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The top seeds are cruising through the early part of the bracket at the Carlsmith Ball/HHSAA State Tennis Championships at Lahaina, Maui.

Chas Okamoto of Kapolei wasted no time getting into the quarterfinals in boys singles, beating Daniel Tada of Hilo 6-0, 6-0 in the first round, then beating Isaiah Brilhante of Waiakea by the same score in the second round.

No. 2 seed Kento Tanaka-Tamaki of St. Anthony defeated Brandon Tsuha of Pearl City 6-0, 6-0 and No. 3 seeded Robin Kiyabu of Punahou beat Jhun Gumboc of Maui 6-2, 6-1.

No. 8 seed Kaito Mizutani of Waiakea was the only seeded player to fall, losing to Issei Funatsu of Punahou 3-6, 6-1 (8).

Sarah Dvorak of Waiakea, the top seed on the girls side, beat Kaila Nip of Lahainaluna 6-2, 6-1 before sweeping Kristen Nakamura of Aiea. Punahou’s Scout Shutter was the highest seeded girl to lose (No. 6), falling to Cori Cummings of Le Jardin 1-6, 6-1, (7). Katie Kim of Punahou beat No. 8 Kimberly Takara of Mililani 0-6, 7-6 (3).

Each of the top eight seeds advanced in boys doubles, and every seed moved on in girls doubles except No. 7 seeds Michele Saiki and Kelly Hamamura of Baldwin, who fell to ‘Iolani’s Alison Goo and Kara Okazaki 6-1, 6-2 in the first round. Goo and Okazaki won their second match to reach the quarters.

The third and fourth rounds will be held today with the final tomorrow.

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