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Isle tennis teams heading for nationals

West Hawaii Mauna Kea Breakers (Photo courtesy of Lynn Beittel)

West Hawaii Mauna Kea Breakers (Photo courtesy of Lynn Beittel)

Hawaii 24/7 Staff

The USTA Hawaii Pacific Adult 55 & Over League Championships were held July 26-27 at the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park in Honolulu.

Three teams from the Big Island advanced to the national championships after winning their section championships. Two of the women’s teams play out of the Mauna Kea’s Seaside Tennis Club.

The section’s top teams battled it out in the sunny summer heat of Honolulu for a weekend of tennis. Nearly a quarter of the matches were taken to third set tiebreakers and there were many close two set victories before the champions were crowned.

Oahu took home the 6.0 Women’s and 7.0 Men’s Divisions while West Hawaii teams went undefeated in their flights to take home the Women’s 7.0 and Women’s 8.0 titles.

Closing out the weekend of tennis was East Hawaii’s Men’s 8.0 team who went 4-0 to earn themselves a glass ball title.

The section champions head to Surprise, Arizona for the national tournament. Levels 6.0 and 8.0 play Oct. 31-Nov. 2, while Levels 7.0 and 9.0 play Nov. 7-9.

Hawaii Pacific Adult 55 & Over Team Champions

6.0 Women

Oahu District’s team who plays out of Oahu’s public facilities captained by Elizabeth Maki and Gwendolyn Murai put up a 3-1 record on the competition. Runner-up East Hawaii captained by Carolyn Lum-Bellem put up a strong fight during the competition including losing a nail biter 2-1 match that would have made it come down to individual matches won to determine the standings.

7.0 Women

The West Hawaii Mauna Kea Breakers team, captained by Emily Tate, lost just one individual match in a third set tie-breaker throughout the entire weekend of competition to maintain an undefeated 4-0 team record. Their 2-1 win came against the team from Oahu, 55 Shades of Grey captained by Patricia Stevens, who placed second in the tournament.

7.0 Men

Clyde Miyasato’s 7.0 team from Oahu, Hana Hou, lost just 44 games out of 190 games played to clinch the 7.0 Men’s Division. There closest match came against Edward Allen’s West Hawaii team who play out of Holua Tennis Center on the Big Island.

8.0 Women

In one of the most closely contested divisions of the weekend, West Hawaii’s team out of Seaside Tennis at the Mauna Kea captained by Pat Jamesson advanced on to Nationals. The Mauna Kea team clinched the Division with a 12-10 match tiebreaker win over the Kauai team, captained by Marilyn Char, to claim a 2-1 victory.

8.0 Men

East Hawaii’s Grant’s Team, captained by long-time captain Grant Yamamoto, went 4-0 to advance to the Adult 55 & Over Men’s 8.0 National Championships. All four of their matches were won 2-1 including three out of four coming down to matches decided in a match tiebreaker.

Hawaii Pacific Adult 55 & Over Singles Champions

6.0 Women
Oahu – Munch Bunch – Gwendolyn Murai and Elizabeth Maki

7.0 Men
Oahu – Hana Hou – Clyde Miyasato

7.0 Women
West Hawaii – Mauna Kea Breakers – Emily Tate

8.0 Men
East Hawaii – Grant’s Team – Grant Yamamoto

8.0 Women
West Hawaii – Lava Girls SL55 – Pat Jamesson

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