LAHAINA - Melissa Taketa is the prime example of the depth of the Lahainaluna High School girls tennis team.
Taketa, a senior, was last season's Maui Interscholastic League runner-up.
On Wednesday, she played No. 2 singles and rolled past Maui High's Kaimana Friedmann 6-4, 6-2 to lead Lahainaluna to a 4-1 team victory at the Lahaina Civic Center courts.
Lahainaluna’s Melissa Taketa returns a shot to Maui High’s Kaimana Friedmann during a No. 2 singles match Wednesday at the Lahaina Civic courts. Taketa won 6-4, 6-2 as the Lunas beat the Sabers 4-1 to improve to 5-0 on the season.
Glen Pascual photo
The Lunas improved to 5-0 in MIL play, and the Sabers fell to 3-1.
"There is a lot of competition this year, so this year I am focusing on just doing my best," Taketa said. "I'm just trying to leave a last impression."
The Maui High boys did not lose a set in a 5-0 team win over Lahainaluna, improving to 3-1. The Lunas fell to 2-3.
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|Seabury Hall 3, Kamehameha Maui 2|
|Maui High 5, Lahainaluna 0|
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Baldwin 3, King Kekaulike 2
Kamehameha Maui 5, Seabury Hall 0
Lahainaluna 4, Maui High 1
The defending MIL champion Lahainaluna girls have picked up right where they left off, with the addition of freshman Chantelle Baclay at No. 1 singles.
Baclay battled for over two hours Wednesday with Steffi Molina, who won 6-3, 7-6 (6).
"We have been getting ready for St. Anthony and Maui High, those teams have some tough players there," Lahainaluna coach Mac Pascual said. "I think we are pretty deep, top to bottom. Our No. 2 and No. 3 girls both extend Chantelle, and No. 4 is tough, and 5, 6, and 7 are all interchangeable. Chantelle and Steffi played a great match today - this league is tough."
Lahainaluna No. 3 singles player Charvie Duque and doubles tan-dems Joanna Aceret and Nicole Aceret, and Ezra Baccar and Lakeisha Ching gave up only two total games in their matches.
"We have been having pretty good practices, we have been working on specific plays over and over," Pascual said. "We're gearing towards improving each match."
The Sabers boys, MIL semifinalists last year, have been boosted by Joey Baldwin and Devan Kepler of Kihei Charter School, which sends athletes to Maui High for sports it does not field.
Baldwin beat Jordan Baclay 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and Kepler defeated Max Linder 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2. The only other match played for the boys was Scott Patterson and Kelly Griffith's 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 doubles.
"When we got these two players from Kihei Charter, it just gave us a better opportunity to be even more successful," said Maui High coach Ian Cohen, a former assistant to Pascual at Lahainaluna.
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Lahainaluna Girls 4, Maui High 1
No. 1 singles-Steffi Molina, Maui High, def. Chantelle Baclay, 6-3, 7-6 (6). No. 2 singles-Melissa Taketa, Lahainaluna, def. Kai-mana Friedmann, 6-4, 6-2. No. 3 singles-Charvie Duque, Lahainaluna, def. Lauren Rios, 6-0, 6-0. No. 1 doubles-Joanna Aceret and Nicole Aceret, Lahainaluna, def. L.J. Gabiana and Lee Ah Lee, 6-2, 6-0. No. 2 doubles-Ezra Baccar and Lakeisha Ching, Lahainaluna, def. Samantha Segundo and Evangelina Llamas, 6-0, 6-0.
Maui High Boys 5, Lahainaluna 0
No. 1 singles-Joey Baldwin, Maui High, def. Jordan Baclay, 6-3, 6-1. No. 2 singles-Devan Kepler, Maui High, def. Max Linder, 6-1, 6-3. No. 3 singles-Eric Lazo, Maui High, won by default. No. 1 doubles-Scott Patterson and Kelly Griffith, Maui High, def. Jarret Pascual and Jake Francis, 6-2, 6-3. No. 2 doubles-Chris Naputi and Brandon Agpaoa-Thompson, Maui High, won by default.