State tennis: Fernando tops Teramura to place third – Maui News

Seabury Hall’s Nikki Fernando follows through on a serve during the first set of her 6-3, 6-2 win over Larissa Teramura in the state tournament girls singles third-place match Saturday at the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

KAANAPALI — As the only Maui Interscholastic League player still standing on Saturday morning at the HMSA/HHSAA stat…….

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Seabury Hall’s Nikki Fernando follows through on a serve during the first set of her 6-3, 6-2 win over Larissa Teramura in the state tournament girls singles third-place match Saturday at the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

KAANAPALI — As the only Maui Interscholastic League player still standing on Saturday morning at the HMSA/HHSAA state tennis tournament, Nikki Fernando felt a sense of responsibility and pride as she took the court at the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch.

The Seabury Hall senior, who is headed to the University of Rhode Island to continue her career in the fall, left high school tennis with a win, 6-3, 6-2 over Larissa Teramura of Kalaheo in the third-place singles match.

The championship and third-place matches on the final day of the event were delayed two hours due to rain, but that didn’t take the ever-present smile off Fernando’s face.

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

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

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

Fernando led the Spartans to five points, good enough to place them fifth in the team standings. Punahou ran away with the girls team crown with 22 points, 12 more than Iolani and Mid-Pacific, which finished tied for second.

Maui High scored three girls team points, while King Kekaulike and Kamehameha Maui each had one.

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

While Fernando was carrying the flag for the entire MIL on Saturday, the day could have been called the “Punahou Invitational.”

Buffanblu sophomore Payton Jim On — whose great grandfather Tin Yan Jim On was a standout athlete for Maui High when the campus was located in Hamakuapoko more than 50 years ago — rolled through the boys singles draw …….

Source: https://www.mauinews.com/sports/local-sports/2022/05/state-tennis-fernando-tops-teramura-to-place-third/

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