Soft Tennis prevails at Oahu Interscholastic Association Individuals Tournament


Photo courtesy Soft Tennis Team

Seniors Cody Chun and Harrison Law, Soft Tennis OIA Champions. Senior Kimberly Mikesell and Junior Kami Kurizaki, runners up for girls doubles.

Jameson Huang, Staff Writer

Following their regular season, Moanalua’s soft tennis team competed in the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) Individuals Tournament. Two of Moanalua’s doubles pairings played in the finals, with one of them going on to win the OIA championships. The wins were not easy however, with Moanalua facing an uphill battle against top schools like Mililani and Roosevelt. With unyielding pressure, tightly-contested games, and an eager crowd watching, Moanalua pulled through with well-deserved wins. Seniors Harrison Law and Cody Chun won first place and became Soft Tennis OIA Champions. Senior Kimberly Mikesell and Junior Kami Kurizaki made it into the final round and were girls doubles runners up.

Each school entered four doubles pairings, each competing separately as a duo. Matches were first held at Mckinley where Moanalua faced doubles pairings from East side schools like Kalani, Mckinley, and Roosevelt. Law and Chun eventually beat Roosevelt’s 5th seeded team in a close match 5-4. Mikesell and Kurizaki were seeded 2nd and won a lopsided victory against Mckinley’s 1st seeded team 5-2. 

The top four doubles pairings from the East and West Side then met at Mililani the following week for the contest to become OIA Champions. The girls battled hard to clinch a victory against Mililani in the Semifinals 5-4. In the finals, fighting hard, they were defeated by the top seeded Mililani team 1-5.

 Law and Chun breezed by in the semis, beating the McKinley High School team 5-1. They faced an enormous challenge in their final round, however, needing to face the top-seeded team from the West, Mililani. 

The match started well for Law and Chun as they held their ground well and were aggressive from the start. During changeover, however, a line judge was called by the Mililani team in order to facilitate calls. Keeping a level head, Law and Chun got the score to 4-4, with the final game being the deciding one. The pressure was on. Rallying well, they were able to force errors from the Mililani team. It was now championship point. Chun was in the back, striking the ball well when finally, his shot hit the net tape and slid low enough to escape the grasp of the opposing team’s racket. They had done it. Harrison Law and Cody Chun became the 2022 OIA Soft Tennis Champions. 

“Even though we didn’t win the team championship, it felt nice to have something to show for ourselves,” Chun said. 

Moanalua’s soft tennis team had won both the team championship as well as the Individual championship in the previous year. Chun said that he felt like he was carrying on the legacy of his friends who had graduated.