Tennis Takes OIA Championship

Tennis Takes OIA Championship

Henry Hawes

     On April 7, the boy’s and girl’s tennis teams finished the regular season by taking home the OIA West Team Championship title. The final match, played at Central Oahu Regional Park (CORP), saw the teams facing their rivals, Pearl City High School. The season ended with the girl’s team suffering only one loss and the boy’s team going undefeated.

    “I couldn’t have asked for better coaches and a better team,” said Hawaii Technology Academy (HTA) Sophomore Hunter Fujimori, who won the individual OIA Boys Doubles title alongside teammate HTA Freshman Aidan Rooney. “We’re really close to each other, so we just felt really relaxed when we were playing.”

    The boy’s perfect record this season was a big accomplishment, “We never lost a match and that just felt really good to me,” said Fujimori.

    Fujimori’s cousin and four season veteran on the varsity team Senior Taryn Fujimori took the individual OIA Girls Doubles title with the help of Sophomore Kylie Hull. “I think the team support, just supporting each other and the will to never give up, I think that was huge,” said Taryn Fujimori.

    Despite the success, the championship did not come without hardships. “That was probably the most challenging time we’ve ever had to claim the title and it just really brought us together as a team. And it really showed how hard everyone was willing to go,” said Senior Brianna Hull.

    The hard work the team put in throughout the season helped earn them a spot in the State Championships. “We qualified for States so it’s really exciting to know that in my senior year I get to play at States again,” said Brianna Hull.

    A select number of players competed for state titles from May 3 to 5 at CORP. Taryn Fujimori and teammate Kylie Hull took sixth place for the girls doubles and Hunter Fujimori and Rooney came in fourth place for the boys doubles.