Sunday, May 04, 2014

Alyssa Tobita streak ended by freshman

St. Francis freshman Taylor Lau defeated defending three-time state champion Alyssa Tobita of Mililani 6-1, 6-3 to win the girls singles title at the Carlsmith Ball/ HHSAA State Tennis Championships in Wailea, Maui, on Saturday.

"After it was over, I was sad for Alyssa," Lau said. "It's always good winning, but it's sad seeing the effects that winning can have on people because she was trying to win it four times."

Lau, who is rated a four-star recruit and ranked 80th in her age group nationally by tennisrecruiting.net, earned her bronze ball by finishing third in a junior tournament in Mobile, Ala., in March.

She also won the USTA President's Day Junior Section Championship in February and the Wailuku Winter Junior Sectionals in January. Lau advanced through her bracket with 6-0, 6-0 wins in her first three matches. In the semifinals, she beat ILH champion Ashley Ishimura of Punahou by winning 3-6, 6-2, (2).

 *** [5/3/14]

One match is all that separates Mililani's Alyssa Tobita from a 4-peat in girls singles.

The senior swept past third seed Lani-Rae Green out Waimea 7-5, 6-1 in the semifinal round of the Carlsmith Ball/HHSAA State Tennis Championships on Maui on Friday. 

She got into the semifinal with a quarterfinal win earlier in the day, a sweep of sixth seed Serena Le of Punahou, 6-0, 6-0. Tobita faces St. Francis' Taylor Lau for the title. 

*** [5/2/14]

Mililani senior Alyssa Tobita is two days away from her fourth straight girls singles title.

Tobita swept Baldwin's Jessica Pressman 6-0, 6-0 in the first round of the Carlsmith Ball/HHSAA State Tennis Championships on Maui on Thursday and followed it up with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Kaiser's Lisa Owen in the second round. She will take on Serena Le of Punahou in today's quarterfinals and either third seed Lani-Rae Green of Waimea or OIA runner up Hina Goldsmith of Roosevelt in the semis.

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