Posted with permission, article and pictures, from Chaminade University
HONOLULU – The Chaminade University women’s tennis team put a wrap on the 2022 season Tuesday, falling to Cal Lutheran, 4-0, at Keehi Lagoon Park.
The Silverswords (0-11) proved worth opponents for the Regals (10-6), who entered the match ranked No. 11 in the ITA NCAA Division III West Region rankings.
In opening doubles action, Chaminade’s No. 3 team of Marisa Luna (Kahului, Maui, Hawai’i/Maui) and Skye Haraga (Kaneohe, O’ahu, Hawai’i/Punahou) took two points from CLU’s Sophia Gawrit and Lauren Sebastian.
Meanwhile, Kayleen Lau (Wailuku, Maui, Hawai’i/Kamehameha-Maui) and Salamasina Robertson (Hau’ula, O’ahu, Hawai’i/Kahuku) took Mari Bufkin and Brennan Foreman – the 13th-ranked tandem in Division III West Region – to a 5-2 score when the match was left unfinished after CLU closed out Kylie Ye (Honolulu/Asia Pacific International School) and Sydney Danielson (Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake) in the No. 2 spot.
In singles, Lau lost a close first set to Foreman, 6-4, in the No 1 spot while Ye had a back-and-forth match against Carolina Groff Hinojosa, surrendering just two games in the second set at singles No. 3. Robertson managed to take a game from Luisa Garcia in the first set at No. 2 singles and trailed in the second.
All three matches were left unfinished after the Regals took Nos. 4, 6 and 5 in order to win the required three singles contests to clinch. Lau’s match was about to start the second set when Cal Lutheran won the deciding singles match.
Following the match, the team celebrated the careers of Haraga, Lau, Luna and Robertson. Haraga and Robertson were seniors while Lau, a junior, will forgo her final year of athletic eligibility, to attend Boston University in the upcoming fall. Luna will forgo her final two years of eligibility to concentrate on her academic career at CUH.
Robertson departs with seven career victories, four in singles, while Lau ends with five wins, three in doubles action. Haraga, who began her collegiate athletic career on the ‘Swords’ basketball team in 2017-18 before making the move to tennis, has one career victory. Luna, who originally did not intend to play tennis when she arrived at Chaminade, showed remarkable improvement which showed down the stretch of this season.
1. Kayleen Lau (CUH) vs. Brennan Foreman (CLU) 4-6, unfinished
2. Salamasina Robertson (CUH) vs. Luisa Garcia (CLU) 1-6, 0-5 unfinished
3. Kylie Ye (CUH) vs. Carolina Groff Hinojosa (CLU) 1-6, 0-2 unfinished
4. Joslin Seaburg (CLU) def. Sydney Danielson (CUH) 6-0, 6-0
5. Heidi Levanen (CLU) def. Marisa Luna (CUH) 6-0, 6-0
6. Kayla Kling (CLU) def. Skye Haraga (CUH) 6-0, 6-0
Order of finish: 4, 6, 5
1. Lau/Robertson (CUH) vs. (-/11) Mari Bufkin/Foreman (CLU) 2-5 unfinished
2. Levanen/Seaburg (CLU) def. Ye/Danielson (CUH) 6-0
3. Sophia Gawrit/Lauren Sebastian (CLU) def. Luna/Haraga (CUH) 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 3