BLUE MOON BUZZ Thur, July 24 by Bruce Nagel
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Tonight was the night of the future. 11 year old Andrew Somerville, 14 year old Phuc Huynh and 15 year old Jace Akagi-Okuma all competed tonight, all played fearlessly, and two of them advanced to the Main Draw!
The night began with two brother teams squaring off on Center Court. 20 year old Quoc Huynh and his 14 year old brother played with poise far beyond their years. They had a reply for all the power and strategy that the top notch experienced team of Anthony Hatori and brother Brett Krueger had to offer. Quoc and Phuc advanced to the Main Draw 6-3, 6-1. They will face the #4 seeded team of Hendrik Bode and Pierre Tafelski Monday at 7:15pm.
Then, 15 year old Jace Akagi-Okuma and Ryan Murakami defeated the tough team of Ryan Adachi and Shermann Alconcel 7-6(7), 6-3. Talk about out of the frying pan into the fire. Jace and Ryan face the #1 seeded team of Dennis Lajola and Ikaika Jobe in the first round of the Main Draw Monday at 7:15pm.
At 7:15pm, on the Thomas Bowman Center Court, 4-time Men's Night Doubles Champion Henry Somerville and his 11 year old son Andrew faced the determined team of David Esteva and Evan Loya. David and Evan respected the talent of young Andrew and played the game straight up as they should. David and Evan won 6-0, 6-0. But not before young Andrew could impress all that watched. In the post game interview, Andrew took the mike, thanked his Dad, his Mom and his opponents. Class act all around.
Summary of Results from Thursday, July 24
Jace Akagi-Okuma/Ryan Murakami def. Ryan Adachi/Shermann Alconcel 7-6(7), 6-3
Quoc Huynh/Phuc Huynh def. Brett Krueger/Anthony Hatori 6-3, 6-1
David Esteva/Evan Loya def. Andrew and Henry Somerville 6-0, 6-0
Schedule for Friday, July 25
Friday is going to be a barn burner. There are seven representatives from the club!
Parking inside the grounds will be reserved for players, sponsors and KRC members, but even still it will probably fill to the gills. There will be extra parking at the Church of the Nazarene, 2 or 3 lots down, across the street from the club.
Roman Kop/Keven Wong vs. Scott Grimmer/Jeff Grimmer
Sage Katayama/Davin Lee vs. Todd Hall/Kevin Peebles
Jireh Lin/Jason Perron vs. Jared Carstenn/Rob Kennedy
Scott Nishimura/Kui Ramos vs. Eddie Acuna/Doug Hoshaw
SPECIAL NIGHTLY SPONSOR DRAWINGS! Leonard Loventhal of Honolulu Home Loans donated two fabulous gift packs. Pom Luxton from American Savings Bank won a gift pack of exotic beers and accessories, and Connie Pate of the Kailua Tennis Shop won a gift pack of delicious coffees and accessories!
Click HERE for the complete draw! (You will need to scroll down, click on "Draws" and then "choose the event" Click HERE to check out the Triple Crown standings.
Welp, that's all for now sportsfans! I look forward to seeing you at the best tennis club this side of the Mississippi!!!!
So endeth this edition of the BLUE MOON BUZZ. We look forward to seeing you at the "best tennis club this side of the Mississippi!"