HONOLULU–The University of Hawaii women’s tennis team waited for the rain Saturday and Sunday morning to complete Sunday afternoon’s Rainbow Wahine Fall Invitational at the UH Tennis Complex.
Finally, instead of 9am HT, the last day of the tournament started at 2pm under sunny skies. Two of UH’s doubles teams won with Nikola Homolkova and Klara Novakova driving 6-2 past Air Force’s Abby Cotuna and Courtney Swift. Hawaii’s Rita Pinto nearly eclipsed the Falcons’ Sydney Fitch and Alexis Odom 6-1. Ana Vilcek and Satsuki Takamura lost in the tightest doubles match of the day to Andrea Le and Arianna Van Houweling of the Air Force in a tie-break 7-6 (5).
The Rainbow Wahine nearly swept their singles matches to record eight wins. Hawaii’s Kaitlyn Ralar returned after losing the second set to defeat Hawaii Pacific’s Rikona Murakami in the third set in a super tiebreak 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (8). UH’s Homolkova defeated HPU’s Abigail Wild in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, while Novakova held off the Sharks’ Elodie Busson with a break in the first set to lead to a 7-5, 6-1 win. Merrill kept things rolling, defeating HPU’s MIhoki Miyahara 6-3, 7-5. Madison Kim survived a fight with Air Force’s Alexis Odom that ended in a super tiebreak, 7-5 4-6 1-0 (6)
Satsuki Takamura, Anna Kern, and Ana Vilcek all won their singles matches in straight sets. Takamura fended off the Air Force Swift 6-4, 6-3 while Kern played well and knocked down Le of the Falcons 6-3, 6-1. UH’s Vilcek vs. Air Force’s Fitch match went into a second set tiebreaker, but Vilcek nearly threw a shutout to oust Fitch 6-2, 7-6 (1).
The Rainbow Wahine will complete its fall schedule and host Stanford, who placed 13th in the ITA in 2022. Unlike previous years, UH will host the Cardinal on O’ahu at the UH Tennis Complex on November 18 at 3:30 p.m. HT
Rainbow Wahine Fall Invitational
Day 2 results
UH Tennis Complex – Honolulu, O’ahu
Sunday 13 November 2022
Nikola Homolkova/Klara Novakova (UH) v Abby Cotuna/Courtney Swift (AF), 6-2
Rita Pinto/Alexis Merrill (UH) def. Sydney Fitch/Alexis Odom (AF), 6-1
Andrea Le/Arianna Van Houweling (AF) defeated. Ana Vilcek/Satsuki Takamura (UH), 7-6 (5)
Abigail Wild Murakami (HPU) defeated Madison Kim/Anna Kern (UH), 6-3
Kaitlyn Ralar (UH) def. Rikona Murakami (HPU), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (8)
Nikola Homolkova (UH) defeated Abigail Wild (HPU), 6-3, 6-4
Klara Novakova (UH) defeated Elodie Busson (HPU), 7-5, 6-1
Alexis Merrill (UH) defeated Mihoki Miyahara (HPU), 6-3, 7-5
Abigale Cotuna (AF) v Rita Pinto (UH), 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (6)
Satsuki Takamura (UH) def. Courtney Swift (AF), 6-4, 6-3
Anna Kern (UH) defeated Andrea Le (AF), 6-3, 6-1
Madison Kim (UH) def. Alexis Odom (AF), 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (6)
Ana Vilcek (UH) def. Sydney Fitch (AF), 6-2, 7-6 (1)