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By Nate San Nicolas

Knights' Kwang Jin Lim and Fujin Shimoda compete in the first doubles match of the day. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Knights’ Kwang Jin Lim and Fujin Shimoda compete in the first doubles match of the day. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Despite the constant rain and pour the past couple of days, mother nature decided to change things for Tuesday afternoon’s first tennis matches of the season. With clear skies and nice warm weather, no one could ask for a more perfect day to open up the 2013 IIAAG Girls and Boys high school tennis season, and what an opening it was!

The Agana Tennis Courts hosted very impressive performances as the St. John’s Knights defeated the Guam High Panthers 28-13 in the Boys Division and 24-15 in the Girls Division. Knights’ top players David Okuhama and You Young Cho showcased their talents and what they have to bring to the table beating both their Panther opponents 8-2.

Panthers' Isaac Smith returns a hard serve in the boys singles match. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Panthers’ Isaac Smith returns a hard serve in the boys singles match. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

And in the girls division, both the Panthers and the Knights had fabulous single players. Panthers’ Chloe Gadsden blanked out Annette Kang 8-0, while the Knights’ very own Allie Lai displayed her tennis skills by pulling off a blank-out of her own, beating Panthers’ Samantha Wilson 8-0.

At the Tamuning courts, the Father Duenas Friars showed they mean business this year. Losing their top two players, Kenta Tanimoto to graduation and Alex Ornbo to off-island transferring, the Friars were still able to come up with their first win of the season defeating the Harvest Eagles 28-10. With a 48 game win streak, FD is the team everyone is aiming to take down, but don’t expect the Friars to go down without a fight.

Official Scores:

Boys
SJS Knights 28, GHS Panthers 13
– David Okuhama (SJS) def. Isaac Smith (GHS) 8-2
– You Young Cho (SJS) def. Noah Olsen (GHS) 8-2
– Anthony John/Tom Park (SJS) def. Alvin Alvarez/Zane Smith (GHS) 8-1
– Ben Bloom/Addisen Basarto (GHS) def. Fujin Shimoda/Kwang Jin Lim 8-4

FDMS 28, Harvest 10
– Joshua Cepeda (FDMS) def. Alfred Chan (HCA) 8-0
– Andrew Chung (FDMS) def. Tommy Lee (HCA) 8-1
– Jared Lee / Cain Takasu (HCA) def. Justin Johnson / Jonathan Toves (FDMS) 8-4
– Alfonso Garcia / Lucas Martin (FDMS) def. Jaein Noh / Tanish Bhojwani (HCA) 8-1

Girls
SJS Knights 24, GHS Panthers 15
– Chloe Gadsden (GHS) def. Annette Kang (SJS) 8-0
– Allie Lai (SJS) def. Samantha Wilson (GHS) 8-0
– HaeMin Song/Angella Chang (SJS) def. Kaitlin Brooks/Lou Mafnas (GHS) 8-5
– Margaux San Nicolas/Angela Park (SJS) def. Keri Brooks/Cayling Hubble (GHS) 8-2

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