Lahaina teams compete in Junior Team Tennis League
LAHAINA — The 2010 USTA MauiJunior Team Tennis League is going strong after almost a ten-year hiatus.
Lahaina Tennis Club’s Hot Shots and Guns & Roses compete in the 14-and-under division, while the Dyna-Mites play in the 12-and-under division.
Lee Killet coaches the Dyna-Mites, Efron Aceret leads the Hot Shots and Edwin Pascual heads the Guns & Roses team.
All of the players are from the Wakida’s Junior Program.
“Most notable is the outstanding play of some of the juniors against older and more experienced players,” noted coach Mac Pascual.
At the 2010 USTA Fall Junior Team Tennis Sectionals in Honolulu on Dec. 11-12, Hot Shots won the 12-and-under (2.5) Team Championships, beating three other team champions representing other parts of the state.
Dyna-Mites finished seventh out of eight teams, and Maui champion Guns & Roses was not able to participate. The team was one player short of the required minimum six per team for sectionals.
In the Maui Junior Team Tennis League that concluded on Dec. 4, two of the three Lahaina teams emerged as champions: Guns & Roses and Dyna-Mites.
Guns & Roses won the 14-and-under (3.0) Division, and Hot Shots (2.5) came in third in the same division.
Dyna-Mites (2.5) came from behind and topped their upper division as the 12-and-under (3.0 Level) champion.
All three teams from the Lahaina Tennis Club’s Junior Program qualified for the USTA Fall Junior Team Tennis Sectionals.
Guns & Roses won their division. Both Dyna-Mites and Hot Shots partially pre-qualified for the sectionals at the start of the season because they were the only teams in their rightful division (12-and-under 2.5 and 14-and-under 2.5, respectively). Both had to play up to fulfill another requirement for sectionals: play matches.
Maui’s league was formed at the end of the summer by Manny Fernandez to provide more competition for some of Maui’s up-and-coming and best juniors in a team format.
Fernandez received help from two public junior tennis program directors: Barbara Wallace of the Kihei Tennis Club and Pascual of Lahaina Tennis Club.
The 12-and-under Division features the Kihei Kidz, Makena Tennis Club and Lahaina Tennis Club Dyna-Mites.
In the 14-and-under Division, Lahaina Tennis Club has two teams (Hot Shots and Guns & Roses), along with the Makena Smashers and Wailea Aces.
The format consists of two singles and three doubles contests, eight-game pro set. The cumulative total number of games won from each match determines the team winner and eventual champion.