Led by accomplished seniors, Waiakea eyed first girls tennis state title before pandemic shutdown

The Waiakea girls tennis team. Front row: Saedie Wakida (11), Kianna Oda (12), Keilyn Kunimoto (12), Chloe Teramoto (12), Jade Ishimine (11). Middle row: Kate Newell (9), Mia Tulang (9), Alicia Chun (11), Lisa Miyazaki (10), Haley Teramoto (10), Maya Atwal (11). Back row: Assistant Coach Grant Yamamoto, Makena Denault (9), Maile Brilhante (12), Jade Brilhante (10), Head Coach Bill Brilhante. Missing: Miya Yanagisawa (12), Assistant Coach Royden Chow. (Reed Takaaze/Courtesy Photo)

Waiakea High seniors Kianna Oda left, Maile Brilhante, center, and Keilyn Kunimoto all are set to continue their tennis careers at Division I schools. Courtesy Photo

This was supposed to be the Waiakea girls tennis team’s year, to not only shatter the belief that Punahou is unbeatable but that the Big Island has blue-chip Goliath talent, too.