Women’s Tennis Action Starts This Weekend At Kailua Club

When it comes to entertainment value in the local sports community, it’s hard to top Kailua Racquet Club’s Men’s Night Doubles Tournament on summer evenings. That hasn’t stopped the club from trying to top itself, however.

Fifteen years after KRC added a Women’s Night Doubles Tournament to its annual calendar, the event has come to rival the men’s tourney in popularity. And this year, there will be yet another twist: mixed doubles.

The Creative Energy Women’s and Mixed Night Doubles Tournament runs Nov. 1-8, free to the public, on its favorite theme, “A Better World.” The racquet club has donated more than $90,000 to charities since the women’s event began at 629 Oneawa St. For more information, call 263-4444.

For fans, the tournaments offer an idyllic atmosphere in addition to first-rate tennis. Seating is close to the action, and the food is prepared by club chef Camille Komine.

Kailua girls volleyball team earns state tournament berth

As the old sports adage goes, it’s not how you start, but how you finish. The Kailua High School girls volleyball team can relate, after enduring a seven-game losing streak during its recent OIA season.

The Surfriders have fared much better in the post-season, now that the OIA has split into Division I and II for its post-season play. (The OIA pits DII against DI teams during its regular season.) Wins over Waipahu at home and Radford on the road propelled Kailua into last Friday’s OIA’s White title game versus Kalaheo. Regardless of the outcome of that game, Kailua already had clinched a berth in next week’s Division II state championships because of its upset of Radford in the semifinals last Wednesday. Radford has been the West’s top-seeded tea for the OIA tournament before being upset by the Surfriders. Kailua’s run of late allowed it to improve its record to 6-7, heading into the weekend. Kailua also had upset Division I Castle Oct. 6 in its home finale.

Kalaheo, which was 8-4 at press time, was making its second-straight OIA White title game appearance, having finished second to Radford in 2013.