Photo Gallery: Meet Molokai

Monday, April 28, 2014 /by
Ka’i Decosta returns with a power forehand on Molokai's "grass courts." (Photos by Pono Asano)
Ka’i Decosta returns with a power forehand on Molokai's "grass courts." (Photos by Pono Asano)

Molokai High School's tennis team typifies the phrase "for the love of the game." Assistant Coach Pono Asano asked each of his players what they love about tennis as their season—and for some, their time in high school—comes to a close.

You can read more about Molokai's inspirational story here.


Name: Pono Chow (Team Captain)
Grade: Senior
Seasons Played: 4
Career High: 2013 MIL’s Doubles Champion, 2014 MIL’s Doubles Bronze Medalist, 2014 MIL’s Boys Team Silver Medalist

“I love the competition, team sport, and coaching. I love the discipline which helps me grow in both tennis and life. Being the team captain, it helped me work harder, which gave me a stronger mental game because I needed to keep cool for the team. It was an earned respect.”


Name: Ka’i Decosta
Grade: Senior
Seasons Played: 2
Career High: 2014 MIL’s Doubles Bronze Medalist

“I love Tennis because I feel I’m accepted as a tennis player. I’m planning to play tennis until I’m really old and beat all dem youngsters.”


Name: Keoki Kaulia
Grade: Senior
Seasons Played: 4
Career High: 2014 MIL’s Boys Team Silver Medalist

“I love the passion and athleticism of tennis. I keep coming back every year because of the team and the spirit of Molokai High. I love Tennis and Molokai is where it's at.”


Name: Cullen Nelson Angelsea
Grade: Senior
Seasons Played: 2
Career High: 2014 MIL’s Singles 6th Place, 2014 MIL’s Team Silver Medalist

“I love the game, the spirit behind it, and the bonding. I’m planning to continue tennis in college or, at a minimum, club. Tennis is awesome. When I have a family, the whole family will be playing tennis—no if’s, ands, or but’s!”


Name: Mikah Matson
Grade: Senior
Seasons Played: 4
Career High: 2014 MIL’s Boys Team Silver Medalist

“I love how you can bring a random group of anyone together. Tennis always amazes me as to what can happen during a match. You see some crazy stuff.” 

Name: Paul Parker
Grade: Senior
Seasons Played: 2
Career High: 2014 MIL’s Boys Team Silver Medalist

“I enjoy the sport but for me it’s a stress reliever. My progression in the sport has been great. In the beginning was mentally tough but as you get better, it gets easier. I love this team because everyone encourages each other, we grow together, and we’re like a family.”


Name: Allen Maroto
Grade: Freshmen
Seasons Played: 1
Career High: 2014 MIL’s Boys Team Silver Medalist

“I love tennis because the exercises help me lose weight. I love my team and the teamwork. Everyone helps each other. I’m planning to keep playing.”

Name: Kea’a Davis
Grade: Sophomore
Seasons Played: 2

“Tennis to me is my freedom because the rest of the day I need to worry about school and all that other stuff, but once I play it’s just me, my opponent, and my racquet.”

Name: Conan Kawano
Grade: Senior
Seasons Played: 2
Career High: 2014 MIL’s Boys Team Silver Medalist, 2014 MIL’s Doubles 7th Place Finisher

“I love the intensity it has in doubles. This team is family oriented because everyone is very supportive.”

Name: Kaiea Waikolu Christian Dowling
Grade: Freshmen
Seasons Played: 1
Career High: 2014 MIL’s Boys Team Silver Medalist, 2014 MIL’s Doubles 7th Place Finisher

“I love the coaches I have. This was a good year for me because I got to play with seniors and people older than me and it made me better. Tennis also encouraged me to do well in school and to keep my grades up. I’m planning on coming out every year.”


Name: Decker Bicoy
Grade: Freshmen
Seasons Played: 1
Career High: 2014 MIL’s Boys Team Silver Medalist

“I love slamming overheads. It’s fun! I like the individuality you can have during a singles match because I’ve always only played team sports. I think I’m better in doubles but I’m cool with singles as long as I get to play.”


Name: Xrystina Bicoy
Grade: Senior
Seasons Played: 2

“I love the game of tennis. I love playing doubles. I love playing with my partner because we work really well together. Tennis forces you to push and work for yourself, even if you’re playing doubles. It’s a really fun sport and I love my team.”

Name: Oceana Madani
Grade: Sophomore
Seasons Played: 2

“I love progressing in the sport. It feels really good to get better. I love meeting new people and playing a match against them. I enjoy my doubles partner. We did really well this season.”



Name: Giesha Nunez
Grade: Sophomore
Seasons Played: 2

“I love tennis because it serves as a stress relief for me. It makes me happy.”


Name: Edel Mae Alvarez
Grade: Junior
Seasons Played: 1

“I love tennis because it reminds me of badminton. I love tennis because of my team makes it more enjoyable. I love the sport but my team makes me want to return next season. The people I’m around are passionate about it and I love that.”

Not pictured:

Name: Gavin Aea
Grade: Sophomore
Seasons Played: 1
Career High: 2014 MIL’s Boys Team Silver Medalist

Name: Monalisa Espejo
Grade: Senior
Seasons Played: 3

Name: Alohalyn Espejo
Grade: Senior
Seasons Played: 4

Coaches: Dean Chow (Head Coach), Pono Asano (Assistant Coach), Jimmy Casino, Kamanu Pascua, Kaipo’I Kondo

 

 

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