Seniors Lauren Fitzgerald and Paige Mainor teamed up for an 8-4 victory over Melanie Hall and Tina Klemente, while Sylvia Jaros and newcomer Julia Sandborn edged Leja Sirola and Margaret Potyrala, 8-6.
In singles play, Fitzgerald cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Sirola. Kimberly Curtis found little difficulty against Sumarie Muller, 6-2, 6-1. Jaros defeated Hall, 6-2, 6-3 and moments later, senior Justine Boutet held off Jana Cucciniello, 6-4, 6-4.
"Justine is playing very well," Katayama said. "Although she struggled a lot last year at No. 2 and No. 3, she was able to play a lot of good matches. She told me she's going to fight in every match this year and that shows a lot of maturity."
The Rainbow Wahine will host Arizona, Friday, at approximately 2:30 p.m. at the UH Tennis Complex. Earlier in the day, Texas A&M won eight of nine matches against Arizona. The Aggies will face Texas State, Friday, at 8:00 a.m.
Hawai`i vs. Texas State
Lauren Fitzgerald def. Leja Sirola (TSU), 6-0, 6-1
Sylvia Jaros def. Melanie Hall (TSU), 6-2, 6-3
Justine Boutet def. Jana Cucciniello (TSU), 6-4, 6-4
Margaret Potyrala (TSU) def. Paige Mainor, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (2)
Tina Klemene (TSU) def. Chloe Bihag, 6-3, 6-4
Kimberly Curtis def. Sumarie Muller (TSU), 6-2, 6-1
Fitzgerald/Mainor def. Hall/Klemene (TSU), 8-4
Jaros/Julia Sandborn def. Sirola/Potyrala (TSU), 8-6
Cucciniello/Muller (TSU) def. Boutet/Kana Aikawa, 8-6
Samanta Capella/Michelle Stewart def. Laura Gomez/Celina Gomez, 8-3
Rainbow Wahine Invitational Day 1 Results