Hawaii volleyball: Warriors stay No. 1, Maia Hannemann-Julia Scoles Pairs of Week, SandBows No. 5

Hawaii’s Maia Hannemann (4) and Julia Scoles (31) walked off Court 2 following their 15-12 win in the third set against Stanford on Sunday. / Photo by Bruce Asato, Star-Advertiser

Maia Hannemann and Julia Scoles claimed the first Big West Pairs Team of the Week award of 2020 after going 4-1 against elite competition during the opening weekend of the season.

The senior Scoles and freshman Hannemann enjoyed instant success together against a stacked Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Beach Classic field. Competing at the No 2. flight, the pair had the best weekend of any UH squad, by winning four matches of its five with its lone loss coming in a three-set nail-biter.

All matches came against ranked squad, highlighted by a straight set victories against the pairs from No. 1 UCLA and No. 3 LSU. The duo also picked up two wins agaisnt No. 19 Stanford. At the end of the weekend Hannemann was tabbed as the tournament’s Best Defender.

UH went 3-2 against a powerhouse tournament field, taking top-ranked UCLA to the brink in 3-2 loss, splitting against No. 3 LSU, and sweeping a pair of matches vs. No. 19 Stanford. The SandBows next head to the road for the first time to compete in the Bay Area Classic, Feb. 29-March 1 at Stanford.


Undefeated Hawaii remained at No. 1 in today’s American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s Top 15.

The Rainbow Warriors (14-0) received 12 of the 16 first-place votes with No. 2 Brigham Young (15-0) receiving the other four. Hawaii and BYU are the lone remaining unbeatens and will meet for two matches next Thursday and Friday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Warriors are coming off a bye week and will host Nittaidai of Japan in exhibitions Wednesday and Friday at the Sheriff Center.

The top five remained unchanged with UC Santa Barbara (10-2) at No. 3 followed by Long Beach State (8-1) and Lewis (11-4). UC San Diego (12-3) jumped four places after defeating UC Irvine for a second time this season, moving the Tritons up to No. 6 and dropping the Anteaters a spot to No. 7.


Also, the UH beach volleyball team remained at No. 5 after taking third place in the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Beach Classic over the weekend.


  1. Andrew February 24, 2020 2:44 pm

    nice start. They didn’t win it all but at least they showed they can beat a team like LSU and nearly beat UCLA.

  2. rage February 24, 2020 4:44 pm

    Geez, five of top seven is from the Big West.

  3. Colt February 24, 2020 7:44 pm

    5 of 7? #8’s just off too low to be on your radar, huh?

  4. tongo February 25, 2020 11:42 am

    Julia is such an amazing athlete for playing beach volleyball such a short period. She appears to have the right partner especially when Maia gets use to Div I volleyball. They are an exciting pair to watch.

  5. UHVoice97 February 25, 2020 12:17 pm

    3. Ummm… #8 is in the MPSF. The Big West is comprised of 6 teams. CSUN is the only Big West team not ranked in this week’s AVCA poll.

  6. Cindy Luis February 26, 2020 9:48 am

    new thread up for Wednesday
    3. as mentioned Grand Canyon in MPSF, not Big West
    4. agree. Hannemann is so smooth. I had mentioned to Evan Silberstein that she was personifying John Wooden’s advice of Be Quick but Don’t Hurry.

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