Hawaii sweeps Arizona 5-0, loses to SC 3-2

sorry, took me almost 2 hours to get from waikiki to Kailua.

some great play by Hawaii today, match with SC could have easily going 3-2 in their favor. Pairs 1-2 both went to 3, No. 1 wins, No. 2 loses.

this from UH. back later

The No. 3 University of Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine sand volleyball team returned to the Queens Beach Sand Box for a pair of dual matches on Wednesday. The Rainbow Wahine blanked Arizona, 5-0, before falling to No. 2 USC in a 3-2 barn-burner. With the split, UH’s record moved to 6-2 on the season with both losses coming against the top two teams in the country (also No. 1 Pepperdine).

UH handily defeated Arizona in the first match of the day winning in straight sets on all five courts. The closest match came at the No. 2 position where the pair of Katie Spieler andNikki Taylor (UH) defeated McKenna Witt and Madison Witt  27-25, 21-15. The top UH tandem of Karissa Cook and Brittany Tiegs easily dispatched Madi Kingdon and former Rainbow Wahine player Jane Croson, 21-11, 21-13.

The second match against the Trojans was as close as it could get.  After falling behind 2-0, UH evened the score up with a three-set win by Tiegs and Cook on court No. 1 over Kirby Burnham and Sara Hughes and a thrilling 22-20, 25-23 win by Ali Longo and Ginger Long over Sam Hirschmann and Natasja Siljkovic on court No. 3. It all came down to the No. 2 position as the tandem of Alexa Strange and Kelly Claes squeezed out a 9-21, 21-19, 15-13 victory over Spieler and Taylor to clinch the match for the Trojans, 3-2.

USC defeated Arizona, 4-1, in the day’s other dual match.

Hawai’i returns to action Thursday when the Rainbow Wahine take on No. 8 Nebraska at 1:00 p.m. at Queens Beach. USC and Nebraska will precede that match at 12:00 p.m.

No. 3 Hawai’I def.  Arizona 5-0
Order of Finish:  1, 5, 3, 4, 2
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def.  Jane Croson/Madi Kingdon (UA) 21-11, 21-13
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. McKenna Witt/Madison Witt (UA) 27-25, 21-15
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Ronni  Lewis/Taylor Arizobal (UA) 21-16, 21-16
4. Hannah Rooks/Karlee Riggs (UH) def. Sarah Seiber/Rachel Rhoades (UA) 21-17, 21-16
5. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Allie Cook/Penina Snuka (UA) 21-14, 21-7

No. 2 USC def. Arizona 4-1
Order of Finish:  1, 5, 2, 3, 4
1. Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Jane Croson/Madi Kingdon (UA) 21-15, 21-16
2. Alexa Strange/Kelly Claes (USC) def.  McKenna Witt/Madison Witt (UA) 21-15, 21-14
3. Sam Hirschmann/Natasja Siljkovic (USC) def.  Ronni Lewis/Taylor Arizobal (UA) 21-17, 21-17
4. Sarah Seiber/Rachel Rhoades (UA) def. Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC)  21-13, 12-21, 15-7
5. Nicolette Martin/Brooke Fournier (USC) def. Allie Cook/Penina Snuka (UA) 21-11, 21-7

No. 2 USC def. No. 3 Hawai’i 3-2  
Order of Finish:  5, 4, 1, 3, 2
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) 21-18, 22-24, 15-12
2. Alexa Strange/Kelly Claes (USC) def. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) 9-21, 21-19, 15-13
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def.  Sam Hirschmann/Natasja Siljkovic (USC) 22-20, 25-23
4. Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC) def. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) 21-17, 25-23
5. Nicolette Martin/Brooke Fournier (USC) def. Hannah Rooks/Karlee Riggs (UH)) 21-18, 21-13


  1. lkapulani March 19, 2014 5:20 pm

    da sandbows played tough 2day………….played w a lot of heart………….like cindy said……………uscz matches could have gone 3-2 our favor………..hard luck………….all gr8 matches 2day……………..mahalo for ur postings cindy………..

  2. formerlywarriorfan March 19, 2014 6:44 pm

    Friend of mine that went said Shoji was the loudest supporter there, love hearing that.
    I hoped UH could beat USC, oh well, they get another shot at them at the USAV collegiate challenge in three weeks.

  3. Cindy Luis March 19, 2014 7:28 pm

    3. Shoji was very vocal. Sat with him during the last part of the last 3 matches.

    He was yelling across one court, especially when Long made some really good plays.

  4. hossana March 19, 2014 7:37 pm

    Terrific!! Just terrific!! I’m so happy for Scott and the girls as the program certainly has progressed from the first year to now and its only going to get better. Except for Pepperdine, the wahine sandbows have played all their matches tough and as was duly noted, today’s match with USC could have gone the other way. I’m so happy that they blanked Arizona and, of course, Croson et. co. Ha..ha..ha..and with Shoji yelling his support, how can the girls lose…..ha..ha…terrific………

  5. turfwar March 19, 2014 7:44 pm

    Sounds like the beach game could be Ginger’s future if she continues playing after college.

  6. uhfan March 19, 2014 7:46 pm

    5. Seriously, I was a little worried about the Long/Longo pair at the beginning of the season but they have been quite a surprise so far.

  7. formerlywarriorfan March 19, 2014 7:55 pm

    Yea I was worried about Long/Longo’s lack of size but they were solid today.

  8. Cindy Luis March 19, 2014 7:57 pm

    4. there was no drama about Croson at all. the UH team she played against wren’t her teammates last spring. Tiegs was here but redshirting. Spoke with her briefly. I didn’t want to make a big deal about it either since everyone has moved on. Asked how her folks were doing and how she liked Arizona. She said she really liked the school.

  9. Cindy Luis March 19, 2014 7:59 pm

    5. Ginger is playing well. didn’t get a lot of her quotes into the story for tomorrow. She said that beach has really helped her blocking and think it will help her indoor game get better. She enjoys the pairing with Longo. UH coaches say that their quickness compensates for height and that they can beat taller teams with quickness and defense.

  10. Cindy Luis March 19, 2014 8:00 pm

    Shoji was pretty animated and vocal. He came for the end of the match against Arizona. Had his SUP out during the break, came back later for the end of SC match.

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