Tiegs, Cook win Stanford tourney in all-UH final

For the second time this year, University of Hawaii sand volleyball’s top tandem of Karissa Cook and Brittany Tiegs captured a pairs tournament. The duo defeated fellow Rainbow Wahine Katie Spieler and Nikki Taylor in the finals of the Stanford Tournament Sunday at ACSR Sand Volleyball Courts to cap a stellar Northern California road trip for the SandBows.

UH went 5-0 in dual matches during the week, while Sunday’s tournament bracket saw four UH tandems fill in the semifinals. UH went a perfect 10-0 against competitors from Santa Clara, UCLA and host Stanford in bracket play on Sunday.

Cook and Tiegs defeated Spieler and Nikki Taylor, 21-13, 7-4 in a championship match abbreviated by a medical forfeit. The final was a rematch of the season-opening Rainbow Wahine Invitational championship, also won by Tiegs and Cook. The pair have now run their record to 25-2 on the year.

Also advancing to the semifinals for UH were the duos of Karlee RiggsMikayla Tucker and Ginger LongAli Longo.  UH’s No. 5 team of Olivia Urban and London Chow advanced to the quarterfinals with a pair of wins over teams from UCLA and Stanford, before falling to Long and Longo.

The Rainbow Wahine next return home to face Chaminade and Hawai`i Pacific in the Jack In the Box Sand Volleyball Showcase on Saturday, April 5. First serve will be at 9:00 a.m. at the Queen’s Beach Sandbox.

Stanford Tournament Results
Preliminary Round
Madison Dutra/Sara Vaccaro (SCU) def. Morgan Boukather/Megan McGehee (STAN), 18-21, 21-14, 15-9
Karlee Riggs/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def. Karly Drolson/Rachel Inouye (UCLA), 17-21, 21-18, 15-10
Inky Ajanaku/Kyle Gilbert (STAN) def. Lacey Maas/Katy Schatzman (SCU), 23-21, 21-13
London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Skylar Dykstra/Jennie Frager (UCLA), 21-16, 21-8

Round of 16
Karissa Cook/Brittany Tiegs (UH) def. Madison Dutra/Sarah Vaccaro (SCU), 21-5, 21-6
Zoe Nightingale/Madie Smith (UCLA) def. Madi Bugg/Kelsey Humphreys (STAN), 23-21, 22-20
Karlee Riggs/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def. Nikki Hess/Taylor Milton (SCU), 21-16, 21-13
Taylor Formico/Karsta Lowe (UCLA) def. Lauren Birks/Jordan Burgess (STAN), 21-19, 21-9
Jessyka Ngauamo/Kamila Tan (UCLA) def. Inky Ajanaku/Kyle Gilbert (STAN), 21-13, 21-14
Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. GiGi Cresto/Taylor Dayton (SCU), 21-12, 21-13
London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Brittany Howard/Carly Wopat (STAN), 21-16, 21-15
Ginger Long/Ali Longo (UH) def. Sabrina Clayton/Danielle Rottman (SCU), 21-16, 21-18

Karissa Cook/Brittany Tiegs (UH) def. Zoe Nightingale/Madie Smith (UCLA), 21-16, 21-19
Karlee Riggs/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def. Taylor Formico/Karsta Lowe (UCLA), 21-12, 18-21, 15-12
Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Jessyka Ngauamo/Kamila Tan (UCLA), 21-16, 21-17
Ginger Long/Ali Longo (UH) def. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH), 19-21, 21-12, 15-11

Karissa Cook/Brittany Tiegs (UH) def. Karlee Riggs/Mikayla Tucker (UH), 21-7, 21-12
Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Ginger Long/Ali Longo (UH), 21-16, 21-13

Karissa Cook/Brittany Tiegs (UH) def. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH), 21-13, 7-4 (Medical Forfeit)


  1. Mainlandgal March 30, 2014 3:36 pm

    Moving forward, the last two tournaments on the mainland, USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge at Hermosa and Big West Challenge at Huntington will be very important for the Sand Bows. These two tournaments will be the time to shine as I’m sure we are all hopeful that UH will be represented at the AVCA National Championship in Alabama in May!! SW and his staff are working hard to put together the BEST 5 pairs possible!! A huge shout out to all the Wahine Sand Bows for a great showing this week and special KUDOS to those 4 and 5 players (Chow, Higgins, Mendoza, Riggs, Rooks, Shinn, Tucker and Urban) for having new partners all week and still pulling off the WINS!!! You ladies ROCK!!!
    Here’s to safe travels for the Sand Bows as they head back to the Island and for much rest as they are back at Queens Beach next weekend … GO SAND BOWS!!!

  2. kapakahi March 30, 2014 3:51 pm

    Liking the all-UH semis…..but not liking the “medical forfeit” in the finals. Ouch! Hopefully nothing serious!

  3. lkapulani March 30, 2014 3:56 pm

    way to go sandbows!!!!!!!!!!

  4. formerlywarriorfan March 30, 2014 4:16 pm

    1. Any idea how many bids the west gets? I was under the impression It was 3, I think Pepp and USC are locks which is why UH must beat Long Beach again, don’t want to go 1-1 against them.

  5. lkapulani March 30, 2014 4:32 pm

    #4………i believe u r correct…………….3

  6. lkapulani March 30, 2014 4:34 pm

    if im not mistaken?????????and 3 from da east?????someone correct me if im wrong?

  7. lkapulani March 30, 2014 4:49 pm

    maybe avca should invite da top 6 teamz……..period.

  8. Cindy Luis March 30, 2014 8:11 pm

    Top 6 teams go. but much like men’s volleyball, there are automatics for other leagues outside of the West Coast.
    some info

  9. Cindy Luis March 30, 2014 8:16 pm

    based on last year, 1. Pepperdine and 2 Long Beach were byed into the semis of double elimination
    5. UNF played 4 USC and 3 FSU played 6 ULM in the plain quarters.
    here’s there 2013 bracket

  10. setaone March 31, 2014 7:02 am

    Does the results next week against HPU and Chaminade count in the Wahine’s record?

  11. nana kokolele March 31, 2014 8:37 am

    Why isn’t there any articles in today’s SA edition about the Sand Bows results? I mean seriously. I pay for the web version and either I am blind or there isn’t any coverage today. This is the time where this sport needs as much coverage as possible to move the sport forward. Why can’t SA take the lead?

  12. Cindy Luis March 31, 2014 9:02 am

    I mean seriously … It was in Hawaii beat. Your premium access allows you to get that.
    The sport gets plenty of coverage. I have been to all the home tournaments.
    I would guess that the SA covers the sport better than any other paper in the country, except maybe near Florida State, but I doubt it.
    Visiting coaches have been surprised that there is a reporter, photographer, and TV at Queen’s.

  13. setaone March 31, 2014 9:29 am

    11. There have been big articles about the team, esp after home matches. There was a little blurb in today’s paper, but what can you expect? They were playing away, at an institution that didn’t provide much info to anyone about results.

    Cindy does a great job covering sand….but who can blame her. She gets to spend her days literally at the beach! :0)

  14. mei mei March 31, 2014 9:30 am

    thanks for the info and the link Cindy ~!

    hope no one was seriously hurt/injured? “by a medical forfeit”

    go Sand Bows!!

  15. Cindy Luis March 31, 2014 9:50 am

    13. thanks. there is also sunstroke involved.
    Wong couldn’t discuss the medical stuff. HEPA rules
    said the players are fine.

  16. LC March 31, 2014 10:14 am

    I will be traveling with the team to the USAV Beach Collegiate Championship and I have the smartest smart phone on the market with world wide coverage but unfortunately I don’t have a twitter or facebook account.

  17. Cindy Luis March 31, 2014 10:36 am

    10. yes the DII results count.

  18. Cindy Luis March 31, 2014 10:37 am

    16. hopefully the weather will be better than it was in 2012 when i was there. it was miserable.
    you could always set up twitter and FB accounts.

  19. Cindy Luis March 31, 2014 12:14 pm

    11. one question for you. This is how we’ve covered their road match for three years, except in 2012 when I happened to be on the mainland and got to Hermosa Beach.
    Why is there an issue now?

  20. Andrew March 31, 2014 2:43 pm


    Are most the sand volleyball coaches around the country also the indoor coaches/assistant coaches as well? Although they aren’t in the same season, I wonder if as the sport continues to grow would it be more and more difficult to do both. I’m sure Wong will be one of the leading candidates to replace Shoji when he decides to retire.

  21. Cindy Luis March 31, 2014 2:48 pm

    Most indoor coaches are involved somehow in sand also, many as operations such as the Beach’s Gimmillaro and Cook at Nebraska, Dunning at Stanford, more because they are using mostly indoor players for their sand team.
    The issue is money. If they can’t afford to give scholarships — most programs not fully funded as UH’s is — they don’t have money for separate coaches.
    Wong’s main salary comes from indoor, believe he gets something from sand but it isn’t much.
    Same with Metzger at UCLA.

    Can’t tell you if Wong is the leading candidate or not. I would think so. But, IMHO, much will depend on the selection committee and agenda for when Shoji does decide to retire.

  22. Andrew March 31, 2014 2:55 pm

    thanks. I’m hoping of course that day isn’t for a while but I’m curious to see who applies for the job. Coaching at Hawaii after a legend like Shoji must seem intimidating but I’m sure a lot of big name coaches will apply.

  23. Cindy Luis March 31, 2014 3:12 pm

    we’ll see who applies. it’s not an easy job. minor conference, less money, difficult to recruit. Not sure which ‘big name’ coaches would apply if any.

  24. Brandon March 31, 2014 3:20 pm

    Less money? Do you mean salary wise or like budget wise. Because I thought Dave was one of the higher salaries in womens volleyball

  25. Andrew March 31, 2014 3:20 pm

    I always thought that a good choice might be the texas assistant coach. I forget what her name is though. Not sure if she’d even be interested though. Kind of figured she was eyeing the potential job when Rose retires at PSU.

  26. Brandon March 31, 2014 3:24 pm

    25. Salima Rockwell. And yeah she’s poised to take over for Russ. She back at penn state as the associate coach.

  27. Cindy Luis March 31, 2014 3:32 pm

    24. Shoji is well paid, among the top. but probably not as much as say Cook or Elliott. I could be wrong
    25. Agree with Brandon that Rockwell is poised to take over Rose’s position. Makes sense since is also a PSU grad and All-American. and MVP of the HAL Classic when it was still at Blaisdell.
    Rose has a few more years left, I think. He is a little younger than Shoji.

  28. Brandon March 31, 2014 3:42 pm

    27. I believe shoji is top five. Cook probably makes more but I wouldn’t know about Elliot. Dunning probably makes more as well considering the resources stanford has. Salima could apply to any head coach job (assuming the position was open) and get it. She’s gonna be very successful as a head coach. She’s amazing at recruiting and developing players. I give Russ till 2017, (when his monster recruiting class graduates) then he will retire and salima will be there to take over

  29. Andrew March 31, 2014 3:49 pm

    Do you think someone like Karch Kiraly would ever consider coaching in the college ranks?

  30. Cindy Luis March 31, 2014 4:09 pm

    29. he’s pretty busy with the national team through 2016 and his broadcasting
    don’t really know. he’ll be 54 this year. might just depend on when Shoji retires.

  31. Cindy Luis March 31, 2014 4:11 pm

    28. as with who is on scholarships, i don’t pay much attention to salaries. You don’t know what bonuses they get. I believe Shoji has deferred his Hi-5.
    Can’t imagine that Elliott isn’t very well paid, especially after an NCAA title. it is texas, after all.

  32. Brandon March 31, 2014 4:22 pm

    31. Oh Elliot is paid amazingly, no doubt. Just don’t know if it’s shoji amazing. Has kawikas name been mentioned for possible coaching? Or do most believe he’s too young? I know deitre name has been mentioned but I don’t know how good of a coach she is. sealey will be in the mix too. Yeah he had a bad season, but he’s still a great coach

  33. tako March 31, 2014 4:22 pm

    Interesting discussions…changing the topic a wee bit. Has anyone checked out the highlight video of Arizona vs USC? Olivia Magill is a great get for U of H. Projection wise, peeped at the projected list of new players coming in, lots of players (including walk-ons). Kendra K. adds something interesting to the mix. Figured that if Shoji ever decides to retire, he wouldn’t leave the shelves bare – the next two years of recruits sure bares watching. Speaks volumes of why Dave is such a great coach and person, he never rebuilds, he reloads….

  34. Cindy Luis March 31, 2014 4:25 pm

    32. It won’t be K. Shoji. he has no college coaching experience and he likely will be playing pro and national team for a while. He’s only 26.

  35. Brandon March 31, 2014 4:27 pm

    33. Next years class will be VERY strong. Castillo and granato will be fab fifty recruits with both of them being in the 30s and lower (as in Lower number). Plus if kendra plays indoors that’s an extra boost becauses she’s an amazing setter and opposite. And with mitchem possibly coming in. 2015 will be a GREAT year for the wahine

  36. Cindy Luis March 31, 2014 4:29 pm

    34. Collins would be considerd if she applies. As would Sealy. but, as mentioned, it all depends on the committee, agenda and the timing. Not everyone would pull an Alford, leaving a New Mexico after signing multi-year contract to bolt for UCLA.

  37. Brandon March 31, 2014 4:34 pm

    36. What do you mean by the comittee? As in the ncaa comittee or am I missing something

  38. Andrew March 31, 2014 4:43 pm

    37. selection committee for selecting the new coach

  39. FormerlyWarriorfan March 31, 2014 4:47 pm

    So it just hit me this “Brandon” is totally “wahinefan44”
    from volleytalk lol

  40. Brandon March 31, 2014 5:00 pm

    39. Yes I am. Never really tried to hide it. Lol

  41. Brandon March 31, 2014 5:01 pm

    39. And yes I’m pretty hated by people on volleytalk Haha. But it don’t bother me.

  42. Cindy Luis March 31, 2014 6:00 pm

    38. thanks Andrew. I had written selection committee in an earlier post. didn’t do it on this last one.
    39. since I rarely go on t VT, I don’t know
    41. and don’t know why you would be hated.

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