Wahine sand at Antelope Classic

he University of Hawai’i sand volleyball squad had two teams advance to the semifinals of the in the Antelope Desert Classic but were unable to capture the gold Sunday at Victory Lanes Sports Park on the campus of Grand Canyon.

The day started well with four of UH’s five team’s winning in the first-round of the 15-team championship bracket, which also included pairs from Loyola Marymount and host Grand Canyon.

The tandems of Katie SpielerGinger Long and Natasha BellTai Manu-Olevao ultimately made their way to the semifinals where both tandems were defeated. Spieler and Long suffered a particularly tough loss, succumbing in three sets to Gand Canyon’s No. 1 squad of ┬áMackenzie Phelps and Shannon Dugan, 13-21, 21-17, 18-16.

LMU’s top pair of Felicia Arriola-Litara Keil captured the championship by taking down Phelps and Dugan, 23-21, 21-15, in the final.

After being bounced in the first-round, the UH pair of Ku`ulei Zalopany and Olivia Urban made a run to the consolation final, before falling to LMU’s Ashley Maxfeldt and Annie Marie Taylor

The Rainbow Wahine will now return to California for a dual match at Long Beach State on Tuesday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m. PT (10:00 a.m. HT).

Antelope Desert Classic Final Results
First Round
Hannah Tedrow-Amber Mirabello (LMU3) def. Caelen Hiller-Chloe Jenkins (GCU3) 21-18, 10-21, 15-12
Karlee RiggsAli Longo (UH2) def. Ashley Maxfeldt-Annie Marie Taylor (LMU5) 21-19, 22-20
Katie SpielerGinger Long (UH4) def. Kenna Crouse-Taylor Scioscia (LMU2) 21-16, 21-19
Jane CrosonAshley Kastl (UH1) def. Brittney Spackman-Courtney Spackman (GCU5) 21-12, 21-7
Natasha BellTai Manu-Olevao (UH3) def. Avery Bush-Rachelle Suaava (LMU4) 21-15, 25-23

Felicia Arriola-Litara Keil (LMU1) def. Jessica Posse-Megan Davis (GCU4) 21-4, 21-4
Sara Bowden-Kristen Johannsen (GCU2) def. Ku`ulei ZalopanyOlivia Urban (UH5) 21-19, 17-21, 15-11

Mackenzie Phelps-Shannon Dugan (GCU1) def. Tedrow-Mirabello (LMU3) 21-10, 21-11
Spieler-Long (UH4) def. Riggs-Longo (UH2) 21-13, 21-5
Bell-Manu-Olevao (UH3) def. Croson-Kastl (UH1) 10-21, 21-15, 21-19
Arriola-Keil (LMU1) def. Bowden-Johannsen (GCU2) 21-19, 21-17

Phelps-Dugan (GCU1) def. Spieler-Long (UH4) 13-21, 21-17, 18-16
Arriola-Keil (LMU1) def. Bell-Manu-Olevao (UH3) 21-17, 21-13

Arriola-Keil (LMU1) def. Phelps-Dugan (GCU1) 23-21, 21-15

Consolation Round
Crouse-Scioscia (LMU2) def. Hiller-Jenkins (GCU3) 21-18, 21-17
Maxfeldt-Taylor (LMU5) def. Spackman-Spackman (GCU5) 21-18, 21-16
Zalopany-Urban (UH5) def. Bush-Suaava (LMU4) 24-22, 21-18
Tedrow-Mirabello (LMU3) def. Posse-Davis (GCU4) 21-11, 21-8

Consolation Semifinals
Maxfeldt-Taylor (LMU5) def. Crouse-Scioscia (LMU2) 14-21, 21-18, 15-8
Zalopany-Urban (UH5) def. Tedrow-Mirabello (LMU3) 21-17, 21-18

Consolation Final
Maxfeldt-Taylor (LMU5) def. Zalopany-Urban (UH5) 21-19, 11-21, 15-13


  1. Kazu March 25, 2013 5:29 am

    Spieler seems to be doing well in sand, like to see how she does indoors.

  2. Cindy Luis March 25, 2013 9:29 am

    I think she’ll be in the mix for DS this fall. She had a foot issue last fall.

  3. mainlandgal March 25, 2013 12:15 pm

    Not sure Spieler will ever play over Longo. Spieler’s good on the court but Longo has a much better sense of court and vision. Spieler just needs more time/experience. IMHO

  4. Cindy Luis March 25, 2013 1:48 pm

    Didn’t say that she would replace Longo at Libero. More a DS. Besides Longo leaves after this season. Someone will have to replace her in 2014.

  5. Warriorfan March 25, 2013 6:38 pm

    UH duos are very underwhelming this year, they are deeper but have no top notch duo.

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