Wahine sand wins 3-2 over FIU

Wahine Nos. 1 and 2 lost their matches, Nos 3-4-5 win.

1. Kate Stepanova/Ksenia Sukhareva (FIU) def. Ginger Long/Katie Spieler (UH) 21-16, 21-13

2. Jessica Gehrke/Maryna Samoday (FIU) def. Natasha Bell/Tai Manu-Olevao (UH) 21-15, 21-18

3. Jane Croson/Ashley Kastl (UH) def. Emily Podschweit/Tina Toghyani (FIU) 21-16, 21-19

4. Alyssa Longo/Karlee Riggs (UH) def. Camila Rosado/Elly Citron (FIU) 21-11, 21-17

5. Kuulei Zalopany/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Jessica Mendoza/Laura Duffy (FIU) 21-17, 21-12

and No. 6 Miyashita-Mount won their exhibition.


  1. warriorfan March 15, 2013 12:23 pm

    I noticed FIU lost at Long Beach 3-2 as well, and FIU’s top two duos won over Long Beach’s top two as well so they must be real good.
    Although I suspect UH’s top duo is really Croson/Kastl.

  2. Cindy Luis March 15, 2013 12:32 pm

    Wong said that all his teams are close and that he didn’t ‘play the system’ by putting Croson-Kastl at No. 3, because they would be playing tonight. but it did work out for UH.
    FIU No. 1 team: Stepanova (6-3) is a transfer from FSU that finished third at last year’s sand championships and was on the No. 3 pairs team at the finals, also on the indoor team that went to the 2011 final four.
    Sukhareva 6-footer, from Russia. they definitely had the height advantage on Long-Spieler.

  3. uhfan March 15, 2013 12:37 pm

    FSU gave Sukhareva a release but not Tiegs, wow

  4. Cindy Luis March 15, 2013 12:38 pm

    sukhareva never was at FSU. it was Stepanova.

  5. warriorfan March 15, 2013 12:40 pm

    Yea I am wondering why the Florida state coach gave Stepanova a release and not Tiegs, seems pretty shady.

  6. Cindy Luis March 15, 2013 12:42 pm

    WF, don’t think Stepanova needed a release. She is playing as a grad student.
    Tiegs is a junior this year.

  7. dedicatedfan March 15, 2013 12:43 pm

    Cindy, what did you mean, Shoji was out this morning SUPing, on your previous thread.

  8. dedicatedfan March 15, 2013 12:43 pm

    Oh, also, what did Scott mean by “play the system”?

  9. warriorfan March 15, 2013 12:45 pm

    6. that makes sense. Next year with Tiegs, Rooks and Nikki Taylor UH should be really really good.

  10. Cindy Luis March 15, 2013 12:45 pm

    Shoji does Standup paddleboard or SUP

  11. Cindy Luis March 15, 2013 12:47 pm

    Playing the system, meaning he said he didn’t look at the matches he thought he could win and stacked it, such as someone’s saying they thought Croson-Kastl should have been No. 1.
    I asked if he did it to save Croson-Kastl for tonight, especially since Kastl’s ankle is still sore.
    He said no.
    FIU coach didn’t submit her lineup until just prior to the match.

  12. dedicatedfan March 15, 2013 12:48 pm

    Croson and Kastl played well together, so did Ali Longo and Karlee Riggs. Is Riggs the daughter of the Rigg’s volleyball family, in Hawaii?

  13. Cindy Luis March 15, 2013 12:49 pm

    No, Riggs has no relatives in Hawaii. Besides the Hawaii family is Rigg, no S

  14. dedicatedfan March 15, 2013 12:50 pm

    Cindy, I was wondering about Kastl’s ankle, saw it all taped up, even had that bluish tape up her shin, too.

  15. Cindy Luis March 15, 2013 12:52 pm

    Mentioned a couple of days ago that she had rolled it in indoor practice.. the blue tape is KT (Kinesiology Tape) pretty common to be used by athletes. Wahine have used it for several years in a number of sports, including indoor vb.

  16. dedicatedfan March 15, 2013 12:53 pm

    One thing I must say, Ali Longo does have a loud voice. You could hear her saying things to Karlee during their match. 🙂

  17. dedicatedfan March 15, 2013 12:56 pm

    Did not see Vorster at the Sand Matches, thought she was playing Sand Volleyball.

  18. setaone March 15, 2013 12:57 pm

    Re: Playing the system…..

    wasn’t there mention of some rule where a player cannot move more than one spot up or down? I’m not entirely sure, could be old age.

  19. dedicatedfan March 15, 2013 1:04 pm

    Would love to see Spieler team up with someone taller, like Vorster.

  20. Cindy Luis March 15, 2013 1:04 pm

    Vorster was resting her knee for tonight.

    Don’t know what rule you mean. considering that this was the season opener, nothing to base who is supposed to be at what spot.

  21. dedicatedfan March 15, 2013 1:09 pm

    Playing Sand Volleyball will really help Kastl’s indoor game. Croson will show Kastl how to use the whole court with different kinds of shots, being teamed up with her.

  22. dedicatedfan March 15, 2013 1:13 pm

    Cindy, I was going to come over and say, “Hi”, but you seemed quite busy. Noticed you were walking around, Hawaiian style, bare feet, tho. 🙂 The wind was really blowing, also noticed it was playing havoc with your hair at times, too.

  23. setaone March 15, 2013 1:16 pm


    For example, FIU #1 is pretty good. If Wong new it was a guarantee lost, no sense waste his true #1. Instead, throw a weaker team in that spot (since it is a lost anyway) and have his #1 play a weaker opponent.

    Does Collegiate tennis have any regulations regarding that?

  24. dedicatedfan March 15, 2013 1:18 pm

    setaone, it kinda looked that way.

  25. Cindy Luis March 15, 2013 1:20 pm

    AGAIN, he said he didn’t do it. besides, he didn’t know what FIU’s lineup was until both teams submitted their rosters. I’m sure he had a pretty good idea since FIU had played four previous matches.

    DF/Steve, slippers were under the officials’ tent. it was windy.

  26. warriorfan March 15, 2013 1:22 pm

    23. At the same time you want to test Croson/Kastl against the best of the best and maybe Spieler/Long could have beat FSU’s number 3 pair.

  27. warriorfan March 15, 2013 1:23 pm

    But maybe Spieler/Long really are UH’s best pair and just had a bad day.

  28. dedicatedfan March 15, 2013 1:31 pm

    Warriorfan, maybe you are right. Just seemed like Spieler/Long did not work well together, not like the other pairs did.

  29. mainlandgal March 15, 2013 1:39 pm

    As mentioned above, I think UH #1 Speiler/Long are going to have problems during the season at the #1 spot with their height. But, from what I saw today, Croson/Kastl definately not UH’s #1 team. Glad to finally see a coach make the best decision for the team as a whole and not worry about all the talk/hype with Croson all the time. Overall, UH looked good out there. Always room for growth and improvement. Nice to see 3-4-& 5 take wins in 2. Longo/Riggs being the most dominant win are a team to watch this season!!

  30. jimmy the lock March 15, 2013 2:38 pm

    Nice going Sand Wahine!

    It is obvious that dedicatedfan is Steve.

    Thanks Cindy for the Sand scoops.

    Ashley “Sand” Kastl has a nice ring to it.

  31. Jesse March 15, 2013 2:42 pm

    I like that, sand kastl!!

  32. wop ur jaws March 15, 2013 3:21 pm

    Trust..from what
    I saw, ane and whomever will be number one. Ali’s opponent did not very good.

  33. Jesse March 15, 2013 6:33 pm

    Who is ane??

  34. Cindy Luis March 15, 2013 6:43 pm

    guessing they meant Jane

  35. mainlandgal March 15, 2013 7:25 pm

    And, who is Ali’s partner that “did not very good”? Have you seen stats from the match? Looks like Longo/Riggs both held their own and played pretty evenly???

    However, does look as though blocking will need to improve overall for UH as they get closer to playing higher ranked teams.

  36. hollycow March 15, 2013 9:41 pm

    Blocking need to improve drastically with the indoor team, did not look good tonight. Kastl had a lot of energy, Jane was off her game.

  37. Cindy Luis March 16, 2013 6:30 am

    I thought Riggs (Longo’s partner) played well in their first match together.
    As for last night, didn’t see it but you guys are brutal.
    It was an exhibition, they were down to 2 middles and Vorster’s knee has been acting up, Hartong not practicing in the front row. it’s not like the team you saw is going to be the team even in fall practice.

  38. Cindy Luis March 16, 2013 6:33 am

    Have some stats in today’s story
    complete stats at

  39. setaone March 20, 2013 12:55 pm

    Per VT’s geddyleemartin:


    “That is exactly what is happening this season – schools can play with their lineups for the first two weeks of the season, after that they have to lock in their pairs, and can only move them up or down one spot. Also, only #1 and #2 pairs are eligible to be invited to the pairs national championship – so a coach has to decide if it is really worth it to put one of his/her top teams in, say, the #3 slot and waste a chance at winning the pairs NC.

    This is only the second go around for sand volleyball – it will take some time to iron out the rules.”

    If this is true, would Wong really keep Croson out of the National Championship? I can hardly believe that she is not in the top two pairs. If he says the duo of Kastl/Croson is #3, maybe he needs to reevaluate the pairings. LOL. oh how easy it is to be an armchair QB.

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