HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine sand volleyball team kicked off the 2014 season with a trio of dual matches Friday afternoon at the Queens Beach Sand Box. The Rainbow Wahine steamrolled to a pair of shutout wins over No. 10 Stanford and Loyola Marymount, before concluding the day with a thrilling 3-2 win over defending national champions and No. 3 Long Beach State.
UH got off to a great start in the morning, blanking the Cardinal 5-0. UH won in straight sets on four of five courts, while UH’s No. 3 tandem of Ali Longo and Ginger Long defeated Kyle Gilbert and Britany Howard in three sets, 21-13, 16-21 and 15-6, to cap the win.
It was all UH in their second match versus LMU as again the Rainbow Wahine dropped just one set in five matchups. UH’s top pair of Brittany Tiegs and Karissa Cook fended of Betsi Metter and Litara Kiel, 21-10, 19-21 and 15-11 to complete the shutout.
The day concluded with an exciting match between UH and LBSU. With the match tied 2-2, it all came down to the feature court of Tiegs and Cooks versus the 49ers Delainey Aigner-Swesey and Bojana Todorovic. UH fought off two set points to win set one, 22-20, before the 49ers returned the favor in set two by the same score. Tiegs and Cook clinched the win for UH with a 15-11 win in the decisive third set.
Hawai’i returns to action Saturday when it hosts Stanford, Loyola Marymount, Long Beach State, and Chaminade for the Rainbow Wahine Invitational at Queens Beach beginning at 9:00 a.m.
#5 Hawai’i 5, #10 Stanford 0
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 2, 3, 5
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Jordan Burgess/Madi Bugg (STAN), 21-15, 21-17
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Madi Bugg/Lauren Birks (STAN) 21-12, 21-17
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Kyle Gilbert/Brittany Howard (STAN) 21-13, 16-21, 15-6
4. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Kelsey Humphreys/Inky Ajanaku (STAN) 21-9, 21-18
5. Hannah Rooks/Karlee Riggs (UH) def. Morgan Boukather/Dana Ritchie (STAN) 21-17, 21-12
#5 Hawai’i 5, Loyola Marymount 0
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 2, 5, 1
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Betsi Metter/Litara Kiel (LMU), 21-10, 19-21, 15-11
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Rachelle Suavaa/Kathleen Luft (LMU), 21-17, 21-8
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Caitlin DeWitt/Ashley Maxfeldt (LMU), 21-10, 21-9
4. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Avery Bush/Taylor Akana (LMU), 21-19, 21-12
5. Tayler Higgins/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def. Anne Marie Taylor/Hannah Tedrow (LMU), 21-15, 21-17
#5 Hawai’i 3, #3 Long Beach State 2
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 2, 5, 1
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. D. Aigner-Swesey/ Bojana Todorovic (LBSU), 22-20, 20-22, 15-11
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Tyler Jackson/Janisa Johnson (LBSU) 22-20, 21-19
3. Chelsea Cabrajack/Bre Mackie (LBSU) def. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH), 21-17, 21-19
4. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Alex Reid/Jenelle Hudson (LBSU), 21-11, 21-9
5. Ciana Wagner/Morea Wagner (LBSU)def. Tayler Higgins/Karlee Riggs (UH) 21-13, 12-21, 15-12
Long Beach State 4, Loyola Marymount 1
Long Beach State 5, Stanford 0
Loyola Marymount 4, Stanford 1
*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*