Sand volleyball gets friendly fire in Rainbow Wahine Invitational

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i women’s sand volleyball team played host to the Rainbow Wahine Invitational Saturday at the Queen’s Beach Sandbox with the Rainbow Wahine tandem of Karissa Cook and Brittany Tiegs claiming the main draw tournament. The tournament featured tandems from five schools—UH, Long Beach State, Stanford, Loyola Marymount and Chaminade—in a 24-team main draw and consolation bracket.
One day after sweeping a trio of dual matches against Stanford, Loyola Marymount and defending national champs Long Beach State, the Ranibow Wahine were once again impressive. The day culminated with an all-UH final of Cook and Tiegs versus UH’s No. 2 squad, Katie Spieler and Nikki Taylor. Cook and Tiegs won in straight sets, 21-14, 21-19.
All five UH tandems advanced to the quarterfinals, including the No. 5 pair of Karlee Riggs and Hannah Rooks, who upset Long Beach’s top squad of Bojana Todorovic and Delainey Aigner-Swesey in an epic 32-30, 13-21, 23-21 marathon during the round of 16. The semifinals featured three UH squads.
UH will next compete in the USAV Collegiate Sand Tournament, Matrch 15-16, in Chula Vista, Calif.
Award Winners Best Offense: Janisa Johnson (LBSU) Best Defense: Katie Spieler (UH) Best Blocking: Karissa Cook (UH) Aloha Spirit award: Avery Bush (LMU)  

Championship Bracket (single elimination) Preliminary Round Karlee Riggs/Hannah Rooks (UH) def. Avery Bush/Taylor Akana (LMU) 21-12, 21-15 Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Kuulei Lynch/Darcie Horiuchi 21-5, 21-6 Kyle Gilbert/Britanny Howard (STAN) def. Kylee Pedro/Reigna Johnson (CU) 21-13, 21-8 Alex Reid/Janelle Hudson (LBSU) def. Morgan Boukather/Grace Kennedy (STAN) 21-9, 21-13 Olivia Urban/London Chow (UH) def. Anne Marie Taylor/Hannah Tedrow (LMU) 21-14, 21-17 Ciana Wagner/Morea Wagner (LBSU) def. Kelsey Humphreys/Inky Ajanaku (STAN) 24-22, 21-11 Caitlin Dewitt/Ashley Maxfeldt (LMU) def. Kim Spring Valentina Bevilacqua (CU) 21-19, 10-21, 22-20 Chelsea Cabrajac/Bre Mackie (LBSU) def. Athena Maskarich/Cassie Rushlow (CU) 21-8, 21-16  

Round of 16 Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Kyle Gilbert/Britanny Howard (STAN), 21-13, 21-10 Karlee Riggs/Hannah Rooks (UH) def. Delainey Aigner-Swesey/Bojana Todorvic (LBSU) 32-30,13-21, 23-21 Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Lauren Birks/Carly Wopat (STAN), 21-16, 22-20 Betsi Metter/Litara Keil (LMU) def. Alex Reid/Janelle Hudson (LBSU) 21-9, 21-13 Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def.  Ciana Wagner/Morea Wagner (LBSU) 21-10, 21-13 Chelsea Cabrajac/Bre Mackie (LBSU) def. Rachelle Suaava/Kathleen Luft (LMU) 21-13, 21-13 Janisa Johnson/Tyler Jackson (LBSU) def. Caitlin Dewitt/Ashley Maxfeldt (LMU) 21-9, 21-8 Olivia Urban/London Chow (UH) def. Jordan Burgess/Madi Bugg (STAN) 21-19, 21-19  

Quarterfinals Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Betsi Metter/Litara Keil (LMU), 21-18, 21-14 Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Hannah Rooks/Karlee Riggs (UH), 21-18, 18-21, 15-9 Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Chelsea Cabrajac/Bre Mackie (LBSU), 21-10, 21-7 Janisa Johnson/Tyler Jackson (LBSU) def. Olivia Urban/London Chow (UH), 21-18, 21-15   S

emifinals Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH), 21-14, 21-16 Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH)def. Janisa Johnson/Tyler Jackson (LBSU), 27-25, 21-17   Finals Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH), 21-14, 21-19  

Consolation Morgan Boukather/Grace Kennedy (STAN) def. Kuulei Lynch/Darcie Horiuchi, 21-14, 21-17 Avery Bush/Taylor Akana (LMU) def.  Kylee Pedro/Reigna Johnson (CU) 21-10, 21-6 Anne Marie Taylor/Hannah Tedrow (LMU) vs. Athena Maskarich/Cassie Rushlow (CU), 21-16, 23-21 Kelsey Humphreys/Inky Ajanaku (STAN) vs. Kim Spring Valentina Bevilacqua (CU), 15-21, 21-23, 15-10  

Sixes Mini-Tournament Tayler Higgins/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def. Taylor Soscia/Alyssa Walton (LMU) 21-13, 21-5 Joy Miley/Makayla Taylor (LBSU) def. Megan McGehee/Grace Kennedy (STAN) 17-21, 21-17, 15-5 Tayler Higgins/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def. Joy Miley/Makayla Taylor (LBSU), 21-14, 21-17 Taylor Soscia/Alyssa Walton (LMU) def. Megan McGehee/Grace Kennedy (STAN), 21-11, 20-22, 15-11

*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*

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