#3 Rainbow Wahine Sand Volleyball sweeps trio of dual matches

Hawai'i Athletics
Hawai'i Athletics

STANFORD, Calif. – The No. 3 University of Hawaii sand volleyball team continued its torrid play with a trio of dual match wins in cool and wet conditions Saturday at the ACSR Sand Volleyball Courts and Arguello Park on the Stanford campus. The Rainbow Wahine defeated No. 6 UCLA, Santa Clara and host Stanford by identical 5-0 scores.

UH improved to 12-2 on the season and has now won six straight dual matches via shutout, including five on its current road trip.

UH defeated Stanford in the first match of the day in a rematch of the season opener for both teams on March 7, when UH also won 5-0. UH had little difficulty with the Cardinal again winning by straight sets on all five courts, while not surrendering more than 16 points in any single game.

The Rainbow Wahine then took on Santa Clara in the first-ever meeting between the schools on the sand. UH easily dispatched the Broncos and mixed up their combinations at the No. 4 and 5 pairs with equal success. Tayler Higgins and Karlee Riggs paired up to beat Madison Dutra and Sarah Vaccaro, 21-12, 21-11, while Sarah Mendoza and Hannah Rooks (UH) trounced Lacey Mass and Katy Schatzman, 21-8, 21-8.

The final match of the day was the closest as the Rainbow Wahine needed to go to three sets on three separate courts to pull out the shutout over the Bruins. It was UH’s second win over UCLA in the last three days.

UH will continue play tomorrow in a pairs tournament with the same three teams beginning at 8:00 a.m. PT.

#3 Hawai’i def. Stanford, 5-0
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Brittany Howard/Carly Wopat (STAN),  21-16, 21-10
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def.  Jordan Burgess/Lauren Birks (STAN) 21-12, 21-14
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Madi Bugg/Kyle Gilbert (STAN) 21-10, 21-9
4. Hannah Rooks/Karlee Riggs (UH) def. Kelsey Humphreys/Inky Ajanaku (STAN) 21-16, 21-11
5. London Chow/Tayler Higgins (UH) def. Morgan Boukather/Megan McGehee (STAN) 21-12, 21-10

#3 Hawai’i def. Santa Clara, 5-0
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Nikki Hess/Sabrina Clayton (SCU),  21-12, 21-17
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def.  Taylor Milton /Danielle Rottman (SCU) 21-13, 21-12
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. GiGi Cresto/Taylor Dayton (SCU) 21-13, 21-14
4. Tayler Higgins/Karlee Riggs (UH) def.  Madison Dutra/Sarah Vaccaro (SCU) 21-12, 21-11
5. Sarah Mendoza/Hannah Rooks (UH) def. Lacey Mass/Katy Schatzman (SCU) 21-8, 21-8

#3 Hawai’i def. #6 UCLA, 5-0
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Jessyka Ngauamo/Kamila Tan (UCLA) 19-21, 21-17, 16-14
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def.  Zoe Nightingale/Madie Smith (UCLA) 21-9, 21-13
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def.  Taylor Formico/Karsta Lowe (UCLA) 21-12, 21-18
4. Tayler Higgins/Karlee Riggs (UH) def.  Skylar Dykstra/Jennie Frager (UCLA) 21-13, 10-21, 15-13
5. Sarah Mendoza/Hannah Rooks (UH) def. Karly Drolson/Rachel Inouye (UCLA) 14-21, 27-25, 15-12

*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*

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