Beach ‘Bows host Cal Poly & Arch-Rival Pepperdine on Senior Weekend in Manoa

Nikki Taylor

The University of Hawai’i beach volleyball team returns home for two days of dual matches against Big West opponent Cal Poly and No. 2 Pepperdine on Friday, April 7 and Saturday April 8. The action will take place at the Clarence T.C. Ching Complex and admission is free.

The teams will compete in a double-round robin. On Friday, UH takes on Pepperdine at 1:00 p.m. and Cal Poly at 4 p.m. On Saturday, UH plays Cal Poly at 10 a.m. before facing Pepperdine at 4 p.m. Cal Poly and Pepperdine will also face off on each day.

The top two flights in the UH-Pepperdine match on Saturday, April 8 will be televised by OCSports starting at 7 p.m. Following that match, UH’s five seniors – Tayler Higgins, Annie Mitchem, Sydney Shinn, Nikki Taylor, and Mikayla Tucker – will be honored as part of Senior Night.

Mikayla Tucker

UH faced both Cal Poly (10-10) and Pepperdine  (13-1) in its most recent road trip through Southern California. The Rainbow Wahine nearly upset the No. 2 Waves in Malibu on March. 29, before falling 3-2. Meanwhile the SandBows defeated the Mustangs, 4-1, in the Big West Challenge in Huntington Beach on April 1.  UH went 6-2 overall during its spring break road trip to improve to 18-4 on the season.

The SandBows, ranked No. 6 in the latest AVCA poll, have gotten its best play from the No. 3 pair of Emily Maglio and Laurel Weaver. The duo are now an astounding 20-2 on the season and this past Sunday tied the school-record for single-season dual match wins with their 20th win.

Series History: UH is 3-0 all-time versus Cal Poly and will play them at home for the first time…UH is 1-8 all-time versus Pepperdine…the teams have met just once in Honolulu with the SandBows shocking the No. 1 Waves on the opening day of the 2015 season.

This Week’s Schedule
Friday, April 7
#2 Pepperdine vs. Cal Poly      10:00 a.m.
#6 Hawai’i vs. #2 Pepperdine  1:00 p.m.
#6 Hawai’i vs. Cal Poly             4:00 p.m.

Saturday April 8
#6 Hawai’i vs. Cal Poly             10:00 a.m.
#2 Pepperdine vs. Cal Poly      1:00 p.m.
#6 Hawai’i vs. #2 Pepperdine  4:00 p.m.

All matches at the Clarence T.C. Ching Complex.

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