The first power-versus-power matchup of the 2017 season came on Friday evening, where 5th-ranked Hawaii thumped 6th-ranked Arizona with a 5-0 sweep at the Arizona Invitational on the Wildcats’ home sand.
The Rainbow Wahine actually lost the first point of their day when #4s Hi’ilawe Huddleston and Amy Ozee lost to Arizona State’s Kassidy Picrell and Katelyn Carballo in 3 sets, but from there-out the team was perfect.
Hawaii has a huge shakeup in their lineup this season, with freshman Morgan Martin being inserted immediately into the #1 line in a pairing with senior Mikayla Tucker, who is promoted after spending most of last season at the #3 line with a 22-10 season record.
The pair gelled well early though, taking 3-set wins in both games – including over Arizona’s powerful #1s the Witt twins Mckenna and Madison.
#12 Grand Canyon also started their season off strong with a pair of wins in their home tournament against Colorado Mesa and New Mexico.
|Winning Team||Losing Team||Score||Winning Team Recap||Losing Team Recap|
|#5 Hawaii||Arizona State||4-1||Link||Link|
|#5 Hawaii||#6 Arizona||5-0||Link||Link|
|#12 Grand Canyon||Colorado Mesa||5-0||Link||Link|
|#12 Grand Canyon||New Mexico||4-1||Link||Link|
|Missouri Baptist||Principia (Ill.)||4-1||Link||Link|
|Texas A&M Kingsville||Principia||5-0||Link||Link|
|Texas A&M Kingsville||Stevenson||3-2||Link||Link|
|Loyola Marymount||Colorado Mesa||4-1||Link||Link|
Leave a Reply