#6 Hawaii Beach Beats #2 Pepperdine in Grueling 5-Hour Match

  0 Braden Keith | April 09th, 2017 | College - Beach, News, West Coast Conference

News Courtesy Sarah Otteman, Pepperdine Athletics:

HONOLULU, Hawai’i – The 2nd-ranked Pepperdine beach volleyball team split the last day of the Hawai’i Invitational at the Ching Complex on Saturday night, defeating Cal Poly 5-0 before falling to the 6th-ranked Rainbow Wahine 4-1.

Pepperdine (18-2) made quick work of Cal Poly with a sweep, but fell to Hawai’i after a five-hour match-time that began at 7 p.m. (PT) and finished at 12:15 p.m. (PT) with the Waves winning on court five.

The Waves dominated the first match of action for the second-straight day, downing Cal Poly 5-0 with four by two-set decisions and one three-set bout.

Senior Sarah Seiber (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS/Arizona) and sophomore Kaity Bailey (Ojai, Calif./Villanova Preparatory School) led off the match with the Mustangs with a 21-12, 21-8 win over Dora Bellin and Heather Pembroke to put the Waves up 1-0.

Pepperdine’s No. 3-pair Skylar Caputo (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) andHeidi Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS) then stretched Pepperdine’s lead to 2-0 with a 21-16, 21-14 pair of set wins over Raeann Greisen and Brayden Gruenewald.

To clinch, sophomore Anika Wilson (Santa Barbara, Calif./San Marcos HS) and freshman Deahna Kraft (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS) bested Holland Boege and Savannah Nieman 21-15, 21-14 to clinch the overall dual for the Waves.

No. 2-duo, graduate student Brittany Howard (Mountain View, Calif./Mountain View HS/Stanford) and junior Corinne Quiggle (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra HS) crushed their opposition with a 21-14, 21-16 result to keep pounding down on the opposition Taylor Nelson and Aidee Van Winden.

Then, Waves’ No. 1-pair, senior Delaney Knudsen (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) and sophomore Madalyn Roh (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral HS) had a battle with Hannah Hubbard and Emily Sonny, splitting the first two sets 18-21 and 21-16 in similar fashion to the match on Friday.  The duo then picked up speed in set three to amass a 15-10 win over the Mustangs to open the day with the sweep.

The Waves had a harder time against UH, dropping the team’s first match since opening weekend in early March.  Hawai’i opened the day with a victory on court five in the first wave, followed by two wins in the second flight over the No. 4 and No. 3 pairs to clinch the dual early.

The Rainbow Wahine then collected a fourth win against the Waves’ No. 2-pair, downing the Waves 21-17, 21-16 to pull ahead 4-0 with one-match left to play.

In the final match on court one that began four hours after the start of the dual, Roh and Knudsen dropped the first set 21-19, but countered in the second set with a 21-18 victory.  In the deciding third set, Roh and Knudsen had all the momentum and fueled by the rowdy Waves on the sidelines bested Mikayla Tucker and Morgan Martin with a 15-10 final set to avoid the sweep.

On the exhibition court, sophomore Nikki Lyons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas HS) and freshman Gigi Hernandez (Dana Point, Calif./JSerra Catholic HS) also fell to Hi’ilawe Huddleston and Cyrene Hertzog with a 24-22, 22-20 final mark.

Next week, the Waves close out regular season in Tallahassee, Fla. with two matches against No. 4 Florida State and other match-ups against No. 9 Stetson and No. 13 Florida International on April 14 and 15.  Follow @WavesBeachVB for updates and check on PepperdineWaves.com for full results, recaps and more!


Dual 1: No. 2 Pepperdine 5, Cal Poly 0

April 8, 2017 | Ching Complex | Honolulu, Hawai’i

No. 1: Delaney Knudsen/Madalyn Roh (PEPP) def. Hannah Hubbard/Emily Sonny (CPSLO) – 18-21, 21-16, 15-10

No. 2: Corinne Quiggle/Brittany Howard (PEPP) def. Taylor Nelson/Aidee Van Winden (CPSLO) – 21-14, 21-16

No. 3: Skylar Caputo/Heidi Dyer (PEPP) def. Raeann Greisen/ Brayden Gruenewald (CPSLO) – 21-16, 21-14

No. 4: Deahna Kraft/Anika Wilson (PEPP) def. Holland Boege /Savannah Nieman (CPSLO) – 21-15, 21-14

No. 5: Sarah Seiber/Kaity Bailey (PEPP) def. Dora Bellin/ Heather Pembroke (CPSLO) – 21-12, 21-8

Order of finish: 5, 3, 4*, 2, 1

Dual 2: No. 2 Pepperdine 1, No. 6 Hawai’i 4

April 8, 2017 | Ching Complex | Honolulu, Hawai’i

No. 1: Delaney Knudsen/Madalyn Roh (PEPP) def. Mikayla Tucker/Morgan Martin (UH) – 19-21, 21-18, 15-10

No. 2: Nikki Taylor/Ka’iwi Schucht (UH) def. Corinne Quiggle/Brittany Howard (PEPP) – 21-17, 21-16

No. 3: Emily Maglio/Laurel Weaver (UH) def. Skylar Caputo/Heidi Dyer (PEPP) – 21-18, 23-21

No. 4: Carly Kan/Ari Homayun (UH) def. Deahna Kraft/Anika Wilson (PEPP) – 21-17, 21-17

No. 5: Hannah Zalopany/Amy Ozee (UH) def. Sarah Seiber/Kaity Bailey (PEPP) – 21-17, 21-18

Exhibition Match

No. 6: Hi’ilawe Huddleston/Cyrene Hertzog (UH) def. Nikki Lyons/Gigi Hernandez (PEPP) – 24-22, 22-20

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