Press Release courtesy of Hawaii Athletic
The No. 5 University of Hawaii beach volleyball team went a perfect 3-0 for the second straight day en route to capturing the Outrigger Resorts Hawai’i Invitational championship Sunday at Queen’s Beach. With wins over No. 3 USC, No. 12 Grand Canyon, and Nebraska, the Rainbow Wahine finished the tournament unblemished in six matches while also running their win streak to eight straight.
It was breakthrough weekend for the SandBows, who after falling to USC in 12 of the first 13 all-time meetings won two straight over the Trojans during the weekend.
In the second match of the day, UH blanked No. 12 Grand Canyon 5-0, but it wasn’t easy win by any means. After UH took a 2-0 lead with straight set wins on Courts 3 and 5, the SandBows were pushed to the limit on the final three courts. UH was down late on a pair of courts in the third set, though the team showed their resilience by rallying for the final three points. That included another comeback by Maglio and Schucht who were down 13-10, before closing out a 19-17 win in the third set.
The final match saw UH make quick work of Nebraska (3-10) for the second straight day. UH won all five courts in straight sets. Morgan Martin and Lea Monkhouse, were particularly dominant, claiming a 21-13, 21-8 win Kenzie Maloney and Annika Albrecht at the No. 2 flight. Martin and Monkhouse went undefeated on the weekend and received the tournament’s Best Pair award.
The SandBows will be back in action on Tuesday, March 20 when they host Nebraska at T.C. Ching Complex Courts. First serve will be at 4:00 p.m.
Hawai’i 3, USC 2
1: Maglio/Schucht (UH) def. Graudina/Bustamante (USC) 19-21, 21-14, 18-16
2: Sammy Slater/Terese Cannon (USC) def. Carly Kan/Laurel Weaver (UH) 19-21, 21-19, 15-7
3: Lea Monkhouse/Morgan Martin (UH) def. Joy Dennis/Haley Hallgren (USC) 21-18, 21-19
4: Jo Kremer/Jenna Belton (USC) def. Amy Ozee/Ari Homayun (UH) 21-19, 13-21, 17-15
5: Paige Dreeuws/Hannah Zalopany (UH) def. Peri Green/Alexandra Poletto (USC) 24-22, 21-16
Order of finish: 3,5,2,1*,4
Hawai’i 5, Grand Canyon 0
1: Schucht/Maglio (UH) def. Molly Turner/Hannah Towne (GCU) 24-22, 18-21, 19-17
2: Weaver/Kan (UH) def. Taylor Jarzombek/Kelli Iverson (GCU) 17-21, 21-11, 15-13
3: Monkhouse/Martin (UH) def. Jessica Stansfield/Bella Bauman (GCU) 21-11, 21-18
4: Ozee/Homayun (UH) def. Jessica Clark/Katie Pyles (GCU) 21-12, 21-17
5: Fitterer/Huddleston (UH) def. Jamie Walsh/Emily Reinking (GCU) 23-21, 21-23, 15-13
Order of finish: 3,4,2*,1,5
Hawai’i 5, Nebraska 0
1: Schucht/Maglio (UH) def. Kelly Hunter/Lauren Stivrins (NEB) 21-18, 21-17
2: Martin/Monkhouse (UH) def. Kenzie Maloney/Annika Albrecht (NEB) 21-13, 21-8
3: Kan/Chloe Luyties (UH) def. Jazz Sweet/Sami Slaughter (NEB) 21-13, 21-13
4: Homayun/Ozee (UH) def. Chesney McClellan/Jasmine Schmidt (NEB) 21-7, 21-13
5: Dreeuws/Zalopany (UH) def. Allie Havers/Hayley Densberger (NEB) 21-16, 21-14
Order of finish: 3,4,2*,1,5
Other Sunday Tournament Results
USC 5, Nebraska 0
Grand Canyon 3, Nebraska 2
Best Pair: Morgan Martin/Lea Monkhouse, UH
Best Attacker: Molly Turner, GCU
Best Defender: Kenzie Maloney, Nebraska
Best Blocker: Tina Graudina, USC
Aloha Spirit Award: Carly Kan, UH