The SandBows edge Women of Troy 3-2
POSTED: 06:25 a.m. HST, May 02, 2014
LAST UPDATED: 07:04 a.m. HST, May 04, 2014
Fourth-seeded Hawaii avenged its loss to top-ranked USC from earlier this season by defeating the Women of Troy 3-2 in Friday's second round of the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championships at Gulf Shores, Ala.
The Rainbow Wahine (20-3) advanced earlier Friday with a 4-1 win over No. 5 Florida International. USC (22-2), which edged Hawaii 3-2 in March at Queen's Beach, had an opening-round bye and was riding a 21-match winning streak.
The SandBows, making their first appearance in the team portion of this event, advance to Saturday's semifinal. Hawaii will meet No. 3 Florida State, which eliminated Florida International Friday. at 6 a.m. Hawaii time.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 Pepperdine advanced to Saturday's semifinal and will face USC. The Women of Troy eliminated Stetson Friday.
Hawaii clinched the match against USC with a win at No. 3 with Ginger Long and Ali Long defeating Sam Hirschmann and Natasa Siljkovic, 21-19, 22-20. The final match was at No. 2 where Katie Spieler and Nikki Taylor fell to Kelly Claes and Alexa Strange, 15-21, 21-18, 15-12.
Hawaii's only loss in the opener against FIU came at No. 4 when Martyna Gluchowicz and Kristine Monforte of the Panthers (14-3) swept London Chow and Olivia Urban 21-10, 21-17.
The Rainbow Wahine have now won five straight matches and 16 of their last 17. UH's last loss was 5-0 to No. 2 Pepperdine on April 12.
In other matches vs. FIU:
1. Brittany Tiegs-Karissa Cook (UH) def. Jessica Gehrke/Marina Boulanger (FIU) 21-9, 21-16
2. Katie Spieler-Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Aren Cup/Tina Toghiyana (FIU) 21-18, 21-13
3. Ali Longo-Ginger Long (UH) def. Jessica Mendoza/ Ksenia Sukhareva (FIU) 21-19, 21-18
5. Karlee Riggs-Mikayla Tucker (UH) def. Camila Rosado/Maja Rosko (FIU) 21-18, 21-17
In other matches vs. USC
1. Tiegs-Cook def. Burnham-Hughes 2-0 (23-21, 22-20)
4: Chow-Urban def. Ettinger-Russ 2-0 (21-19, 21-19)
5: Martin-Wheeler def. Riggs-Tucker 2-0 (21-9, 21-19)