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No. 2 Hawaii sweeps sand volleyball bracket play


The goal for No. 2 Hawaii Sunday was to have all five of its sand volleyball pairs reach the championship final of their respective brackets. Four of five did with the SandBows sweeping the bracket tournament portion of the Santa Cruz (Calif.) Collegiate Challenge on Main Beach.

Hawaii (10-1) returns to Honolulu Monday with three bracket titles — gold, silver and bronze — from the six-school event. Leading the way was the No. 1 pair of Nikki Taylor and Brittany Tiegs who defeated UH-2 Katie Spieler-Olivia Urban 21-19 in an abbreviated final where Spieler-Urban conceded due to illness.

UH-3 Sammie Brown and Hannah Rooks won the silver bracket (for the Nos. 3 and 4 pairs) over Santa Clara-4 Kartina Inch-Sarah Vacarro 21-18, 21-14. Inch-Vacarro prevented the all-Hawaii final when rallying past UH-4 Lara Schreiber-Heather Boyan 17-21, 21-10, 15-12 in the semifinals.

The bronze bracket title went to UH-5 London Chow-Hannah Zalopany. over CSU Bakersfield-5 Star Tucker-Campbell and Luiza Martins. Ka’iwi Schucht-Mikayla Tucker won the exhibition bracket for the No. 6 pairs. Scores for both matches were unavailable.

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