Fifth-seeded Hawaii remained alive at the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship today, sweeping sixth-seeded Arizona 3-0 in a contenders bracket quarterfinal at Gulf Shores, Ala.
The Rainbow Wahine (18-9) will play UCLA which eliminated Pepperdine 3-2 earlier today in the contenders bracket semifinal at noon Hawaii time. That semifinal winner advances to meet the loser of the two unbeatens playing later today — top seed Florida State and second seed USC — on Sunday in the double-elimination event.
The SandBows won at Flights 2, 3 and 5, clinching the dual at No. 2 with a 21-5, 21-18 victory by Nikki Taylor and Ka’iwi Schucht over the Wildcats’ Jianna Bonomi and Katarina Schulz. Bonomi-Schulz trailed 20-13 and held off six match points before Taylor ended it with a kill.
Also winning their duals were Ginger Long and Mikayla Tucker at No. 3, 21-13, 21-16, and Ari Homayun and Hannah Rooks at No. 5, 21-13, 21-17. Flights 1 and 4 did not finish because Hawaii had taken the best 3-out-of-5 competition.
Today’s remaining three matches are being televised on TruTV (OC 119). Sunday’s play begins at 5:30 a.m. Hawaii time with the final at 9 a.m. Hawaii time televised on TBS (OC 551).