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SandBows win third straight Big West title, await NCAA placement

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hawaii’s Ka’iwi Schucht goes for a dig against Long Beach State’s Sasha Karelov and Nele Barber during the top-seed match of the 2018 Big West Conference beach volleyball championship today in Waikiki.

Top-seeded Hawaii won its 30th consecutive match today, defeating third-seeded Long Beach State 4-1 for its third consecutive Big West beach volleyball championship at Queen’s Beach.

The third-ranked Rainbow Wahine (35-3) now await Sunday’s selection show (1 p.m. HST ncaa.com) to learn where they will be placed in the May 4-6 NCAA tournament bracket at Gulf Shores, Ala. In the championship victory, Emily Maglio and Ka’iwi Schucht (Flight 1) saw their program-record winning streak end at 25 straight, while Ari Homayun and Amy Ozee (Flight 4) ran their winning streak to 24.

Earlier in the day, Hawaii sent Long Beach State into the losers bracket with a 5-0 sweep of the 49ers. Long Beach State (26-9) then eliminated second-seeded Cal Poly (27-7).

Cal Poly came into the week ranked nationally at No. 4 and Long Beach State at No. 6.

In the semifinal earlier, Hawaii clinched the match against Long Beach State with victories at Flights 1, 2 and 4. The only flight that went to three sets was Flight 5, where Hawaii’s Paige Dreeuws and Hannah Zalopany turned back Hannah Matt-Marisa Ramsey, 23-21, 19-21, 15-13.

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