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SandBows upset Pepperdine, move on to winners bracket


    UH’s Emily Maglio (44) slammed the ball past Sydney Haynes (13)at the Big West Beach Championship at Queen’s Beach in Waikiki on April 27. The No. 3 Hawaii beach volleyball team ran its program-record winning streak to 31 straight when opening the NCAA tournament with a 3-0 victory today over South Carolina in Gulf Shores, Ala.

The No. 3-seeded Hawaii beach volleyball team extended its program-record winning streak to 32 today, upsetting second-seeded Pepperdine 3-2 in a winners-bracket match at the NCAA championship tournament in Gulf Shores, Ala.

The Rainbow Wahine (37-3) saw the winning point come in the final dual of the day when Paige Dreeuws and Hannah Zalopany defeated Maddie Dilfer-Nikki Lyins, 21-19, 18-21, 15-13. The SandBows also won at Flights 1 (Emily Maglio-Ka’iwi Schucht) and 3 (Carly Kan-Laurel Weaver).

Hawaii next faces fourth-seeded Florida State (32-6) on Saturday at 10 a.m. Hawaii time, with the winner of that match moving into Sunday’s championship final.

The Seminoles upset top-seeded UCLA 3-1 earlier today, sending the Bruins (36-4) into an elimination match Saturday against LSU (27-13).

Florida State is the last team to defeat Hawaii, doing so 4-1 at the East Meets West Challenge on March 10 at Huntington Beach, Calif.

The Waves (25-4) will face two-time defending national champion USC (26-13) in an elimination match on Saturday. The two elimination winners then play each other, the loser out and the winner taking on the loser of the Hawaii-FSU match.

Earlier today, Hawaii gave coach Jeff Hall his 100th career victory when opening the tournament with a 3-0 win over South Carolina.

In the match against Pepperdine, Ari Homayun and Amy Ozee saw their winning streak snapped at 25 when falling to Alexis Filippone-Skylar Caputo, 21-15, 19-21, 15-12.

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