The fifth-ranked Hawaii beach volleyball team finished third in its season-opening tournament, sweeping No. 19 Stanford 5-0 today in the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Beach Classic at Queen’s Beach.
The Rainbow Wahine (3-2) won four of the five contests in straight sets, the lone that went three was at Flight 2. Freshman Maia Hannemann and senior Julia Scoles rallied to defeat Madie Kriz and Tori Ashkinos, 23-25, 21-10, 15-12 complete the sweep.
Earlier today, the SandBows fell to No. 3 LSU 4-1 in the first semifinal. Hawaii, which had defeated LSU 3-2 on Saturday, picked up its only point of the dual at Flight 5 when freshmen Hanna Hellvig and Ilihia Huddleston held off Allison Coens-Hunter Domanski, 21-14, 19-21, 15-11 in one of three matchups that went three sets.
The SandBows lost the other three-setters, including Scoles and Hannemann who lost for the first time in the two-day event.The UH pair was unable to hold off Jess Schaben-Sydney Moore, 16-21, 22-20, 15-11.
UCLA swept Stanford in today’s second semifinal. LSU (3-2) went on to upset top-ranked UCLA (5-1) 3-2 to claim the tournament title.