SandBows to AVCA collegiate championships

April 22nd, 2014

Above line for the team bracket. Pairs tournament announced and seeded after the final saturday

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Championship Selection Committee announced the field for the third annual Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship with the University of Hawai'i gaining its first-ever team invite to the event. The Rainbow Wahine earned the sole at-large bid in the six-team field which also includes Pepperdine (West), USC (West), Florida State (Southeast), Stetson (Atlantic Sun) and UH's first-round opponent Florida International (Southeast).

UH earned a No. 4 seed and will face No. 5 FIU at 9:00 a.m. EST on the opening day of tournament on Friday, May 2. The winner of the match will face top-seeded USC later that day. The tournament format is double-elimination with a sudden death final four.

The event, which runs through May 4, will again be held in Gulf Shores, Ala.—home of the event the last three years. It will also feature a pairs championship. The pairs field includes the top duos from the schools in the team competition as well as ten doubles teams identified as the "Best of the Rest" from schools not in the team competition. The top two tandems of Karissa Cook-Brittany Tiegs and Katie Spieler-Nikki Taylor will compete for UH in the pairs championship.

The Rainbow Wahine are ranked No. 3 in the latest AVCA national poll and finished the season with an 18-3 overall mark. UH sported six wins over ranked squads and its only three losses came against the top two teams in the nation in Pepperdine and USC.  A total of 14 of the team's 18 wins came via 5-0 shutouts.

While this will be the first team appearance for program, it is not UH's first trip to the nationals. UH competed in the pairs championship during the inaugural event in 2012. The tandems of Emily Hartong-Elizabeth Stoltzmann and Jane Croson-Ashley Lee represented UH. Both pairs were knocked out during the Round of 16.

catching up on sand, Cook-Tiegs win pairs title

April 19th, 2014

Someone asked if they show the nationals on TV

this is what they did last year:

CBS Sports Network will televise portions of the competition in three hour-long specials beginning on Tuesday, May 21 (7:00 PM, ET).

From Saturday

The University of Hawai`i women's sand volleyball team concluded its regular season with pairs competition versus Long Beach State and Irvine Valley College in the Big West Challenge. UH competed in three separate brackets with the team of Karissa Cook and Brittany Tiegs capturing Bracket A which consisted of each school's No. 1 and 2 tandems.

Cooks and Tiegs won the six-team bracket with straight sets win over LBSU's Delainey Aigner-Swesey and Bojana Todorovic (21-13, 21-16) in the semifinals and Tyler Jackson and Janisa Johnson in the finals (21-12, 21-10). UH's top pair finished the regular-season with a stellar 33-4 record.

Meanwhile, a combined three wins by the No. 3 and 4 pairs of Ali Longo-Ginger Long and London Chow-Olivia Urban, respectively, set up an all-UH final in Bracket B. The teams, however, did not play out the final match

In  Bracket C, made up of the No. 5 and 6 tandems, the UH pair of Karlee Riggs and Mikayla Tucker advanced to the finals, before falling to LBSU's  Ciana and Morea Wagner 21-18, 18-21, 15-11.

UH next awaits official announcement on Monday of the field for the 2014 AVCA Sand Volleyball Championship, May 2-4, in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Saturday's Results
Bracket A 
Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Becky Moody/Annie Mitchem (IVC) 21-10, 21-9
Karissa Cook/Brittany Tiegs (UH) def. Delainey Aigner-Swesey/Bojana Todorovic (LBSU) 21-13, 21-16
Tyler Jackson/Janisa Johnson (LBSU) def. Spieler/Taylor, UH 21-15, 18-21, 25-23
Cook/Tiegs (UH) def. Jackson/Johnson (LBSU) 21-12, 21-10

Bracket B 
London Chow/Olivia Urban def.  Haley Whyte/Emily Dailey (IVC) 21-14, 21-8
Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Jenelle Hudson/Alex Reid (LBSU) 21-10, 19-21, 15-11
Chow/Urban (UH) def. Chelsea Cabrajac/Brie Mackie (LBSU) 24-22, 21-11, 15-10

Bracket C 
Karlee Riggs/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def. Joy Miley/Makayla Taylor (LBSU) 23-21, 18-21, 15-9
Ciana Wagner/Morea Wagner (LBSU) def. Tayler Higgins/Hannah Rooks (UH) 21-14, 21-19
Wagner/Wagner (LBSU) def. Riggs/Tucker (UH) 21-18, 18-21, 15-11
From Friday

The No. 3 University of Hawaii sand volleyball team won its final three dual matches of the regular-season at the Big West Challenge in a performance that put UH in position for its first-ever team appearance into the AVCA National Championship. The Rainbow Wahine blanked Irvine Valley College and Cal Poly, while picking up a key win over No. 5 Long Beach State Friday in Huntington Beach.

With an 18-3 overall record—and its only losses to the top two teams in the nation in USC and Pepperdine—UH is poised to gain an invitation to the third annual AVCA Sand Volleyball National Championship to be held May 2-4 in Gulf Shores, Ala. The official announcement for the six- team field will be made on Monday. The field will be made up of the top two teams from each the West and Southeast regions, the Atlantic Sun champion and an at-large selection for which UH would likely qualify.

The Rainbow Wahine were its usual dominant self with a pair of 5-0 wins over Cal Poly and IVC and a 4-1 win over Long Beach State. UH won in straight sets in 14 of the 15 matchups during the day. In the most critical match of the day, UH rose to the challenge, taking down a 49er squad are also vying for a spot in the nationals as the defending champions.  It marked UH's second win over LBSU this year after also defeating the 49ers, 3-2, in Honolulu on March 7, the opening day of the season.

From Friday

#3 Hawai'i def.  Irvine Valley College, 5-0
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def.  Marisa Doran/Kobi Pekich (IVC) 21-12, 21-11
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def.  Becky Moody/Annie Mitchem (IVC) 21-9, 21-10
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Katherine Kolodziej/Alexis Radecki (IVC) 21-12, 21-13
4. Karlee Riggs/Mikayla Tucker def. Hailey Jones/Shaelyn Perez (IVC) 21-5, 21-10
5. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Emily Daily/Erica Tsujimoto (IVC) 21-5, 21-7

#3 Hawai'i def.  #5 Long Beach State, 4-1
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def.  Tyler Jackson/Janisa Johnson (LBSU) 22-20, 21-11
2. D. Aigner-Swesey/ Bojana Todorovic (LBSU) def.  Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) 21-18, 18-21, 15-11
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Chelsea Cabrajack/Bre Mackie (LBSU)  21-16, 21-16
4. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Alex Reid/Jenelle Hudson (LBSU), 21-17, 21-16
5. Karlee Riggs/Mikayla Tucker def. Ciana Wagner/Morea Wagner (LBSU) 21-17, 21-17

#3 Hawai'i def.  Cal Poly, 5-0
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def.  Jennifer Keddy/Katie Conroy (CP) 21-13, 21-4
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def.  Megan Groess/Nicole Kessler (CP) 21-13, 21-11
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Hannah Schleis/Kate Walters (CP) 21-15, 21-10
4. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Taylor Gruenewald/Shannon Fouts (CP) 21-10, 21-9
5. Hannah Rooks/Tayler Higgins (UH) def. Anna Gorman/Lexi Reddick (CP) 21-13, 21-16

MPSF quarterfinal links 4-19

April 19th, 2014

at 3 p.m. HST


At 4 p.m. HST


Long Beach State at Pepperdine

UC Irvine at Stanford

Congrats to Averill 1st team; Sedore second

April 17th, 2014

Averill on first team along with Taylor Crabb (Punahou, Beach); Micah Christenson (Kamehameha-USC), Josh Taylor (Punahou-Pepperdine)

Second team to Sedore along with Henry Cassiday (Punahou-USC)

very surprised Zarkovic didn't get anything.

Sander of B YU POY, Yoder of USC FOY

And very interesting to see the number of second-generation players :

Crabb, Yoder, Shaw, Hanley … i'm sure I've missed a few.

Blog on a bit of a vacation

April 17th, 2014

Heading to Sequim to see my mom for Easter. Internet access sporadic but will try to check in when I can.

UH wasn't about the scores from Friday sand, just because, as you all know, it was a bit disorganized.

Believe IVC is playing host and I'm sure coach Tom Pestolesi will get things done.

Happy Easter all.