By Cindy Luis
Sorry was at Punahou for the Clash of the Titans.
The Hawaii women's sand volleyball team was back in action on the road with a pair of dual matches held at Irvine Valley College. The Rainbow Wahine defeated the host Lasers, 4-1, before being blanked by No. 2 Long Beach State, 5-0.
The Rainbow Wahine (4-4) relatively cruised against Irvine Valley (4-4). UH scored all four of its points in straight-set fashion, including a dominant 21-8, 21-11 win by Katie Spielerand Ginger Long over Laruen Bender-Emily Daily on the No. 4 court. Hawai'i's lone loss came on the feature court, where Allie Cook and Annie Mitchem out-lasted Jane Crosonand Ashley Kastl, 13-21, 21-19, 15-8.
Meanwhile, in their second meeting in less than 10 days, Long Beach State (11-1) shutout Hawai'i. The 49ers defeated UH, 4-1, in Long Beach on March 26. Again, the rematch was much closer than the score indicated. The 49ers won the top three flights in straight sets, but courts No. 4 and 5 went down to the wire. In the end, the duos of Spieler- Long and Ku`ulei Zalopany-Olivia Urban each came up short in the final set by tight 15-13 and 15-12 scores, respectively.
The Rainbow Wahine will next travel up the road Malibu where they will face top-ranked and defending national champion Pepperdine, as well as No. 4 USC, Saturday, April 6 at Zuma Beach. Duals between all three teams open at 10 a.m., followed by two rounds of pairs play.
Dual Match Double-Header Results
#5 Hawai'i def. Irvine Valley, 4-1
1. Allie Cook-Annie Mitchem (IVC) def. Jane Croson-Ashley Kastl (UH), 13-21, 21-19, 15-8
2. Tai Manu-Olevao-Nikki Miyashita (UH) def. Katherine Kolodziej-Lainey Hicks (IVC), 21-13, 17-21, 15-13
3. Ali Longo-Karlee Riggs (UH) def. Alex Goodman-Avae Masaniai (IVC), 21-10, 21-14
4. Katie Spieler-Ginger Long (UH) def. Laruen Bender-Emily Daily (IVC), 21-8, 21-11
5. Ku`ulei Zalopany-Olivia Urban (UH) def. Brittany Brierly-Haley Whyte (IVC), 21-10, 22-20
#2 Long Beach State def. #5 Hawai'i, 5-0
1. Caitlin Ledoux-Tara Roenicke (LBSU) def. Jane Croson-Ashley Kastl (UH), 21-17, 21-11
2. Chelsea Cabrajac-Bre Mackie (LBSU) def. Natasha Bell-Tai Manu-Olevao (UH), 22-20, 21-14
3. Delainey Aigner-Swesey-Libby Fontanilla (LBSU) def. Ali Longo-Karlee Riggs (UH), 21-16, 21-16
4. Lauren Minkel-Jocelyn Neely (LBSU) def. Katie Spieler-Ginger Long (UH), 21-19, 17-21, 15-13
5. Tyler Jackson-Erin Juley (LBSU) def. Ku`ulei Zalopany-Olivia Urban (UH), 16-21, 21-17, 15-12