By Cindy Luis
The No. 3 University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine sand volleyball team swept a pair of matches Thursday over No. 6 UCLA and San Francisco Thursday at Piper Park. The Rainbow Wahine improved to 9-2 on the season with the wins.
UH faced UCLA in the first match of the day and blanked the Bruins, 5-0. UH won in straight sets on three of five courts. UH's top pair of Brittany Tiegs and Karissa Cook defeated the Bruins' Jessyka Ngauamo and Kamila Tan 21-15, 21-9 to complete the shutout.
In the second match of the day the Rainbow Wahine took on a USF squad playing host to a sand volleyball contest for the first time in school history. UH easily defeated the Dons, winning in straight sets on all five courts. The pair of Sarah Mendoza and Olivia Urban made their debut as a tandem at the No. 5 flight and won easily over Emily Reed and Inbar Vinarsky, 21-8, 21-15.
UH has won by a 5-0 count in seven of its nine wins this year.
Hawai'i returns to action Saturday when it takes on Stanford, UCLA and Santa Clara in a trio of dual matches on the Stanford campus. The teams will then compete in a pairs tournament on Sunday.
#3 Hawaii def. #6 UCLA, 5-0
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 3, 2, 1
1. Karissa Cook/Brittany Tiegs (UH) def. Jessyka Ngauamo/Kamila Tan (UCLA) 21-15, 21-9
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Zoe Nightingale/Madie Smith (UCLA) 21-13, 21-13
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Taylor Formico/Karsia Lowe (UCLA) 21-11, 23-25, 15-10
4. Karlee Riggs/Hannah Rooks (UH) def. Skyler Dykstra/Jennie Frager (UCLA) 21-16, 21-15
5. London Chow/Tayler Higgins (UH) def. Karly Drolson/Rachel Inouye (UCLA) 21-19, 16-21, 15-10
#3 Hawaii def. San Francisco, 5-0
1. Karissa Cook/Brittany Tiegs (UH) def. Sara Staengl/Valentina Zaloznik (USF) 21-13, 21-14
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Malina Terrell/Jurja Vlasic (USF) 21-12, 21-9
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Katarina Pilepic/Courtney Sabahi (USF) 21-14, 21-8
4. Karlee Riggs/Hannah Rooks (UH) def. Rebecca Kopilovitch/Anja Segota (USF) 21-18, 21-14
5. Sarah Mendoza/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Emily Reed/Inbar Vinarsky (USF) 21-8, 21-15