By Cindy Luis
For the second time this year, University of Hawaii sand volleyball's top tandem of Karissa Cook and Brittany Tiegs captured a pairs tournament. The duo defeated fellow Rainbow Wahine Katie Spieler and Nikki Taylor in the finals of the Stanford Tournament Sunday at ACSR Sand Volleyball Courts to cap a stellar Northern California road trip for the SandBows.
UH went 5-0 in dual matches during the week, while Sunday's tournament bracket saw four UH tandems fill in the semifinals. UH went a perfect 10-0 against competitors from Santa Clara, UCLA and host Stanford in bracket play on Sunday.
Cook and Tiegs defeated Spieler and Nikki Taylor, 21-13, 7-4 in a championship match abbreviated by a medical forfeit. The final was a rematch of the season-opening Rainbow Wahine Invitational championship, also won by Tiegs and Cook. The pair have now run their record to 25-2 on the year.
Also advancing to the semifinals for UH were the duos of Karlee Riggs-Mikayla Tucker and Ginger Long-Ali Longo. UH's No. 5 team of Olivia Urban and London Chow advanced to the quarterfinals with a pair of wins over teams from UCLA and Stanford, before falling to Long and Longo.
The Rainbow Wahine next return home to face Chaminade and Hawai`i Pacific in the Jack In the Box Sand Volleyball Showcase on Saturday, April 5. First serve will be at 9:00 a.m. at the Queen's Beach Sandbox.
Stanford Tournament Results
Madison Dutra/Sara Vaccaro (SCU) def. Morgan Boukather/Megan McGehee (STAN), 18-21, 21-14, 15-9
Karlee Riggs/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def. Karly Drolson/Rachel Inouye (UCLA), 17-21, 21-18, 15-10
Inky Ajanaku/Kyle Gilbert (STAN) def. Lacey Maas/Katy Schatzman (SCU), 23-21, 21-13
London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Skylar Dykstra/Jennie Frager (UCLA), 21-16, 21-8
Round of 16
Karissa Cook/Brittany Tiegs (UH) def. Madison Dutra/Sarah Vaccaro (SCU), 21-5, 21-6
Zoe Nightingale/Madie Smith (UCLA) def. Madi Bugg/Kelsey Humphreys (STAN), 23-21, 22-20
Karlee Riggs/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def. Nikki Hess/Taylor Milton (SCU), 21-16, 21-13
Taylor Formico/Karsta Lowe (UCLA) def. Lauren Birks/Jordan Burgess (STAN), 21-19, 21-9
Jessyka Ngauamo/Kamila Tan (UCLA) def. Inky Ajanaku/Kyle Gilbert (STAN), 21-13, 21-14
Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. GiGi Cresto/Taylor Dayton (SCU), 21-12, 21-13
London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Brittany Howard/Carly Wopat (STAN), 21-16, 21-15
Ginger Long/Ali Longo (UH) def. Sabrina Clayton/Danielle Rottman (SCU), 21-16, 21-18
Karissa Cook/Brittany Tiegs (UH) def. Zoe Nightingale/Madie Smith (UCLA), 21-16, 21-19
Karlee Riggs/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def. Taylor Formico/Karsta Lowe (UCLA), 21-12, 18-21, 15-12
Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Jessyka Ngauamo/Kamila Tan (UCLA), 21-16, 21-17
Ginger Long/Ali Longo (UH) def. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH), 19-21, 21-12, 15-11