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