Volley Shots
SandBows open with 4-1 win over FIU
May 2nd, 2014

UH plays No. 1 USC at 7 a.m. HST. SandBows loss came at No. 4

The No. 4 seed University of Hawaii sand volleyball team won its opening match at the AVCA National Championship Friday morning with a 4-1 decision over No. 5 Florida International. The Rainbow Wahine will next face top-seed USC in a match slated to start at 12:00 p.m. CT

The winner of the UH-USC earns a spot in Saturday's national championship semifinals. The loser of the match is still alive due to the double-elimination format and will still have a chance to make the semifinals with a win later in the day. USC (22-1) handed UH one of its three losses earlier this year with tight 3-2 decision in Honolulu on March 19.

Making its first-ever team appearance at the nationals, UH rolled out of the gates fast against FIU (14-3) with straight set wins on four of five courts over the Panthers. The win was UH's 19th of the year and the Rainbow Wahine have now one 15 of their last 16 dual matches.

AVCA Sand Nationals
Opening Round
May 1, 2014  Gulf Shores, Ala.
#4 Hawai'i def.  #5 Florida International, 4-1
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def.  Jessica Gehrke/Marina Boulanger (FIU) 21-9, 21-16
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Aren Cup/Tina Toghiyana (FIU) 21-18, 21-13
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Jessica Mendoza/ Ksenia Sukhareva (FIU) 21-19, 21-18
4. Martyna Gluchowicz/Kristine Monforte (FIU) def. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) 21-10, 21-17
5. Karlee Riggs/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def. Camila Rosado/Maja Rosko (FIU) 21-18, 21-17

60 Responses to “SandBows open with 4-1 win over FIU”

  1. WhyWhat:

    Pep wins, so my prediction holds true.

    Assuming USC beats Stetson...

    Final 4:

    UH vs FSU
    Pep vs USC


  2. WhyWhat:

    I think we all can agree UH positioned themselves well to reach the finals... better then if they had to play Pepperinde to reach the finals at least.


  3. formerlywarriorfan:

    . 45 jeez no offense but I can see why you get on peoples nerves on volleytalk, anyway looks like Pepperdine won as expected.

    so it will be FSU or FIU in the semis, gonna be up early again tomorrow.


  4. formerlywarriorfan:

    I bet Britt Tiegs would love to face Florida State..


  5. WhyWhat:

    53. Im not on Volleytalk.


  6. Brandon:

    53. I was just saying. How would it feel if fsu fans were saying usc would beat UH. We shouldn't count any of these teams out. Simply because they're the six best teams in the nation (debatable if long beach should be here).


  7. Brandon:

    55. He's talking about me. And I meant no harm in my comments. I wasn't in anyway trying to insult anyone. Just thought we shouldn't consider it a for sure Pepperdine win.


  8. Cindy Luis:

    56. it is what it is. Long Beach State didn't have that great of a season. But only three teams from the West, as it has been.
    see new thread


  9. formerlywarriorfan:

    55. didn't mean you sorry.


  10. Brandon:

    And again, I apologize if I annoy or offended anyone. Was never my intention. I'll try to be more calm when it comes to this. Once again, I apologize to everyone