Monday, March 30, 2015

Wahine Sweep in Santa Cruz

Photo: UH

The inaugural Santa Cruz Invitational was a success for the SandBows beginning with the duel competitions on Saturday.

UH was placed in Pool B along with University of San Francisco ( USF ) and Cal State Bakersfield ( CSUB ). Pool A consisted of Cal Berkeley, Santa Clara and Cal Poly.

In pool play Hawai`i swept all of their opponents, USF and CSUB. In the duels bracket play the Bows beat Santa Clara and return home with a 10-1 record, unfortunately the host schools have yet to provide any results,scores or stats for any of the matches.

On Sunday the SandBows returned to the courts for the pairs competition and dominated the field taking the Gold, Silver and Bronze.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Exciting Week Of Sand Volleyball Ends

Results and Stats

A busy week of sand volleyball ended at the Ching Complex Sunday when the SandBows took on Nebraska and Cal in dual matches and finished the week 2-1 with an 6-1 overall record. Fans were treated to some exciting competition provided by USC, Nebraska and Cal over the four day home stand.

The Wahine swept Cal and Kati Spieler put on a clinic for the fans in the final match of the 5-0 win beating Cal's Emily Shults/Bryce Bark (CAL) 21‐7, 21‐19.

Nebraska provide stiffer competition for the Wahine and force a final and deciding match between the # 1 teams. Hawaii's Nikki Taylor/Brittany Tiegs defeated the Husker's Justine Wong‐Orantes/Olivia Ostrander  21‐14, 23‐21 in an exciting match and Nebraska came very close to forcing the match to a 3rd set but Tiegs and Taylor were able to hold off Wong and Ostrander for the win.

With the only loss of the week to USC on Wednesday the Wahine will undoubtedly lose their # 1 ranking in the next poll.

The SandBows will head to the mainland this week for a duals match with UOP in Stockton CA on Thursday and a Tournament with Santa Clara, University of San Francisco and Cal State Bakersfield March 28-29 at the Santa Cruz Main Beach Courts.


Friday, March 20, 2015

SandBows vs USC Undefeated No More 

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Photo : UH SandVB

Without a doubt USC showed why they will be a top contender for the National title this season when they swept the #1 Wahine 5-0 at the new Ching Complex courts. The only team to have success with USC was the # 6 team of Gianna Guinasso and Sydney Shinn who defeated Jo Kremer/Lorna Brandt 18-21, 22-20, 15-7 unfortunately only the top 5 flights count in the results.

Flight 1: Sara Hughes/Kelly Claes (USC) defeated Brittany Tiegs/Nikki Taylor (UH) 21-16, 19-21, 15-10
Flight 2: Alexa Strange/Sophie Bukovec (USC) defeated Katie Spieler/Olivia Urban (UH) 21-17, 21-16
Flight 3: Eve Ettinger/Meg Norton (USC) defeated Sammie Brown/Hannah Rooks (UH) 21-17, 17-21, 15-9
Flight 4: Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC) defeated London Chow/Hannah Zalopany (UH) 21-17, 22-20
Flight 5: Jenna Belton/Bria Russ (USC) defeated Heather Boyan/Lara Schreiber (UH) 21-19, 21-15

Flight 6: Gianna Guinasso/Sydney Shinn (UH) defeated Jo Kremer/Lorna Brandt (USC) 18-21, 22-20, 15-7

Wahine vs Texas Spring Match

Box Score

Coaches will tell you that spring ball is all about evaluating returning players so they can identify problem areas that will need improvement before the fall season arrives but when you have teams like Hawai`i and Texas get together we all know that winning is also important.

The Wahine started cold in set one but ended the night with a 3-1 win (15-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-23) over the Long Horns. There were times when both teams were sloppy punctuated by moments of brilliance, something you would expect with only a few spring practice sessions under their belts.. Hitting errors plagued both teams in the match. Texas hit .164 for the match while the Wahine racked up 30 errors and finished with a .143 hitting percentage. Texas out blocked the Wahine 17.5 to 10.5

Tai Manu Olevao had a slow start in set one but caught fire in the remaining sets. The senior outside hitter ended the match with a double-double,19 kills, 11 digs while hitting .339.
Sophmore Kalei Greeley just missed her own double-double by one dig ( 12 kills, 9 digs)

Emily Maglio was impressive in the middle and we will more than likely see a battle in the fall between her and incoming two time Juco Player of the Year Annie Mitchem for a starting position.

Savanah Kahakai look very much improved at libero and contributed 25 digs to the win. Olivia Magill looked like she never missed a beat during the off season, she will continue to be a force in 2015.

While I'm not ready to start talking championships the Wahine looked better than I expected.


Monday, March 16, 2015

Big Week Ahead For Wahine Volleyball

Fans will have plenty of options available this week as the indoor team spring season gets underway with a match against the University of Texas at the SSC,tickets available on-line or at the SSC ticket office.

Also the SandBows have return home from the USAV Collegiate Challenge and will to take on USC, Nebraska and Cal in the Queen of the Beach Challenge.

Although here has been no announcement about this so far from UH the Wahine indoor team will play North Texas from Conference USA on Tuesday. North Texas played spring matches against Chaminade and Hawaii Pacific yesterday (3/15).

3/18 SandBows vs USC
3/19 UH vs Texas - Spring Match @ SSC
3/20-22 Queen of the Beach Challenge with USC,Nebraska,Cal

See the UH web site for details on all the matches.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Results For Sandbows In Cali

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While the Sandbows will return to Honolulu 4-0 one must wonder what would have happened to their # 1 ranking if they had played # 2 Pepperdine in the duels competition.

Hawai`i defeated Grand Canyon 4-1 and swept TCU but neither have had an impressive start in the 2015 season and it was obvious that this tournament would be headed for a showdown with Pepperdine. The Bows however did not play Pepperdine in the duels competition and should remain in the # 1 spot in the next poll.

In the pairs competition Hawai`i advanced 4 teams out of  the first round bracket play but UH 4 - Schreiber & Tucker forfeited to GCU 1 - Phelps & Dugan in the second round while UH 1 - Tiegs & Taylor, UH 2 - Urban & Spieler and UH 3 - Rooks & Brown advanced to the third round. In the third round all three remaining UH teams were eliminate.

Pepperdine's # 1 team Larsen & Woolever and # 2 team Dykstra & Strehlow met in the Finals. Larsen & Woolever  defeated their own #2 team 21-14, 21-18 and won the pairs title.

Pairs Bracket

It will be a quick turnaround for the SandBows who will meet USC at the on campus courts at the Ching Complex Wednesday March 18 at 5 pm. This match is scheduled to be on-line here on OCSports.

The Queen Of The Beach Tournament with USC, Cal and Nebraska will begin Friday March 20th.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sand Bows Hit The Road
USAV Collegiate Challange

Photo: Digg'n Na Wahine

The Wahine sand team will continue the 2015 season this weekend at the USAV Collegiate Challenge in Chula Vista , CA

Teams in the Tournament are, CSU Bakersfield, Grand Canyon, Hawaii, Pepperdine & TCU

Coming off of a successful weekend at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational at Queens Beach the Bows will be looking to hold on to their # 1 ranking awarded to them in Monday's AVCA Poll for beating then #1 Pepperdine in the team competition.

Like previous years results will probably be slow in coming for this tournament.Twitter accounts owned by the participants might be the fastest way of keeping up with the event.

Hawai`i will first meet Grand Canyon at 7 am HST on Saturday followed by TCU at 10 am HST. Bracket play will begin at Noon HST and continue on Sunday 6 am HST followed by the semi finals and Championship match.

Schedule Here >


Monday, March 09, 2015

Bows Start Season Beating Number One !

Photo: Digg'n Na Wahine

UPDATE:  3/10/2014 Na Wahine are #1 in both the AVCA and Dig Magazine Polls

On Friday the # 4 Sand Bows kicked off the 2015 season at Queens Beach by first taking out LMU 4-1 then went on to beat # 1 ranked Pepperdine 3 -2 in an exciting way.

The Wahine #1 team Tiegs/Taylor had to go three sets to defeat Pepperdine's top team Woolever/Larsen 14‐21, 21‐14, 15‐8. Nikki Taylor seemed to be nursing some minor injuries and her left leg was taped from ankle to just below her knee.

Olivia Urban/Katie Spieler had and easier time beating the Waves # 2 team Knudsen/Dykstra 21-16,21-16.

Pepperdine's #3 team Streylow/Cook defeated Brown/Rooks (UH) 21‐19, 21‐17 and their #5 team Quiggle/Messing defeated Hannah Zalopany/Kaiwi Shucht 21‐18, 21‐18. Schucht/Zalopany replaced Boyan/Chow for Hawai`i as the #5 team in the duels competition.

At this point it was all knotted up 2-2 and the rubber match between the number 4 teams of Tucker/Schreiber (UH) and Asprey/Rocich ( Pepperdine) became the focal point for the crowd, Hawai`i took the match 16‐21, 21‐12, 15‐8 to the delight of the Wahine fans.

Saturday Pairs Competition

The Wahine were not as successful in the pairs tournament although they battled hard. Pepperdine took the Gold, Silver and Bronze.

UH's #2 team of Urban/Spieler was the only Wahine team to come out of pool play in the Gold Bracket but lost to Pepperdine's Woolever/Larsen 17‐21, 31‐29, 15‐5. Katie Spieler but on a defensive clinic in this match and received the  Best Defensive Player Award.

While UH had four teams emerge from pool play in the Silver Bracket Tiegs/Taylor made it to the finals but lost to Pepperdine's Quiggle/Messing 21‐17, 29‐27.


Friday, March 06, 2015

Aloha Invitational , National Coverage and More !

Aloha Invitational set to bring top college teams to Oahu
for premier sand volleyball competition April 24-25

Aloha Invitational

March 6, 2015
5am HST

The Aloha Invitational  at Queens Beach in April is being billed as a gala event. Organizers say, "nationally televised on CBS Sports Network" ,  "current and former professional beach volleyball players will compete in a charity exhibition" and a luau for players,coaches and VIP guest.

Read the entire press release here >


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

More Sand VB News

March 4,2015
1:30 PM HST

Wahine SandVB Preview


2015 Beach Collegiate Challenge

USAV announced the schedule for the 2015 Beach Collegiate Challenge today. This is the first of two collegiate tournaments put on by USAV. It takes place at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista CA, March 14-15 with Hawai`i,  Cal State Bakersfield, TCU, Pepperdine and Grand Canyon participating.

The second challenge takes place April 11-12 at Hermosa Beach,CA. Although the teams have yet to be announced for this event it usually draws more of the top teams. Hawai`i is scheduled to take part in this tournament also.

See Schedule Here >

Future Wahine 

An update on players who have committed to the Wahine sand program.
Cyrene Hertzog, Chloe Luyties, Emma Smith, Morgan Martin, Julia Chizanskos.

Coach Hall talks about his move to the women's side of the sport.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Countdown to Wahine Sand Season

With the departure of Head Coach Scott Wong and assistant Michelle Meyer it was pretty much a given that there would be a few issues left unsettled right up to opening day of the 2015 season.

Although Scott Wong left the program in great shape there has been several roster changes mostly involving indoor players who have decided to forego playing on the beach this year.

As of this date partners have not been finalized as coaches continue to evaluate different combinations. Some may be a game day decision.

The 2015 Wahine were ranked #4 in the recent AVCA pre-season poll which is where I expected them to be based on last year’s finish but it is difficult to say where this team is headed this season because they have a new head coach and many new faces.

While I expect the coaches will come up with at least two solid pairs using returning players from 2014 they will need to have more depth for the team competitions.

The 2015 season kicks off March 6th when the Wahine face off against #6 LMU in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational at Queens Beach starting at 9 am, followed by a match against # 1 Pepperdine scheduled for 11:00 am.