Saturday, August 30, 2014

Some Good, Some Bad and Some Ugly on Opening Night
Wahine sweep Ohio 25-22, 25-23, 25-20

 Photo: UH Athletics

A little ragged and rough around the edges at times probably caused by a combination of opening night jitters, getting accustomed to playing together as a new team and missing OH Nikki Taylor sidelined with an elbow injury. All three sets were see saw battles with runs by both teams that fortunately ended in favor of the Wahine.

Shoji went with a starting lineup that consisted of Arizona transfer Olivia Magill and veteran returning players but before the night was over Wahine fans also got to see flashes of freshman Clare-Marie Anderson, Kendra Koelsch, Kalei Greeley and Savanah Kahakai .

Setter Taylor Higgins seemed to struggle with her sets to MB Oliva Magill at times but she ended the night leading the team in kills with 10. Higgins was more successful with sets to MB Kalei Adolph who had 8 kills and hit .467. OH Tai Manu Olevau contribute 9 kills while hitting a respectable .304, OH Ginger Long was a little less efficient hitting .086 with 8 kills and 5 hitting errors.

Libero Sarah Mendoza was the one Hawai`i player who was steady as a rock most of night. The Santa Barbara native set a new career high of 24 digs as we saw shades of Ali Longo in her performance.

Although head coach Dave Shoji gave them a grade of  B minus for their effort the team was a little more critical of themselves. Obviously this team is a work in progress and another opportunity to continue that progress will come tonight against the Arizona State Wildcats who had a fairly easy time defeating San Diego State 25-18, 25-21, 25-14 in the earlier match.

Up Next

Arizona State Wildcats

*Ranked # 25 in AVCA Preseason Poll
*Picked to finish 4th in Pac 12 Coaches Poll
*UH is 8-1 overall against the Sun Devils. Last meeting was won by UH 3-1 on 9/12/98. 
* Hawai’i Connection – Shannan McCready 5’7 setter from Aiea (Punahou HS.)

This is the second year in a row that ASU has played in the SSC losing to BYU in the first round last year in the Honolulu NCAA Regional.

Players to Watch
Marcy Gardner – 6’0 Jr. OH, 4.56 K/set
Whitney Follete – 6’2 So. MB, 1.03 Blk/set, 2.05 K/set
BreEile Bailey – 6’4 So. OH, 3.08 K/set
McKenzie Willey - 6'1 OH

Head Coach: Jason Watson 87-103 at ASU. 

Watson, who played volleyball for BYU, set a single game assist record against the UH men in Klum Gym in 1993. Watson held their first practice in the historic gym when they arrived in Honolulu.

Tonights match will start at 8:30 pm

Live Stats

Big West TV


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational

Aug. 29: Arizona State vs. San Diego State, 5 p.m.
             Ohio vs Hawaii, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 30: Ohio vs. San Diego State, 5:30 p.m
              Arizona State vs Hawaii, 8:30 p.m.
Aug. 31: Ohio vs. Arizona State, 3 p.m
            San Diego State vs Hawaii, 5:30 p.m.

The 2014 season kicks off with the Wahine facing Ohio from the Mid America Conference. The Bobcats won their eighth MAC regular season title in 2013 and finished the season with a 27-6 record after losing to Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Ohio was picked to win the MAC again in 2014 by MAC coaches.

Top players are 5'10 setter Abby Gilleland, the MAC's 2013 Player of the Year, and 6'0 OH Kelly Lambertii the 2012 MAC POY, both were named Honorable Mention All Americans in 2013.

The Bobcats are led by first year head coach Deane Webb the former head coach of Belmont University. Webb has a career D- I coaching record of 235-167 (.585) and an overall collegiate coaching record of 369-218 (.629).

UH is 1-0 against Ohio, last meeting was 8/30/08

Ohio Quick Facts- Includes roster and 2013 stats.

What: Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational
When: Friday, Aug. 29 - Sunday, Aug. 31
Where: Honolulu, O'ahu (Stan Sheriff Center)
Television: OCSports – Channels 16 (SD) and 1016 (HD) will be broadcasting ALL Hawai'i matches of the tournament with Kanoa Leahey calling the play-by-play and Chris McLachlin doing color commentary.
Streaming Video: Big West TV
Radio: ESPN Radio (1420 AM) will broadcast all UH matches live with Tiff Wells handling the play-by-play.
Audio Webcast: ESPN 1420   live with Tiff Wells
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at Hawaii


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fans Enjoy Wahine Scrimmage

Stan Sheriff Center

Yes the crowd at the scrimmage was small but all seemed pleased with what we watched. The freshman were all impressive and you can see the depth in this roster developing.

Of the returning players I felt that Ginger Long greatly improved her game but consistency is what we will all be looking for, the same applies to Tai Manu-Olevao.

A lot is expected from Arizona transfer Olivia Magill in the middle and from what I witnessed I don't see her disappointing the fans.

While Shoji has yet to publicly put out a lineup his comments point to retuning players starting against Ohio on Aug. 29th. at least for now.

Kalei Adolpho, Sarah Mendoza and Tai Manu-Olevao were voted the captains by the team.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Fall Camp Coming To An End Soon
Photo: UH Athletics

The curtain goes up on Aug. 29th for the 2014 season and the Wahine faithful will finally see their 2014 team in action against real competition. 

Hawai`i fans like to make their own decisions about their team instead of relying on reports from the media. If you want a sneak peak you can attend practice and a scrimmage free of charge Saturday Aug. 23rd at 4pm at the SSC.

In the recent videos put out by UH Athletics you get a good sense of what the team members are thinking in terms of progress and all of them feel that things are going well.

In the interview with middle blocker Kalei Adolpho we hear her say that in the beginning of the season they may not be the best but expect to improve as the season goes on which seems to be in line with what many of the fans are thinking.

Expectations this year will be slightly tempered because they are replacing a fairly large group of seasoned players with one transfer who has Pac 12 experience and 7 freshman who will join returning players who have varying degrees of playing time and experience but this is a group of freshman who are considered to be good enough to be ranked 12th in the country by Prepvolleyball so fans might be in for a pleasant surprise at some positions.


In addition to an appearance on Fox Sports Prime Ticket this season the Big West recently announced the ESPN 3 schedule that will include three Wahine appearances. ESPN 3 is a live stream platform available to Oceanic and Hawaiian Tel internet subscribers free of charge.
Note : Requires registration at the site


Day/Date     Contest     Time (PDT           
Friday, September 26     CSUN at Cal State Fullerton     7:00 pm
Saturday, October 4     CSUN at Long Beach State     7:00 pm
Friday, October 10     UC Santa Barbara at UC Irvine     7:00 pm
Saturday, October 11     Hawai‘i at Long Beach State     7:00 pm
Friday, October 24     UC Davis at CSUN     7:00 pm
Friday, October 31     Hawai‘i at UC Irvine     7:00 pm
Saturday, November 1     Hawai‘i at Cal State Fullerton     7:00 pm
Friday, November 14     Cal Poly at Long Beach State     7:00 pm
Saturday, November 15     UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach State     7:00 pm
Thursday, November 20     CSUN at UC Riverside     7:00 pm
Wednesday, November 26     UC Irvine at Long Beach State     7:00 pm


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Wahine Enter Week Two of Fall Camp

Photo: UH Athletics

As the Wahine head into Week 2 of fall camp practice observers say that the 2014 class is athletic,talented and focused on learning.

There has been more attention given this year to the back row attack and Shoji told players that he would like all players to develop a jump serve.The first week was spent on fundamentals and skills and there has been no indication from coaches of any freshman taking away a starting role from a returning player.

Many Wahine watchers, including myself , believe the starting lineup for the first regular season match on Aug. 29th will consist of returning players with some freshman getting playing time during the preseason tournaments so depth can be added to each position. Shoji also said that no one will be redshirting at this time.

Nikki Taylor continues to sit out fall camp rehabbing an elbow injury. Nikki says that she returns to the doctor tomorrow Aug 18th for revaluation.

The Big West announced that the Hawai`i at Cal State Northridge match on October 10th will be televised on Fox Sports Prime Ticket which is available here in Hawai`i .


Monday, August 11, 2014

Fall Camp Now Open

Na Wahine officially opened fall camp yesterday the same way is has opened for 39 years under Dave Shoji with a focus on fundamentals and skills.

The names of Kendra Koelsch, Kalei Greeley and Olivia Magill received mentions in interviews with Shoji and I expect we will hear a lot more about these three as fall practice continues, particularly Greeley.

As I mentioned here back on Aug 6th Nikki Taylor is nursing an elbow injury and sat out practice. She will miss most of fall camp and be re-evaluated in 3 weeks.


AVCA Preseason Poll

Today will bring us the AVCA Preseason Poll. What the voters think about our incoming class will play a big roll in where the Wahine end up. The results of the poll will be updated here soon.

Update :    8:21 am HST -  Wahine come in at #  17


Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Wahine Picked To Finish 1st in Big West Preseason Poll
Photo: Big West

Hawaii Top Pick In Big West Preseason Poll
 After collecting a share of its second consecutive Big West Conference title last season, the nine Big West coaches feel that the Rainbow Wahine are primed to capture a third straight title following the tabulation of the 2014 Big West women’s volleyball preseason coaches poll.  More >>

Updated: Aug. 6, 2014  9:15 am HST

* Nikki Taylor says she is nursing an elbow problem, doctor said 3 more weeks ( from Aug. 6th ) according to Nikki . Sounds like Nikki could have been taking a lot of practice swings during the off season. Hopefully this won't be a nagging injury that extends into the season. Right now it looks like she could be sitting out most of fall camp.

* 2014 returning mainland players and new recruits of the UH Sand Team are heading back to Honolulu the week of Aug 17th.

* Three members of the 2013 Huntington Beach High School team will play their college volleyball in Honolulu this season. Kendra Koelsch and Gianna Guinasso at UH and Cheyenne Rankin at Hawaii Pacific.


Hawaii Top Pick In Big West Preseason Poll
 After collecting a share of its second consecutive Big West Conference title last season, the nine Big West coaches feel that the Rainbow Wahine are primed to capture a third straight title following the tabulation of the 2014 Big West women’s volleyball preseason coaches poll. 
- See more at:

to capture a third straight title

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tiegs/Pardon Win Gold in Portugal

Foto: USA1 - Tiegs, B. / Pardon, J
Women Competition World University Champions

Team USA -1 Hawai`i Sandbow Brittany Tiegs and Jace Pardon from FSU won the gold at the World University Volleyball Championship in Portugal this morning.The duo defeated Germany's Behrens/Seyfferth 21-18 , 21-12 in the finals.


2015 Sandbow Lara Schreiber and her German teammate Nadja Glenzke finished 9th at the U-21 World Championship in Cyprus. SandBow recruit Benedicte Maaseide and partner Victoria Kjølberg representing Norway finished 17th 


Wahine Sandbow Katie Spieler finds summer success in California.
Santa Barbara Open
CBVA AAA Tourney

Emily Hartong's Volero Zurich team announced that team training and practice opens on August 12th, 2014


Monday, July 21, 2014

Wahine Tidbits

Updated : July 21 2014 3:45 pm HST

*  The FIVB U-21 World Beach Championships kicks off  Wednesday in Cyprus. 2015 SandBow recruit Lara Schreiber teams up with Nadja Glenzke and will represent Germany. Lara and her teammate Sarah Schneider finished 4th in the U-19 World Championship in 2013 also SandBow recruit Benedicte Maaseide will partner with Victoria Kjølberg and represent Norway in the U-21 Championship. Last we heard Maaseide was waiting on her acceptance letter from UH.

* Although Volero Zurich's schedule has not been released yet the 2015 CEV Volleyball Champions League season begins in November.What Emily Hartong's new team has planned for her in her first year as a pro is unknown at this time. Having to learn their system and getting accustomed to international rules it could possibly be a season of learning for the former Wahine All American.

* Kaela Goodman and Justin still on their Around the World adventure that ends in December blogged recently that they plan on returning to Zurich to see Emily play before returning home.

* Kalei Greeley comes from a very athletic family. Her father was a football and basketball standout in high school and played at USC and UC Riverside. Her mother was a three sport standout in high school and played basketball at UCR. Kalei also has two brothers who play football at King High School in Riverside,CA and both were recently named players to watch by Under The Radar Sports Media

* August 10th is the first day of fall practice for the Wahine.

* AVCA 2014 Preseason Poll due out August 11th.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Off Season Creates Less News

After the Final Four it becomes obvious that many take a break. Traffic on some of the better known fan forums drops because of the lack of new news. Some fans turn to following the club season hoping to get a better handle on their incoming class while they wait on spring ball, schedule releases,transfers and roster changes.

With the lack of any spring match for the Wahine there was not a whole lot of news concerning the Wahine. UH put out the 2014 schedule fairly quickly and the Class of 2014 was well known and already discussed thoroughly by the Wahine fan base.

UH had started working on the 2014 roster early but it was hidden in the pull down menu on the web site and removed after UH caught wind that some fans had discovered it. Recently UH posted the new roster minus bios and photos and the name of  Katiana Ponce has returned.

Scott Wong was pretty busy during the off season recruiting while Robyn was in Minnesota as an assistant coach with the USAV Junior National Team who took home the gold at the Women's NORCECA Continental Championship.

The SandBows apparently have added some foreign players for next season. Germany's Lara Schreiber was accepted to UH but hasn't indicated yet when she expects to be here in Hawai`i.

Norway's Benedicte Maaseidi recently told a Norwegian newspaper that she has accepted a UH offer but needs too pass some test to be accepted, If all goes well she expects to be in Hawai`i in January of 2015.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

June 24-July 3, 2014

In a few days five 2014 Wahine recruits will play in their last club event. While it is common that some players skip their final year of club ball and head off to their committed colleges early I'm not aware of this being the case with any of our 2014 players.

2014/15 Wahine at the the USAV GJNC

Gianna Guinasso - T-Street Shawn
Kalei Greeley -  Rancho Valley 18
Savanah Kahakai -  Imi Ike 18
Clare Anderson -  Imi Ike 18
Kendra Koelsch - Laguna Beach 18

2015 Wahine recruits
Casey Castillo - Wave 18 Brent 
McKenna Granato - Imi Ike 18

USAV has put together a tournament central page for those looking for information. There will be streaming of some matches from the tournament central page.

AES has posted the pools and brackets, results will also be available here >>


Age & Division  Team Check-In Dates of Competition
18 Open, National, USA & American June 27 June 28-July 1
17 Open, National, USA, American & Patriot June 28 June 29-July 2
16 Open, National, USA, American & Patriot June 29 June 30-July 3
15 Open, National, USA, American & Patriot June 24 June 25-28
14 Open, National, USA, American & Patriot June 23 June 24-27
13 Open, National & American June 25 June 25-29
12 National & American June 26 June 27-30
11 Patriot (3-day tournament) June 23 June 24-26

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Around The World With Justin and Kaela


After their recent graduation from the University of Hawai`i in May Wahine outside hitter Kaela Goodman and Warrior wide receiver Justin Clapp embarked on a trip around the world that will conclude in December. Kaela's sister Kyra, also a former Wahine, joined up with them in Turkey recently.

Kaela and Justin have a travel blog on Travellerspoint documenting their adventure. If you click on " Table of Content" to the right of the map it will make it easier to start at the beginning of the trip and catch up.

Blog Link >> 


Friday, June 13, 2014

Hartong Signs Pro Contract !

6/13/2014  5:41 am HST

"Thrilled to announce I will be a member of Swiss champion Volero Zurich next season! Thank you to everyone who has helped make this possible, from my friends and family in CA to my ohana in Hawaii! It's gonna be quite a ride and I can't wait to get started!" -  Emily Hartong


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Wahine News June 10, 2014

Emily Hartong

Scott Wong recently commented on the future of Emily Hartong. The Wahine associate coach and Sand VB head coach said that he expects Hartong to be playing VB for a long time both in pro ball and possibly with Team USA.

The three time Wahine All American is in Switzerland for a week and speculation is that it may have something to do with VBC Volero Zurich the former pro team of Robyn Ah Mow Santos.


What's up with our 2014 players ?

Kendra Koelsch was named Huntington Beach HS Female Athlete of the Year this week and also named one of the Top Five HBHS graduates.

Kalei Greedly was also named MLK High School ( Riverside CA ) Athlete of the Year, both have said that they will be in Honolulu right after the Junior Nationals presumably to attend session 2 and get an early start on their college careers.


Roster Updates

UH has started working on the 2014 roster and it appears as of now that Katiana Ponce also won't be returning for the 2014 season.


The Recruiting Trail 

On 1420's Call the Coach Show Scott Wong says Dave Shoji will be at the AAU Jr. National Championships in Florida June 16-24 & he will be at the USAV Jr.National Championship in Minnesota June 24-July 4.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Wahine News May 26, 2014

John Tawa at announced their Top 30 Recruiting Class of 2014 list today, Hawaii's class of 2014 is rated # 12.

The 2014 Wahine freshman class includes  Clare Anderson, 5-5 DS, Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii); Kalei Greeley, 6-2 OH, King (Riverside, California); Megan Huff, 6-3 MB, Todd Beamer (Auburn, Washington); Savanah Kahakai, 5-8 L/OH, Farrington (Honolulu, Hawaii); Kendra Koelsch, 6-2 S, Huntington Beach (California)

Note: Although Emily Maglio from Canada will also be joining the freshman class of 2014 PrepVB does not consider foreign players or transfers when rating classes  .

The Big West teams also did well in the annual list. Long Beach is # 10 and Cal Poly #23.
UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara were given Highest Honorable Mention ratings and Cal State Fullerton High Honorable Mention.


Tickets for the USA vs Brazil match on July 11&12 at the Stan Sheriff Center went on sale and available at the SSC or online at


Friday, May 16, 2014

Future Wahine Kendra Koelsch...
"Pursuing the dream & using the talents God gave me"
Photo by Kendra Koelsch

Kendra Koelsch will soon graduate from Huntington Beach High School and move on to the next phase of her life as a University of Hawai`i student/ athlete with the Wahine volleyball program this fall but volleyball is not her only talent .

Although I have never meet Kendra her blog Pure Thoughts Pure Me gives me an inside peek of a Southern California girl born and raised just up the street from the beach who is ready to pursue her dreams head on.

In her philosophy of life titled, " find life's fruits & use those talents the Big Man gave you," Kendra believes each human is put on this earth to find purpose and Kendra who plans on majoring in Business Marketing and "aspires to become a high end, successful fashion designer" appears to have already found that purpose.

Co-Founders/Designers of Elegantly _ Wasted Hailey Olsen & Kendra Koelsch talk about their clothing brand.

elegantly _wasted from kendra koelsch on Vimeo.

Wahine News ( May 16, 2014 )

USAV announced today that Honolulu will host Team USA vs Brazil in the USAV Cup series on July 11-12 at 7 p.m at the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii campus.

Tickets will go on sale later this month. Watch for announcements on USA Volleyball’s event landing page.

More >>


2014 Wahine Recruits Head For Nationals

  •  2014 Wahine incoming freshmen wrap up their club careers at the USAV Junior Nationals June 24-July 4. Eighteen Open competition runs from June 28 to July 1, 2014. Some players have indicated that they will head to Hawai`i immediately after, presumably for Summer Session II
  • Participating in the USAV Junior Nationals are,Gianna Guinasso (T-Street)..Kalei Greeley (Rancho Valley VBC)...Savanah Kahakai (Imi Ike)...Clare Anderson (Imi Ike)...Kendra Koelsch (Laguna Beach VBC)
  • Emily Maglio, a 2014 Wahine MB from Canada, recently wrapped up her club career at the Canadian Nationals. Although they were eliminated in the Quarterfinals Emily was clearly one on the top players at the Nationals.
  • 2014 Wahine Gianna Guinasso was named a AVCA High School Sand VB All American. Sand VB recruits Hi'ilawe Huddleston and Ka'iwi Schucht also named AVCA Honorable Mention All Americans....More>>

Sunday, May 04, 2014

FSU Ends SandBows National Title Hopes.

Photo : UH Athletics

There is no argument that the 2014 University of Hawai`i sand volleyball program made some incredible progress this year. The SandBows,who ended the season 20-4, went to the National Championships as the at large bid, made it to the Final Four, finished 3rd in the team competition and second in the pairs championship. Four Bows were also named All Americans.

Saturday May 4, 2014

After taking out the #1 seed USC on the previous day and advancing to the Final Four Na Wahine were eliminated by Florida State 4 to 1 in the semifinal match of the team competition.

AVCA Sand Volleyball National Semifinals
May 3, 2014  Gulf Shores, Ala.
#3 Florida State def.  #4 Hawai'I, 4-1
1. Jace Pardon/Aurora Davis (FSU) def. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) 23-25, 21-18, 15-12
2. Stephanie Pellitteri/Kristina Pellitteri (FSU) def. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) 21-13, 21-19
3. Sarah Wickstrom/Fatma Yildirim (FSU) def. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) 21-14, 21-15
4. Melanie Pavels/Julie Brown (FSU) def. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH)  21-17, 11-21, 15-7
5. Karlee Riggs/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def. Sierra Sanchez/Hailey Luke (FSU) 14-21, 22-20, 16-14
Order of finish: 3, 2, 4, 5, 1

Sunday May 5, 2014

In the pairs competition Sunday the tandems of Cook-Tiegs and Spieler-Taylor represented UH. In the round of 16 Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor beat Long Beach State's Jackson/Johnson and Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook eliminted Long Beach State's Aigner-Swesey/Todorovic.

In the quarterfinals Katie and Nikki were eliminated by USC's Burnham/Hughes but Cook/Tiegs got by Pepperdine's Dykstra/Strehlow and advanced to the finals where they were defeated by Burnham/Hughes (USC) 21-15, 21-13.

AVCA National Championship
Pairs Competition
May 4, 2014
Round of 16
#3 Cook/Tiegs (UH) def. #14 Aigner-Swesey/Todorovic (LBSU) 21-17, 16-21, 15-12
#12 Spieler/Taylor (UH) def.  # 5 Jackson/Johnson (LBSU) 21-9, 21-12

#3 Cook/Tiegs (UH) def.  # 6 Lara Dykstra/Becca Strehlow (PEP) 19-21, 21-15, 15-13
#4 Burnham/Hughes (USC) def. # 12 Spieler/Taylor (UH) 21-19, 21-12

#3 Cook/Tiegs (UH) def. #2  Jace Pardon/Aurora Davis (FSU) 21-18, 21-16

#4 Burnham/Hughes (USC) def. #3 Cook/Tiegs (UH) 21-15, 21-13


Four SandBows Named All Americans

Brittany Tiegs, Karrisa Cook, Katie Spieler and Nikki Taylor were honored by AVCA and named All Americans.

2014 AVCA All American Team


Friday, May 02, 2014

SandBows Advance To Final Four 

Cook vs. USC

 Photo:UH Athletics

It was a successful day at the 2014 AVCA National Championship for the Sandbows who kicked off the tournament with the first match of the day against FIU.

UH took the match 4-1 against FIU and advanced to the quarter finals against #1 seed USC who beat the Bows earlier in the season 2-3 in a very close match, but this time around it was the Wahine who came out on top shocking the Lady Trojans in a 3-2 upset.

Tomorrow the Sandbows will take on Florida State in the semifinals at 7 a.m. HST

AVCA Sand Nationals
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 21-18, 21-13
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Jessica Mendoza/ Ksenia Sukhareva 21-19, 21-18
4. Martyna Gluchowicz/Kristine Monforte def. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) 21-10, 21-17
5. Karlee Riggs/Mikayla Tucker def. Camila Rosado/Maja Rosko (FIU) 21-18, 21-17

#4 Hawai'i def.  #1 USC, 3-2
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) 23-21, 22-20
2. Alexa Strange/Kelly Claes (USC) def. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) 15-21, 21-18, 12-15
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def.  Sam Hirschmann/Natasja Siljkovic (USC) 21-19, 22-20
4. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC)  21-19, 21-19
5. Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Mikayla Tucker/Karlee Riggs (UH) 21-9, 21-19
Order of finish: 5, 1, 4, 3, 2


Thursday, May 01, 2014

Wahine News Update

May 1,2014

After a 20 plus hour trek that included a transoceanic flight to Houston, a connecting flight cancellation and a 8 hour drive (Karrisa Cook tweets) the SandBows finally arrived in Gulf Shores, Alabama for the AVCA National Sand Championship.

In spite of jet lag the Bows hit the sugar white sands of Gulf Coast Beach for practice today in preparation for a 9 a.m. ( 4 a.m. HST ) match tomorrow ( May 2nd ) against Florida International University.


No Shortage of Wahine Recruits At Junior Nationals

2014 Wahine headed for the USA GJNC

Gianna Guinasso - T-Street Shawn
Kalei Greeley -  Rancho Valley 18
Savanah Kahakai -  Imi Ike 18
Clare Anderson -  Imi Ike 18
Kendra Koelsch - Laguna Beach 18

2015 Wahine recruits
Casey Castillo - Wave 18 Brent 
McKenna Granato - Imi Ike 18


Emily Maglio Shines At Canadian Provincial Championship

Wahine 2014 Canadian recruit Emily Maglio was named MVP at the recent 2014 BC Provincial Championship Tournament after leading her team to the gold medal win. Emily and her team are headed to the Canadian National Opens.
Photo: Coquitlam Ducks Volleyball Club, Emily in the middle.


Hartong Named Top Female Student Athlete At UH

Three time All American Emily Hartong was recently named the recipient of the 2014 Jack Bonham Award.  The award is given annually to the top male and female senior student-athlete at UH. More: >>


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

National Championship Invite Arrives

The at-large bid for the AVCA National Sand Volleyball Championship Tournament arrived yesterday for the 2014 Wahine SandBows as many expected it would.

Hawai`i was named the No. 4 seed and will face No. 5 FIU at 9:00 a.m. CDT ( 4 a.m. HST ) on Friday, May 2. The winner will play # 1 seed USC at Noon CDT ( 7 a.m. HST )

The SandBows # 1 team of Karrisa Cook and Brittany Tiegs will represent UH in the pairs tournament.The  # 2  team of Katie Spieler and Nikki Taylor could possibly join them.

Events Schedule ( All times are local CDT.)

National Sand Volleyball Championships
(revised 4-10-2014)

April 25        “Grow the Game”                5:00 p.m – 6:30 p.m.
Friday         Junior Beach Clinic

April 26        Gulf Coast Region Beach Series        7:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday        Junior & Adult Tournament
April 30        Beach IMPACT Coaching Seminar        8:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
     Wednesday     B-CAP Coaching Seminar – Check-in    4:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m.
            B-CAP Coaching Seminar – Day # 1    5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

May 1        Practice Day for Participating Teams    8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday        B-CAP Coaching Seminar Day # 2        8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
“Grow the Game” Junior Sand Clinic    4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m
            AVCA Sand Championship Dinner        7:00 p.m. - till
Participating Teams/Staff, AVCA Dignitaries, Local Government Leaders, Gulf Coast Region Leadership
National Beach Certified Officials Mtg.     9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

May 2        Day # 1 AVCA Sand Championships    8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday            Pairs Pool Play / Team Elimination Rounds 1 & 2

            B-CAP Coaching Seminar Day #3        8:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm
            Friday Field Trip for Local Schools        10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
May 3        Day # 2 AVCA Sand Championships    8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday            Pairs Pool Play / Team National Championship

            Gulf Coast Region Junior Beach Series    8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m
                Pool Play Open & Club – Finals Club
            Gulf Coast Region Adult Beach Series    10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m
                Pool Play and Elimination Rounds   
            AVCA - All-American Sand Awards    6:00 p.m. - till
May 4        Day # 3 AVCA Sand Championships    8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday            Pairs National Championship

            Gulf Coast Region Junior Beach Series    8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
                Open Championship Elimination Finals


Sunday, April 20, 2014

SandBows Wrap Up Regular Season With A Sweep
Photo: UH Athletics

The Big West Challenge was probably the worst organized tournament this season. Although it was set up six months ago details were still being worked out right up to the last minute but the Wahine came away with three wins over Irvine Valley College (5-0), Cal Poly (5-0) and Long Beach State (4-1) to finish the season 18-3.

Now the future is in the hands of the AVCA Sand Selection Committee who will announce the field for the 2014 National Championship on Monday .

Big West Challenge Results

Friday Team Results

#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

Saturday's Pairs Results

Bracket A
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

Bracket B  
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
This match between Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) &  Chow/Urban (UH)  was not played, reason unknown.

Bracket C 
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


Sunday, April 13, 2014

USC and Pepperdine Still Hard To Beat
Photo: USAV

The 2014 USAV Beach Challange II at Hermosa Beach showed us what many already knew. USC and Pepperdine are #1 and #2 for a reason,both are difficult to beat although Hawai`i is breathing down their necks as some of the scores indicate.

On Saturday the Wahine emerged from the dual matches 2-1 sweeping CSU Bakersfield and Arizona before being swept by #2 Pepperdine and finishing 2nd in Pool B

April 12 Results
#3 Hawai'i def. CSU Bakersfield, 5-0
1 Karissa Cook/Brittany Tiegs (UH) def. O'Hagan/Araujo, 21-8, 21-10
2 Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Guitare/Alvidrez, 21-18, 19-21, 15-13
3 Ginger Long/Ali Longo (UH) def. Bartsch/Bowen, 21-10, 21-12
4 London Chow/Tayler Higgins (UH) def. Youngblood/Haynes, 21-18, 20-22, 15-8
5 Hannah Rooks/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def. Perrins/Little, 21-17, 21-16
6 Sarah Mendoza/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Flemion/Tucker-Campbell, 21-19, 21-9

#3 Hawai'i def. Arizona, 5-0
1 Cook/Tiegs (UH) def. Witt/Witt, 21-14, 21-23, 15-11
2 Spieler/Taylor (UH) def. Kingdon/Lewis, 21-18, 19-21, 15-12
3 Long/Longo (UH) def. Cook/Arizobal, 21-9, 21-14
4 Chow/Higgins (UH) def. Kiser/Rhoades, 23-21, 21-12
5 Mendoza/Tucker (UH) win by forfeit

#2 Pepperdine def. #3 Hawai'i, 5-0
1 Larsen/Woolever (Pepperdine) def. Cook/Tiegs, 21-14, 17-21, 15-12
2 Strehlow/Dykstra (Pepperdine) def. Spieler/Taylor, 21-18, 24-22
3 Racich/Knudsen (Pepperdine) def. Long/Longo, 24-22, 21-16
4 Cook/Messing (Pepperdine) def. Chow/Higgins, 21-14, 17-21, 16-14
5 Adelhelm/Asprey (Pepperdine) def. Rooks/Tucker, 21-13, 21-11
6 Mendoza/Urban (Hawaii) def. Racich/Cash, 24-22, 22-20

On Sunday in the pairs tournament the Wahine #4 and # 5 teams Chow/Higgins and Mendoza/Tucker were eliminated in the opening round of the Bronze Bracket.

The # 1 team of Cook/Tiegs advanced to the Gold Bracket Semifinals but lost to Pepperdine's Larsen/Woolevar  21-12, 13-21, 15-10.

The  #3 team, Long/Longo, advanced to the Silver Bracket semifinals but lost to USC's Strange/Claes 21-13, 21-19

The Bows #2 team of Katie Spieler and Nikki Taylor defeated Pepperdine's Strehlow/Dykstra 21-14, 21-15 in the Silver Bracket semifinals and advanced but lost 2-1 to USC's Strange/Claes 21-13, 14-21, 15-13 in the final.

Sunday Results

Gold Bracket Quarterfinals
3 Cook/Tiegs (UH) def. 6 O'Hagan/Araujo (Bakersfield), 21-12, 21-11

Gold Semifinals
2 Larsen/Woolevar (Pepperdine) def. 3 Cook/Tiegs (UH), 21-12, 13-21, 15-10

 Silver Bracket Round of 16
12 Long/Longo (UH) def. 5 Smith/Nightingale (UCLA), 21-16, 21-18
3 Spieler/Taylor (UH) def. 14 Lowe/Formico (UCLA), 21-5, 21-14

Silver Quarterfinals
12 Long/Longo (UH) def. 4 Luft/Bush (LMU), 21-16, 21-19
3 Spieler/Taylor (UH) def. 11 Suaava/Akana (LMU), 21-20, 21-12

Silver Semifinals
3 Spieler/Taylor (UH) def. 2 Strehlow/Dykstra (Pepperdine), 21-14, 21-15
1 Strange/Claes (USC) def. 12 Long/Longo (UH), 21-13, 21-19

Silver Final
1 Strange/Claes (USC) def. 3 Spieler/Taylor (UH), 21-13, 14-21, 15-13

Bronze Bracket Quarterfinals
5 Drolson/Inouye (UCLA) def. 12 Mendoza/Tucker (UH), 21-15, 21-14
14 Dykstra/Frager (UCLA) def. 3 Chow/Higgins (UH), 21-17, 21-18

Up Next

The 15-3 SandBows return to the mainland April 18-19 for the Big West Challenge at Huntington Beach.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

2014 USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge - Part 2
#3 SandBows head to Hermosa Beach

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Eight collegiate sand volleyball teams will compete in Hermosa Beach on April 12-13 at the second 2014 USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge.

Teams participating include, #1 USC, # 2 Pepperdine, #3 Hawai`i, #6 UCLA in the latest AVCA Poll and CSU Bakersfield, Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara and the University of Arizona.

The Wahine will have another opportunity to upset #1 USC and #2 Pepperdine this weekend. In an earlier meeting at the first USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge in March the Bows were swept by Pepperdine 0-5 and later lost to USC 2-3 in a hard fought, close match in the Wahine Spring Challenge at Queens Beach.

The SandBows have dominated UCLA, CSU Bakersfield, LMU, Santa Clara and Arizona in previous matches this season.

This year the AVCA selection committee will only invite three teams from the West to the AVCA National Championship according to Pepperdine Head Coach Nina Matthies who heads the committee.

The Wahine will need to have continued success for the rest of the season which concludes with the Big West Challenge at Huntington Beach April 18-19.

Tournament Schedule ( Note: times are Pacific )
 Tournament Info >>


Sand Recruiting News

Sammie Brown ( not to be confused with her teammate MB Sam Brown )  a senior 5'10 RS/DS at Notre Dame announced on twitter that she was accepted to grad school at UH and has officially committed to play Sand Volleyball for the University of Hawaii next year. Sammie also played the setter position in her freshman and sophomore season.

Brown attend the same high school as Kati Spieler and partnered with her in California Beach Volleyball Asso ( CBVA) tournaments.


Sunday, April 06, 2014

SandBows Last Home Stand Is Pau

Photo: Hawai'i Sand Volleyball // Hawai'i Athletics

The Jack In The Box Sand Volleyball Showcase Saturday marked the end of the home schedule for the 2014 season and the Wahine improved their overall record to 13-2 with a 4-1 win over Hawaii Pacific.

In the contest the Wahine won all of their matches with the exception of one due to a medical forfeit by Karlee Riggs and Mikayla Tucker. Brittany Tiegs also sat out the entire tournament for unknown reasons. Her partner Karrisa Cook teamed up with Sarah Mendoza and the duo was 3-0 for the tournament.

No. 3 Hawai`i def. Hawaii Pacific, 4-1
Order of Finish: 4, 1, 2, 3, 5
1. Sarah Mendoza/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Amanda Moriaty/Samantha Rummans (HPU) 21-14, 21-17
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Jamie Asuncsion/Kasey Thompson (HPU) 21-8, 21-9
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Haley Doerfler/Kara Wong (HPU) 21-9, 21-16
4. Pomai Recca/Hannah Schuett (HPU) def. Karlee Riggs/Mikayla Tucker (UH)  5-8 (medical forfeit)
5. Hannah Rooks/Tayler Higgins (UH) def. Marie Fujii/Christina Furrer (HPU) 23-21, 21-11

The rest of the tournament consisted of exhibition matches against Chaminade and a team comprised of players from Chaminade and HPU, both matches were swept by the Bows.

 No. 3 Hawai`i def. Chaminade, 5-0 (Exhibition)
Order of Finish:  1, 2, 4, 3, 5
1. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Valentina Bevilacqua/Kim Spring (CU) 21-12, 21-11
2. Katie Spieler/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def.  Darcie Horiuchi/Ku`ulei Lynch (CU) 21-7, 21-9
3. Hannah Rooks/Tayler Higgins (UH) def. Kaua Cale/Kawai Oleole 21-11, 21-13
4. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Reigna Johnson/Waihilo Chartrand 21-14, 21-14
5. Sarah Mendoza/Sydney Shinn (UH) def. Athena Maskarich/Cassie Rushlow 19-21, 21-18, 15-4
Hawai`i def. Chaminade/HPU, 5-0(Exhibition)
Order of Finish:  1, 4, 2, 3, 5
1. Nikki Taylor/Katie Spieler (UH) def.  Valentina Bevilacqua/Kim Spring (CU) 21-13, 21-5
2. Ali Longo/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def. Marie Fujii/Christina Furrer (HPU) 21-8, 21-10
3. Hannah Rooks/Tayler Higgins (UH) def. Haley Doerfler/Kara Wong (HPU) 21-15, 21-5
4. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Sophia Blaszyk/Jasmine Fujimoto (HPU) 21-11. 21-4
5. Sarah Mendoza/Sydney Shinn (UH) def. Brenda Walker/Kapiolani Rapoza (CU) 21-10, 21-15

The SandBows will head to Hermosa Beach,CA later this week for the 2nd USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge, April 12-13 and will face UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, Arizona, LMU, Santa Clara and CSU Bakersfield.

The next AVCA Coaches Poll is scheduled to be released on Wednesday April 9th.


Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Sand Volleyball To Host Local Teams

Photo: UH Athletics

The Wahine return to Queens Beach on Saturday to host Chaminade and Hawaii Pacific in the Jack In the Box Sand Volleyball Showcase.

First serve is scheduled for 9 a.m. when the Bows take on Hawaii Pacific followed by Chaminade at 10:00 a.m.. A match consisting of a mixed HPU and Chaminade players will face the Wahine at 11:00 a.m.

Wahine Stay At # 3 In Latest AVCA Poll

Photo: UH Athletics

#1 Pepperdine dropped to the number 2 spot and USC moved up to take over 1st place, USC recently defeated Pepperdine 4-1 at USC. The Sand Bows remained in the # 3 spot after a very successful road trip to USF and Stanford. Next Poll is April 9, 2014

2014 Poll #3: April 2, 2014 

Rank  School    2014 Record  Previous Rank 
Southern California      10-1 
Pepperdine    9-1 
University of Hawai'i    12-2 
4 Florida State    10-1
5 Long Beach State    4-3
6 UCLA    6-3 
7 Florida International    9-2 
8 Georgia State    9-3 
T-9 Nebraska    3-2 
T-9 St. Mary's College    3-0  10    

Monday, March 31, 2014

SandBows Have Continued Success On Northern Cal Road Trip


It was four days of on and off inclement weather but it didn't slow down the Bows who returned to Honolulu with five more wins and another pairs championship for Karissa Cook and Brittany Tiegs under their belts.

The best word to describe the trip is domination as the Wahine went 5-0 in their 5 dual matches that began at the USF Tournament sweeping USF and UCLA and ended at the Stanford Tournament with three more sweeps over Stanford, UCLA and Santa Clara.

There was no pairs championship at the USF tournament but the Bows dominated the pairs at Stanford placing 4 of their 5 teams in the semi with Cook/Tiegs winning the final defeating teammates Taylor/Spieler in a shortened match due to an undisclosed medical problem with one player.

March 27th USF Tournament Results

#3 Hawai'i  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/Karsta 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 Hawai'i  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

March 29th Stanford Tournament Duals Results

#3 Hawai'i def. Stanford, 5-0
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Brittany Howard/Carly Wopat (STAN),  21-16, 21-10
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def.  Jordan Burgess/Lauren Birks (STAN) 21-12, 21-14
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Madi Bugg/Kyle Gilbert (STAN) 21-10, 21-9
4. Hannah Rooks/Karlee Riggs (UH) def. Kelsey Humphreys/Inky Ajanaku (STAN) 21-16, 21-11
5. London Chow/Tayler Higgins (UH) def. Morgan Boukather/Megan McGehee (STAN) 21-12, 21-10

#3 Hawai'i def. Santa Clara, 5-0
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Nikki Hess/Sabrina Clayton (SCU),  21-12, 21-17
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def.  Taylor Milton /Danielle Rottman (SCU) 21-13, 21-12
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. GiGi Cresto/Taylor Dayton (SCU) 21-13, 21-14
4. Tayler Higgins/Karlee Riggs (UH) def.  Madison Dutra/Sarah Vaccaro (SCU) 21-12, 21-11
5. Sarah Mendoza/Hannah Rooks (UH) def. Lacey Mass/Katy Schatzman (SCU) 21-8, 21-8

#3 Hawai'i def. #6 UCLA, 5-0
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Jessyka Ngauamo/Kamila Tan (UCLA) 19-21, 21-17, 16-14
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def.  Zoe Nightingale/Madie Smith (UCLA) 21-9, 21-13
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def.  Taylor Formico/Karsta Lowe (UCLA) 21-12, 21-18
4. Tayler Higgins/Karlee Riggs (UH) def.  Skylar Dykstra/Jennie Frager (UCLA) 21-13, 10-21, 15-13
5. Sarah Mendoza/Hannah Rooks (UH) def. Karly Drolson/Rachel Inouye (UCLA) 14-21, 27-25, 15-12

March 30th Stanford Tournament Results

Preliminary Round
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

Karissa Cook/Brittany Tiegs (UH) def. Karlee Riggs/Mikayla Tucker (UH), 21-7, 21-12
Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Ginger Long/Ali Longo (UH), 21-16, 21-13

Karissa Cook/Brittany Tiegs (UH) def. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH), 21-13, 7-4 (Medical Forfeit)

Imi Ike Secures Bid

Imi Ike 18-1 coached by Robyn Ah Mow Santos secured a bid to the Junior Nationals this past weekend at the Pacific Northewest Qualifer in Spokane, Wahington.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

# 3 SandBows Take To The Road
Photo: UH Sand Volleyball

March 25, 2014 2:37 pm HST

The Wahine sand team heads for the mainland for a string of matches that includes #6  UCLA and the University of San Francisco on Thursday March 27th at Pipers Park in Larkspur, CA and concludes at the Stanford Tournament on March 29-30.

USF Tournament-Mar 27th

First up for UH will be an early morning match starting at 6 am HST against #6 UCLA. The Bruins come into the match 3-1 on the season with wins against Cal State Northridge, CSU Bakersfield and Irvine Valley. Their only loss so far was a 5-0 sweep by #4 Florida State.

At 9 am HST the Bows will face USF who are 1-0 on the season recently beating Cal 3-2 at Berkeley.

Both Matches are scheduled for Live Streaming on TheW.TV Link >>

Stanford Tournament-Mar 29-30

The road trip continues when the Wahine move down to Stanford for a tournament that includes Santa Clara,Stanford and UCLA March 29-30

Dual Matches Mar 29th

First up for the Bows on day 1 will be host Stanford who is 0-3.The Cardinal were swept by Hawai`i on March 7th at Queens Beach.

In the second match of the day they face off against 2-1 Santa Clara. The Broncos lost to UOP in their first match of the season then beat San Jose State in back to back meetings.

The final match of the day will be against UCLA.

Scheduled Times for Dual Matches

vs Stanford 6am HST
vs Santa Clara 9am HST
vs UCLA Noon HST

Bracket Matches March 30th 
All Day


Vorster Decision No Surprise

Jade Vorster Head Shot

March 25th, 2014 6:22am HST

Not many seemed to be caught off guard by the decision and recent announcement by Wahine middle Jade Vorster to forgo her remaining eligibility at UH and move on. In a release put out by the Wahine program Vorster said ....

 "I will be graduating from UH this spring and plan to pursue a graduate degree in public health at Liberty University next fall. My younger sister will be attending Liberty as well and I look forward to spending time with her and my grandparents who live in the area. I am proud to say I will be an alumna of the University of Hawai'i."

Vorster's departure doesn't created a dilemma at the middle position for the Wahine in the 2014 season. Olivia Magill a sophomore 6'2 middle from the University of Arizona has announced her transfer to Hawai`i and incoming freshman Emily Maglio, a 6'2 middle from Canada, will join returning Wahine middle Kalei Adolpho.

We wish Jade good luck and a wonderful life. We thank her for representing the University and the Wahine program as a model student and a team player.


More recruiting info

2014 recruit Kendra Koelsch a 6'0 setter/opp from Huntington Beach HS and Laguna Beach VBC has confirmed with Digg'n Na Wahine that she will be playing both indoor and sand volleyball at UH. Kendra committed to UH in 2013.

Koelsch was originally announced as a sand player only by her recruiting service My Recruiting Solution.


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spring Challenge - Results A Mixed Bag
 Photo: UH Sand Volleyball

The SandBows kicked off four days of beach volleyball Wednesday at the Queens sand box with a pair of dual matches against Arizona and USC.

The Wahine swept Arizona 5-0 before falling to USC 2-3 in a close contest that could have easily gone to the Bows.

Wednesday's Results
No. 3 Hawai'I def.  Arizona 5-0
Order of Finish:  1, 5, 3, 4, 2
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def.  Jane Croson/Madi Kingdon (UA) 21-11, 21-13
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. McKenna Witt/Madison Witt (UA) 27-25, 21-15
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Ronni  Lewis/Taylor Arizobal (UA) 21-16, 21-16
4. Hannah Rooks/Karlee Riggs (UH) def. Sarah Seiber/Rachel Rhoades (UA) 21-17, 21-16
5. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Allie Cook/Penina Snuka (UA) 21-14, 21-7

No. 2 USC def. No. 3 Hawai'i 3-2  
Order of Finish:  5, 4, 1, 3, 2
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) 21-18, 22-24, 15-12
2. Alexa Strange/Kelly Claes (USC) def. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) 9-21, 21-19, 15-13
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def.  Sam Hirschmann/Natasja Siljkovic (USC) 22-20, 25-23
4. Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC) def. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) 21-17, 25-23
5. Nicolette Martin/Brooke Fournier (USC) def. Hannah Rooks/Karlee Riggs (UH)) 21-18, 21-13

Thursday saw the SandBows return to their winning ways easily knocking off  #8 Nebraska 5-0, the Huskers were playing their first match of the 2014 season. Over the two days of competition the Bows had improved to 7-2 on the season.

Thursday's Results
No. 3 Hawai'i  def. No. 8 Nebraska 5-0
Order of Finish:  2, 5, 4, 1, 3
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Mel Kiel/Justine Wong-Orantes (NEB) 21-7, 21-17
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Amber Rolfzen/Kadie Rolfzen (NEB)  21-11, 21-7
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Cecilia Hall/Alexa Ethridge (NEB)  21-13, 21-15
4. Hannah Rooks/Karlee Riggs (UH) def.  Brenna Lyles/Alicia Ostrander (NEB) 21-4, 21-18
5. London Chow/Tayler Higgins (UH) def. Mary Pollmiller/Kira Larson (NEB) 21-11, 21-18

The pairs tournament pool play started on Friday morning with UH , Arizona, Hawaii Pacific, Nebraska and USC competing in eight pools to determine seeding for Saturday's bracket play. Cook/Tiegs, Taylor/Spieler, Chow/Higgins and Long/Longo advanced to the Gold Bracket for UH.

Friday's Results
Pool A

Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Karlee Riggs/Hannah Rooks (UH) 21-11, 21-8
Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Mary Pollmiller (UA)/Kelsey Fien (NEB) 21-10, 21-16
Mary Pollmiller (UA)/Kelsey Fien (NEB) def. Karlee Riggs/Hannah Rooks (UH) 21-11, 21-18

Pool B
Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC) 21-15, 21-10
Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Allie Cook/Penina Snuka (UA) 21-12, 21-13
Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC) def. Allie Cook/Penina Snuka (UA) 21-13, 21-14

Pool C
Mel Kiel/Justine Wong-Orantes(NEB) def. Sarah Seiber/Rachel Rhoades (UA) 21-16, 21-13
Tayler Higgins/London Chow (UH) def. Mel Kiel/Justine Wong-Orantes(NEB) 21-14, 21-19
Tayler Higgins/London Chow (UH) def. Sarah Seiber/Rachel Rhoades (UA) 21-17, 21-13

Pool D
Jane Croson/Madi Kingdon (UA) def. Brenna Lyles/Alicia Ostrander (NEB) 21-18 18-21, 15-11
Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Jane Croson/Madi Kingdon (UA) 21-10, 21-14
Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Brenna Lyles/Alicia Ostrander (NEB) 21-19, 21-12

Pool E
Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange (USC) def. Ronni Lewis/Taylor Arizobal (UA) 21-16, 21-5
Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange (USC) def. Amanda Moriaty/Samantha Rummans (HPU) 21-13, 21-12
Amanda Moriaty/Samantha Rummans (HPU) def. Ronni Lewis/Taylor Arizobal (UA) 21-18, 11-21, 15-7

Pool F
Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Cecilia Hall/Alexa Ethridge (NEB) 21-7, 21-10
Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Jamie Asuncsion/Haley Doerfler (HPU) 21-7, 21-10
Cecilia Hall/Alexa Ethridge (NEB) def. Jamie Asuncsion/Haley Doerfler (HPU) 21-13, 21-10

Pool G
Sam Hirschmann/Natasja Siljkovic (USC) def. Amber Rolfzen/Kadie Roflzen (NEB) 21-14, 21-10
Amber Rolfzen/Kadie Roflzen (NEB) def. Christina Furrer/Kasey Thompson (HPU) 21-10, 21-9
Sam Hirschmann/Natasja Siljkovic (USC) def. Christina Furrer/Kasey Thompson (HPU) 21-4, 21-6

Pool H
McKenna Witt/Madision Witt (UA) def. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) 21-13,19-21,15-10
McKenna Witt/Madision Witt (UA) def. Pomai Recca/Hannah Schuett (HPU) 21-3, 21-11
Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Pomai Recca/Hannah Schuett (HPU) 21-9, 21-17

Saturday's Gold Bracket
Brittany Tiegs and Karissa Cook were runners-up in the pairs Gold Bracket play on Saturday. The Wahine's number 1 team made it to the finals but were defeated my USC's Burnham/Hughes 21-18, 21-16.

Gold Bracket results >>


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wahine Return To Queens Beach
Photo: USAV

 Update: March 19th,2014 10:40am HST

Wahine SandBows move up to # 3 in latest AVCA Sand Poll

Rank  School  2014 Record  Previous Rank 
Pepperdine  6-0 
Southern California  4-1 
University of Hawai'i  5-1 
4 Florida State  5-0 
5 Long Beach State  2-3 
6 UCLA  3-1 
7 Florida International  6-2 
8 Nebraska  0-0 
9 Georgia State  8-3  NR 
10 St. Mary's College  0-0 

March 18, 2014

Back from the USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge the SandBows return to Queens Beach Wednesday March 19th taking on Arizona at 11am HST and USC at 1pm HST
The Rainbow Wahine are 5-1 on the season and Arizona is 5-0 with wins against Grand Canyon.Tulane,ASU and two wins over Arizona Christian.

The 1pm match against #2 USC should provide a stiffer test for the #5 Wahine. USC is presently 4-1 with wins against Cal State Northridge, CSU Bakersfield, Florida State and LMU. The Lady Trojans only lost came against # 1 Pepperdine .

On Thursday the Wahine take on Nebraska at 1pm HST. The Huskers, ranked #7 in the AVCA Preseason Poll, have yet to play a match.

The action continues on Friday and Saturday with the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Spring Challenge. Pool play begins on Friday March 21st at 9am HST, followed by a championship, single-elimination bracket on Saturday.

As of this posting no word on the status of injured Brittany Tiegs also tomorrow ( Wednsday March 19th ) a new AVCA Poll is scheduled to be released.

Quick Set
What: NCAA Sand Volleyball
Who: Hawai'i, Arizona, Nebraksa and USC
When: Wednesday, March 19 – UH vs. Arizona, 11:00 a.m.; USC vs. Arizona, 12:00 p.m.; UH vs. USC, 1:00 p.m.; Thursday, March 20 – USC vs. Nebraska, 12:00 p.m.; UH vs. Nebraska, 1:00 p.m.
Friday, March 21 & Saturday, March 22 -  Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Spring Challenge - First serve 9:00 a.m.
Where: The Queen's Beach Sandbox in Waikiki
Admission: Free



Sunday, March 16, 2014

SandBows Finish 2nd At 2014 Beach Collegiate Challenge

Spieler and Taylor USAV
 Photo: UH Athletics

March 16, 2014

The No. 2 team of Katie Spieler and Nikki Taylor continued to be a surprise duo for the Wahine sand team finishing 2nd in the pairs tournament at the USAV Beach Challenge held at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.on Sunday March 16th,2014

Spieler/Taylor upset  Pepperdine's #1 team of Strehlow/Dykstra 21-15, 21-18 to reach the final match but lost to Pepperdine's Larsen /Woolever 21-18, 16-21, 15-10 to finish 2nd.

Three Wahine teams advanced to the quarterfinals and two advanced to the semifinals.

Pairs Bracket - Final

On Saturday March 15th the Wahine finished tied for 2nd in the dual competition going 2-1 for the day. Pepperdine finished 1st at 3-0.

Full Dual Results

Up Next

The Wahine fly back to Honolulu and return to Queens Beach for individual matches against Nebraska,USC and Arizona March 19-20 and the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Spring Challenge against Arizona, Nebraska and USC March 21-22.

NOTE:  Brittany Tiegs suffered a back sprain on Saturday and it's unclear on how serious it is.Head coach Scott Wong rested her on Sunday.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Wahine Sand Team Heads To California
Photo: UH Sand Volleyball

Coming off a successful opening at Queens Beach last weekend Na Wahine head for the USAV 2014 Beach Collegiate Challenge at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista , CA. March 15 - 16.  Teams participating include # 5 Hawai`i, Cal State Northridge, CSU Bakersfield, Grand Canyon and #1 Pepperdine.

Info >>  USAV 2014 Beach Collegiate Challenge

Sand Bows Open Season In A Big Way

Photo : UH Athletics

The Wahine beach team kicked off the 2014 season in a big way this past weekend sweeping # 10 Stanford , LMU and # Long Beach State on Saturday. On Sunday in the pairs competition Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH), 21-14, 21-19

Saturday Results

#5 Hawai'i 5,  #10 Stanford 0
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 2, 3, 5
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Jordan Burgess/Madi Bugg (STAN),  21-15, 21-17
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Madi Bugg/Lauren Birks (STAN) 21-12, 21-17
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Kyle Gilbert/Brittany Howard (STAN) 21-13, 16-21, 15-6
4. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Kelsey Humphreys/Inky Ajanaku (STAN) 21-9, 21-18
5. Hannah Rooks/Karlee Riggs (UH) def. Morgan Boukather/Dana Ritchie (STAN) 21-17, 21-12

#5 Hawai'i  5,  Loyola Marymount 0
Order of Finish:  3, 4, 2, 5, 1
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Betsi Metter/Litara Kiel (LMU), 21-10, 19-21, 15-11
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def.  Rachelle Suavaa/Kathleen Luft (LMU), 21-17, 21-8
3. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Caitlin DeWitt/Ashley Maxfeldt (LMU), 21-10, 21-9
4. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) def.  Avery Bush/Taylor Akana (LMU), 21-19, 21-12
5. Tayler Higgins/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def.  Anne Marie Taylor/Hannah Tedrow (LMU), 21-15, 21-17

#5 Hawai'i 3,   #3 Long Beach State 2
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 2, 5, 1
1. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def.  D. Aigner-Swesey/ Bojana Todorovic (LBSU), 22-20, 20-22, 15-11
2. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Tyler Jackson/Janisa Johnson (LBSU) 22-20, 21-19
3. Chelsea Cabrajack/Bre Mackie (LBSU) def.  Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH), 21-17, 21-19
4. London Chow/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Alex Reid/Jenelle Hudson (LBSU), 21-11, 21-9
5. Ciana Wagner/Morea Wagner (LBSU)def. Tayler Higgins/Karlee Riggs (UH) 21-13, 12-21, 15-12

Other Results
Long Beach State 4, Loyola Marymount 1
Long Beach State 5, Stanford 0
Loyola Marymount 4, Stanford 1

Sunday Results

 Championship Bracket (single elimination)
Preliminary Round
Karlee Riggs/Hannah Rooks (UH) def. Avery Bush/Taylor Akana (LMU) 21-12, 21-15
Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Kuulei Lynch/Darcie Horiuchi 21-5, 21-6
Kyle Gilbert/Britanny Howard (STAN) def. Kylee Pedro/Reigna Johnson (CU) 21-13, 21-8
Alex Reid/Janelle Hudson (LBSU) def. Morgan Boukather/Grace Kennedy (STAN) 21-9, 21-13
Olivia Urban/London Chow (UH) def. Anne Marie Taylor/Hannah Tedrow (LMU) 21-14, 21-17
Ciana Wagner/Morea Wagner (LBSU) def. Kelsey Humphreys/Inky Ajanaku (STAN) 24-22, 21-11
Caitlin Dewitt/Ashley Maxfeldt (LMU) def. Kim Spring Valentina Bevilacqua (CU) 21-19, 10-21, 22-20
Chelsea Cabrajac/Bre Mackie (LBSU) def. Athena Maskarich/Cassie Rushlow (CU) 21-8, 21-16

Round of 16
Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Kyle Gilbert/Britanny Howard (STAN), 21-13, 21-10
Karlee Riggs/Hannah Rooks (UH) def. Delainey Aigner-Swesey/Bojana Todorvic (LBSU) 32-30,13-21, 23-21
Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Lauren Birks/Carly Wopat (STAN), 21-16, 22-20
Betsi Metter/Litara Keil (LMU) def. Alex Reid/Janelle Hudson (LBSU) 21-9, 21-13
Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def.  Ciana Wagner/Morea Wagner (LBSU) 21-10, 21-13
Chelsea Cabrajac/Bre Mackie (LBSU) def. Rachelle Suaava/Kathleen Luft (LMU) 21-13, 21-13
Janisa Johnson/Tyler Jackson (LBSU) def. Caitlin Dewitt/Ashley Maxfeldt (LMU) 21-9, 21-8
Olivia Urban/London Chow (UH) def. Jordan Burgess/Madi Bugg (STAN) 21-19, 21-19

Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Betsi Metter/Litara Keil (LMU), 21-18, 21-14
Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Hannah Rooks/Karlee Riggs (UH), 21-18, 18-21, 15-9
Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Chelsea Cabrajac/Bre Mackie (LBSU), 21-10, 21-7
Janisa Johnson/Tyler Jackson (LBSU) def. Olivia Urban/London Chow (UH), 21-18, 21-15

Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH), 21-14, 21-16
Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH)def. Janisa Johnson/Tyler Jackson (LBSU), 27-25, 21-17

Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH), 21-14, 21- 19