Beach volleyball 6

Day 1: ‘Bows split matches

The University of Hawai'i beach volleyball squad opened the 2019 season by splitting a pair of matches in the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Beach Classic Saturday at Queen's Beach. 

UH beat Saint Mary’s, 4-1, before getting put out by beach volleyball contender Pepperdine, 3-2.

In their season opener, the Rainbow Wahine (2-2) cruised by Saint Mary's, 4-1. The SandBows won in straight sets on four courts. Morgan Martin and Amy Ozee were particularly impressive with a 21-10, 21-11 sweep of Emily Bible and Lindsey Calvin. The fifth court went to the wire when Saint Mary's Chandler Cowell and Selbie Christensen rallied past Paige Dreeuws and Sofia Russo 13-21, 21-19 and 15-11 on court No. 5.

UH then took on No. 4 Pepperdine to conclude the first day of the tournament. The last time the teams met on the sand was in 2018 when the two faced off in an epic duel during the 2018 NCAA Tournament, which was won by UH in close fashion, 3-2. It would be another close one, this time the Waves (3-1) coming out on top, beating UH 3-2.

UH took a 2-0 lead with another pair of dominant sweeps by Martin/Ozee on court 2 and Ari Homayun and Julia Scoles on court 3. However, the Waves responded with a trio of straight-set wins on the final three courts, including the nail in the coffin on court 4 when Maddie Dilfer and Alexis Filippone defeated Pani Napoleon and Kylin Loker, 21-19 and 21-13.

Day 2: ‘Bows split again

Things started off rough for the SandBows on Sunday. UCLA (5-0) swept UH 5-0. UCLA dominated every court, with the closest match being on court 5 when Megan Muret/Izzy Carey from UCLA defeated UH’s Paige Dreeuws/Jenna Banz in two closely contested sets 20-22 and 21-17. The third and deciding set had a larger deficit when UCLA secured the win, 15-7.

The SandBows finished the day off against against Stanford (0-4). UH dropped its first match against Stanford as Charlie Ekstrom/Sunny Villapando defeated Amy Ozee/Morgan Martin 21-19, 8-21 and 20-18. Stanford’s momentum carried them into the second match, winning in three sets. Stanford’s Tori Ashkinos/Courtney Bowen defeated SandBows Emily Maglio/Hiʻilawe Huddleston despite dropping the first set to UH 21-16. Stanford then won consecutive sets, 21-12 and 15-9, to secure the second point.

UH then went on a tear, not dropping a single set for the next three matches.

What’s next

The ‘Bows will return to Queen’s Beach on March 16 as part of the Heineken Hawaiʻi Invitational, where they will take on the California Golden Bears beach volleyball squad at 10:30 a.m.