A day after dominating UCLA and Stanford by a combined 9-1 count, the No. 5 University of Hawai‘i beach volleyball team looked to repeat its near perfect performance on Sunday, Feb. 25.
However, instead of dominating, they split the pair of matches on the second and final day of the Rainbow Wahine Classic at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex, falling to No. 3 UCLA and defeating No. 17 Stanford 3-2.
When asked about the team’s overall performance this weekend, head coach Jeff Hall said it was a challenge to comeback and win again because of the adjustments made from Saturday.
“Our girls were pretty resilient today and it’s better for us to go through these up and downs instead of some easy wins,” Hall said.
UH swept UCLA, 5-0, on Saturday, and the Bruins avenged the loss with a close victory over the SandBows on Sunday. Each team picked up a pair of straight set wins and the No. 3 flight proved the pivotal one going a full three sets. Madi Yeomans and Elise Zappia beat Morgan Martin and Lea Monkhouse 21-13, 15-21, 18-16.
Versus Stanford, UH came out strong with a 2-0 lead in its wins on the No. 5 and 3 courts. Stanford bounced back with wins at No. 4 and No. 1. UH's No. 2 flight of Ka'iwi Schucht and Emily Maglio captured the victory with a 21-17, 21-16 victory over Morgan Hentz and Amelia Smith. Schucht and Maglio went undefeated in their four matches over the opening weekend.
“I’m proud of the kids, proud of the staff. I’ll be okay taking a 3-1 weekend win,” Hall said. “We’re going to work on [serving]. I don’t think we served to win these last two days, we served to keep it in. I want us to serve for winning, to get people out of system. We didn’t always handle our passing, so I think we need to serve and pass a lot more getting ready this week before we go on the road.”
Next week, UH will head onto the road where they will have another rematch with the Bruins in California on March 8. UH will also face Loyola Marymount on the same day, before competing in the East Meets West Invitational, March 10–11 in Manhattan Beach, California.
UCLA 3, Hawai‘i 2
1. Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara (UCLA) def. Carly Kan/Laurel Weaver (UH), 21-18, 21-16
2. Emily Maglio/Kai‘iwi Schucht (UH) def. Sarah Sponcil/Lily Justine (UCLA) 21-13, 21-13
3. Madi Yeomans/Elise Zappia (UCLA) def. Morgan Martin/Lea Monkhouse (UH) 21-13, 15-21, 18-16
4. Ari Homayun/Amy Ozee (UH) def. Megan Muret/Izzy Carey (UCLA) 21-17, 21-18
5. Mac May/Savvy Simo (UCLA) def. Paige Dreeuws/Hannah Zalopany (UH) 21-14, 21-17
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
No. 6 (Exh): Hi‘ilawe Huddleston/Allyssah Fitterer def. Chanti Holroyd/Cami Sanchez (UCLA) (UH) 19-21, 21-17, 15-9
Hawai‘i 3, Stanford 2
2. Emily Maglio/Kai'iwi Schucht (UH) Morgan Hentz/Amelia Smith (SU) 21-17, 21-16
Order of Finish: 5, 3, 4, 1, 2