Beach Volleyball

Pani Napoleon, #34, celebrates after scoring a point during the Rainbow Wahine 4-1 loss Saturday afternoon to the Cal Poly Mustangs at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex.

The University of Hawai‘i BeachBows competed Sunday in the BowStang Pairs Challenge, a friendly pairs tournament challenge at the sand courts in the University of Hawai‘i athletics complex. Cal Poly’s Kalee Graff, Vanessa Roscoe, Piper Naess and Josie Ulrich were declared co-champions of the tournament after winning their semi-final matches, as no final match was played. 

Lea Kruse and Harlee Kekauoha were the pair that lasted the longest in the tournament for Hawai‘i, as they made it to the championship semifinals before losing to Naess and Ulrich 21–16 in a single-set match. 

Naess and Ulrich went 4–0 in the sand on Sunday, as they took down three BeachBows duos, including Jaime Santer and Sydney Rau-Kim, as well as the Igiede/Hardisty and Kruse/Kekauoha pairs. They also won in the winner’s bracket quarterfinals against their Cal Poly teammates Amy Ozee and Eleonore Johansen 21–17. 

The duo of Graff and Roscoe won four matches in the elimination bracket of the tournament after losing the opening round to Hawai‘i’s Amber Igiede and Sabrina Hardisty, winning the rematch against the BeachBows’ freshman duo in the final elimination bracket.

The BeachBows will wrap up their regular season in Seattle, as they’ll play in the Husky Invitational against Oregon, Portland and Washington. The tournament will take place from Friday to Saturday, Saturday being a day of bracket play. Hawai‘i will also play matches against Washington and Arizona on Sunday.