Beach Volleyball

Sofia Russo, #13, sets the ball for her partner Anna Maidment, #6, during their 2-1 victory over Long Beach Thursday night at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex.

The Rainbow Wahine beach volleyball team claimed the tournament title of the Husky Invitational on Saturday in Seattle, winning against host University of Washington at Alki Beach 4–1 in the final after winning against the University of Portland with a 5–0 sweep earlier in the tournament semi-final. The BeachBows also went perfect on Friday, winning against the universities of Oregon, Portland, and Washington, losing only one flight in the final match against Washington. 

FRIDAY

Hawai‘i took all five flights played against Oregon, with each pair sweeping their match in two sets against the Ducks. They also swept their match against Portland with ease, as all five flights won in two sets with none of the flights for the Pilots scoring more than 15 points in a set. 

Washington broke up the BeachBows’ bid for a perfect 15–0 of the day in the final match, as Scarlett Dahl and Kyra Peterson took down Hawai‘i’s Harlee Kekauoha and Lea Kruse in three sets. The loss also snapped a 19-flight winning streak dating back to their match against Cal Poly. 

SATURDAY

With their 3–0 record on Friday, the BeachBows entered Saturday as the number one seed of the tournament bracket play, facing Portland in the tournament semi-final. They took care of business against the Pilots once again, completing a 5–0 sweep with the #1 flight of Jaime Santer and Pani Napoleon being the only BeachBows duo that needed three sets to win their match. Santer and Napoleon completed a reverse sweep against Portland’s Shayla Hoeft and Alycia Wodke to win Hawai‘i’s tenth flight of the weekend against the Pilots. 

The BeachBows clinched the tournament title against Washington, winning the first four matches before Washington’s Shayne MacPherson and Chloe Loreen salvaged the final flight against Santer and Napoleon to avoid the sweep. 

Hawai‘i will play No. 9 Arizona at 9:30 a.m. HST and Washington at 12 p.m. HST on Sunday at Alki Beach to wrap up their regular season.