Sandbows beat TCU fall to FSU

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MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. – The No. 5 University of Hawai’i beach volleyball team split a pair of matches on day one of the East Meets West Challenge Saturday at Manhattan Beach Pier. In a tournament pitting the top teams from opposite sides of the country, the Rainbow Wahine out-lasted No. 19 TCU, 4-1, before falling to No. 4 Florida State, 3-2, in a thriller that went down to the wire.
It was a cool and sunny day in Southern California and the SandBows (3-3) started off with a  competitive match against the Horned Frogs (5-5). TCU extended UH to three sets on a pair of courts and took the No. 5 flight to make it a 1-1 match early.  But the ‘Bows got wins on the No. 1, 3 and 4 courts to secure the victory. After Paige Dreeuws and Pani Napoleon picked up a straight-set win in their first pairing together this year, Ari Homayun and Julia Scoles followed suit with a 21-14, 17-21, 15-8 win over Taylor Bradley and Claire Doyle (TCU) to clinch the dual. UH remained undefeated against TCU in five all-time meetings.
The second match of the day against Florida State (11-2) lived up to the billing of Top 5 teams. The Seminoles handed UH a pair of losses last year – once in the East Meets West Challenge and again in the NCAA Tournament. UH came close to avenging those losses, but the Seminoles rallied for their third straight win over the Rainbow Wahine.
UH took a 2-1 lead on the strength of impressive straight set wins by Morgan Martin and Amy Ozee at the top flight and Homayun and Scoles at Court 3. Martin and Ozee swept Brooke Kuhlman and Payton Rund  21-14, 21-14, while Homayun and Scoles bagged a 21-18, 21-16 win over Molly McBain and Kate Privett.
After the Seminoles tied the score up in a three-set contest on Court 5, it came down to the matchup of Emily Maglio and Hi’ilawe Huddleston versus Alaina Chacon and Madison Fitzpatrick on Court 2. In an ultra-close three-set affair, Chacon and Fitzpatrick scored six of the final eight points in the third and deciding set to pull out a 21-18, 20-22, 15-13 win.
UH will be back on the sand on Sunday as it plays another pair of top 10 teams when they face No. 9 Florida International (6:00 a.m. HT) and No. 6 LSU (10:00 a.m. HT).
Hawai’i 4, TCU 1
1: Martin/Ozee (UH) def. Jaelyn Greene/Victoria McDonald (TCU), 21-18, 21-14
2: Maglio/Huddleston (UH) def. Haven Hill/Molly Scheel (TCU), 18-21, 22-20, 15-8
3: Scoles/Homayun (UH) def. Bradley/Doyle (TCU), 21-14, 17-21, 15-8
4: Dreeuws/Napoleon (UH) def. Jordan Westendorff/Caroline White (TCU), 27-25, 21-16
5: Avery Arellano/Hailey Brockett (TCU) def. Jenna Banz/Kylin Loker (UH), 21-17, 21-19
Order of finish: 1, 5, 4, 3*, 2
Florida State 3, Hawai’I 2
1: Martin/Amy Ozee (UH) def. Kuhlman/Rund (FSU), 21-14, 21-14
2: Chacon/Fitzpatrick (FSU) def. Maglio/Huddleston (UH), 21-18, 20-22, 15-13
3: Scoles/Homayun (UH) def. McBain/Privett (FSU), 21-18, 21-16
4: Sara Putt/Payton Caffrey (FSU) def. Drueews/Napoleon (UH), 21-14, 21-13
5: Macy Jerger/Jenna Johnson (FSU) def. Loker/Banz (UH), 14-21, 21-14, 15-12
Order of finish: 3, 4, 1, 5, 2*

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