Wahine beach volleyball splits Saturday slate

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TEMPE, Ariz. – The No. 6 University of Hawai’i beach volleyball team split against a pair of Pac-12 squads on the second and final day of the Arizona State Invitational Saturday at the PERA Club. The SandBows (13-6) dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 2 USC, before turning around to beat Arizona State, 4-1.
 
UH finished the Arizona Invitational with a 2-2 mark and completed its Arizona tip 3-2 overall. The SandBows stand at 13-6 on the season.
 
UH, which beat USC (16-2) in two meetings last season in Honolulu, looked for its third straight win over the Trojans. But USC was able to win four out of five courts, including  a tight 20-22, 22-20, 15-8 win by Sammy Slater and Terese Cannon over Ari Homayun and Julia Scoles at the No. 2 court. The SandBows lone point came on court No. 3 where Morgan Martin and Pani Napoleon battled past Alexandra Poletto and Haley Hallgren 25-23, 28-26.
 
It was the sixth straight win for the Trojans who have now won 15 of its last 16 matches. USC also improved to 13-3 all-time against UH.
 
In the second match, the SandBows took care of Arizona State (10-8) for the second consecutive day. The teams split the four and five courts to make it a 1-1 match. But UH overwhelmed the Sun Devils at the top three spots particularly at the No. 1 and 3 spots. Morgan Martin and Pani Napoleon routed Katie Cross and Cierra Flood 21-8, 21-11 on Court 3, while Emily Maglio and Amy Ozee finished off Set 2 of their sweep of Ashley Wenz and Nat Braun by a 21-6 score. UH remained undefeated in six all-time meetings with the Sun Devils.
 
Up next for the Rainbow Wahine is the Big West Challenge, March 30-31, in Pismo Beach, Calif. UH will face six of its conference foes, including a pair of top 10 squads in Cal Poly and Long Beach State.
 
USC 4, UH 1
1: Tina Graudina/Abril Bustamante (USC) def. Emily Maglio/Amy Ozee (UH) 21-16, 21-12
2: Slater/Cannon (USC) def. Scoles/Homayun (UH) 20-22, 22-20, 15-8
3: Martin/Napoleon (UH) def. Poletto/Hallgren (USC) 25-23, 28-26
4: Joy Dennis/Cammie Dorn (USC) def. Kylin Loker/Hi’Lawe Huddleston (UH) 21-18, 21-19
5: Mollie Ebertin/Maja Kaiser (USC) def. Paige Dreeuws/Sofia Russo (UH) 21-18, 21-16
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 3, 2*, 1
 
UH 4, ASU 1
1: Maglio/Ozee (UH) def. Wenz/Braun (ASU) 21-16, 21-6 
2: Homayun/Scoles (UH) def. Elly Lundberg/Katelyn Carballo (ASU) 21-17, 21-15
3: Martin/Napoleon (UH) def. Cross/Flood (ASU) 21-8, 21-11
4: Sam Plaster/Kate Baldwin (ASU def. Loker/Huddleston (UH) 20-22, 21-19, 15-12
5: Dreeuws/Russo (UH) def. Emily Anderson/Lauren Weintraub (ASU) 17-21, 21-15, 15-9
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 3*, 2, 1

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