HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. (HawaiiNewsNow) – The University of Hawai`i sand volleyball team completed the second day of the USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge with limited success, however good news came late in the day when the tandems of Jane Croson and Ashley Lee and Emily Hartong and Elizabeth Stoltzman earned invites to the inaugural AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships.
Both the duos of Croson-Lee and Hartong-Stotlzman, competing in the gold division of the flighted pairs championship of the Collegiate Challenge on Sunday, were knocked out in the round of 16 and went 1-1 on the day.
However, both pairs did enough during the year to warrant two of 16 coveted doubles berths into the nationals. Croson and Lee captured the North Florida Invitational two weeks ago, while Hartong and Stoltzman were the queens of Queen Beach on two occasions this year. The pairs championships will be held April 27 & 29 in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Four other pairs competed for UH on the second day of the Collegiate Challenge. UH's No. 3 tandem of Larissa Nordyke and Jade Vorster competed in the gold division on Sunday, dropping both of its matches.
UH's four other squads competed in the silver division. No. 4 Ginger Long and Elizabeth Blake and No. 5 Mita Uiato and Monica Stauber each advanced to the quarterfinals before being eliminated. No. 6 Alex Griffiths and Courtney Lelepali went 1-1 in the silver division, while No. 7 Keala Goodman and Kayla Kawamura dropped both of their matches.
The Rainbow Wahine will remain in California to play a pair of dual matches at Long Beach State and versus Loyola Marymount on April 16.