UH Sand Volleyball places third

HONOLULU - The University of Hawai'i women's sand volleyball team played host to an all-day individual tournament under ideal weather and playing conditions, Saturday at Queen's Sandbox on picturesque Waikiki Beach. The tournament included teams from UH, Florida International, Hawai'i Pacific, and Chaminade in a 16-team main draw and consolation bracket.
The 16-team, single-elimination main draw was an all-FIU final with top-seeds Kate Stepanova and Ksenia Sukhareva defeating third-seeded Jess Mendoza/Maryna Samoday, 21-13, 19-21, 15-7. Both FIU teams defeated Hawai'i teams in the semifinals en route to the finals.
Stepanova and Sukhareva ousted Natasha Bell and Tai Manu-Olevao, 21-19, 21-16 while Mendoza and Samoday easily handled Katie Spieler and Ginger Long, 21-12, 21-15. In the all-UH third place match, Spieler and Long won in straight sets, 21-10, 21-16.
In the quarterfinals, Stepanova and Sukhareva needed three sets to dispatch UH's Ali Longo and Karlee Riggs, 21-11, 18-21, 15-10. Longo tallied 21 kills, out-dueling Stepanova, who finished with 20. Spieler and Long advanced to the semifinals with a come-from-behind 19-21, 21-11, 15-13 victory over FIU's Emily Podschweit and Tina Toghyani in the quarters. In that match, Long posted a tournament-high 25 kills while Spieler recorded 17 kills and 22 digs.
In the finals, Stepanova and Sukhareva dominated the opening set before letting Set 2 slip away. The duo put things together in the deciding set, outscoring their teammates 7-1 to close out the match. Sukhareva pounded 20 kills while Stephanova had 17.
The Rainbow Wahine will next embark on a weeklong road trip for the Grand Canyon Tournament and several dual matches against Loyola Marymount, Grand Canyon, Cal State Bakersfield, and Long Beach State.
Championship Bracket (single elimination)
Round of 16
#1 Kate Stepanova/Ksenia Sukhareva (FIU) def. #16 Brenda Walker/Regina Johnson (CU), 21-7, 21-5
#9 Ali Longo/Karlee Riggs (UH) def. #8 Maria Coukoulis/Elly Citron (FIU), 21-10, 21-13
#4 Natasha Bell/Tai Manu-Olevao (UH) def. #13 Kim Spring/Athena Maskarich (CU), 21-16, 21-9
#5 Samantha Rummans/Chelsey Buyuan (HPU) def. #12 Camila Rosado/Jess Gehrke (FIU), 21-12, 21-13
#11 Jane Croson/Ashley Kastl (UH) def. #6 Pihana Kea/Amanda Moriarty (HPU), 21-13, 21-9
#7 Emily Podschweit/Tina Toghyani (FIU) def. #10 Ku'ulei Zalopany/Olivia Urban (UH), 21-9, 17-21, 15-13
#3 Jess Mendoza/Maryna Samoday (FIU) def. #14 Haley Doerfler/Jamie Asuncion (HPU), 21-12, 21-10
#2 Katie Spieler/Ginger Long (UH) def. #15 Valentina Bevilacqua/Darcie Horiuchi (CU), 21-15, 21-8

#1 Kate Stepanova/Ksenia Sukhareva (FIU) def. #9 Ali Longo/Karlee Riggs (UH), 21-11, 18-21, 15-10
#4 Natasha Bell/Tai Manu-Olevao (UH) def. #5 Samantha Rummans/Chelsey Buyuan (HPU), 21-18, 21-19
#3 Jess Mendoza/Maryna Samoday (FIU) def. #11 Jane Croson/Ashley Kastl (UH), 21-16, 21-13
#2 Katie Spieler/Ginger Long (UH) def. #7 Emily Podschweit/Tina Toghyani (FIU), 19-21, 21-11, 15-13

#1 Kate Stepanova/Ksenia Sukhareva (FIU) def. #4 Natasha Bell/Tai Manu-Olevao (UH), 21-19, 21-16
#3 Jess Mendoza/Maryna Samoday (FIU) def. #2 Katie Spieler/Ginger Long (UH), 21-12, 21-15

#1 Kate Stepanova/Ksenia Sukhareva (FIU) def. #3 Jess Mendoza/Maryna Samoday (FIU), 21-13, 19-21, 15-7
Consolation Bracket

Maria Coukoulis/Elly Citron (FIU) def. Brenda Walker/Regina Johnson (CU), 21-12, 21-19
Camila Rosado/Jess Gehrke (FIU) def. Kim Spring/Athena Maskarich (CU), 21-10, 21-18
Ku'ulei Zalopany/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Pihana Kea/Amanda Moriarty (HPU), 21-14, 24-22
Haley Doerfler/Jamie Asuncion (HPU) def. Valentina Bevilacqua/Darcie Horiuchi (CU), 21-15, 21-13
Camila Rosado/Jess Gehrke (FIU) def. Brenda Walker/Regina Johnson (CU), 21-15, 21-7
Ali Longo/Karlee Riggs (UH) def. Samantha Rummans/Chelsey Buyuan (HPU), 21-11, 17-21, 15-13
Pihana Kea/Amanda Moriarty (HPU) def. Valentina Bevilacqua/Darcie Horiuchi (CU), 21-16, 21-8
Jane Croson/Ashley Kastl (UH) def. Emily Podschweit/Tina Toghyani (FIU), 16-21, 21-15, 16-14
Ku'ulei Zalopany/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Haley Doerfler/Jamie Asuncion (HPU), 21-23, 21-19, 15-9
3rd Place Match:

#2 Katie Spieler/Ginger Long (UH) def. #4 Natasha Bell/Tai Manu-Olevao (UH), 21-10, 21-16