Rainbow Wahine Sand Volleyball flawless after weekend

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawai'i women's sand volleyball team played host to the Rainbow Wahine Invitational Saturday at the Queen's Beach Sandbox with the Rainbow Wahine tandem of Karissa Cook and Brittany Tiegs claiming the main draw tournament. The tournament featured tandems from five schools-UH, Long Beach State, Stanford, Loyola Marymount and Chaminade-in a 24-team main draw and consolation bracket.

One day after sweeping a trio of dual matches against Stanford, Loyola Marymount and defending national champs Long Beach State, the Ranibow Wahine were once again impressive. The day culminated with an all-UH final of Cook and Tiegs versus UH's No. 2 squad, Katie Spieler and Nikki Taylor. Cook and Tiegs won in straight sets, 21-14, 21-19.

All five UH tandems advanced to the quarterfinals, including the No. 5 pair of Karlee Riggs and Hannah Rooks, who upset Long Beach's top squad of Bojana Todorovic and Delainey Aigner-Swesey in an epic 32-30, 13-21, 23-21 marathon during the round of 16. The semifinals featured three UH squads.

UH will next compete in the USAV Collegiate Sand Tournament, Matrch 15-16, in Chula Vista, Calif.