Beach volleyball team fall to #1 UCLA, defeat #11 Stanford

Beach volleyball team fall to #1 UCLA, defeat #11 Stanford
Courtesy: Hawai'i Athletics

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The UH wahine beach volleyball team split a pair of matches against some of the country’s best this afternoon on the final day of the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Beach Classic Sunday at Queen’s Beach.

UH fell to No. 1 UCLA, 5-0, before defeating No. 11 Stanford, 3-2 later in the day.

UH’s first match of the day was against defending national champs UCLA in a rematch of last year’s NCAA semifinals.

Although UH fell, 5-0, the score was not indicative of the the competitiveness of the match. UCLA won on Courts 3 and 4 in straight sets to go up 2-0, while the other three courts went the distance.

UH’s best opportunity for victory came on Court 2 where Emily Maglio and Hi’ilawe Huddleston had two match points on Sarah Sponcil and Lily Justine in the second set. The Bruin pair was able to rally in set 2 and narrowly won the ensuing third set for an eventual 14-21, 22-20, 15-12 win.

The taste of defeat did not last long as UH rebounded to beat Stanford, 3-2, going up 3-0 to quickly secure the win.

UH’s Ari Homayun and Julia Scoles capped an impressive two days by dominating Maddie Dailey Morgan Hentz 21-9, 21-14 on Court 3. The pair went 3-1 on the weekend as Scoles was named the tournament’s most outstanding attacker.

UCLA won the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record over the weekend, including a 4-1 win over Pepperdine on Sunday.The Bruins showed why they are number one dropping just one point all weekend.

UH will have the next weekend off before traveling to Manhattan Beach, Calif., for the East Meets West Challenge, March 9-10. UH will take on TCU, Florida State, Florida International, and LSU during the two-day tournament.

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