SandBows miss out on history in loss to Cal Poly in Big West Tournament title game

SandBows miss out on history in loss to Cal Poly in Big West Tournament title game
Courtesy: Hawaii Athletics

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The No. 1 Rainbow Wahine beach volleyball team came up short Saturday in their bid for four-straight conference titles, falling to No. 2 Cal Poly 4-1 in the opening match of the day and 3-2 in the title match.

The SandBows, who were undefeated in the tournament, lost to the Mustangs in the opening match of the day in the double-elimination format. Morgan Martin and Pani Napoleon were the only Wahine pair to pick up a set in the match.

Hawaii went on to play Long Beach State to keep its conference championship hopes alive and defeated the 49ers 3-2 to set up a rematch against Cal Poly later in the day.

However, the SandBows couldn’t pull off the victory as the Mustangs were too much to handle.

The Wahine will now await word on a potential bid to the NCAA Tournament to be held May 3-5, in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The NCAA selection show will be at 1:00 p.m. HT Sunday on NCAA.com.

Cal Poly 4, HawaiI 1

1: Crissy Jones/Tia Miric (CP) def. Amy Ozee/Emily Maglio (UH), 21-14, 24-22

2: Emily Sonny/Macy Gordon (CP) def. Julia Scoles/Ari Homayun (UH), 21-15, 21-1 (Medical forfeit)

3: Morgan Martin/Pani Napoleon (UH) def. Jayelin Lombard/Kat Wright (CP), 18-21, 21-11, 15-12

4: Delaney Peranich/Samantha Manley (CP) def. Hi'ilawe Huddleston/Kylin Loker (UH), 21-14, 21-14

5: Roscoe/Gruenewald (CP) def. Dreeuws/Russo (UH), 21-14, 21-19

Order of Finish: Doubles 2,4,5*,1,3

Hawaii 3, Long Beach State 2

1: Ozee/Maglio (UH) def. Megan Kruidhof/Mari Molina (LBSU), 21-19, 21-13

2: Zoyia Konstantopoulou/Nicci Reinking (LBSU) def. Martin/Napoleon (UH), 17-21, 21-18, 15- 12

3: Huddleston/Loker (UH) def. Kendra Koelsch/Kenzie Holtz (LBSU), 21-14, 21-18

4: Homayun/Iosia (UH) def. Sydney Stevens/Claire Newlander (LBSU), 21-17, 21-15

5: Tyler Spriggs/Alexis Patterson (LBSU) def. Dreeuws/Russo (UH), 21-11, 19-21, 15-12

Order of Finish: 4,1,3*,5,2

Championship: Cal Poly 3, Hawaii 2

1: Jones/Miric (CP) def. Ozee/Maglio (UH), 21-11, 21-9

2: Sonny/Gordon (CP) def. Martin/Napoleon (UH), 19-21, 21-17, 15-8

3: Huddleston/Loker (UH) def. Lombard/Wright (CP), 21-18, 21-17

4: Homayun/Iosia (UH) def. Peranich/Manley (CP), 16-21, 21-19, 15-10

5: Roscoe/Gruenewald (CP) def. Dreeuws/Russo (UH), 21-18, 19-21, 21-19

Order of finish: 1,3,2,4,5*

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