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Two Arizona Pairs Advance in Hawaii
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 21, 2014
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TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona sand volleyball team kicked off the Jack In the Box Rainbow Wahine Spring Challenge with pool play in pairs competition on Friday at the Queen's Beach Sandbox.

A total of 24 pairs from UH, Arizona, Hawaii Pacific, Nebraska and USC competed in eight different pools to determine seeding for Saturday's single-elimination brackets.

The Wildcats had two pairs advance to tomorrow’s 16-team Gold Bracket (championship). Arizona was led by the sister duo of Madison and McKenna Witt as they finished a perfect 2-0 on the day to finish first-place in Pool H. The Witt tandem defeated Ginger Long and Ali Longo of Hawaii in a tough three-set match, 21-13, 19-21, 15-10. The Witt’s followed that win up with a straight set victory over the Hawaii Pacific duo of Pomai Recca and Hannah Schuett, 21-3, 21-11.

Meanwhile, Arizona’s No. 1 team of Madi Kingdon and Jane Croson advanced to tomorrow’s championship bracket with a three-set victory over Brenna Lyles and Alicia Ostrander of Nebraska, 21-18, 18-21, 15-11. The Arizona duo was later defeated by USC’s Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler, 21-10, 21-14.

The third-place teams in each pool will play tomorrow in the Silver Bracket.

The tournament will conclude tomorrow with single-elimination play in both the Gold and Silver brackets. First serve will be at 12:00 p.m. MST at Queen's Beach.

Friday Pool Play Results

Pool A

Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Karlee Riggs/Hannah Rooks (UH) 21-11, 21-8

Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Mary Pollmiller (UA)/Kelsey Fien (NEB) 21-10, 21-16

Mary Pollmiller (UA)/Kelsey Fien (NEB) def. Karlee Riggs/Hannah Rooks (UH) 21-11, 21-18

Pool B

Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC) 21-15, 21-10

Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Allie Cook/Penina Snuka (UA) 21-12, 21-13

Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC) def. Allie Cook/Penina Snuka (UA) 21-13, 21-14

Pool C

Mel Kiel/Justine Wong-Orantes(NEB) def. Sarah Seiber/Rachel Rhoades (UA) 21-16, 21-13

Taylor Higgins/London Chow (UH) def. Mel Kiel/Justine Wong-Orantes(NEB) 21-14, 21-19

Taylor Higgins/London Chow (UH) def. Sarah Seiber/Rachel Rhoades (UA) 21-17, 21-13

Pool D

Jane Croson/Madi Kingdon (UA) def. Brenna Lyles/Alicia Ostrander (NEB) 21-18 18-21, 15-11

Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Jane Croson/Madi Kingdon (UA) 21-10, 21-14

Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Brenna Lyles/Alicia Ostrander (NEB) 21-19, 21-12

Pool E

Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange (USC) def. Ronni Lewis/Taylor Arizobal (UA) 21-16, 21-5

Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange (USC) def. Amanda Moriaty/Samantha Rummans (HPU) 21-13, 21-12

Amanda Moriaty/Samantha Rummans (HPU) def. Ronni Lewis/Taylor Arizobal (UA) 21-18, 11-21, 15-7

Pool F

Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Cecilia Hall/Alexa Ethridge (NEB) 21-7, 21-10

Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Jamie Asuncsion/Haley Doerfler (HPU) 21-7, 21-10

Cecilia Hall/Alexa Ethridge (NEB) def. Jamie Asuncsion/Haley Doerfler (HPU) 21-13, 21-10

Pool G

Sam Hirschmann/Natasja Siljkovic (USC) def. Amber Rolfzen/Kadie Roflzen (NEB) 21-14, 21-10

Amber Rolfzen/Kadie Roflzen (NEB) def. Christina Furrer/Kasey Thompson (HPU) 21-10, 21-9

Sam Hirschmann/Natasja Siljkovic (USC) def. Christina Furrer/Kasey Thompson (HPU) 21-4, 21-6

Pool H

McKenna Witt/Madison Witt (UA) def. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) 21-13,19-21,15-10

McKenna Witt/Madison Witt (UA) def. Pomai Recca/Hannah Schuett (HPU) 21-3, 21-11

Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Pomai Recca/Hannah Schuett (HPU) 21-9, 21-17

bold italics indicated advanced to Saturday’s Gold Bracket

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