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
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
Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC) 21-15, 21-10
Taylor Higgins/London Chow (UH) def. Mel Kiel/Justine Wong-Orantes(NEB) 21-14, 21-19
Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Brenna Lyles/Alicia Ostrander (NEB) 21-19, 21-12
Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange (USC) def. Amanda Moriaty/Samantha Rummans (HPU) 21-13, 21-12
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
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
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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