No. 14 Hawai’i snapped a three-match losing skid on Saturday night in a big way, sweeping No. 6 Cal Poly 5-0 on the BeachBows’ Senior Night at the Ching Complex campus courts.
Hawai’i (8-7) had lost its last three meetings — and six of seven — with Big West rival Cal Poly, including Saturday’s first dual with the Mustangs, 4-1. Cal Poly (16-5) also edged Hawai’i 3-2 on Friday and 3-2 two weeks ago in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
The teams meet in a non-counting pairs tournament Sunday beginning at 10 a.m., the BeachBows’ final home appearance of the season.
Hawai’i clinched the dual when winning at the bottom three flights, all in straight sets. Two flights nearly went to three but Anna Maidment-Sofia Russo held on against Piper Naess-Hannah Rogers, 21-16, 28-26 at No. 5, and Kaylee Glagau-Ilihia Huddleston pushed through at No. 4, 21-14, 24-22 over Vanessa Roscoe and former SandBow Amy Ozee.
Flight 2 did go three with Amber Igiede-Brooke Van Sickle completing a gritty rally against Mariah Whalen-Tia Miric, 19-21, 21-14, 15-13. The UH pair, moving down from No. 1, had trailed 13-12 in Set 3 but scored three straight to put the BeachBows up 4-0.
Hawai’i completed the sweep at Flight 1 as senior Pani Napoleon, paired with Jaime Santer, put down her final swing to end it 21-19, 21-17 against Macy Gordon- Emily Sonny, It was the first time the BeachBows had shut out the Mustangs since winning 3-0 in an elimination match at the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
Kekauoha, playing as a graduate student after her indoor career at UC Irvine, and Napoleon were honored after the match.
Cal Poly lost three consecutive 5-0 duals earlier this season to current Nos. 1-3: UCLA, USC and Florida State.
Hawai’i finishes the regular season on the road, beginning with the University of Washington Tournament Friday and Saturday in Seattle. The BeachBows also play Arizona and the host Huskies next Sunday.
The Big West Tournament, hosted by Long Beach State, is April 30 and May 1. The NCAA Tournament is May 7-9 in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Hawai’i has advanced to all four of the previous NCAAs (2016-19) and four of the five national championships that were run by the AVCA (2012-15).
Hawai’i 5, Cal Poly 0
- Pani Napoleon-Jaime Santer (UH) def. Macy Gordon- Emily Sonny, 21-19, 21-17
- Amber Igiede-Brooke Van Sickle (UH) def. Mariah Whalen-Tia Miric, 19-21, 21-14, 15-13 Gutsy win after being down most of Set 3, including 13-12
- Harlee Kekauoha-Lea Kruse (UH) def. Amy Ozee-Jayelin Lombard, 21-16, 21-19
- Kaylee Glagau-ilihia Huddleson (UH) vs. Vanessa Roscoe-Josie Ulrich UH up 21-17, 24-22
- Anna Maidment-Sofia Russo (UH) def. Piper Naess-Hannah Rogers, 21-16, 28-26. UH had match point starting at 20-19
Cal Poly 4, Hawai’i 1
- 1. Amber Igiede-Brooke Van Sickle (UH) lose to Macy Gordon-Emily Sonny, 21-17, 11-21, 15-12.
- 2. Pani Napoleon-Jaime Santer (UH) lose to Jayelin Lombard-Amy Ozee, 15-21, 21-13, 15-11
3. Kylin Loker-Harlee Kekauoha (UH) lose to Tia Miric-Mariah Whalen, 21-9, 21-17
- 4. Ilihia Huddleston-Kaylee Glagau (UH) lose to Vanessa Roscoe-Josie Ulrich, 21-19, 21-15
- 5. Anna Maidment-Sofia Russo (UH) def. Sam Strah-Hannah Rogers, 21-19, 21-15