Janisa Johnson and Tyler Jackson Reach Semifinals At Hawaii Kickoff Classic
March 8, 2014
Honolulu, Hawaii - Long Beach State's Tyler Jackson and Janisa Johnson reached the semifinals at the Hawaii Kickoff Classic, the 49ers' furthest advancement into Saturday's pairs tournament. Johnson was named the best offensive player of the pairs tournament at the conclusion of action.
Jackson and Johnson started the day with a dominant 21-9, 21-8 win over LMU's Caitlin DeWitt and Ashley Maxfeldt, and then continued with a 21-18, 21-15 win over London Chow and Olivia Urban of Hawaii before falling in a close match against the eventual champs, the Rainbow Wahine's Brittany Tiegs and Karissa Cook 27-25, 21-17.
Tiegs and Cook gave the 49ers fits through the day, knocking off two other pairs after earlier wins. Chelsea Cabrajac and Bre Mackie also had two wins, winning 21-8, 21-17 over Athena Maskarich and Cassie Rushlow in the prelims before taking down Rachelle Suaava and Kathleen Luft 21-13, 21-13 to reach the quarterfinals.
In the quarters, Tiegs and Cook took down Cabrajac and Mackie 21-10, 21-7. The Hawaii duo advanced with a win over Ciana Wagner and Morea Wagner in the Round of 16, who had advanced 24-22, 21-11 over Kelsey Humphreys and Inky Ajanaku of Stanford.
Jenelle Hudson and Alex Reid also advanced out of the prelims with a win over the Cardinal, topping Morgan Boukather and Grace Kennedy of Stanford 21-9, 21-13, but lost in the Round of 16 to LMU's No. 1 team Betsi Metter and Litara Keil, 21-9, 21-13.
The only pair to not record a win was Delainey Aigner-Swesey and Bojana Todorivic, but the pair battled in an epic match with Karlee Riggs and Hannah Rooks of Hawaii, ultimately falling 32-30, 13-21, 23-21.
Long Beach State will play No. 4 Florida State in its home opener next Wednesday, March 12, on campus at the LBSU Sand Courts.
Hawaii Kickoff Classic
Round of 16