Long Beach State Beats Cal Poly Once More, Falls In Championship To Hawai'i
The Beach finish the Big West Championships as runner-up with two wins over the No. 4 Mustangs.
Hawai'i, Honolulu - No. 6 Beach Volleyball reached the Big West Tournament championship match on Saturday after a second win over No. 4 Cal Poly, but were unable to overcome the Rainbow Wahine in the finals, falling 4-1.
Hawai'i (34-3) and Long Beach State met in the opening match of the day, and the Rainbow Wahine swept the Beach, despite Hannah Matt and Marisa Ramsey pushing Paige Dreeusws and Hannah Zalapony to three sets in a 23-21, 19-21, 15-13 defeat.
That dropped the Beach into the consolation bracket of the double-elimination tournament, where they would face No. 4 Cal Poly (27-7) for the second time in the tournament after yesterday's 3-2 win.
Long Beach State (26-8) would come out very strong against the Mustangs, winning the top two flights in straight sets. Rachel Nieto and Megan Kruidhof picked up the first win, dropping Samantha Manley and Emily Sonny 21-19, 21-13 at No. 2, in a win that was the 84th career victory for the senior Nieto, pushing her past Tyler Jackson for the most wins in Long Beach State history.
Nele Barber and Sasha Karelov also picked up a straight set win, 21-16, 21-18, leaving the Beach needing only one win from the three matches that all went to a third set in the lower flights. Zoi Konstantopoulou and Nicci Reinking rode the momentum from a second set blowout to a 25-27, 21-6, 15-12 win over Raeann Greisen and Macy Gordon at No. 4, while Hannah Matt and Marisa Ramsey defeated Hannah Hubbard and Heather Pembroke 17-21, 21-18, 15-13 to seal the win.
That injury forced some lineup changes in the championship match, and Hawai'i would capitalize, taking four matches on the way to the win. Karelov and Barber continued their stellar tournament, snapping a 25-match winning streak by Emily Maglio and Ka'iwi Schucht in the top flight, winning 20-22, 21-11, 18-16.
Long Beach State will have a busy day Sunday. Barber/Karelov, Kruidof/Nieto and Adamcikova/Harward are all scheduled to participate in the 16-team pairs championship, a single-elimination tournament starting at 1 p.m. PT. The Beach will then find out if they've done enough to be selected for the NCAA Championship in Gulf Shores, Ala., when the field is announced at 4 p.m. PT on NCAA.com.
#3 Hawai'i 5, #6 Long Beach State 0
1) Emily Maglio/Ka'iwi Schucht, UH def. Nele Barber/Sasha Karelov, LBSU 21-18, 21-16
2) Morgan Martin/Lea Monkhouse, UH def. Megan Kruidhof/Rachel Nieto, LBSU 21-12, 21-18
3) Carly Kan/Laurel Weaver, UH def. Anete Brinke/Hailey Harward, LBSU 21-16, 25-23
4) Ari Homayun/Amy Ozee, UH def. Zoi Konstantopoulou/Nicci Reinking, LBSU 21-15, 21-10
5) Paige Dreeuws/Hannah Zalapony, UH def. Hannah Matt/Marisa Ramsey, LBSU 23-21, 19-21, 15-13
#6 Long Beach State 4, #4 Cal Poly 1
1) Nele Barber/Sasha Karelov, LBSU def. Torrey VanWinden/Tiadora Miric, CP 21-16, 21-18
2) Megan Kruidhof/Rachel Nieto, LBSU def. Samantha Manley/Emily Sonny, CP 21-19, 21-13
3) Adlee VanWinden/Taylor Nelson, CP def. Anete Brinke/Hailey Harward, LBSU 21-18, 22-20, 15-10 (FF)
4) Zoi Konstantopoulou/Nicci Reinking, LBSU def. Raeann Greisen/Macy Gordon, CP 25-27, 21-6, 15-12
5) Hannah Matt/Marisa Ramsey, LBSU def. Hannah Hubbard/Heather Pembroke, CP 17-21, 21-18, 15-13
#3 Hawai'i 4, #6 Long Beach State 1
1) Sasha Karelov/Nele Barber, LBSU def. Ka'iwi Schucht/Emily Maglio, UH 20-22, 21-11, 18-16
2) Morgan Martin/Lea Monkhouse, UH def. Megan Kruidhof/Rachel Nieto, LBSU 17-21, 21-7, 16-14
3) Carly Kan/Laurel Weaver, UH def. Zoi Konstantopoulou/Nicci Reinking, LBSU 21-17, 21-13
4) Ari Homayun/Amy Ozee, UH def. Hailey Harward/Claire Newlander, LBSU 24-26, 22-20, 15-9
5) Paige Dreeuws/Hannah Zalopany, UH def. Hannah Matt/Marisa Ramsey, LBSU 15-21, 21-14, 15-7
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