Wahine dominate at Queen’s Beach

April 7th, 2012

From UH. you can get links to track and stats from here


The sand volleyball team once again dominate in the all-day event, sweeping Hawai’i Pacific in a team dual match, while Emily Hartong and Elizabeth Stoltzmancaptured the pairs championship later in the day.

The Rainbow Wahine defeated the Sea Warriors 5-0 in the morning dual match as all five courts won in straight sets. The top three UH squads were particularly strong. The No. 1 squad of Jane Croson and Ashley Lee demonstrated their top-flight ability, cruising past Natasha Bell and Kyra Pelayo, 21-9, 21-7. The No. 2 duo of Elizabeth Stoltzman and Emily Hartong cruised past Sanoe Recca and Chelsea Buyuan (21-7, 21-14), while Larissa Nordyke and Jade Vorster did the same against Haley Doerfler and Pihana Kea (21-6, 21-16) in the No. 3 flight.

A single-elimination championship bracket involving 16 seeded squads—seven from UH, five from HPU and four from Chaminade—took place following the dual match. After a couple rounds of action, three UH squads remained alive for the semifinals. HPU’s  11-seeded squad of Christina Furrer and Hannah Schuett pulled off the biggest upset of the day, taking down No. 3 Nordyke and Vorster 23-21, 21-19 in the quarterfinals. The ride however ended abruptly for Furrer and Schuett in the semifinals where Hartong and Stotlzman dismantled them 21-4, 21-9.

Hartong and Stoltzman eventually met top-seeded Croson and Lee in the finals, a duo that won the highly-competitive North Florida Invitational less than a week ago. However, it was Hartong and Stoltzman who would take the title, rallying to score five of the final six points in the second set to win 21-12, 22-20. It was the second pairs title for the duo following a win in a 12-team bracket during the program’s inaugural event last month.

UH will now complete its regular season on the road with the Beach Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach, Calif., on April 14-15, followed by a pair of dual matches versus Long Beach State and Loyola Marymount on April 16. The Rainbow Wahine will then await word for a possible appearance in the AVCA National Championship in Alabama at the end of the month.

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  • leftout April 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    With four scholies and Katie Spieler coming in, Wahine should have a very good beach team next year.

  • warriorfan April 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I am very curious to see who they are going to recruit for the sand team.

    Any top local sand prospects out there?? Maybe more players coming in for their 5th year like Ashley and Larissa??
    Would be cool to see someone like Gina Mancuso or Bojana Todorovic end their college careers as Rainbow Wahine.

  • uhfan April 7, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Found a yt video from their trip from Florida vs FSU. It’s Croson/Lee. Dont know who their playing against


  • Steve April 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Cindy, I am curious also, how would Wong recruit for Sand Volleyball, since at least locally the high schools do not have a Sand Volleyball league. I do not know if the mainland high schools have a Sand Volleyball league. Would you know how Wong recruit for Sand Volleyball?

  • leftout April 7, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Wonder if UH has considered hiring a sand vb coaching staff. Think this is spreading Scott Wong pretty thin. Not intending on spreading any rumours but it could open the door to a certain Swedish alumna.

    • Steve April 7, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      leftout, I thought the UH Sand Volleyball Team had a coaching staff, in the name of Scott Wong. Did I miss something here?

  • po'okela April 7, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    i think ashley is a done deal

  • leftout April 8, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Steve, no you didn’t miss anything. Its just that some programs have a seperate coaching staff for each team. Thought that Scott would not be able to dedicate the needed time for the indoor squad.

  • Kazu April 8, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Maybe they should let wong coach beach,and find another asst for Shoji.

  • LC April 8, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Yesterdays tournament counted for nothing they are still 1-2 in the standings.They will need to come up big next weekend if they expect to be in the National Championship.

    Kastl has another interesting comment this morning. “Bye Hawaii I might be back.” Might ?

    Many of us think Shoji may have been snookered into giving another free trip to someone who has no intention of coming here.Hopefully he isn’t waiting on her and will continue to look for someone else.

  • Robin April 8, 2012 at 5:06 am

    I doubt Scott Wong would want to give up the top asst job at a Top 10 prestigous program in his and his wife hometown to coach full-time an ‘emerging’ sport which has no guarantee of even having officially-run NCAA playoffs/championships in the ftuture. I believe he will be here till Shoji retires and will then of course apply for the head job.

  • roofer68 April 8, 2012 at 7:14 am

    HAPPY EASTER!!! Cindy, LC, po’okela, vballfreak808, Warriorfan, Queenie, leftout, Kazu, Robin, Ron, Steve, Roxy, RYK, Jesse and the rest of the bloggers that I may have missed. Wishing you’all a good one today.

    • Kazu April 8, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Thanks roofer68, wishing you,yur family,and friends have a great day. Be safe.

  • Ron April 8, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Thanks roofer68, that was a very thoughtful gesture. Back at you!

  • Steve April 8, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Thanks also, roofer68, wishing you a Happy Easter, too.

  • RYK April 8, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Thank you roofer68, Happy Easter to you as well.

    LC, I don’t Shoji was snookered; you aren’t going to convince every recruit to come to Hawaii, but if he felt she had a good chance of coming he has to take the chance.

    Taking an official visit before committing is rare is volleyball. I think Michelle Waber signed in the spring so she took official visits to other schools before choosing Hawaii. I know Alix Klineman visited Hawaii before choosing Stanford. If you’re talking about transfers I think Stephanie Brandt also looked at other schools before choosing Hawaii.

    If I know how recruiting works I’m sure Shoji probably gave her a deadline to make a decision so that he can move on.

  • leftout April 8, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Thanks roofer68, Happy Easter to you and to all on this blog. I agree, Wong will remain with the indoor team. With the short svb season I wonder if will be a full time position w/benefits if the position was offered. His brother Kevin might be interested.
    Think its dificult finding a quality senior with a release. There is still alot of time, hopefully Dave will be able to utilize both of his one year scholies. Someone mentioned earlier that Katie Spieler would be a good candidate to recieve one, she is a really good libero.

    • Steve April 8, 2012 at 9:49 am

      leftout – Could that one scholie go to, Alie Longo? From what I read, she is leaving Penn St. cause she was not given a scholie.

  • Steve April 8, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Cindy, Happy Easter, to your mom and you. Hope your mom is doing as well as can be.

  • leftout April 8, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Steve, it’s only that one poster on VT that keeps saying Longo is heading our way. If it’s true than its Dave’s call. I only mention Spieler as a possible recipient due to her confirmed commitment.

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