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Dawgs Upset No. 8 Hawaii At Alki Beach

Apr 16, 2022

SEATTLE – The weather held up for almost the full day one of the Husky Invitational at Alki Beach. But when it finally rained, the Husky beach volleyball team shined, as UW upset 8th-ranked Hawaii in the sixth and final match of round robin play. It's Washington's second upset of a ranked team this season, its first over a top-10 team since 2017, and the program's first ever win against Hawaii in eight meetings.

In its first and only home tournament of the season, Washington opened up the day's round robin play with a sweep of Portland, but then had a frustrating 5-0 loss to Oregon, a team Washington had earlier lost to, 3-2, but most recently had defeated, 4-1, in Boise. But that left the Huskies stinging and with plenty to prove in the final match against the 8th-ranked Rainbow Wahine.
Hawaii at that point had posted a 4-1 win over Oregon and a 5-0 win over Portland. Right as the match was set to begin, the skies finally opened up and a hailstorm hit the sands at Alki for a momentary delay, but once it turned back to rain the teams were right back at it.
Hawaii won the first two matches at the four and five spots to take a 2-0 lead, but the Huskies had won first sets on courts one, two, and three.
Hawaii would force third sets on courts one and three, but Scarlett Dahl and Paloma Bowman finished off a straight-set, 21-14, 21-12 win, on court two over Hawaii's Loker/Santer.
At No. 1, Natalie Robinson and Chloe Loreen took a 3-0 lead in their third set and Hawaii's Van Sickle and Glagau never caught them, as the Dawgs won, 21-15, 15-21, 15-8, to even the match up at 2-2.
That brought everyone to court three, where Olivia Mikkelsen and Audra Wilmes were teaming up for the first time since Feb. 26 in the opening two matches of the season. The first-year Beach Dawgs won the first set over Penner/Widener, 21-13, lost the second set, 17-21, but secured the third, 15-11, on a kill by Wilmes that brought the Dawgs running onto the court to celebrate.
Washington's prior win over a top-20 team this season came over No. 11 California. The last time the Huskies upset a top-10 team in the AVCA poll was 2017, beating 8th-ranked Arizona in the Pac-12 tournament. The Huskies also beat 8th-ranked Pacific twice in 2015.
The match against the Ducks saw Oregon take a 2-1 lead in the season series, but UW won't have to wait long to try and even it up, as the teams will play in the second semifinal tomorrow at 11:15 a.m.
Washington won the first sets on courts one and two, but Oregon had two-point first set wins on courts three, four, and five, winning 21-19 on court three, 23-21 on court four, and 22-20 on court five. Oregon closed out all three of those with second set wins to clinch.
Loren and Robinson dropped a 14-16 third set to Nuneviller/Hope at No. 1, their first loss to the Oregon pair in three meetings this season. Dahl and Bowman had a dominant 21-6 first set win but Oregon's Laita and Wetton pulled out a 21-18 second set and won the third, 15-12.
The first match of the day saw the Huskies take care of Portland in straight sets on all five courts, improving to 3-0 against the Pilots this season.
Sunday will have four more matches, starting with the first semifinal at 10 a.m. which pits Hawaii against Portland. The Rainbow Wahine won the tiebreak for the No. 1 seed in spite of Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington all going 2-1 on Saturday. Oregon and Washington play the second semifinal at 11:15 a.m.

The losing teams from the semifinals will play for third-place at 1 p.m., and the championship match is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Washington Beach Volleyball
Husky Invitational
April 16, 2022
Seattle, Wash. | Alki Beach
Round Robin Play
Match 1
Washington – 5
Portland – 0
1. Loreen/Robinson (UW) def. Zilbert/Bradley (Port) – 21-9, 21-13
2. Bowman/Dahl (UW) def. Helm/Strong (Port) – 21-14, 21-12
3. Griffin/Wilmes (UW) def. Helle/Lee (Port) – 21-14, 21-15
4. Petersen/Shook (UW) def. Stammberger/Mumolo (Port) – 21-19, 21-13
5. Mikkelsen/Calle (UW) def. Hawken/Jackson (Port) – 21-7, 21-12
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2, 5, 4
Match 2
Washington – 0
Oregon – 5
1. Nuneviller/Hope (Ore) def. Loreen/Robinson (UW) – 17-21, 21-17, 16-14
2. Laita/Wetton (Ore) def. Bowman/Dahl (UW) – 6-21, 21-18, 15-12
3. McClellan/Rothstein (Ore) def. Griffin/Wilmes (UW) – 21-19, 21-16
4. Tyus/Schroeder (Ore) def. Calle/Yerex (UW) – 23-21, 21-15
5. Siegrist/Haden (Ore) def. Shook/Petersen (UW) – 22-20, 21-11
Order of finish: 3, 1, 5, 4, 2
Match 3
Washington – 3
No. 8 Hawaii – 2
1. Loreen/Robinson (UW) def. Van Sickle/Glagau (Haw) – 21-15, 15-21, 15-8
2. Bowman/Dahl (UW) def. Loker/Santer (Haw) – 21-15, 21-14
3. Mikkelsen/Wilmes (UW) def. Penner/Widener (Haw) – 21-13, 17-21, 15-11
4. Maidment/Russo (Haw) def. Calle/Yerex (Haw) – 21-17, 21-15
5. Wagoner/Huddleston (Haw) def. Shook/Petersen (UW) – 21-12, 21-14
Order of finish: 5, 4, 2, 1, 3