Tears of joy flow as Wahine send out se­niors with win

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - SPORTS - By CINDY LUIS

There’s no cry­ing in beach vol­ley­ball.

At least not dur­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Tak­ing a page out of the movie “A League of Their Own,” that was it for the pep talk Hawaii coach Jeff Hall gave his Flight 3 pair of Carly Kan and Lau­rel Weaver on Sun­day af­ter­noon at the Ching Com­plex. The two se­niors eas­ily won their match against Boise State’s JaymeeLee Bulda and Jensen Allen, 21-13, 21-13, clinch­ing the dual with the Bron­cos and giv­ing the Rain­bow Wahine (32-3) their record 27th straight vic­tory.

The tears came later, dur­ing the se­nior night fes­tiv­i­ties that capped a day of two 5-0 sweeps over Ari­zona State (10-17) and Boise State (3-9). Buried un­der lei af­ter their fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son match were se­niors Kan, Weaver, Allyssah Fit­terer, Han­nah Zalopany and Ka’iwi Schucht, and ju­nior All-Amer­i­can Emily Maglio, who de­cided ear­lier this week not to re­turn for her fi­nal year of el­i­gi­bil­ity.

All but Fit­terer played a part in Sun­day’s scor­ing, with Zalopany team­ing with ju­nior Hi’ilawe Hud­dle­ston to pick up the first point in the night­cap against Boise State at Flight 5, and Schucht-Maglio fin­ish­ing the sweep with their school-record 23rd con­sec­u­tive vic­tory at Flight 1. Also keep­ing an im­pres­sive win streak go­ing with their 21st straight were Ari Ho­manyun and Amy Ozee at Flight 4.

The 21-9, 21-13 sweep of Bron­cos’ Sabryn Roberts and Janell Wal­ley was Schucht’s 100th ca­reer vic­tory. She is third be­hind Nikki Tay­lor (105) and Katie Spieler (102).

“It was awe­some to have it hap­pen on se­nior night,” Schucht said. “And to be able to go out to­gether with Emily.”

“It was fun to be with (Ka’iwi) for her 100th,” said Maglio, one of two Wahine to earn All-Amer­ica hon­ors in both beach and in­door (Tay­lor be­ing the other). “It’s been great to watch the pro­gram grow and get bet­ter and bet­ter each year.”

It was the fourth match for the pair­ing of Zalopany-Hud­dle­ston. Zalopany and Paige Dreeuws were 21-5 prior to this week­end but Dreeuws has missed the last four due to con­cus­sion pro­to­col af­ter she was hit in the back of the head by Zalopany’s serve in the April 8 match against Utah.

“I think it’s a tes­ta­ment to how deep and jelled we are as a team,” Zalopany said. ” ‘Lawe and I have been in sim­i­lar po­si­tions in our ca­reers, play­ing at the 6 (ex­hi­bi­tion flight) and have the same grit and sense of need­ing to prove our­selves.”

“I don’t like to switch up pairs but we had to,” Hall said about Hud­dle­ston re­plac­ing Dreeuws. “It’s a great in­vest­ment to give ‘Lawe the ex­pe­ri­ence at 5. She wants to be part of the point-scor­ing and that’s an im­por­tant piece at the 5.”

Hawaii has a bye week be­fore host­ing the Big West cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment April 27-29 at Queen’s Beach. The SandBows are the twotime de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons.

Notes: While Hawaii loses a key player in Maglio, the SandBows have reloaded for next sea­son with a com­mit­ment from 6-foot-1 Ju­lia Sc­holes, a trans­fer from the North Carolina in­door team. The ACC Fresh­man of the Year in 2016 suf­fered a sea­son-end­ing con­cus­sion two matches into her sopho­more year with the Tar Heels and has de­cided to re­tire from in­door com­pe­ti­tion. She will have at least three years of el­i­gi­bil­ity, pos­si­bly a fourth pend­ing a de­ci­sion on get­ting a sea­son back be­cause of a med­i­cal hard­ship rul­ing.

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