Mary Pollmiller and her partner Kelsey Fien advanced to tomorrow's gold bracket.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Four Husker Pairs Advance to Gold Bracket

By NU Athletic Communications

Honolulu, Hawaii- The Nebraska sand volleyball team opened competition at the Jack In the Box Rainbow Wahine Spring Challenge at Queens Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii on Friday. A total of 24 tandems from Hawaii, Arizona, Hawaii Pacific, Nebraska and USC competed in eight different pools to determine seeding for Saturday's single-elimination brackets.

The Husker pairs went a combined 4-6 on the day, with four of NU’s five teams advancing to Saturday’s 16-team Gold Bracket. All four teams also earned their first victories of the 2014 sand season.

Nebraska’s No. 1 pair of Melanie Keil and Justine Wong-Orantes went 1-1 on the day. They earned a victory over Sara Seiber and Rachel Rhoades of Arizona in a 21-16, 21-13 win in Pool C. NU’s No. 2 squad of Amber Rolfzen and Kadie Rolfzen also went 1-1 on the day, defeating Christiana Furrer and Kasey Thompson of Hawaii Pacific 21-10, 21-9 in Pool G. The Huskers’ No. 3 squad of Cecilia Hall and Alexa Ethridge posted a 1-1 record, with a win over Jamie Asuncion and Haley Doerfler of Hawaii Pacific 21-13, 21-10 in Pool F. The Huskers’ No. 5 pair of Mary Pollmiller and Kelsey Fien also advanced with a 1-1 record. The team defeated Karlee Riggs and Hannah Rooks of Hawaii 21-11, 21-18 in Pool A.
The third-place teams in each pool are relegated to tomorrow's Silver Bracket. The tournament will conclude on Saturday with single-elimination play in both the Gold and Silver brackets. First serve will be at 2 p.m. at Queen's Beach.

Friday's Results
Pool A

Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Karlee Riggs/Hannah Rooks (UH) 21-11, 21-8
Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Mary Pollmiller (UA)/Kelsey Fien (NEB) 21-10, 21-16
Mary Pollmiller (UA)/Kelsey Fien (NEB) def. Karlee Riggs/Hannah Rooks (UH) 21-11, 21-18
Pool B
Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC) 21-15, 21-10
Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Allie Cook/Penina Snuka (UA) 21-12, 21-13
Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC) def. Allie Cook/Penina Snuka (UA) 21-13, 21-14
Pool C
Mel Keil/Justine Wong-Orantes (NEB) def. Sarah Seiber/Rachel Rhoades (UA) 21-16, 21-13
Tayler Higgins/London Chow (UH) def. Mel Keil/Justine Wong-Orantes(NEB) 21-14, 21-19
Tayler Higgins/London Chow (UH) def. Sarah Seiber/Rachel Rhoades (UA) 21-17, 21-13
Pool D
Jane Croson/Madi Kingdon (UA) def. Brenna Lyles/Alicia Ostrander (NEB) 21-18 18-21, 15-11
Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Jane Croson/Madi Kingdon (UA) 21-10, 21-14
Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Brenna Lyles/Alicia Ostrander (NEB) 21-19, 21-12
Pool E
Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange (USC) def. Ronni Lewis/Taylor Arizobal (UA) 21-16, 21-5
Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange (USC) def. Amanda Moriaty/Samantha Rummans (HPU) 21-13, 21-12
Amanda Moriaty/Samantha Rummans (HPU) def. Ronni Lewis/Taylor Arizobal (UA) 21-18, 11-21, 15-7
Pool F
Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Cecilia Hall/Alexa Ethridge (NEB) 21-7, 21-10
Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Jamie Asuncsion/Haley Doerfler (HPU) 21-7, 21-10
Cecilia Hall/Alexa Ethridge (NEB) def. Jamie Asuncsion/Haley Doerfler (HPU) 21-13, 21-10
Pool G
Sam Hirschmann/Natasja Siljkovic (USC) def. Amber Rolfzen/Kadie Roflzen (NEB) 21-14, 21-10
Amber Rolfzen/Kadie Roflzen (NEB) def. Christina Furrer/Kasey Thompson (HPU) 21-10, 21-9
Sam Hirschmann/Natasja Siljkovic (USC) def. Christina Furrer/Kasey Thompson (HPU) 21-4, 21-6
Pool H
McKenna Witt/Madision Witt (UA) def. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) 21-13,19-21,15-10
McKenna Witt/Madision Witt (UA) def. Pomai Recca/Hannah Schuett (HPU) 21-3, 21-11
Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Pomai Recca/Hannah Schuett (HPU) 21-9, 21-17
bold italics indicates advanced to Saturday's Gold Bracket


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