Kira Larson and the Huskers opened the Grand Canyon Tournament on Friday.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Open Play at Grand Canyon Tournament

By NU Athletic Communications
Phoenix, Ariz. – The Nebraska sand volleyball team opened play at the Grand Canyon University Tournament on Friday in Phoenix, Ariz.

In the first round of play, Amber Rolfzen and Justine Wong-Orantes led Nebraska as the No. 1 duo with a 2-0 (21-15, 21-17) win over Kaitlynn Usmus and Alex Goodman of Grand Canyon.

Nebraska’s No. 2 pair of Mary Pollmiller and Kelsey Fien defeated Kaylee Dombroski and Brooke Razo of Grand Canyon 2-0 (21-16, 21-15). At the No. 3 spot, Alicia Ostrander and Brenna Lyles topped Arizona’s Rachel Rhoades and Sarah Seiber 2-0 (21-13, 21-12).

Alexa Ethridge and Cecilia Hall dropped a 2-1 (21-19, 17-21, 15-11) match to Ronnie Lewis and Taylor Arizobal of Arizona, while Kira Larson and Melanie Keil fell in two sets (22-20, 21-19) to Madison Witt and McKenna Witt of Arizona.

With three Husker teams still competing, quarterfinal play in the Grand Canyon Tournament will continue tomorrow at 12 p.m. CT.

GCU Tournament

First Round Results
GCU No. 2 – Shannon Dugan/Megan Glennie def. UA No. 5 – Emily Kiser/Allie Cook 21-14, 21-18
NEB No. 2 – Mary Pollmiller/Kelsey Fien def. GCU No. 4 – Kaylee Dombroski/Brooke Razo 21-16, 21-15
NEB No. 3 – Alicia Ostrander/Brenna Lyles def. UA No. 4 – Rachel Rhoades/Sarah Seiber 21-13, 21-12
UA No. 3 – Ronnie Lewis/Taylor Arizobal def. NEB No. 4 – Alexa Ethridge/Cecilia Hall 21-19, 17-21, 15-11
UA No. 2 – Madi Kingdon/Jane Croson def. GCU No. 3 – Kami Dickerson/Chloe Jenkins 21-17,
UA No. 1 – Madison Witt/McKenna Witt def. NEB No. 5 – Kira Larson/Melanie Keil 22-20, 21-19
NEB No. 1 – Amber Rolfzen/Justine Wong-Orantes def. GCU No. 5 Kaitlynn Ausmus/Alex Goodman 21-15, 21-17
GCU No. 1 Kenzie Phelps/Kelli Dallmann received a first round bye


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