Chen Abramovich passes a ball in a beach volleyball match in Honolulu on Saturday.
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Huskers Begin Play at Heineken Hawaii Invitational

By NU Athletic Communications

The Nebraska beach volleyball team began play at the Heineken Hawaii Invitational on Queen's Beach in Honolulu with three matches on Saturday.

The Huskers slipped 3-2 to Boise State and 5-0 to No. 9 California to begin the day. In the final match of the day, the Huskers fell 5-0 to No. 5 Hawaii. Nebraska is now 10-4 on the season and will play two more matches tomorrow as part of the tournament. The Huskers will play Hawaii first at 2 p.m. (CT), followed by either the third-place match or the championship match. 

The Husker pairs that earned victories against Boise State were the No. 3 and No. 5 pairs. Mari Kurkova and Madi Kubik defeated Kylee Johnson and Ellie McDonald, 21-16, 11-21, 15-13, to get Nebraska on the board. Then at the No. 5 spot, Callie Schwarzenbach and Megan Miller bounced back from a 21-4 first-set defeat to win the last two sets, 21-14, 15-12 against Kenna Hanses and Maya Watkins. 

Against Cal, the Huskers fell 5-0, but three Husker pairs took their matches to three sets and came up a few points short. Nicklin Hames and Lauren Stivrins fell 15-12 in set three, Kenzie Knuckles and Jazz Sweet dropped a 15-9 third set, and Schwarzenbach and Miller fell 16-14.

Fans can follow live results for Sunday's matches here.  

Boise State 3, Nebraska 2
1. Walley/Bodine (BSU) def. Hames/Stivrins, 26-21, 21-10
2. Roberts/Hughes (BSU) def. Knuckles/Sweet, 21-17, 29-27
3. Kurkova/Kubik (NEB) def. Johnson/McDonald, 21-16, 11-21, 15-13
4. Allen/Lewis (BSU) def. Szabo/Densberger, 16-21, 21-11, 15-13
5. Schwarzenbach/Miller (NEB) def. Hanses/Watkins, 4-21, 21-14, 15-12

No. 9 California 5, Nebraska 0
1. Mirkovic/Polo (Cal) def. Hames/Stivrins, 21-13, 18-21, 15-12
2. Lindahl/Schafer (Cal) def. Knuckles/Sweet, 21-17, 18-21, 15-9
3. Campbell/Micheletti (Cal) def. Kurkova/Kubik, 21-8, 21-5
4. Inman/Dueck (Cal) def. Szabo/Densberger, 21-16, 21-17
5. Merino/Waldburger (Cal) def. Schwarzenbach/Miller, 21-13, 19-21, 16-14

No. 5 Hawaii 5, Nebraska 0
1. Maglio/Ozee (UH) def. Hames/Stivrins, 21-9, 21-16
2. Homayun/Scoles (UH) def. Knuckles/Sweet, 21-17, 21-18
3. Martin/Napoleon (UH) def. Kurkova/Kubik, 21-13, 21-13
4. Huddleston/Loker (UH) def. Densberger/Szabo, 21-8, 21-6
5. Stevens/Russo (UH) def. Miller/Schwarzenbach, 21-12, 21-13 

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