Third-Ranked SandBows Set Sights On Coveted National Title
No. 3-ranked UH beach volleyball team wrapped the regular season last night in remarkable fashion. This year's squad pushed the program's single-season win total to 32 -- and heads into the post-season riding a 27-match win streak, also a school record.
But they're not pau yet in 2018.
Besides team records, duo Emily Maglio and Kaiwi Shook also put their stamp on the program, winning 23 straight matches for the longest in UH program history.
"It's something special. When I first walked in, I didn't think i would be anywhere near that. I mean, i was a walk-on. Someone who couldn't really do much. And i mean the hard work pays off in the end," says Ka'iwi Schucht.
But they want more.
"Hopefully winning a national championship," says Emily Maglio.
Kaiwi Shook earned her 100th career win last night, thanks to her in-sync partnership with indoor volleyball All-American, Maglio.
"It's an interesting one, but it seems to work. We tend to balance each other. She cheers. I don't really cheer that much. But it's been a lot of fun. We just have a lot of fun together," says Mags.
The Rainbow Wahine seniors make a 32-and-3 overall record look easy. Job's not done though.
"I think everyone coming into this year had the same mindset that we want to go all the way. We were so close last year. And even our new players, our freshman and stuff coming in, they're all buying into that. And they all know that we want to take it all the way," says Mags.
SandBows still looking for that coveted national title. Ladies finished third in last year's NCAA tournament.
But the back-to-back conference champions plan to take it one step at a time.
"I think my biggest hope is to win both. But i mean we have to practice like we want it every single day until we get to each one," says Schucht.
Next up for the SandBows is the Big West Tournament at Queen's Beach on Friday, April 27.
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