(HAWAII ATHLETICS) – The No. 3 University of Hawai'i beach volleyball team's bid for a national championship came to an end Sunday with a 3-2 loss to top-ranked UCLA in the semifinal match of the 2018 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship.
The Rainbow Wahine finish their season at 37-5 while the Bruins (40-4) advanced to the NCAA finals, where they captured their first-ever NCAA beach volleyball title with a 3-1 win against Florida State.
The SandBows only lost to two teams all season – UCLA (three times) and FSU (twice) – in a historic season that saw the team break numerous school records and finish third at the national championship for the second consecutive year.
With the season on the line, UH's Morgan Martin and Lea Monkhouse erased several dual points to send their match to a third set with a 25-23 win in Set 2. The Sandbows tied the dual at 2-2 as Carly Kan and Laurel Weaver won in three sets, 15-12 in the third, at Court 3.
Coming down to Court 2, UCLA's Lily Justine and Sarah Sponcil ran away in the end for a 15-11 win to clinch the match for the Bruins.
Following the championship, UH's No. 3 pair of Kan and Weaver were named to the all-tournament team after going a perfect 4-0 on the weekend.