Five Trojan Pairs Advance at Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Spring Challenge

    USC sand volleyball senior Kirby Burnham reached 10 wins with partner Sara Hughes.

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    March 21, 2014

    HONOLULU - The USC women's sand volleyball team had five pairs advance at the Queen's Beach Sandbox through pool-play matches of the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Spring Challenge on Friday, March 21.

    The Women of Troy will be represented by senior-freshman combo Kirby Burnham and Sara Hughes (Pool A), seniors Sam Hirschmann and Natasa Siljkovic (Pool G), junior tandem Eve Ettinger and Bria Russ (Pool B), freshmen Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler (Pool D), and the team of sophomore Alexa Strange and freshman Kelly Claes (Pool E). The Trojan pairs will be seeded and placed into a 16-team single-elimination bracket set to be played at Queen's Beach on Saturday (March 22).

    Burnham and Hughes teamed to cross the 10-win plateau as a duo with a 21-11, 21-8 win over Karlee Riggs and Hannah Rooks of Hawaii in Pool A. The two Trojans also defeated a mixed pair of Kelsey Fien of Nebraska and Mary Pollmiller of Arizona, 21-10, 21-16, to secure a spot in the bracket championship.

    In Pool B, Ettinger and Russ dropped a 21-15, 21-10 decision to Hawaii's Karissa Cook and Brittany Tiegs but came back to take a 21-13, 21-14 win over Arizona's Allie Cook and Penina Snuka to grab one of two spots out of the pool

    Martin and Wheeler defeated Arizona's Jane Croson and Madi Kingdon, 21-10, 21-14, and then turned around to take out Brenna Lyles and Alicia Ostrander of Nebraska, 21-19, 21-12, to advance out of Pool D.

    Claes and Strange reached the 10-win mark as a pair with two wins in Pool E. First, the Women of Troy defeated Arizona's Taylor Arizobal and Ronni Lewis, 21-16, 21-5, before they earned a 21-13, 21-12 victory over Amanda Moriarty and Samantha Rummans of Hawaii Pacific University.

    Hirschmann and Siljkovic came out of Pool G with two wins of their own. They took a 21-14, 21-10 win over Nebraska twins Amber and Kadie Rolfzen and then claimed a 21-4, 21-6 win over Christina Furrer and Kasey Thompson of Hawaii Pacific.

    The Trojans are back in action on Saturday (March 22) as Queen's Beach hosts the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Spring Challenge's bracket championship. Matches are set to begin at 9 a.m. HT. For more information and results, please visit For a complete USC schedule and results, please visit

    Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Spring Challenge | Pool Play
    Queen’s Beach Sandbox | Honolulu, Hawai’i
    Friday, March 21, 2014

    Pool A
    Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Karlee Riggs/Hannah Rooks (UH); 21-11, 21-8
    Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Kelsey Fien (NEB)/Mary Pollmiller (ARIZ); 21-10, 21-16
    Mary Pollmiller (ARIZ)/Kelsey Fien (NEB) def. Karlee Riggs/Hannah Rooks (UH); 21-11, 21-18
    * Burnham/Hughes and Pollmiller/Fien advance

    Pool B
    Karissa Cook/Brittany Tiegs (UH) def. Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC); 21-15, 21-10
    Karissa Cook/Brittany Tiegs (UH) def. Allie Cook/Penina Snuka (ARIZ); 21-12, 21-13
    Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC) def. Allie Cook/Penina Snuka (ARIZ); 21-13, 21-14
    * Cook/Tiegs and Ettinger/Russ advance

    Pool C
    Mel Kiel/Justine Wong-Orantes (NEB) def. Rachel Rhoades/Sarah Seiber (ARIZ); 21-16, 21-13
    London Chow/Taylor Higgins (UH) def. Mel Kiel/Justine Wong-Orantes (NEB); 21-14, 21-19
    London Chow/Taylor Higgins (UH) def. Rachel Rhoades/Sarah Seiber (ARIZ); 21-17, 21-13
    * Kiel/Wong-Orantes and Chow/Higgins advance

    Pool D
    Jane Croson/Madi Kingdon (ARIZ) def. Brenna Lyles/Alicia Ostrander (NEB); 21-18, 18-21, 15-11
    Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Jane Croson/Madi Kingdon (ARIZ); 21-10, 21-14
    Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Brenna Lyles/Alicia Ostrander (NEB); 21-19, 21-12
    * Croson/Kingdon and Martin/Wheeler advance

    Pool E
    Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange (USC) def. Taylor Arizobal/Ronni Lewis (ARIZ); 21-16, 21-5
    Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange (USC) def. Amanda Moriarty/Samantha Rummans (HPU); 21-13, 21-12
    Amanda Moriarty/Samantha Rummans (HPU) def. Taylor Arizobal/Ronni Lewis (ARIZ); 21-18, 11-21, 15-7
    * Claes/Strange and Moriarty/Rummans advance

    Pool F
    Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Alexa Ethridge/Cecilia Hall (NEB); 21-7, 21-10
    Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Jamie Asuncsion/Haley Doerfler (HPU); 21-7, 21-10
    Alexa Ethridge/Cecilia Hall (NEB) def. Jamie Asuncsion/Haley Doerfler (HPU); 21-13, 21-10
    * Spieler/Taylor and Ethridge/Hall advance

    Pool G
    Sam Hirschmann/Natasa Siljkovic (USC) def. Amber Rolfzen/Kadie Roflzen (NEB); 21-14, 21-10
    Sam Hirschmann/Natasa Siljkovic (USC) def. Christina Furrer/Kasey Thompson (HPU); 21-4, 21-6
    Amber Rolfzen/Kadie Roflzen (NEB) def. Christina Furrer/Kasey Thompson (HPU); 21-10, 21-9
    * Hirschmann/Siljkovic and A. Rolfzen/K Rolfzen advance

    Pool H
    Madison Witt/McKenna Witt (ARIZ) def. Ginger Long/Ali Longo (UH); 21-13, 19-21,15-10
    Madison Witt/McKenna Witt (ARIZ) def. Pomai Recca/Hannah Schuett (HPU); 21-3, 21-11
    Ginger Long/Ali Longo (UH) def. Pomai Recca/Hannah Schuett (HPU); 21-9, 21-17
    * Witt/Witt and Long/Longo advance

    Note: Advancing teams will be placed into a 16-team single-elimination bracket