Burnham and Hughes Win Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Spring Challenge

    USC freshman Sara Hughes was named best defender at the Rainbow Wahine Spring Challenge.

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    March 22, 2014

    HONOLULU - USC women's sand volleyball senior Kirby Burnham and freshman Sara Hughes won four matches at the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Spring Challenge to claim the tournament title on a 21-18, 21-16 victory over host Hawaii's top pair of Karissa Cook and Brittany Tiegs at the Queen's Beach Sandbox on Saturday, March 22. Burnham was named the tournament's best blocker while Hughes was chosen for best defense. Cook earned the best offense award and Arizona's Madi Kingdon took home the Aloha Spirit Award.

    The Women of Troy put three pairs into the semifinals including Burnham and Hughes. The championship tandem needed three sets but defeated juniors Eve Ettinger and Bria Russ, 19-21, 21-12, 15-11, in their semifinal match. Sophomore Alexa Strange and freshman Kelly Claes were on the other side of the semifinal bracket but fell, 21-16, 21-17, to Cook and Tiegs.

    It was a little bit of dog-eat-dog in the tournament as Burnham and Hughes had to take out USC's freshman duo of Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler in the quarterfinals with a 21-10, 21-14 win. Burnham and Hughes beat Amanda Moriarty and Samantha Rummans of Hawaii Pacific University, 21-9, 21-4, in the round of 16.

    In other quarterfinals matches, Claes and Strange beat Hawaii's Tayler Higgins and London Chow, 21-16, 21-16, and Ettinger and Russ claimed a 21-18, 21-19 win over the top Nebraska duo of Mel Kiel and Justine Wong-Orantes. Ettinger and Russ took out UH's Katie Spieler and Nikki Taylor, 12-21, 21-10, 18-16, in the first round before advancing all the way to the semifinals. Claes and Strange beat Nebraska's Mary Pollmiller and Kelsey Fien, 21-15, 21-13, while Martin and Wheeler earned a 22-20, 21-18 win over Hawaii's Ginger Long and Ali Longo. USC seniors Sam Hirschmann and Natasa Siljkovic dropped a heartbreaking three-setter to Kiel and Wong-Orantes in the first round, 18-21, 21-16, 18-16.

    In the silver bracket, senior Brooke Fournier and junior Kati Duddridge teamed up to advance to the semifinals before they fell to Mikayla Tucker and Sydney Shinn of Hawaii, 15-21, 21-16, 15-11. On the way, they defeated Kira Larson and Alicia Ostrander of Nebraska, 21-18, 25-23, in the quarterfinals and Emily Kiser and Laura Larson of Arizona, 21-16, 21-14, in the round of 16.

    Junior Alexa Stonish and senior Mary Buckingham earned a 21-10, 22-20 win over Arizona's Allie Cook and Penina Snuka in the round of 16, but fell, 21-12, 21-14, to Hawaii's Karlee Riggs and Hannah Rooks in the quarterfinals. Freshmen Paige Hines and Alexx Murphy went the distance in the first two sets against Olivia Urban and Sarah Mendoza of Hawaii before falling in the round of 16, 20-22, 22-20, 15-5.

    The Women of Troy (7-1) return to the mainland with a six-match dual winning streak for a rematch against No. 1 Pepperdine (7-0) on Tuesday (March 25) at Merle Norman Stadium at 5 p.m. PT. Admission is free to the general public. For a complete USC schedule and results, please visit USCTrojans.com.

    Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Spring Challenge | Bracket Play
    Queen’s Beach Sandbox | Honolulu, Hawai’i
    Saturday, March 22, 2014


    Best Offense: Karissa Cook, Hawai‘i
    Best Defense: Sarah Hughes, USC
    Best Blocker: Kirby Burnham, USC
    Aloha Spirit: Madi Kingdon, Arizona


    Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Amanda Moriarty/Samantha Rummans (HPU); 21-9, 21-4
    Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH); 22-20, 21-18
    Mel Kiel/Justine Wong-Orantes (NEB) def. Sam Hirschmann/Natasa Siljkovic (USC); 18-21, 21-16, 18-16
    Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC) def. Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH); 12-21, 21-10, 18-16
    Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange (USC) def. Mary Pollmiller/Kelsey Fien (NEB); 21-15, 21-13
    Tayler Higgins/London Chow (UH) def. Cecilia Hall/Alexa Ethridge (NEB); 21-14, 21-9
    McKenna Witt/Madision Witt (ARIZ) def. Amber Rolfzen/Kadie Roflzen (NEB); 21-18, 21-17
    Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Jane Croson/Madi Kingdon (ARIZ); 21-12, 21-12


    Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC); 21-10, 21-14
    Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC) def. Mel Kiel/Justine Wong-Orantes (NEB); 21-18, 21-19
    Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. McKenna Witt/Madision Witt (ARIZ); 21-16, 21-13
    Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange (USC) def. Tayler Higgins/London Chow (UH); 21-16, 21-16


    Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Eve Ettinger/Bria Russ (USC); 19-21, 21-12, 15-11
    Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH) def. Kelly Claes/Alexa Strange (USC); 21-16, 21-17


    Kirby Burnham/Sara Hughes (USC) def. Brittany Tiegs/Karissa Cook (UH); 21-18, 21-16


    Ally Wheeler/Paige Hines (USC) def. Mary Pollmiller/Kelsey Fien (NEB); 21-14, 18-21, 15-13
    Jane Croson/Madi Kingdon (ARIZ) def. Cecilia Hall/Alexa Ethridge (NEB); 21-14, 21-17
    Katie Spieler/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Sam Hirschmann/Natasa Siljkovic (USC); 21-19, 21-10
    Ali Longo/Ginger Long (UH) def. Amber Rolfzen/Kadie Roflzen (NEB); 21-16, 21-16


    Ronni Lewis/Taylor Arizobal (ARIZ) def. Sophia Blaszyk/Marie Fujii (HPU); 21-12, 21-6
    Olivia Urban/Sarah Mendoza (UH) def. Paige Hines/Alexx Murphy (USC); 20-22, 22-20, 15-5
    Alexa Stonish/Mary Buckingham (USC) def. Allie Cook/Penina Snuka (ARIZ); 21-10, 22-20
    Karlee Riggs/Hannah Rooks (UH) def. Christina Furrer/Kasey Thompson (HPU); 21-6, 21-10
    Sarah Seiber/Rachel Rhoades (ARIZ) def. Pomai Recca/Hannah Schuett (HPU); 21-12, 21-15
    Mikayla Tucker/Sydney Shinn (UH) def. Jamie Asuncion/Haley Doerfler (HPU); 21-10, 21-19
    Brooke Fournier/Kati Duddridge (USC) def. Emily Kiser/Laura Larson (ARIZ); 21-16, 21-14
    Brenna Lyles/Alicia Ostrander (NEB) def. Kara Wong/Jasmine Fujimoto (HPU); 21-7, 21-12


    Olivia Urban/Sarah Mendoza (UH) def. Ronni Lewis/Taylor Arizobal (ARIZ); 18-21, 21-18, 15-10
    Karlee Riggs/Hannah Rooks (UH) def. Alexa Stonish/Mary Buckingham (USC); 21-12, 21-14
    Brooke Fournier/Kati Duddridge (USC) def. Kira Larson/Alicia Ostrander (NEB); 21-18, 25-23
    Mikayla Tucker/Sydney Shinn (UH) def. Sarah Seiber/Rachel Rhoades (ARIZ); 21-9, 21-19


    Karlee Riggs/Hannah Rooks (UH) def. Olivia Urban/Sarah Mendoza (UH); 21-10, 21-16
    Mikayla Tucker/Sydney Shinn (UH) def. Brooke Fournier/Kati Duddridge (USC); 15-21, 21-16, 15,11


    Karlee Riggs/Hannah Rooks (UH) def. Mikayla Tucker/Sydney Shinn (UH); 21-11, 22-20