USC's Hines and Stonish to Play in Inaugural Dad Center Founder's Cup|
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March 19, 2015
HONOLULU - The USC women's sand volleyball duo of senior Alexa Stonish and sophomore Paige Hines will compete in the inaugural "Dad" Center Founder's Cup this weekend. The tournament is a part of the Hawai'i Sand Volleyball Festival, a signature event of The Hawaii Tourism Authority.
"We are honored that USC will be a part of the "Dad" Center Founder's Cup championship in its inaugural year," said USC head coach Anna Collier, "and we hope to participate in the coming years."
The event will feature pool play on Saturday (March 21) followed by championship-bracket elimination play on Sunday (March 22). In pool play, Hines and Stonish will start at 11 a.m. HT against Oregon State's duo of Dana Backlund and Kory Cheshire. The Trojans' second pool-play match is set for 1 p.m. HT against the UCLA team of Kamila Tan and Ivey Schmitt. The top two teams from each pool of three pairs will advance to Sunday's single-elimination championship bracket.
"As someone who grew up in Hawai'i and who has experienced the Olympic beach volleyball movement at its highest levels, I am excited to bring this inaugural event to Waikiki where the sport was first played," said Kevin Wong, who serves as the tournament's director. Wong is also a former Olympian, and a broadcaster for the Pac-12 Networks and NBC.
Hines and Stonish are 6-1 all-time. The two have paired twice in 2015 and hold a 1-1 mark. The duo won a sixth-court match against TCU and fell in a single-set first-round match in the USC Tournament. In 2014, Hines and Stonish went 5-0 with a 1-0 mark in duals (court four). All five of their wins were in straight sets.
"Our family is excited to see George David `Dad' Center honored for his contributions to the sport of beach volleyball," said Jay Anderson, grand-nephew of "Dad". "'Dad' was most famous for being Team USA's swim coach at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics where the USA won eight gold, five silver, and three bronze medals. History tells us that in 1915, on a still day with no surf, Dad brought a net and balls to the sands of the Outrigger Canoe Club in Waikiki. Little did they know that day, but Dad and Duke Kahanamoku were making history as the first people in the world to play volleyball on the beach."
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