After a very raining Wednesday morning, the sun came out at Mapes Beach and the Bruins took care of the Hawaii Rainbows 4-1. The Bruins, up one spot in the rankings from the previous week at #2, ended the 18-match winning streak of the 8th-ranked Rainbows. In the first flight, the Bruins took a 2-0 lead in the dual, with Lexy Denaburg and Jessie Smith winning their match 21-17, 21-16 on court 2 and Rileigh Powers and Haley Hallgren winning 21-17, 21-12 on court 4. In a non-scoring exhibition match, Kelli Greene-Agnew and Natalie Myszkowski won their match in 3 sets 21-19, 19-21, 15-10.
In the second flight, Abby Van Winkle and Peri Brennan clinched the dual on court 1 by making quick work of their opponents Brooke Van Sickle and Kaylee Glagau 21-10, 21-12. Hawaii got their first point of the match by sweeping UCLA’s #3 team of Tessa Van Winkle and Sophie Moore 21-16, 21-17. The graduate student pair of Jaden Whitmarsh and Marlie Monserez closed out the match on court 5 by the score of 21-12, 21-15.
The Bruins will be back on the beach this weekend at the East Meets West Invitational in Manhattan Beach, where they face Florida International and LSU on Friday and then Florida State and Georgia State on Saturday. After this weekend, the Bruins will be playing away from Southern California for the next month, returning to Mapes on April 20th for senior day against USC and LMU.
Here are some photos from Wednesday’s action: