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Lauren Stivrins beach 2019

In volleyball Nicklin Hames (left) and Lauren Stivrins are two of the best players in the country, but when Nebraska plays beach volleyball the Huskers sometimes aren’t favored to win the match.

The Nebraska beach volleyball team lost all seven duals it played in Hawaii over three days, but had a nice finish to its stay there when Nebraska’s No. 1 pair got an upset win against Hawaii late Monday in Honolulu.

Nebraska’s team of Lauren Stivrins and Nicklin Hames defeated the Hawaii team of Ari Homayun and Julia Scoles 21-18, 14-21, 15-13. The Hawaiian pair had an 11-1 record together going into the match, which was on TV in Hawaii.

That was the only match Nebraska won in the dual, and sixth-ranked Hawaii won it 4-1. It was also the only match Nebraska won in three duals against Hawaii. After the match was over, the Nebraska players on the bench ran onto the court to celebrate with Hames and Stivrins.

Earlier in the day, the Huskers lost 3-2 against Boise State. Kenzie Knuckles and Jazz Sweet were 21-15, 21-15 winners against Boise State's No. 2 pair. Megan Miller and Callie Schwarzenbach also won a match against the Broncos for the second straight day, taking a 21-16, 23-21 win at the No. 5 spot.

The Huskers are now 10-8 on the season as they head back to the mainland. Nebraska will play six more matches in California beginning on Thursday.

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Sports reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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