The Huskies took No. 13 South Carolina to five sets and were outdone by Tampa 4-1 on Sunday before shocking the Hatters in their second match of the day. HBU, who received votes in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll, plays three matches at the Tiger Beach Challenge this weekend, beginning with No. 2 LSU at 12:30 p.m. CT Saturday. Pair of the Week – Tori Hinojosa – Senior – San Antonio, Texas / Danielle Okeke – Freshman – Wichita Falls, TexasHinojosa and Okeke overcame a first-set loss in their season opener against Spring Hill, winning the final two sets as the Huskies swept the Badgers. The pair picked up another victory at the top flight against No. 13 South Carolina, and the duo swept its counterparts in the team’s 3-2 victory over No. 9 Stetson. The twosome went 3-2 during the opening weekend as the Huskies’ time in the Sunshine State was highlighted by a 3-2 upset of No. 9 Stetson, the first team win over a ranked opponent in program history. HBU blanked Spring Hill 5-0 in the season opener but fell to No. 2 Florida State by the same margin in the first of three matches against ranked teams. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Tori Hinojosa and Danielle Okeke are the Southland Conference Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Honorable Mention: Veronica Corcoran/Lucie Pokorna, New Orleans; Iris Fletcher/Corin Evans, SFA. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
VASILIKA, AMANDINE & LA SARDANE HEAD MONDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 MEGAHERTZ STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF
VASILIKA, AMANDINE & LA SARDANE HEAD MONDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 MEGAHERTZ STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURFMARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. HOLIDAY MONDAY IS ALSO DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITA, WITH ONE DOLLAR BEERS & SODAS AS WELL AS TWO DOLLAR HOT DOGS; FIRST POST TIME AT 12 NOONARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2019)–Jerry Hollendorfer’s Vasilika, Jeff Mullins’ Amandine and Neil Drysdale’s La Sardane head a field of seven older fillies and mares going a flat mile on turf in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita.The Megahertz, which has been carded as the eighth on a 10-race card, will highlight a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday program that also features one dollar beers and sodas, as well as two dollar hot dogs.Vasilika, who was claimed by Hollendorfer for $40,000 ten starts back on Feb. 11, 2018, had an eight-race win streak broken when she finished fourth, beaten two lengths as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade I Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar Dec. 2.English-bred Amandine, who was an impressive 2 ¼ length winner of the ungraded Lady of Shamrock Stakes here Dec. 26, wheeled back three days later in the Grade I American Oaks and was a respectable third.La Sardane enters the Megahertz as a fresh commodity, as she’s been idle since well beaten in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes here on Nov. 4. A Grade III winner going seven furlongs on turf in New York four starts back on June 7, she looms dangerous for Drysdale, who finished 2018 with an 18 percent strike rate.VASILIKAOwner: All Schlaich Stables, LLC & HollendorferTrainer: Jerry HollendorferOne of the best claims in recent memory, this 5-year-old Skipshot mare won nine of her 11 starts last year and banked $632,328. A winner of seven out of her eight races over the Santa Anita turf, Vasilika has proven she’s versatile enough to lay close or rally from off the pace. With Flavien Prat riding back for the 10th consecutive time, she’s strictly the horse to beat as she tries to improve upon an overall mark of 28-13-4-3 and earnings of $758,595.AMANDINEOwner: Red Baron’s Barn & Rancho TemescalTrainer: Jeff MullinsA winner of her U.S. debut at one mile on turf three starts back on Nov. 22, she replicated that effort in taking the one mile grass Lady of Shamrock on opening day and based upon the ease with which she won, was entered to run back in just three days in the Grade I American Oaks Dec. 29. A respectable third, beaten 2 ¾ lengths, she comes back at a distance she’s well accustomed to, having two wins and as many seconds from five starts at a mile on grass. Ridden by Mike Smith in the American Oaks, she’ll be reunited with Drayden Van Dyke, who was aboard for her first two Southern California starts.LA SARDANEOwner: Team Valor InternationalTrainer: Neil DrysdaleA winner of three out of her first four starts for Drysdale, this 5-year-old French-bred mare was also a Group II winner at a mile on grass in France at age three. Ridden by Flavien Prat in her three wins; at Churchill Downs, May 3, Belmont Park, June 7 and also at Belmont on June 30, La Sardane will be handled for the first time on Monday by Joel Rosario. With two wins and a third place finish from eight tries at one on turf, she’s 13-5-3-1 overall and rates a huge chance in the Megahertz.THE GRADE III MEGAHERTZ WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 10 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTMs Bad Behavior–Mike Smith–120Zaffinah–Rafael Bejarano–120Vasilika–Flavien Prat–124Amandine–Drayden Van Dyke–122Quebec–Geovanni Franco–120Last Promise Kept–Joe Talamo–120La Sardane–Joel Rosario–122Special early first post time for a 10-race card on Monday is at 12 noon. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.