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Wahine volleyball team draws USC in NCAA tourney

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Rainbow Wahine volleyball team reacted to its draw in the NCAA Tournament. Hawaii plays USC on Friday at Minnesota.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The Rainbow Wahine volleyball team reacted to its draw in the NCAA Tournament. Hawaii plays USC on Friday at Minnesota.

Hawaii will open the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament against USC in Friday’s first round in Minneapolis.

The subregional is hosted by second-seeded Minnesota, which ended Hawaii’s season last year in the elite eight. The Gophers (25-4) open with North Dakota (26-9). The Women of Troy are 18-13.

The Rainbow Wahine (22-5) have won their last 10 matches. This is the 24th consecutive NCAA appearance for Hawaii and 35th in program history.

Nebraska, the defending national champion, earned the top seed. Wisconsin is third and Texas is seeded fourth.

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