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Unseeded Hawaii heading to Seattle for NCAA first round

Wahine to play Santa Clara Frida

By Cindy Luis

LAST UPDATED: 11:19 p.m. HST, Nov 25, 2012

Hawaii's relationship with the NCAA volleyball selection committee continues to be a disappointing one as the Rainbow Wahine were not among the 16 teams seeded when the 64-team field was announced today.

Hawaii (26-2) will play Santa Clara (20-11) in Friday's first round in Seattle. No. 13 seed Washington (23-6) is the host, and will take on Central Arkansas (30-4) in the other first round matchup.

Hawaii came into the week ranked No. 8 in the coaches poll and 16 in the RPI. In Sunday's RPI, the Wahine were No. 17.

Penn State was seeded No. 1, followed by Stanford, Texas and Nebraska. Rounding out the seeds were Oregon, USC, UCLA, Minnesota, Florida State, Louisville, Kansas, BYU, Washington, Florida, Iowa State and Kentucky.

"Obviously we're disappointed," Wahine coach Dave Shoji said. "We feel we deserved a seed. Obviously the committe didn't see fit to send three teams here (to Hawaii). 

"But we can't dwell on where we should have or would have been playing. We just move on and get ready for this match."

Hawaii was the lone Big West team selected. The Wahine went 18-0 in returning to the Big West after 16 years in the Western Athletic Conference. 

The Big Ten and Pac-12 each had seven teams selected while the West Coast Conference had 6. 

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Masami wrote:
Big West champion, ranked 8th in the nation, beat Stanford.............and UNSEEDED???????????????????
on November 25,2012 | 11:25AM
mlittlehi wrote:
Ridiculous! NCAA = No Clue At All. What does the selection committee do best? Screw Hawaii.
on November 25,2012 | 11:32AM
calvino wrote:
Unbelievable. Unfair. Ridiculous. Insane. Unfathomable. If this is not motivation to kick everyone's ass and get to the top four, I don't know what is.
on November 25,2012 | 11:33AM
serious wrote:
I think they got us confused with the Warriors!! Kick butt wahines---ratings are meant to be broken--I like the underdogs--sorry gals!!!
on November 25,2012 | 01:59PM
false wrote:
How can you be 26-2 and ranked 8th and not be among 16 seeded teams?
on November 25,2012 | 11:45AM
allie wrote:
on November 25,2012 | 03:10PM
prest1948 wrote:
It's probably the only way the NCAA can justify holding the regionals on the mainland, saving themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars. Time will tell if the Wahine are truly one of the best in the nation. Good luck ladies.
on November 25,2012 | 11:57AM
olos73 wrote:
That's right. No like spend money. Look at the attendance. Every year Hawaii is #1. But, just the Wahine are the Rodney Dangerfield's of volleyball...THEY GET NO RESPECT. Still Go Wahine, we're all behind you...
on November 25,2012 | 12:56PM
Apolo wrote:
Motivation again to prove they belong go Wahine!
on November 25,2012 | 12:04PM
Tanabe wrote:
Host Washington also got screwed. Ranked #5 in the coaches poll, now they have to face 8th ranked Wahine. Stupid NCAA.
on November 25,2012 | 12:04PM
busterb wrote:
PO'd 8th ranked Wahine
on November 25,2012 | 01:58PM
Bumby wrote:
The NCAA has definitely made it such that the seeding formula they use are not friendly for the Wahine. Have made it a lot more difficult for them to be the elite team for one reason they do not want the Wahine to be a dynasty out hear in the middle of the Pacific. Bottom line is the formula subjective or objective? Get them to reveal how each team were given the rankings.
on November 25,2012 | 12:10PM
Bumby wrote:
Get rested, get ready and go and kick a. Not having to go through a year ending tournament and staying on the road will hopefully be a benefit that will work for the positive.
on November 25,2012 | 12:14PM
bleedgreen wrote:
Prepare to win the first two roundsw. Beat the Huskies!!!
on November 25,2012 | 12:32PM
Shaka2011 wrote:
NCAA = No Clue At All
on November 25,2012 | 12:49PM
allie wrote:
Our weak schedule hurts us though
on November 25,2012 | 03:11PM
Eradication wrote:
You're ignorant. RPI was #16....
on November 25,2012 | 05:39PM
kennie1933 wrote:
Unfortunately, while the Big West is definitely a step UP from the WAC, it is not a huge step. The fact that no other BW team made it clearly shows that the conference is not well respected in women's VB. Apparently, the conference to be in the west is the PAC-12. We beat Stanford earlier, so we can probably hold our own there. We may not go undefeated, but we'd be very competitive. Either that, or we need to schedule all the PAC-12 teams for tournaments and non-conference matches, along with the occasional Nebraska, Texas and Penn State.....preferably on the road. If you want to be the best, you have to play the best.
on November 25,2012 | 01:52PM
buds4life wrote:
It is what they deem it to be. Shouldn't matter, the Na Wahine still need to win out in the mainland. I believe it's possible. Sometimes dreams are merely improbable and not impossible. Go Na Wahine!
on November 25,2012 | 01:57PM
karwash wrote:
We should ask the selection committee to tell us what we need to do to host. If 26-2 isn't enough, 16-0 in conference isn't enough, 8th ranked isnt enough, 16th rpi isn't enough ...what do we need to do to be in top 16, what is enough.?
on November 25,2012 | 02:16PM
krusha wrote:
Seems like no matter what the Wahine do, they figure out a way to leave them out, even if they were undefeated and ranked #1. I have a feeling some people on the selection committee got paid off to get some of those teams from bigger conferences lower than UH seeded instead.
on November 25,2012 | 03:26PM
FrankieT wrote:
Yup, as usual Hawaii got screwed. thanks for nothing NCAA
on November 25,2012 | 02:59PM
allie wrote:
Best way to handle the insult is to win!
on November 25,2012 | 03:10PM
HawaiiMongoose wrote:
Kentucky has TEN losses, is 19th in the RPI and isn't even ranked in the coaches' poll, yet is seeded and hosting while UH is not. The NCAA has no shame, none whatsoever, when it comes to robbing Hawaii of an equal chance to compete. One can only hope that if the Wahine win a national championship before Dave retires, when the TV reporter puts the microphone in front of him to ask him how he feels, the first words out of his mouth are "I'm so proud of how our team overcame the unfair treatment our program has been subjected to by the NCAA for many years."
on November 25,2012 | 03:46PM
magicman1433 wrote:
As usual, a lot of questions marks: unseeded Hawaii, both Northern Iowa & Louisville (FF host) in despite creampuff schedules, the entire Penn St. & Kansas subregionals, Cal in despite 15-15 record (but to be fair, they did pull upsets & have to get through a tough subregional to make it back home), same old same old...
on November 25,2012 | 04:13PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Who's on the selection committee?
on November 25,2012 | 04:47PM
Eradication wrote:
As much as I would like Na Wahine to stay in Hawaii and host a sub and regional tournament, I love it that they get no respect. Why? Because it will be even sweeter when they start kicking okole. But talk is cheap, actions speak for themselves. Let's go Rainbow Wahine!!!!
on November 25,2012 | 05:43PM
zoomzoom65 wrote:
Sometimes this type of treatment makes one wonder if Hawaii is really part of the United States. NCAA just plain chicken s.... And bias against UH athletics.
on November 25,2012 | 07:06PM
vapors wrote:
I've sent two emails to NCAA, it's says "they promise to respond to all question!" We see what BS they come up with IF they answer my questions. NCAA= No Class At All
on November 25,2012 | 07:34PM
vapors wrote:
Go to the NCAA WVB section....Do you see ANYTHING regarding the 1100 wins coach Shoji accomplished last week. Do you see ANYTHING about the Wahine VB team going undefeated in BW play? N-O-T-H-I-N-G!!!!!
on November 25,2012 | 07:38PM
shelton wrote:
Has to be money.... sold out arena doesn't cover cost for 3 teams coming over.... they have to be undefeated- winning everyone.... sad... good luck Wahine! Show everyone!
on November 25,2012 | 07:39PM
huponews wrote:
Hawaii, don't say a word.... go up to Seattle and beat everyone.... including a very good Washington team. You need to beat really good teams to make it to the final 4..... good luck...play our game..leave everything on the floor...love you guy's... good luck and aloha....Oh yeah.... remember we may be one year away so enjoy the experience because we'll kick butt next year.... including Falen F.
on November 25,2012 | 08:03PM
Opelu wrote:
We've been snubbed again and again - I think they have something against Shoji
on November 25,2012 | 08:30PM
MC96816 wrote:
Nuts and bolts! Nuts and bolts! WE GOT SCREWED!!!
on November 25,2012 | 09:07PM
KamaainaUH wrote:
What a pile of crud. Hawai'i always getting screwed. 26-2 and we beat the #2 seed Stanford? The selection committee must be jealous because we live in Hawai'i and they live on the Mainland. Scoreboard: Hawai'i
on November 27,2012 | 09:17AM
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