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Hawaii eliminated by Washington in volleyball

Hartong has 30 kills in the 5-set loss

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:35 p.m. HST, Dec 01, 2012

Junior hitter Emily Hartong put down a match-high 30 kills and sophomore hitter Jane Croson added 20 but it was not enough as Hawaii saw its season ended by Washington for the second time in three seasons in the second round of the NCAA volleyball tournament tonight in Seattle.

Sophomore hitter Krista Vansant had 16 kills the Huskies finished with a 17-5 edge in blocks in the 20-25, 25-20, 19-25, 27-25, 15-11 victory.

Hawaii (27-3), unseeded in the NCAA tournament for the first time, saw its 20-match win streak snapped. 

Washington (25-6), the 13th seed, advances to Omaha, Neb., where the Huskies will face fourth-seeded Nebraska Friday in the regional semifinals. 

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kukui_nut wrote:
Exciting game Ladies! Could have gone either way. Undersized but able to hang in with anyone no matter how tall. Hawaii gets the seeding shaft again!
on December 1,2012 | 07:43PM
joshislost wrote:
Are you serious? There is a reason Hawaii always gets shafted because no matter how many games they win in the season they lose when it really matters. Every game every sport. Baseball, football, volleyball, softball. i love Hawaii sports but im not ignorant enough to think they got shafted
on December 1,2012 | 09:59PM
aieanani wrote:
Pretty ignorant.
on December 1,2012 | 10:27PM
joshislost wrote:
Alll that had to do is win. But seeding is a big deal if your good the problem is simple beat anyone you face. But of course they didn't. So really who is ignorant..
on December 2,2012 | 01:22PM
cnr94 wrote:
Great job!!! Go get um next year. You ladies always make Hawaii proud.
on December 1,2012 | 07:51PM
FLIPTOP2 wrote:
Guess those folks doing the tourney seeding knew something UH wasn't willing to admit - that they play in a league that's not very challenging.
on December 1,2012 | 07:52PM
Tanabe wrote:
Washington was #5 in the coaches poll. UH was #8. This match up should not have happened this early. Both teams got shafted with this selection.
on December 1,2012 | 08:54PM
niimi wrote:
WCC got 6 teams in the tourney. Hawaii smoked their #4 team. Hawaii's issue is recruiting height. That has been the case starting in the mid-1990s.
on December 1,2012 | 10:22PM
frontman wrote:
To much home cooking and then to have to perform on the road............not going to happen.
on December 1,2012 | 08:07PM
Rok888 wrote:
Two evenly matched teams...Exciting 5-set match...nip and tuck all the way. Losing to the 8th ranked team on their home court is nothing to be ashamed about. You make us proud...If they played in Hawaii, we would have killed them...
on December 1,2012 | 08:52PM
niimi wrote:
Shoji is a great coach, but a so-so recruiter. He can find amazingly skilled and talented players--each about 3 to 6 inches shorter than equivalent recruits of truly top-10 programs. Too old?
on December 1,2012 | 10:21PM
niimi wrote:
hawaii was smoked by height. Outblocked 17-5. Imagine if Shoji had the recruiting touch to bring in a 6-6 MB?
on December 1,2012 | 10:22PM
kalico11 wrote:
Can't wait for next year! You made us all proud. Like they say it's not wheather you win or lose but how you play the game. All heart
on December 2,2012 | 12:40AM
Grammy wrote:
Sad now but optimistic for the future. It is what it is and height will happen, but it was one swing away in fourth set. And home team has advantage with their fans and home cooking yeah, but results tonight were never certain from the start. Wahine were woman on a mission and I'm sure they feel down, but I'm proud of the way they represent Hawaii and play with heart. I'll take Coach Dave over all the name school coaches anyday. He makes teams from the 'smallest' of recruiting classes. He wins some and he loses some but he always puts up a good fight. So yeah it's easy to say short won't win, but I'm sure UW wasn't thinking that until the final point went down. And I'm sure they don't want to see the Wahine every year if they can help it. Hold your heads up high! You fought the good fight and lost. It did not diminish what you've given this year one bit. Go Wahine! And hats off to the Huskies, too. It was a great match to watch from first serve to last.
on December 2,2012 | 02:06AM
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