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Hawaii hosting NCAA first and second rounds in volleyball

Rainbow Wahine seeded No. 11

By Cindy Luis

LAST UPDATED: 03:43 p.m. HST, Dec 02, 2013

The Hawaii volleyball team will host the NCAA tournament's first and second rounds this week at the Stan Sheriff Center, it was announced Sunday.

The Rainbow Wahine (24-4), seeded No. 11, will play Idaho State (23-11) in Friday's second match.

BYU (22-6) and Arizona State (19-13) will play in the first match at 5 p.m.

Saturday's second-round match is a 7 p.m. start. 

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Defending champion Texas is the overall No. 1 seed, followed by No. 2 Penn State, No. 3 Washington and No. 4 Missouri.

The NCAA tournament opens play at most campus sites Thursday. Hawaii was able to bid for a Friday-Saturday subregional due to not having a conflict with a home football game on Saturday.

The Rainbow Wahine watched today's NCAA tournament selection show in the Wong Hospitality Room at the Sheriff Center. When the players saw the seed and that they were hosting, the room filled with cheers and hugs.

"We're very happy," senior libero Ali Long said. "When you get into the tournament, every match is tough. We have to take it one game at a time."

Senior hitter Ashley Kastl has the potential of facing her former team Saturday should both Hawaii and Arizona State win Friday.

"I've very excited," said Kastl, who transferred to Hawaii in 2012. "God works in mysterious ways. I still have some very good friends on that team and I'm excited to see ASU.

"We're so excited. First, we are hosting. Second, we have the entire state of Hawaii behind us and that's amazing. The (selection) show is over and now it's back to work."

All three of the Big West tri-champions were selected. UC Santa Barbara, which won the Big West's automatic berth via a tiebreaker,  is at No. 9 San Diego. Cal State Northridge opens with Colorado State in the subregional hosted by USC.

Should Hawaii advance to next week's regional, the Wahine would be at USC for the postseason for the third time in six years. Hawaii played in the Galen Center in the 2008 and 2009 subregionals.

The first round at USC has the Colorado State-CSU Northridge match followed by New Hampshire and USC. 

Also seeded in the USC regional are No. 3 Washington and No. 14 Kansas. 

In Minnesota's subregional, the Golden Gophers host Radford with Iowa State and Colorado in the first match.

The Dec. 13-14 regional sites are USC, Kentucky, Illinois and Nebraska.

This week's subregional at San Diego has four teams that Hawaii faced during this season: San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, New Mexico State and Arizona.

Washington hosts the final four Dec. 19 and 21 in Seattle.

The Dec. 13-14 regional sites are USC, Kentucky, Illinois and Nebraska.

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kk808 wrote:
Didn't believe NCAA would give Hawaii the chance to host; glad I was wrong. Congratulations! Go Wahine!
on December 1,2013 | 04:04PM
Bumby wrote:
Good for the Wahine. No more messing around NCAA selection committee Remember collusion & discriminatory practice against UH is not based on the institution it is based on people who were affected. They suffer the agony and pain for subjective and bias decisions after they the people of their team did there part. Go get em Wahine and an attorney in the wings is ready to go down in history one day going up against the NCAA.
on December 1,2013 | 04:08PM
usahwn wrote:
I think they putting the screws by playing USC at home for the regionals .
on December 1,2013 | 04:24PM
bleedgreen wrote:
I was surprised that Hawaii is seeded 11 and gets to host.
on December 1,2013 | 04:50PM
ski3779 wrote:
I am not to surprised that they are hosting, But I am quite surprised that they got an 11 seeding. Was not expecting that.
on December 1,2013 | 10:31PM
TaiBow wrote:
No more excuses, no more whining, no more lapses - Time to Get Down to Business, and Make a Statement! Go Wahine!
on December 1,2013 | 05:02PM
Eradication wrote:
Excuses? Whining and lapses? Which team have you been watching? This is a very good volleyball team that has made yet another statement that they can play with anyone. Year in and year out UH Women's Volleyball has been one of the top programs in the country. I don't know where you get off suggesting that this team is anything less than that
on December 1,2013 | 09:37PM
primowarrior wrote:
"Also in the USC regional are No. 7 Stanford and No. 10 Minnesota. Stanford hosts its subregional, facing Hampton, with Oklahoma playing Alabama in the first match" Aren't Stanford and Minnesota in the Kentucky Regional, not the USC Regional?
on December 1,2013 | 05:25PM
false wrote:
on December 1,2013 | 05:33PM
ski3779 wrote:
The Wahine are in what I may call, the PayBack, or Revenge, Regional, if they get by their 1st and 2nd matches. Payback/Revenge, with USC, and Washington.
on December 1,2013 | 06:50PM
Eradication wrote:
If you want to be the best you have to beat the best (and the rest). Payback/revenge is for the fans not the players.
on December 1,2013 | 09:39PM
Grammy wrote:
One at a time. Stay focused and play Wahine ball. Serve tough, stay with the 'new' diversified offense and pick up serve recieve and backrow passing. NCAA has given 7 Seniors one last hurrah on homecourt, make the most of it. Mahalo for a great season, now hope you have a solid tournament, too. No more Freshmen, Sophs, Juniors, or Seniors now just Wahine. Go Wahine!
on December 1,2013 | 08:22PM
nitpikker wrote:
yes. go wahine! please don't revert to giving hartong 60-65% of the swings. you'll face better blocking teams and they'll be waiting.
on December 2,2013 | 12:50AM
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