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Manoa strikes out in bids to host

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Going 0-for-7 on bids to host NCAA postseason events this month has prompted the University of Hawaii to take a look at improving its chances.

UH said it tendered bids to host women’s volleyball regionals for 2012, ’13 and ’14, the men’s volleyball championship in 2012 and ’13, and the women’s water polo championship in 2012 and ’13.

UH wasn’t awarded any of them last week when site selections were announced.

Athletic director Jim Donovan said, "I can’t draw any conclusions until I see how our bids rank with the others" but said "we’re interesting in hosting in the future and looking for ways to be more competitive."

UH and the NCAA have so far declined to reveal the amounts of the bids tendered.

"Given that Hawaii already will be hosting a regional site in 2011, along with the fact that a number of other western cities/schools submitted bids to serve as hosts, the Division I Volleyball Committee chose to select a different city for the regional and final sites in this particular bid cycle," wrote Cameron Schuh, NCAA Associate Director for Public and Media Relations, in an e-mail. "Every NCAA sport committee takes into account a number of factors when selecting host sites for championship venues."

UH has led the nation in women’s volleyball attendance for 15 consecutive years.

"They (the NCAA) are spreading it around," UH associate athletic director Marilyn Moniz-Kaho’ohanohano said.

Washington, meanwhile, is hosting the women’s volleyball national championship in 2013 and a regional in 2014.

The women’s water polo championships went to San Diego State (2012) and USC (2013). The Aztecs also hosted last month.

"It’s too bad we won’t get the chance (to host). I’m disappointed," UH water polo coach Michel Roy said.

The men’s volleyball championships were awarded to USC (2012) and UCLA (2013). Penn State, the host for next season’s championship, also hosted in 2002 and 2006.

"I’m hoping we’ll get the chance soon," Warrior volleyball coach Charlie Wade said.

Wade earlier had expressed interest in hosting in 2013, which will be All-American Jonas Umlauft’s senior year.

UH said it did not bid on the women’s volleyball final four for ’12, ’13 or ’14. It last hosted a women’s final four in 1999.

 

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