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Rainbow Warrior volleyball heading to NCAA tournament


    University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors earned an at-large berth to the NCAA men’s volleyball tournament in Ohio. They will face Penn State May 2.

Hawaii is going dancing.

The Rainbow Warriors received an at-large berth in the upcoming NCAA men’s volleyball tournament at Columbus, Ohio., an announcment made during the online selection show.

Fourth-seeded Hawaii (26-5) will face fifth-seeded Penn State on May 2 at Ohio State’s St. John Arena. The Nittany Lions (21-10) earned the EIVA’s automatic berth.

It will be a rematch of the 2015 NCAA tournament play-in game won by Penn State at Stanford, Calif.

The Warriors were returning from Saturday’s loss at Long Beach State when the announcement was made. They are expected to arrive around noon today.

Match time is 2 p.m. HST.

The Hawaii-Penn State winner will advance to the May 4 semifinal against defending NCAA champion and top-seeded Ohio State at 2 p.m. HST. The Buckeyes (30-2) earned the automatic berth from the MIVA.

On the other side of the bracket, second-seeded Long Beach State has a bye into the other May 4 semifinal. The 49ers (27-3) will face the winner of third-seeded BYU and sixth-seeded Barton in the other play-in match on May 2 at noon HST.

The Cougars (24-4) were an at-large pick while the Bulldogs (23-5) earned the automatic bid from Conference Carolinas.

The championship is set for May 6 at 2 p.m. HST.

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