HONOLULU - And we wonder why Hawaii fans feel like they are second class citizens?
In a move that makes the volleyball experts shake their heads, the University of Hawaii Women's Volleyball team was seeded 6th nationally and will host only the first and second rounds of the NCAA Volleyball Championships.
Hawaii, ranked either first or second throughout the second half of the season was mysteriously ranked below Northern Iowa and Florida. USC was given the top national seed followed by Stanford and Nebraska.
The Wahine (30-1) will host the first and second rounds of the "Central" Regional on Thursday, Dec. 5 when they face Western Kentucky (33-4) while Washington (19-10) meets Colorado State (22-9) in the other first round match. The winners will face each other on Friday, Dec. 6 and will likely advance to Lincoln, Nebraska where the Cornhuskers will host the Regional semis and finals.
Here is a quick breakdown of the Central Regional:
If there was a bracket to be "sent off," this might be it. Nebraska has an interesting second round match with Arizona State. ASU can be very good or very bad. Wisconsin has the tradition but doesn't have a consistent team.
On the lower half of the Central Bracket, a possible rematch of Hawaii vs. Washington who took the Wahine to four games earlier this year. North Carolina is the top team from the Atlantic Coast Conference but has yet to prove themselves against the traditional powers. A potential matchup with the southern neighbor South Carolina is likely in round two.