Here’s the bracket

November 25th, 2012

West Lafayette
1. Penn State (host)
Bowling Green

Ohio State
Notre Dame
E. Tennessee State
16. Kentucky (host)

9. Florida State (host)
Colorado State

8. Minnesota (host)

Omaha Regional
5. Oregon (host)
N. Colorado

Arizona State
New Mexico State
12. BYU (host)

13. Washington (host)
Central Arkansas
Santa Clara

Kansas State
Northern Iowa
MD-Eastern Shore
4. Nebraska (host)

Austin Regional
3. Texas (host)
NC State
Texas A&M

Miami (FL)
Coll. Of Charleston
14. Florida (host)

11. Kansas (host)
Cleveland State
Wichita State

Saint Mary’s
San Diego State
6. USC (host)

Berkeley Regional
7. UCLA (host)
LIU Brooklyn
Michigan State
San Diego

10. Louisville (host)

15. Iowa State (host)
IP-Fort Wayne
North Carolina

W. Kentucky
Loyola Marymount
Jackson State
2. Stanfore (host)

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  • warriorfan November 25, 2012 at 11:25 am

    That Kansas sub regional is a complete joke.
    USC has an easy road to the elite 8.

    • Orbitalripz November 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Agree with you warriorfan about Kansas sub being a joke, and don’t understand it all except for geographic proximity.

      Only one of the 4 actually received the automatic — Cleveland (Horizon League champs).

      Texas won the Big-12 league, but I thought Kansas was runner-up so I chose it to be a subregional host. Turns out Iowa State upset Texas last night to claim the runner-up position. (All 3 awarded subregionals.)But strange: Texas is #3 in both 11/19 and 11/25 RPI polls, but Iowa State leapfrogs to #18 from #23, which is a huge jump for the last RPI before the NCAA Championship. Note: Of the 9-team Big 12, a majority — 5 — received berths. Was it that strong a conference?

      Arkansas came in 5th in the SEC standings — and wouldn’t have been awarded an at-large if I was on the NCAA committee.

      3 MVC teams were awarded berths, with Wichita State being the last named. Two teams, yes. But three teams?

      Personally think Penn State has the easiest route to the quarterfinals. As usual. Lol.

  • gtehoinv cant even.. November 25, 2012 at 11:32 am

    kentucky seeded over hawaii, who beat stanford.

    kentucky lost to arkansas(twice), alabama, LSU, AND Ohio.

    Hawaii lost to UCLA(def. natnl champs) and cal(who beat oregon is a pac-12 team).

    where is the logic guys?

    • Zig November 25, 2012 at 11:35 am

      The logic appears to be that it doesn’t matter who you lose to, it matters who you beat. You have to score wins over multiple top-25 opponents.

  • Zig November 25, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Hawaii will have trouble with Santa Clara’s right-side hitter, but Santa Clara finished fourth in their conference. That’s a good sign, but still, they may be the toughest first-round opponent Hawaii has faced in a long time, maybe ever.

  • menehune November 25, 2012 at 11:34 am

    A steep hill to climb but the Wahine can do it. Believe in yourselves like we believe in you. LET’S GO BOWS.

  • dedicatedfan November 25, 2012 at 11:37 am

    For the Wahine to get to the Final Four, they have to go thru Santa Clara, Washington, Nebraska, and Oregon, what a task ahead of them. Thought last year was tough, this is even worse.
    The UHAD needs to submit bids for Regional and Final Four, that the NCAA cannot turn down. Otherwise, Hawaii will always get the shaft.

  • dedicatedfan November 25, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Dave Shoji needs to stack next year’s 3 preseason with Top Ten teams. Do not leave nothing for the Committee to think about. Do not take the chance, that the BWC might be good or not.

    • Cindy Luis November 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      He tries to schedule as hard as he can’t. can’t force teams to come if they don’t want to.and you can never predict how good teams are going to be.
      Thought this preseason was pretty stacked
      He had two of the top 7 seeds here in Stanford and UCLA.
      Other teams getting into the tournament out of the 9 nonconference teams they played: San Diego State, St. Mary’s and Cal.
      Not Hawaii’s fault the Big West had a down year.

      • dedicatedfan November 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm

        Hawaii has a Final Four team next year. So I am hoping their preseason tournaments are loaded. Cannot rely on the BWC RPI.

  • max November 25, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Cindy – do you know when they leave?

    • Cindy Luis November 25, 2012 at 11:56 am

      They are trying to get out Tuesday.

      • max November 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm

        when’s the first match?

        • Cindy Luis November 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm

          supposedly Friday. nothing up on UW’s site yet

          • volleyball fan November 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm

            Cindy, the time is listed on the bracket chart as 8 PM Eastern Time, so 5 PM Washington Time and 3 PM Hawaii time. So if Oceanic Sports is not broadcasting, the best we can do is listen to the play by play if some radio station will broadcast it.

  • vballfreak808 November 25, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Cindy do you know if Oc Sports will be covering the matches this year?

    • Cindy Luis November 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      don’t know. Chris McLachlin said he hadn’t heard.

  • warriorfan November 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    They haven’t been a good road team all year, but I hope they put that behind them and play inspired. Get to Omaha at all costs.

    • Cindy Luis November 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Hawaii hasn’t played great on the road but they managed to stay undefeated. won some tough 5-setters. Shoji said he’s encouraged by that heading into the week.

  • dedicatedfan November 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    The one good thing, all but one player, Emily Maeda, will return next year. The returning players, have to learn, not to take a match or set lightly, next year. Otherwise, the same thing will happen again, next year. They need to be focused every play.

    I believe all those 5 set matches in the BWC and the loss to California, hurt the Wahine, this year.

  • dedicatedfan November 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    The key, at Washington, will be how well the RS player plays. Inotherwards, Hawaii’s RS player has to outplay Washington’s RS. The LS players and Middles, are a wash. It will come down to the play of the RS players, for both teams.

    • warriorfan November 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      The key will be passing, as always. Washington is a good serving team, but their defense is not the best… they are beatable, the wahine just need to pass well and stay in system all match.

      • warriorfan November 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm

        Also they need to pass well cause Washington has a huge block. so don’t want Croson to get blocked off the court…. she needs to have a good match.

        • mark November 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm

          over 2 decades since the last national title. c’mon girls!
          did you just say washingtons defense is not the best? check out their 6″6 MB :o

          • warriorfan November 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm

            Backrow defense….. I know they have a huge block.

          • Kazu November 25, 2012 at 8:10 pm

            Their 6’6″ MB is Amanda Gil. Transfer from UCLA, and i belive UH played against them during her freshman year. It’s going to be intresting to see how much better she got since her time at UCLA.

  • K-Bay November 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    FIX the RPI

    Let Me Make that Clearer:
    Make it FAIR…
    Start Everyone @ Zero

  • Beauston November 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    St Marys who Wahine beat this year swept Santa Clara twice this year. They just need to clean things up. The small stuff like covering their hitters and picking up balls droping inside the 3-meter line. Against the Huskies, they will need all firepower including the person on RS to step up. Nebraska is actually IMHO less of a threat than the Huskies and Oregon.

  • dedicatedfan November 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Enough of this crap about the UHAD putting a bid in for a Regional only every 4 years, and every 10 years for a Final Four. The UHAD should be putting in a bid for a Regional and Final Four, every year, and a Bid the NCAA cannot turn down.

    • Cindy Luis November 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      UH has put in to host regionals and the NCAA turned them down. couple of times right after 9-11 and they were curtailing travel for everyone.
      anyway, just passing along what I was told about the ‘every 10 years’ thing. If that was the case, and they were turned down in 09, they should have gone for the next available final four. don’t know if they did or not

      • dedicatedfan November 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm

        Cindy, but since the mid-2000, how often has the UHAD put in a bid, the NCAA cannot turn?

  • dedicatedfan November 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    If Penn St. can always play cupcakes in the Tournament, then Hawaii can buy Regional and Final Four sight.

    • Cindy Luis November 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      as I’ve said, UH has put in bids, they haven’ been selected.

      • dedicatedfan November 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm

        If UH is only putting a bid comparible to everyone else, that is not good enough. They need to put in bids that the NCAA cannot turn down.

        • Cindy Luis November 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm

          Hawaii puts in very attractive bids.
          can’t force the NCAA to accept them.

    • Orbitalripz November 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Binghampton (13-17) beat Albany (14-15) in the America East Conference Championship final, and with that win came the automatic. (Yes, the automatic allows a team into the Big Dance in spite of its won-loss record.)

      If Albany, which the UH played earlier in the season, had won, would you be complaining that Penn State is playing a cupcake? Yes you would, but did you complain earlier in the season that UH is playing a cupcake?

      So much has to do with geographic proximity — and PSU is in most cases the nearest subregional for these minor conference champs!

      Every year someone asks, “Why doesn’t the UHad ante up the bid?”The NCAA committee has stated in the past that bids really play almost no role in the selection process. As far as the NCAA is concerned, the UH’s bid is small potatos. It doesn’t need it.

      What matters most to the NCAA is the powers that be, which is the BCS. Here we are talking non-transparent Big Bucks! Women’s volleyball is now among the three most popular women sports (along with basketball and softball), and — like it or not — it is largely thanks to the NCAA being beholden to the BCS and its huge influence. And it won’t change until the Supreme Court of the United States steps in. ‘Nuff said.

      • volleyball fan November 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm

        What does BCS have to do with volleyball? BCS means Bowl Championship Series and this is a football term. So why would the NCAA be influenced by a football series? Please explain if you read this.

        • Cindy Luis November 25, 2012 at 8:10 pm

          All you have to do is look at how the committees are made up. They list it as BCS and non-BCS representation for sports other than football.

      • Orbitalripz November 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm

        FYI: 15 of the 16 teams that are seeded in the 2012 NCAA Championship are from BCS conferences. Only the WCC (represented by BYU) is a non-BCS conference, also called a mid-major conference.

  • Cindy Luis November 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Believe they put in a regional bid every four years. They got 2011. they hosted 2003.

  • WT Door November 25, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    An interesting paradox; ” a POOR road team”, yet UNDEFEATED on the road…???! I wouldn’t write this team off yet! See you in Seattle.

  • ladida November 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Yes the ladies have struggled on the road, sometimes played down to their opponents and been in many 5 setters this season. But IMO this years team plays tough thru close sets and know how to WIN. Ganbatte ladies!!!

  • Cindy Luis November 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    VB fan, sorry couldn’t directly reply to you. UH is at 3 p.m. HST. 1420-AM will be broadcasting.
    Have yet to hear if TV is going.

  • Cindy Luis November 25, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Yes Kazu. it’s Amanda Gil, formerly of UCLA.
    Wahine played against her when se was with the Bruins.
    UH very familiar with her. They recruited her heavily.

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