Rainbow Wahine to face USC in Minnesota to open NCAA Tournament

Hawaii Athletics
Hawaii Athletics

The No. 13 University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team (22-5) will be heading to the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” for the NCAA Tournament’s First and Second Rounds. The Rainbow Wahine will open against the PAC-12’s USC (18-13) on Friday at 12:30 pm HT in the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. Host team and No. 2 seeded Minnesota (25-4) will face North Dakota (26-9) at 3:00 pm HT.

The Rainbow Wahine earned the Big West Conference’s automatic bid after winning its second-straight and ninth overall BWC title with a 15-1 conference record. It is UH’s 35th overall and 24th-straight NCAA appearance. Last season, Hawai’i’s defeated both TCU and Texas A&M in College Station, Texas in the First and Second Rounds. UH then swept two-time defending NCAA champion Penn State in the Round of 16. But the ‘Bows’ run in the tournament was thwarted in the Des Moines Regional Final by Minnesota in a four-set loss to the Golden Gophers.

This year, the ‘Bows enter the NCAA Tournament on a 10-match win streak and have won 17 of their last 18 matches. Hawai’i was the long Big West team to make it into the tournament.

Thirty-two conferences were awarded an automatic qualification, and the remaining 32 positions were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket. The top 16 teams were seeded nationally and placed within four regions. The top four seeded teams are No. 1 Nebraska, No. 2 Minnesota, No. 3 Wisconsin and No. 4 Texas. Of the 64 teams to make the tournament, UH faced seven this season: Wisconsin, Washington, UCLA, Arizona, Kansas State, Northern Illinois, and Missouri State.

2016 NCAA DI Women’s Volleyball Tournament
First and Second Rounds – Minneapolis, Minn.

Friday, Dec. 2
12:30 pm HT– Hawai’i vs. USC
3:00 pm HT – North Dakota vs. Minnesota

For more information about the championship, log on to www.ncaa.com/volleyball

All-session tickets will go on sale for the NCAA First and Second Rounds Tuesday. All-session chairback seating is available for $30, while all-session bench seating is available for $20. For more information, visit mygophersports.com or call the Gopher Ticket Office at 612-624-8080 or 1-800 U-GOPHER.

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