UH is victim of system failure

Hawaii volleyball fans should be outraged for the Warriors’ snub from the NCAA tournament.

Of course, the Warriors deserve one of the two at-large berths. And, of course, the NCAA should be held accountable — but not for the decision. There was no NCAA official on the selection committee. Instead, representatives from three universities picked the two at-large teams. It would be like blaming the rain, when the blame should be on the conditions that led to the rain. The NCAA should be faulted for creating a system in which only three of five volleyball leagues decided the field.

The sad thing is this can never be rectified. Oh, sure, the system could be adjusted for future tournaments. But this scenario, this sequence that put UH in this position to be tournament worthy, can never be truly recreated. Well, at least, until somebody invents the hot-tub time machine.

It’s just a bad deal.

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It was wonderful to learn of the football Warriors volunteering to improve the area in front of the athletic department today. The two basketball teams helped on Saturday.

Asked if the work was replanting or repaving, Nick Rolovich said, “it was re-aloha-ing.”


  1. azwarrior22 April 22, 2018 1:50 pm

    That is messed up !!

  2. seewhy April 22, 2018 2:17 pm

    F THE NCAA!!!!! 😠

  3. Isleboy April 22, 2018 2:27 pm

    Dave Matlin had to know and approve of process. What does
    He say? Or will he issue the no comment response. He needs
    To do his job instead of hiding behind policy decision….

  4. Tom-warriornation April 22, 2018 3:26 pm

    This is a terrible injustice; what can we fans do about this?

  5. suckkabooya April 22, 2018 3:52 pm

    Maybe it’s because not much attention is paid to Men’s volleyball nationally in general. The committee has to know the optics just don’t look right. Maybe the other at large teams have more marketability (because of International players) toward a specific audience. I don’t know the other teams rosters but this isn’t fair at all. There must be a reasonable explanation somewhere.

  6. H-Man April 22, 2018 3:53 pm

    Trying to look at it objectively, UCI had some critical wins against common opponents; i.e. UCI beat BYU and CSUN twice each, while the Bows lost to BYU and CSUN twice. UCI posted a 21-9 record. Plus, they did post a win against the Bows and Hawaii did not look good losing in straight sets against Long Beach State when it really counted.

  7. Da Punchbowl Kid April 22, 2018 4:00 pm

    We’ve seen this movie too many times! Not just in volleyball but in other sports, too! UH can expect a lack of respect from their mainland peers. The only solution is to kick the door down with an automatic bid. Every time! Any sport! And to the “selection committee” in this case, all I can say is you must be afraid of REAL competition! Nuff said!

  8. islandman April 22, 2018 5:01 pm

    UH’s away record was 2-4.
    UH only beat UCSB in away matches.
    UCI away record was 8-4, although some matches they don’t travel as far as UH has to.
    Neutral site matches, UH 4-0, UCI 4-1.

  9. eMpTy April 22, 2018 5:26 pm

    #7 My suggestion on Cindy’s blog was to not schedule any games in any sport with UCLA, Ohio State, or any teams from NJIT who were the selection committee according to Cindy. If they don’t need us, we don’t need them either. There enough other good teams that we don’t need to schedule them and we need to let them know the reason was the snub of the Mens volleyball team.

  10. Kahuna April 22, 2018 6:00 pm

    Boycotting is not helpful. You can’t blame UCLA or OSU for the actions of one of their representative. I doubt John Speraw nor Pete Hansen had anything to do with the snub.

    It is also very very counterproductive that we thumb our nose at any P5 school. We are the little kid on the block. They are the big boys. We need them more then they need us so I doubt boycotting will work at all.

    We need to establish a better relationship with them so somewhere down the line, they will go to bat for you.

    It’s the stupid NCAA’s fault.

  11. oneseason April 22, 2018 7:31 pm

    Away records should be examined on an apples to apples basis. A short trip does not seem in any way equivalent to a long one.

  12. amela April 22, 2018 8:55 pm

    Well they should have beaten Long Beach to seal their own fate. If they couldn’t beat them when they had to then they probably would lose to them again in the tournament.

  13. Kahuna April 22, 2018 9:20 pm

    #12 how did you come to that conclusion? We were playing LB on their home court and they had revenge on their mind. The championship will be played in Westwood and at a neural site. I doubt LB will have the same fan support as they did at home. Even though LB to Westwood is a manageable drive, I doubt many of the students will make that trek. No free tickets to NCAA championship games.
    No free tickets =no students
    There is no sure thing that LB would have done the same to us again. If that is your thinking then maybe Irvine don’t deserve to go too. Irvine never beat LB this season and we beat Irvine twice.

  14. islandman April 22, 2018 9:54 pm

    Nephi Hannemann passed away, paper said he was a classmate of Skippa Dias at Farrington, played QB at Ricks College (All-Conference) and then UH. The UH List of Letterwinners shows 1964.

  15. cappie the dog April 22, 2018 11:09 pm


    islandman, What I remember about the ’89-’90 men’s basketball team is that they swept BYU, but the Cougars got in, and the Rainbows were left out.

  16. NorthShoreFan April 22, 2018 11:09 pm

    Kona Schwenke passed…only 25…RIP

  17. cappie the dog April 22, 2018 11:13 pm


    There is a precedent for shenanigans from UCLA concerning Hawaii athletics.

    It exhausts me having to bring this up time and time again.

    The snub still stings. It was so shocking.

  18. cappie the dog April 22, 2018 11:21 pm


    You can get away with murder.

    There is no Dick Vitale-type on ESPN griping about men’s volleyball snubs.

    If you follow college baseball’s field of 64 annually, there are always two or three decisions that make you sick to your stomach.

    Hawaii, actually, used to be an insider.

    I was surprised when they made the NCAAs in 1993.

  19. HawaiiMongoose April 23, 2018 2:50 am

    There are times to stand up for yourself and times to turn the other cheek. This is a time to stand up for yourself. Dave Matlin needs to get out of his office and in front of a microphone and call out the decision and the NCAA for creating the conditions that led to it. No “body of work” argument can outweigh the simple objective fact that UH beat UCI soundly in Friday night’s BWC semifinal and is therefore the better team and the better team deserves to be in the tournament. Period.

  20. KOH I NOR April 23, 2018 7:36 am

    18-9 Is a junk record. UCLA, Long Beach State, BYU, and 21-9 UCI, would give the best field for the tournament. MIVA, EIVA, Conference Carolinas were considered the other worthy leagues for the western beach volleyball studs, after college play. It is an interesting setup they have in college men’s volleyball.

  21. aiea 7 April 23, 2018 8:58 am

    nope no system failure, just plain intentional bias. these selectors were not being fair. they system is okay, but not the people in the system. there is a difference. fair and honest people would not have made that decision.

  22. islandman April 23, 2018 9:12 am

    RPI rankings came out as of April 21, UH was 4 and UCI was 6.

  23. burro sabio April 23, 2018 9:28 am

    Vince Goo learned the same way that you have to win the conference and leave no doubt. Never leave it in the hands of a committee.

  24. isleboy April 23, 2018 9:57 am

    UH fired Ben Jay….The Ohio State University payback…Once a buckeye…always a buckeye…

  25. Stephen Tsai April 23, 2018 10:03 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=45795

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