Hawaii in, plays Baylor

Coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos and her team, seen here in the preseason, awaited their NCAA-or-not fate on Sunday. / Photo by Dennis Oda, Star-Advertiser

The Hawaii women’s volleyball team is back in the NCAA tournament.

UH (18-8) got the announcement Sunday on the ESPNU selection show. As you can see below, the response to the program making its 26th straight postseason was emphatic:

The top four seeds are Stanford, Minnesota, BYU and Illinois.

It’s Hawaii vs. Baylor hosted by No. 15 seed Oregon.
The Wahine play the first game on Thursday.
For the complete bracket click here:


  1. cappie the dog November 25, 2018 3:37 pm

    Charleston is a dance.

    I hope this is a good omen.

    Good luck, Coach Ah Mow.

  2. Hawaiian Badger November 25, 2018 3:39 pm

    As a Wisconsin fan/resident, I’m really rooting for na wahine. You deserve it—not just on tradition, but a good second half.

  3. Warriorfan November 25, 2018 3:40 pm

    7 out of ten no long beach pacific or ucla wahine are in!!

  4. OrbitalRipZ November 25, 2018 3:40 pm

    Entire list of the 32 automatic qualifiers for the 2018 NCAA D! Women’s Volleyball Championship:

    RPI/ SCHOOL CONFERENCE … RPI as of 11/19/2018

    102/ Stony Book America East
    10/ UCF American Athletic Conference
    7/ Pittsburgh ACC
    51/ Florida Gulf Coast Atlantic Sun
    28/ Dayton Atlantic 10
    16/ Creighton Big East
    115/ Northern Arizona Big Sky
    56/ High Point Big South
    2/ Minnesota Big Ten
    3/ Texas Big 12
    25/ Cal Poly Big West
    58/ Hofstra Colonial Athletic Association
    30/ Rice Conference USA
    126/ Green Bay Horizon League
    44/ Yale Ivy League
    153/ Iona MAAC
    154/ Eastern Michigan MAC
    167/ Howard MEAC
    22/ Northern Iowa Missouri Valley
    39/ Colorado State Mountain West
    203/ Bryant Northeast Conference
    100/ Murray State Ohio Valley
    1/ Stanford Pac-12
    95/ Navy Patriot League
    9/ Kentucky SEC
    121/ Samford Southern
    45/ Stephen F. Austin State Southland
    Alabama State SWAC
    South Dakota Summit League
    24/ Texas State Sun Belt
    60/ New Mexico State WAC
    5/ BYU WCC

    Illinois, which finished in 2nd Place in the Big Ten and who sneaked by (3-2) Na Wahine in last year’s 1st round of the NCAA Championship, gets the nod over BYU.

  5. Setaone November 25, 2018 3:43 pm

    Good work warrior fan!

  6. cappie the dog November 25, 2018 3:45 pm

    Oh, no.


  7. Bleachercoach November 25, 2018 3:48 pm

    2…good catch

  8. Bleachercoach November 25, 2018 3:48 pm


  9. Beauston November 25, 2018 3:49 pm


  10. Warriorfan November 25, 2018 3:49 pm

    Oh jeez we have to get by pressley
    Brutal subregional

  11. Haka November 25, 2018 3:50 pm


  12. cappie the dog November 25, 2018 3:50 pm


    The completely uninformed volleyball fan was right.

    Hawaii gets left out of men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because they are outsiders.

    I knew it!

    Hawaii is volleyball royalty.


  13. downtownie November 25, 2018 3:52 pm

    I’m out of the house right now. Who do we play?

  14. cappie the dog November 25, 2018 3:54 pm

    Good call, Ms. Sheila.

    Your breakdown and optimism convinced me.

    I chose your reality.

  15. Beauston November 25, 2018 3:56 pm

    Too bad for Sealy and his injury plagued team.

  16. downtownie November 25, 2018 4:01 pm

    Yay, we are in! We play Baylor!

  17. Brandon Yoshikawa November 25, 2018 4:01 pm

    I hope someone recorded the reaction for hawaii!!

  18. Bleachercoach November 25, 2018 4:04 pm

    Coach Robyn and Staff…(Your 2 for 2) 2 years in, 2 years in the NCAA’s…I know you will deliver a National Championship soon or in your tenure just like your coach who passed the baton to you. Awesome job women! Get back in the gym tonite at 5pm(lol)…I would if I heard the great news…Finally got some needed love from the NCAA Committee..Thank you!

  19. Cindy Luis November 25, 2018 4:09 pm

    13. UCLA was not eligible at 13-14
    16. Team met privately at home of Ah Mow-Santos’ uncle in Manoa.
    Did talk to Ah Mow-Santos. They are very happy to be playing.

  20. OrbitalRipZ November 25, 2018 4:13 pm

    Re 3 missed the RPI for:
    237/ Alabama State SWAC
    109/ South Dakota Summit League

    BTW: Congratulations to the Bows and to Coach RAMS and assistant coach LJundqvist. Even though the fat lady made her wicked appearance and sang the finale to Na Wahine’s quest for the Big West’s AQ, she never made an encore for the at-large bid. And now we know why. Women of Manoa — you have been given the coveted chance to redeem yourself. GIVE BLOOOOD!

    First the football Warriors end their drought against the hometown San Diego State — you have to go back to 1988. And now the Bows turn back time and — in spite of the Fat Lady about to make her curtain call to resurrect the spirit of 1992 — Na Wahine shout “not here, not now.” What a fantastic beasts weekend this has been. Goooooooo Bows!

  21. cappie the dog November 25, 2018 4:16 pm

    This is boring.

    Get to the Last 4 In, Last 4 Out part.

  22. T103 November 25, 2018 4:17 pm

    Wow yay! Happy for the wahine and coach and her staff!! Sounds like a tough bracket from what everyone is saying, but I guess Shoji was correct in that one text he sent to the people doing TV that one match at home. Well do we know wen they play?

  23. H-Man November 25, 2018 4:17 pm

    Did they say Hawaii plays Baylor “at Home?” Good match-up for Hawaii.

  24. Cindy Luis November 25, 2018 4:23 pm

    22. no Hawaii is at Oregon, playing Baylor
    here’s the bracket

  25. Vbfan4life November 25, 2018 4:23 pm

    No we play Baylor at Oregon

  26. Sheila November 25, 2018 4:23 pm

    13 Wow! The go-to player in wahine team, Robyn Ah Mow-Angelica LJundqvist coaching staff got well rewarded. Congrat for big milestone! Get busy for Back-to-Back milestone again.

  27. Vbfan4life November 25, 2018 4:25 pm

    Assuming we move on from Baylor hope we want revenge against the ducks. However this team can’t focus beyond any team and need to not have any letdowns

  28. cappie the dog November 25, 2018 4:26 pm

    Every year, I watch the tournament selection shows for men and women’s basketball. Teams that regularly make the tournament can have off years and still make the field.

    And I think or shout: “How can?”

    Conversely, there are people on the continent right now saying the same thing about Hawaii in gramatically correct English.

    Good for Denver.

    Low mid-majors get no respect in basketball.

  29. cappie the dog November 25, 2018 4:27 pm


    I read everything you posted.

  30. cappie the dog November 25, 2018 4:30 pm

    Right on!

    Three power conference teams got coal for Christmas.

  31. OrbitalRipZ November 25, 2018 4:47 pm

    Re 3: It’s 1/Stanford, 2/Minnesota, 3/Illinois, and 4/BYU. Texas drops to the 5th seed.

    Fascinating pairings: Hawaii is in the Oregon sub-regional along with Baylor. Shocker is that the 9-team Big 12 has only two teams in the Big Dance: Texas (AQ) and Baylor (which meets UH).

    But the biggest shocker to me is that the 10-team WCC has 5 representatives — the top 5 in the WCC’s Final Standings: BYU (AQ), Pepperdine, San Diego (which takes on Cal Poly), St. Mary’s, and Loyola Marymount. Correct me if I am wrong.

  32. cappie the dog November 25, 2018 4:55 pm


    In the world of women’s volleyball, is the WCC considered a major conference? Kansas and Kansas State were only three games above .500, but normally, conference affiliation outweighs a mediocre won/loss record. In other sports, three games above .500 is not a bridge too far, especially baseball. One season, UCLA got in while being only one game above .500.

    To see Loyola Marymount picked over the two Kansas teams blows my mind.

  33. Cindy Luis November 25, 2018 4:56 pm

    31. I had the WCC getting 4 in, LMU’s win over BYU obviously helped.
    Thought Kansas would get in from the Big 12. 15-12 8-8.

  34. Beauston November 25, 2018 4:57 pm

    The team’s reaction 👆

  35. greenthumb November 25, 2018 5:01 pm

    Beyond happy for the team and coaches! U of Oregon already has first- and second-round ticket bundles for sale online. Hope some lucky fans will get to make the trek.

  36. OrbitalRipZ November 25, 2018 5:12 pm

    31. It depends on the year. As I wrote before, the WCC and ACC are considered either the taillights of the major volleyball conferences or the headlights of the mid-major volleyball conferences. Why the NCAA doesn’t release its supercomputer’s conference power ratings on its listings for team stats is a puzzler.

    I agree with you re: Loyola Marymount. Only reason I can see them being chosen is that they ended BYU’s undefeated record this week. Can hardly wait to see LM’s rpi when it is released tomorrow, assuming that the NCAA RPI will be released on 11/26 (Monday).

    As for the Big 12, I predicted in the post just before this that the Big 12 was looking at 2~4 reps in the Championship tournament. Kansas St. was so weird with a rpi of 36 (what the rpi was when the Committee looked at it I don’t know) but with a 8th-place finish of the 9-team Big 12 Conference Final Standing.

  37. Bleachercoach November 25, 2018 5:19 pm

    33, 35 Beauston. Thank you for dat!

  38. warriorwahine November 25, 2018 6:01 pm

    Congratulations Wahine! Time to prove your medal that you are this year NOT a rabble of mercenaries (transfers) but are FOR REAL.

  39. Kahuna November 25, 2018 6:20 pm

    Haha…the team’s reaction is priceless. Doing their thing just minding their own business then hear their name….stopped….looked up….and pandemonium. Most was not even watching the pairing. Mentioned of “HAWAII” got their attention. LOL

  40. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 25, 2018 7:49 pm

    I was surprised that Hawaii gets to play in a lower seed bracket than Cal Poly, #15 Oregon vs. #11 USC. So the NCAA actually gave Hawaii an easier subregional than UH! Thus there is a greater chance that Hawaii could advance out of its subregional than Cal Poly. UH fans should be happy while Cal Poly fans will not be. I guess this was done for geographical reasons as USC is closer to Cal Poly than Oregon, while it doesn’t matter where Hawaii is sent to the west coast, the distance is roughly the same by air.

    However, the regional itself will be tougher for Hawaii if they make it that far than Cal Poly as Hawaii is sent to #2 regional (Illinois) while Cal Poly is sent to #3 Illinois.

    I was also surprised that BYU was seeded fourth while ranked #2 and before that #1 for most of the season. That last loss must have hurt them a lot. I wonder what would have been BYU’s seeding had it been undefeated.

  41. Kahuna November 25, 2018 8:15 pm

    #2 or #3 doesn’t matter much. Minnesota and Illinois could have easily swap places.

    We played Minnesota 2 years ago and we played Illinois last season. Both could smoke us and Cal Poly so both UH and Cal Poly need to bring their “A” game every day.

  42. Kahuna November 25, 2018 8:21 pm



    Pick your poison.

  43. Lanai808 November 25, 2018 8:59 pm

    Did anyone else see Cal Polys reaction when Hawai’i’s name was announced? Absolutely priceless! Go Bows!!!

  44. darkfire35 November 25, 2018 9:11 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS BOWS! Go kick some Baylor butt! Good luck and God Bless!

  45. nomu1001 November 25, 2018 11:44 pm

    Cindy, you made the call! Do you start packing your bags too?

  46. cappie the dog November 26, 2018 3:57 am

    In men’s basketball, people complain that Duke gets coddled by the tournament selection committee year after year. Is there an analogue for women’s volleyball?

  47. OrbitalRipZ November 26, 2018 5:28 am

    Re 41: Both USC and Oregon tied for 2nd place in the Pac-12, both swept each other as visitors in conference play, both are hosting a sub-regional, but Oregon finished with more MO (winning 4 of its last 5) than did USC (losing 2 before ending conference play with a win over UCLA). Both Big West teams will be in the fight of their lives in either sub-regional.

    But obviously you have to get by Round 1 to get to Round 2, and Cal Poly will be the favorite when it tangles with San Diego (3rd place finisher in the WCC but with a MO finish of 2 losses in a row) while Hawaii will be the underdog when it clashes with Baylor (2nd place finisher in the Big 12 with a MO finish of 7 wins and 1 loss to Texas).

    Had Cal Poly been facing Baylor in Round 1, Mustang fans would be posting NCAA conspiracy theories everywhere.

  48. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 26, 2018 9:32 am

    41-43 I have to add a correction to my own statement first. I mentioned Illinois twice when I meant #2 Minnesota. As for the other two comments, you are correct in asserting that there is not much difference between Minnesota and Illinois. They could easily defeat UH and Cal Poly respectively should they meet. Still, I think that UH has a better chance of making it out of their subregional than Cal Poly in its own respective subregional. I could be wrong and both could be in or out.

  49. Robin November 26, 2018 9:40 am

    According to the latest published RPI (as of 11/18)….
    * highest ranked RPI not to get in was Kansas at RPI 36…though after 11/18, they lost at Iowa ST (74) and Oklahoma (75)
    *all teams with the exception of Princeton (49) and UCLA (35- but losing final record) higher than Hawaii (50) got in. Could have helped that Princeton lost to Long Beach St. in Towson, Maryland on Sept. 6.
    *LMU must have really benefited from beating BYU (only game after 11/18), as they were RPI 76 as of 11/18 (swept by Pepperdine on the 18th).

  50. Robin November 26, 2018 9:54 am

    Good to see UCSB along with UCI in the NIVC. Since I noticed Wichita St in with a losing record 14-17, I’m assuming UCLA did not want to be in the NIVC, along with Kansas and probably K-State.

  51. Cindy Luis November 26, 2018 11:50 am

    new thread up with latest RPI link
    45. leave tomorrow. Team leaves tonight
    49. assuming that to be true about UCLA not wanting to go. Hawaii would have turned it down as well.

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