SandBows seeded fifth in NCAA, face FSU

Just settling into Columbus.
Warriors had a light practice at the arena then dinner. I didn’t get in early enough to catch either. They’ll practice Monday afternoon.

as for the SandBows, Hawaii seeded fifth in the Friday-Sunday tournament
bracket available at

From UH
The University of Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine (26-5) will make its second straight appearance in the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship in Gulf Shores, Ala., after gaining the No. 5 seed as an at-large selection on Sunday.

“We’re excited and grateful to be selected for another NCAA Tournament,” head coach Jeff Hall said. “The completion will certainly be fierce but we’re ready for the challenge. We can’t wait to get to Gulf Shores.”

Hawai’i will open competition on Friday, May 5 against the Florida State Seminoles (27-7), who last week captured their second straight CCSA Championship. The Rainbow Wahine fell at home to the Seminoles, 3-2, earlier this season in a tightly-contested match on March 17 in the Outrigger Hawai’i Invitational.

“We’re looking forward to a rematch,” head coach Jeff Hall said. “They got the best of us at Queen’s Beach and we’ve been hoping for another opportunity to play them. They’re extremely talented and well-coached. It should be fun on Friday.”

Joining UH and FSU in the double-elimination tournament are No. 1 and defending champion USC, No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Pepperdine, No. 6 Long Beach State, No. 7 LSU, and No. 8 South Carolina. The Rainbow Wahine earned one of two at-large bids to the tournament along with Long Beach State.

This will be UH’s fourth straight trip as a team to Gulf Shores. The SandBows also competed for the national title during the 2014 and ’15 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Championships.

The Rainbow Wahine gained the No. 5 seed after repeating as Big West champions this past weekend, including a pair of victories over Long Beach State on Saturday. UH comes in with momentum, having won eight straight and 11 of its last 12 matches.

“We’re playing really well right now,” Hall said. “Obviously that’s what you’re hoping for at this point of the season. I like our chances to bring home a national championship to Hawai’i and all our amazing fans.”

The event will be televised live by Turner networks, with truTV providing live coverage on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. -12 p.m. HT and the championship round airing on TBS on Sunday, May 7, at 8 a.m. HT. Additional live streaming coverage of every court in each match of the tournament will be available on


  1. Cindy Luis April 30, 2017 5:12 pm

    previous thread had a story on BYU’s Ben Patch.
    Although story didn’t make a big deal of it he is planning to leave the team after this season ‘to pursue other ventures.’
    The Salt Lake Tribune story says Patch is turning pro and will concentrate on making the 2020 Olympic team. IMHO a little odd since it’s so early in the quad.

  2. Cindy Luis April 30, 2017 5:18 pm

    BTW, All-America is out on Monday. Warriors will be represented on 1st, 2nd and HM.

  3. warriorfan April 30, 2017 5:32 pm

    IMO UH has a great chance against FSU although wish they were on UCLA’s side of the bracket instead of USC.

  4. Hot April 30, 2017 5:35 pm

    2. van Stilburg – 1ST
    Franciscovic – 1ST/2ND
    Mol – 2ND
    Tuileta – HM

    Did I get it right? 🙂

  5. Kahuna April 30, 2017 6:22 pm

    I also read that Patch is a pretty good photographer. He could be trying to get into photography while prepping for the Olympic. Sounds like he is not that thrill to be in school longer than needed. Just graduate in 4 years and move on.

  6. Warriorfan April 30, 2017 6:24 pm

    Feel like stijn and jennings first team
    Tui and Hendrik second team
    kupono HM
    Pat all freshmen team, Do they have that?

  7. Warriorfan April 30, 2017 6:26 pm

    Wow at 14 hour flight for the warriors hope they aren’t jetlagged.

  8. Kahuna April 30, 2017 6:26 pm

    Pretty awesome job if you ask me.

  9. islandman April 30, 2017 7:31 pm

    I think the beach vb matches are 9 am to 12 pm CT or 4 am to 7 am HT.

  10. Warriorfan April 30, 2017 7:50 pm

    Right but trutv won’t be going live until 9 am hawaii time
    So hopefully UH will win against FSU and their match against USC will be shown on tv at 9 am.

  11. HawaiiMongoose April 30, 2017 7:51 pm

    I don’t understand. The SandBows won the Big West title, so why are they in the tournament as an at-large selection? Doesn’t the conference have an auto-bid?

  12. Warriorfan April 30, 2017 7:53 pm

    11.conference autobids go into effect next year I think.

    It was 3 from the west 3 from the east then two at larges.

  13. H-Man April 30, 2017 9:48 pm

    This link provides an explanation to the selection criteria.

  14. Warriorfan May 1, 2017 12:19 am

    Is the big west going to announce a POY and first team/second team all league for beach volleyball?

  15. Cindy Luis May 1, 2017 4:20 am

    4. no, but close

    5. perhaps but sounds like he’s going to play pro. World League coming up as well.

    6. no freshman team.

    7. this team is well traveled. they’ve been in the midwest before this season, just two hours down the road. Wade planned it that way anticipating they’d be here.

    12. yes, auto bids start next year. field likely expanded.

    13. thanks

    14. Yes, tomorrow I believe. It came out on a Tuesday last year.
    they do pair of the year and a 1st, 2nd and HM teams with pairs. no individual awards except for FOY and COY.

  16. Cindy Luis May 1, 2017 4:58 am
    new thread up for All-America

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