Star-Bulletin Sports

Monday, November 26, 2001

Wahine coach Dave Shoji learned today that UH is seeded No. 9.

Wahine get ninth-seed
in NCAA Tournament

They will take on host Washington
State either Friday or Saturday

By Grace Wen

The NCAA announced the seedings and pairings for the 21st annual collegiate volleyball championship this morning.

The Hawaii volleyball team received the No. 9 seed in the West Region. The Wahine play host Washington State either Friday or Saturday.

"It's a good draw considering all the NCAA had to do," UH coach Dave Shoji said. "It was a forgone conclusion as far as I was concerned."

Added senior Tanja Nikolic:

"We were ready to go to the East Coast. We were ready to leave on Tuesday.

"Washington State sounds easy, it's not too bad. I think we have a good chance.

"It was pretty fair -- a lot of top-seeded teams didn't host."

Also in Hawaii's bracket are Eastern Washington and Oregon State.

The top 16 teams in the nation were seeded in the 64-team bracket and seven will be on the road for first-round matches.

Undefeated Long Beach State is the No. 1 seed in the West region. Second-seeded Nebraska is in the Midwest Regional.

Pac-10 schools received four of the top 16 seeds with Pac-10 champion Stanford as the No. 3 seed. Fourth-seeded Southern Cal was sent to the East and will face Liberty in the first round. Arizona is the No. 5 seed and plays Eastern Illinois.

Eighth-seeded UCLA is in the same bracket as the Wahine. Should the teams advance, a meeting is possible in the regional.

The NCAA final four will be at San Diego State.

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