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December 7, 2009

NC Hey Hey

Forget the results from this past weekend; forget the BCS; it's simply disconcerting the way things evolve within the NCAA sometimes. The infamous ratings percentage index, or RPI, had Hawaii's Rainbow Wahine volleyball team as the number-22 team in the country for many weeks, despite UH's lofty and well-deserved #3 national ranking week after week. UH proved itself early and often.

While the WAC is a very weak volleyball conference, UH got no credit for beating #4 seed Stanford and # 9 seed UCLA when the NCAA Volleyball Tournament brackets were put together. Add that to the fact that Hawaii offered to pay the NCAA about $100,000 to have three teams fly in for a weekend of 1st and 2nd round volleyball tourney action in front of over 6,000 avid fans nightly, and you would think that the NCAA would look at finances and what's in the best interest of the sport itself and give Hawaii a host bid one of these years. After all, this is a sport which struggles to gain fans, recognition and cannot make ends meet at over 95% of the member institutions.

Flying teams from Hawaii, Oklahoma, and New Mexico to USC for the first and second round last week with minimal crowd support was most certainly a weak financial decision, not to mention the obvious concerns about the lack of respect Hawaii gets annually for its tough, early-season non-conference schedule. The high seeding of teams like Florida State (#3) and Washington (#6, with four losses in its final ten matches) makes little sense, but it is, unfortunately, par for the course with a volleyball selection committee where NCAA means "No Clue At All" far too often. Think about it…

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