HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Respect is getting hard to come by in Manoa for the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team.
Instead of being a favorite to host the first round of the NCAA tournament for the 2nd year in a row, the 'Bows got no love from the selection committee.
Out of 64 teams, Hawaii was given the 12th overall seed where they will face New Mexico in the Stanford regional on Friday. The Lobos finished 3rd in the Mountain West.
The tournament's top seeds went to Penn State, Texas, Florida State and Stanford, a team they swept this season.
Also adding insult to it all was that Florida State finished with a record equal to that of the 'Bows at 28-2.
The Wahine say they'll just have to use it all as motivation.
"Well it's disappointing because I thought we had a good season," said head coach Dave Shoji. "We had a great season and to get the 12th seed is disappointing for our players. I think they feel that they got slighted and we deserve better. Now all we can do is go out and play."
"We're always motivated," said outside hitter Kanani Danielson. "We're just really excited with the draw that we have. We're going to go up against teams that we went against last year and hopefully we'll just be successful and get to that final four and hopefully the finals. People are probably going to think it's a little slim for us to make it that far but I just think if we stick together with the good chemistry then we'll be fine."
The 'Bows will face New Mexico this Friday. Times are tentative for either 5 or 7 PM. The winner would advance to play on Saturday.
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