BYU-Hawaii, Grand Canyon seeded 1-2 in NCAA II West Region tourney; Seasiders set to host
INDIANAPOLIS – For the last two years, the date Nov. 18 had meant the same thing to the BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball team – the end of the season.
In 2011, top-seed and host Cal State San Bernardino bounced the Seasiders from the NCAA II West Region Tournament by the score of 3-1.
In 2010, the result was almost identical as top seed and host Cal State San Bernardino defeated the Seasiders 3-0 in the NCAA II West Region Quarterfinals.
But Nov. 18, 2012, provided a different result for the BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball team – it marked the day that the Seasiders learned they will be hosting the 2012 NCAA Division II West Region Tournament and that conference compatriot Grand Canyon will join them as the second seed.
Both teams learned of their respective selections and seedings during the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday evening.
While Thanksgiving feasts may be the order of the week, BYU-Hawaii will be in heavy preparation mode as seven Mainland teams converge on Laie, Hawai'i, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 to determine the West Region Champion and a berth in the National Championship Tournament Dec. 6-8 in Pensacola, Fla.
For the second straight year, BYU-Hawaii and Grand Canyon return to the regional tournament, and for the first time in PacWest history, the top two seeds will belong to teams from the conference.
With BYU-Hawaii as the top seed and Grand Canyon slotted #2, the two PacWest teams only could meet in the NCAA II West Region Championship on Saturday night, Dec. 1.
Like BYU-Hawaii, Grand Canyon competed in the 2011 NCAA II West Regional last season where the Antelopes lost to UC San Diego 3-0 in the quarterfinals.
Grand Canyon (23-5) will face #7 San Francisco State (21-8) in the regional quarterfinals on Nov. 29. If the Antelopes win, they will take on the survivor of #6 Central Washington (21-7) and #3 Cal State San Bernardino (22-8).
The Antelopes did not play San Francisco State this year, but Grand Canyon did defeat Central Washington 3-2 and Cal State San Bernardino 3-1 at the GCU Invitational on the same day (Sept. 1).
BYU-Hawaii (21-3) will take on #8 UC San Diego (20-10) in the opening round. A win and the Seasiders will tackle either #4 Western Washington (23-3) or #5 Sonoma State (22-8) in the regional semifinals.
The Seasiders have not faced any of the teams they could face in the two rounds, but BYU-Hawaii did defeat Grand Canyon 3-0 on Sept. 24 in their lone meeting this season.