SAN FRANCISCO – When the BYU-Hawaii women’s volleyball team awoke in San Francisco this morning, their routine and mission remained unchanged.
The Seasiders are looking to remain unbeaten in the Pacific West Conference before heading to Fresno Pacific on Tuesday, Oct. 30, for what should prove to be a showdown for the conference title.
BYU-Hawaii still has two hurdles to leap at Academy of Art tonight (Oct. 26) and at Holy Names tomorrow (Oct. 27).
But the alarm clocks in San Francisco alerted the Seasiders to some welcoming news: They are going to the NCAA II National Championship Tournament.
BYU-Hawaii clinched the PacWest automatic qualifier on Thursday, Oct. 25, while they were finishing dinner, studying in their hotel rooms, or catching part of the World Series that was taking place in the Bay Area.
The berth in the NCAA’s came courtesy of Point Loma’s 3-2 win over Grand Canyon that sent the Antelopes to a 7-5 conference record and a tie with Hawai‘i Pacific.
At 11-0, BYU-Hawaii could lose all of its matches and end up in a three-way tied with HPU and Grand Canyon, but the Seasiders hold a combined 3-0 record vs. those two clubs and earn the pass to the NCAA’s.
The clinching is unique in the fact that the conference title is far from decided. Fresno Pacific is 9-0, while California Baptist is 9-2 and Holy Names stands 7-4. But all three of those schools have yet to reach eligibility for the NCAA Championships and no other eligible teams in the PacWest can catch the Seasiders.
The PacWest volleyball season concludes on Saturday, Nov. 10.