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BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
NCAA TOURNAMENT RECAP
Hawai‘i completed its 2016 season with an 18-10 record and was among the tournament’s final four teams. The Rainbow Wahine opened the Tournament with a 2-0 sweep of No. 4 UCLA but would fall to No. 2 Florida State 3-2 later in the afternoon, Friday. In its first elimination game Saturday, UH emerged victorious after skating to a 3-0 sweep of No. 6 Arizona but its season would end at the hands of the Bruins who defeated the SandBows 3-0.
NCAA All-Tournament Team
Mikayla Tucker & Ginger Long
NCAA TOURNAMENT SELECTION
The NCAA Selection Committee selected three teams from the East region, three teams from the West region and two teams at large. There were no automatic qualifiers. The Rainbow Wahine received an at-large selection as announced by the committee.
While 2016 marks the first year beach volleyball is an NCAA sport, UH has made appearances in Gulf Shores at the AVCA Championships in three of the last four seasons playing in pairs pool play in 2012 and 2015 and both team championships and pairs play in 2014 and 2015.
HAWAI‘I MAKES HEADLINES
Hawai‘i claimed the inaugural Big West women’s beach volleyball championship in Huntington Beach, Calif. after going 3-0 in the tournament to claim the crown. The Rainbow Wahine opened tournament action with a 5-0 sweep of Cal Poly and advanced to the second day of the championship. UH then defeated Long Beach State 3-2 for a right to play in the title match, then came out victorious over the 49ers again in a 3-2 finish winning at the 1, 2 and 4 positions. Two of the victories came from straight-set wins.
WHERE THE BIG WEST STACKS UP
In its first year as a conference sport, the Big West closed out the inaugural season with two teams in the top 10 as announced by the AVCA Collegiate Beach Poll in No. 4 Hawai‘i and No. 9 Long Beach State. The two teams have received a national ranking in all 10 polls this season while Cal Poly also received votes earlier in the year.