Hawaii volleyball: 2 Warriors on OffTheBlock all-Euro team; Tita Akiu doesn’t make cut; Ryan Wilcox honored at Pan Am Cup

Stijn van Tilburg, seen here facing Long Beach State in the Big West championship, was one of two UH players named to Off the Block's All-Euro team, along with Rado Parapunov. / Photo by Andrew Lee, Special to the Star-Advertiser

Hawaii’s Rado Parapunov (Bulgaria) and Stijn van Tilburg (Netherlands) were named to Off The Block’s All-Euro collegiate team.

Van Tilburg led all pin hitters and was second in the nation with a .457 attack percentage, along with being in the nation’s top 15 averaging 3.82 kills per game. He also had double-digit kills in both of the team’s NCAA tournament matches and a season-high 25 kills and zero errors on a .543 attack percentage in a victory against Long Beach State in the Big West tournament finals.

Parapunov was in the nation’s top 10 with both a 4.07 kills per game average and a .420 attack percentage, including have three consecutive Big West regular-season matches with at least 20 kills. The Bryan Ivie Award winner as the nation’s top opposite also had both a career-high 89 blocks and 43 aces as he helped the Rainbow Warriors reach the NCAA tournament finals.
Tita Akiu (Hawaii, Kamehameha) was one of four liberos on the initial FIVB VNL’s roster. It was trimmed to 25 players with two liberos. Chosen were Megan Courtney (Penn State) and Mary Lake (BYU).

Tama Miyashiro (Kalani, Washington) is one of the assistants.
Ryan Wilcox (Punahou, UCSB), who named Best Receiver as the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team, finished fifth at the Pan Am Cup last week in Peru. The head coach was Spencer McLachlin (Punahou, Stanford) an assistant at UCLA.

The team failed to qualify for the FIVB U21 World Championships.
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  1. MVMH1 May 14, 2019 4:32 pm

    Any idea when the wahine volleyball schedule will be released?
    Thank you!

  2. Cindy Luis May 14, 2019 8:53 pm

    1. Nope. whenever the contracts get signed and returned.

  3. roygbivs May 15, 2019 6:00 pm

    Any scoops on more WVB recruitment?

    Backup setter perhaps? Walkons?

  4. Andrew May 16, 2019 9:17 am

    is the recruiting for next men’s volleyball season pretty much done? I wonder if at all how this allegation story against coach Wade affects it. Whether true or not, other teams could do some negative recruiting against UH saying the status of Wade as coach could be in question trying to lure recruits their way.

  5. Cindy Luis May 16, 2019 9:52 pm

    new thread up for Thursday
    4. nothing official. They do need another setter.
    5. yes although Wade goes back out on the road next week. then to a couple of club events over summer. He did tell me Tuesday that he expects some walkons.
    There is not an issue about Wade remaining as coach. The allegation from 30 years ago triggered an automatic suspension from USAV. And it remains in affect until investigation is finished. It is unfortunate how the protocol works. Basically saying someone is guilty until proven innocent. If you look at the USAV suspension list, people who have been cleared from several years ago are still listed. Think it would be better if those names were removed from the public list.

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