Congrats to van Tilburg, Bonham Award winner

from UH
Senior hitter Stijn van Tilburg was named the Jack Bonham Award winner, given annually to the top male and female senior student-athlete who “best exemplifies the ideals for which the late assistant athletic director Jack Bonham stood for in the areas of athletic excellence, academic achievement, public service, leadership and character.”
Women’s soccer player Raisa Strom-Okimoto was the female awardee.
and men’s volleyball player Stijn van Tilburn secured the top honors by being named the 2019 Jack Bonham Award winners.
Considered the most prestigious award in UH athletics, the Jack Bonham Award is for Bonham who was killed in 1974 in a plane crash in America Samoa. Bonham was returning to the islands from New Zealand where he was on a recruiting trip at the British Commonwealth Games.
A four-year starter for the top-ranked men’s volleyball team, van Tilburg is on track to graduate in May with a degree in economics and a minor on political science. The senior from the Netherlands was an MPSF All-Academic selection in 2017 and a Big West All-Academic pick in 2018.
On the court, van Tilburg is a two-time AVCA All-America First Team selection, just the sixth player in UH history to earn multiple first team honors. This season, he currently ranks second in the nation with a .487 hitting percentage and is ninth nationally with 3.97 kills per set.
“Stijn has had one of the best careers in the history of our program and might go down as one of the best student-athletes in the history of the department,” men’s volleyball coach Charlie Wade said. “He absolutely has a bright future as a professional ahead of him.”


  1. islandman April 9, 2019 8:57 pm

    Congrats to Stijn and Raisa on the awards.
    It UH splits the matches this weekend, today’s newspaper article by Cindy cites tiebreakers which
    look different than the one discussed by blog posters the other day.

  2. Steve April 10, 2019 12:06 am

    Cindy has listed the correct tiebreaker order, but is slightly incorrect on tiebreaker #3, should be points scored/points allowed in conference matches between tied teams.
    Maverick misinterpreted the tiebreakers in his post, and was actually looking at the wrong BWC by-laws, he was using the rules for a tiebreaker to determine the Big West NCAA At-Large bid if a conference tournament is NOT held (although they are basically the same as the tournament seeding tiebreakers)

    Here are the relevant Big West Bylaws:

    Section 22.18 – Two way tie in final standings.

    (My verbiage of the tiebreakers)

    #1 – winner of the 2 head to head conf. matches between tied teams.
    #2 – sets won/lost % in the 2 head to head conf. matches between tied teams.
    #3 – points scored/points allowed in the 2 head to head conf. matches between tied teams.
    #4 – sets won/lost % in all 10 conf. matches between tied teams.
    #5 – points scored/points allowed in all 10 conf. matches between tied teams.
    #6 – Coin toss by BWC Commisioner.

    #1-#3 are still to be determined, in the unlikely event that all 3 are ties, Hawai’i would win on tiebreaker #4, as Maverick originally interpreted, on sets won/lost. The worst case scenario for Hawai’i would be to split with LBSU, losing in 3 winning in 5, that would give UH a 27/33, 81.8% advantage over LBSU at 29/36, 80.6%.

    Sorry for the long, technical post, but understanding these rules is part of my job, and I know how important it is to Hawai’i Volleyball fans.

  3. OIB April 10, 2019 5:40 am

    No apologies needed, Steve. On the contrary!

  4. islandman April 10, 2019 6:07 am

    I can’t get to the By-Laws via the internet as of 6:04 am, but was able to last night.
    Why do the men have a conference tourney but not the women ?
    I can see in the past, when the Wahine were mostly #1 in the Regular Season, it was better not to have it for them.

  5. Maverick April 10, 2019 10:11 am

    2. Thank you for correcting my post.

    Unfortunately, I did not see the link to the MVB Tournament Bylaws (currently and curiously, these have been taken down from the Big West site), just the MVB Bylaws. Appendix 5 of the bylaws states: “In the event of a tie for a position, tournament seeding and/or the determination of the conference’s NCAA automatic qualifier shall be handled per the tie-breaker system contained in that respective sport’s bylaws.” This is the reason I used the tie-breakers for the no tournament situation (there weren’t any others in that manual so I assumed these applied). But the mistake is mine.

  6. Brandon April 10, 2019 11:56 am

    Hello Cindy

    Is there anything about the 2019 wahine schedule coming up soon? Like potential teams etc

  7. max13 April 10, 2019 3:36 pm

    Not really VB-related, but congratulations to former Wahine Megan Huff for being drafted by the New York Liberty!

    Huff was a 3rd round pick (26th overall). She probably could have gone higher had Utah made the tournament. Always thought she would have been a solid VB player for the Wahine, but happy for her successes.

  8. Cindy Luis April 10, 2019 5:16 pm
    new thread up Wednesday
    2. isn’t that what I wrote?
    4. the women’s coaches have voted against having a tournament.
    5. nothing official. Coach doesn’t like releasing it until contracts are signed.
    But expect to see the Bruins and West Virginia next year.
    6. congrats to Huff.

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