The Rainbow Warriors today had five players named to one of the three AVCA All-America teams, led by first-team selections Stijn van Tilburg, a junior outside hitter, and senior libero Larry “Tui” Tuileta.
Named to the second team was junior setter Joe Worsley while sophomore middle Patrick Gasman and opposite Rado Parapunov were honorable mention.
There were 10 players on each of the first and second teams. Only Long Beach State had more: 3 first team and 1 2nd. Interestingly, UCI had none on the first team, 2 on 3nd.
Ma’a (Punahou/UCLA on 1st team) Enriques (KS-Hawaii/Stanford) on 2nd
It is the second consecutive first-team selection for van Tilburg, who switched positions this season from opposite to left-side hitter. Tuileta was a second-team pick as a junior.
Hawaii now has 29 first-team certificates given to 15 players. Van Tilburg is the first repeat first-teamer since middle Taylor Averill (2014-15).
The All-America banquet is Wednesday in Los Angeles.