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Six Rainbow Warrior Volleyball Players Selected to All-Big West Teams

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(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team placed six members on the inaugural Big West All-Conference teams, as selected by the league's six coaches.
 
Four Warriors were picked to the first team – outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg, setter Joe Worsley, middle blocker Patrick Gasman, and libero Larry Tuileta. Opposite Rado Parapunov was an honorable mention selection and defensive specialist Gage Worsley was named to the all-freshman team.
 
Long Beach State's TJ DeFalco was named the Player of the Year and UC Irvine's Joel Schneidmiller was Freshman of the Year. LBSU's Alan Knipe was the league Coach of the Year.
 
For the second straight year, van Tilburg was named first-team all-conference (MPSF First Team in 2017). He leads the Warriors with a 4.07 kills per set average that ranks fourth nationally, while hitting at a .333 clip. The Amsterdam, Netherlands native also boasts averages of 1.40 digs and 0.45 blocks per set in his first season at outside hitter after switching from opposite last season.
 
Joe Worsley assumed the starting setter role this season and ranks No. 2 nationally in assists per set  (11.06). The Moraga, Calif., native has directed the UH offense to a .346 hitting percentage that ranks No. 3. He also sports averages of 1.86 digs and 0.53 blocks per set.
 
An all-MPSF freshman team selection last season, Gasman leads the team in blocking and ranks No. 10 nationally (1.15). The Clovis, Calif., native also averages 1.31 kills per set while hitting at a .426 clip.
 
Tuileta is the team leader in digs with a 2.33 per set average that ranks second in the Big West and 17th nationally. The Honolulu native has 10 double-figure dig matches including six in the team's last seven matches.
 
Parapunov, an all-freshman pick in 2017, is second on the team in kills (3.55 p/s) and third in aces (17) and blocking (0.79 p/s). Gage Worsley has been a sparkplug off the bench for the Warriors with eight aces and 36 digs.
 
UH will next compete in the Big West Tournament this week in the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. The second-seeded Warriors earned a first-round bye and will meet the winner of UC Irvine and UC San Diego in Friday's semi-final round.