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Five Rainbow Warriors Named To AVCA All-America Teams

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(HAWAII ATHLETICS) - Five University of Hawai'i men's volleyball players were selected to the AVCA All-America teams, tying the 2015 squad for the most in program history.
 
Outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg and libero Larry Tuileta were selected to the first team while setter Joe Worsley was named to the second team. Opposite Rado Parapunov and middle blocker Patrick Gasman were honorable mention honorees.
 
For the second straight year, van Tilburg was named to the first team, becoming just the sixth Warrior to earn multiple first team awards joining Allen Allen (1988-89), Yuval Katz (1995-96), Costas Theocharidis (2000-03), Jonas Umlauft (2010-11), and Taylor Averill (2014-15). Tuileta was named to the second team last season. 
 
Van Tilburg led the Warriors with a 3.93 kills per set average that ranks fourth nationally. The Amsterdam, Netherlands native hit .328 and also recorded averages of 1.38 digs and 0.49 blocks per set in his first season at outside hitter after switching from opposite last season.
 
Tuileta was the team leader in digs with a 2.30 per set average that ranks second in the Big West and 18thnationally. The Honolulu native had 10 double-figure dig matches, including a career-high 16 at UC Santa Barbara this season.
 
In his first season as the starting setter, Worsley ranked No. 2 nationally in assists per set  (11.02) and directed the UH offense to the nation's fourth-best hitting percentage (.340). He also sports averages of 1.82 digs and 0.49 blocks per set.
 
Gasman led the team in blocking and ranks No. 15 nationally (1.09). The Clovis, Calif., native also averaged 1.31 kills per set while hitting at a .430 clip. Parapunov was second on the team in kills (3.55 p/s) and aces (23) and third in blocking (0.79 p/s).
 
Van Tilburg, Tuileta, and Worsley will accept their awards during the AVCA All-America banquet, Wednesday in Los Angeles.