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    Hawaii seniors, from left, Hendrik Mol, Jennings Franciskovic, Iain McKellar and Kupono Fey posed for a photo during Senior Night festivities after a March 25 game against the Cal State Northridge Matadors at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Hawaii senior setter Jennings Franciskovic and sophomore opposite Stijn van Tilburg were named to the all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation volleyball first team today, two of seven Rainbow Warriors to earn honors.

Six of Hawaii’s seven regular starters were named to various teams. Senior middle Hendrik Mol and sophomore libero Larry “Tui” Tuileta were second-team selections and senior hitter Kupono Fey an honorable mention.

Middle Patrick Gasman and opposite Rado Parapunov were named to the all-freshman team.

It was the second honor for both Franciskov and van Tilburg. Franciskovic was a second-team selection in 2015 while van Tilburg was an honorable mention choice last year, as well as on the all-freshmen team.

Van Tilburg ranks third nationally in kills per set (4.32) and 11th in hitting percentage (.382). He cracked double-figures in kills in 19 matches this season.

Franciskovic is on pace to post career-high averages in kills (0.69), aces (0.25), and digs (1.52) while also averaging 10.06 assists per set, an average that currently ranks No. 9 nationally.

Long Beach State sophomore hitter TJ DeFalco was named player of the year and UC Irvine middle Scott Stadick freshman of the year.

Third-seeded Hawaii (24-4) opens MPSF tournament play Saturday when hosting sixth-seeded Pepperdine(10-11) in a quarterfinal. The first serve at the Stan Sheriff Center is at 7 p.m.

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