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4 University of Hawaii volleyball players named first-team All-Americans

  • 2019 April 20 SPT - Photo by Andrew Lee/Special to the Star-Advertiser. Hawaii's Stijn van Tilburg (4) puts the Hawaii Sticker on the Champions spot after winning a men’s college volleyball game against Long Beach State in the 2019 Big West Conference championship on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Hawaii senior hitter Stijn van Tilburg was named to the AVCA All-America first team for a third time and the top-ranked Rainbow Warriors tied a program-record with players selected, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced today.

Today marked a program record for first-team selections with four. The five picks ties the record shared by the 2015 and 2018 teams, which included honorable mentions.

Joining van Tilburg on the 10-member first team were senior setter Joe Worsley, junior opposite Rado Parapunov and sophomore libero Gage Worsley. Junior middle Patrick Gasman was named to the 10-member second team.

Also named to the first team for a third time is Micah Ma’a (Punahou), a senior setter-hitter from UCLA. UC Santa Barbara freshman Ryan Wilcox (Punahou) was named national newcomer of the year as well as one of 25 honorable mentions.

The Worsleys are the first brothers to be selected to the first team since 2010 when Stanford’s Kawika and Erik Shoji were honored. Joe Worsley was named to the second team last season.

This gives Hawaii 42 All-America certificates, including 28 first-teamers, and recognizes 29 individuals.

Long Beach State had three players named to the first team and one to the second team.

Van Tilburg is the second Warrior to be named to the first team three times, joining Costas Theocharidis. Theocharidis (2000-03) went on to become the program’s only four-time first-team selection.

The AVCA All-American banquet is scheduled for Wednesday at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, Calif.

Top-seeded Hawaii has a bye into Thursday’s NCAA semifinal at Long Beach State and will meet the winner of Tuesday’s first-round match between Lewis and USC. The second-seeded and host 49ers will meet the winner of the other first-round match between Pepperdine and Princeton.

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