HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Five Hawai’i men’s volleyball players were selected to the AVCA All-America teams, including a record four who were named to the first team.
Opposite hitter and Bulgarian native Rado Parapunov, outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg, libero Gage Worsley and setter Joe Worsley were picked to the first team while middle blocker Patrick Gasman was selected to the second team.
Van Tilburg, the most outstanding player of the Big West Conference tournament earned his third first-team award, becoming just the second UH player to do it in program history. Costas Theocharidis is the program’s only four-time, first-team honoree from 2000-03.
The previous record for most first-team honorees in a single-season was three in 2003. The five All-American selections tie last year’s mark for most in a single-season along with the 2015 squad.
This season, van Tilburg is second on the team in kills per set (3.92) and ranks No. 2 nationally in hitting percentage (.473). RadoParapunov was an honorable mention selection last season. The Sofia, Bulgaria native ranks No. 5 nationally in points per set (5.14), No. 6 in hitting percentage (.432), No. 7 in kills per set (4.14) and No. 8 in aces per set (0.477).
Joe Worsley was second-team All-American selection last season. This season he lead the nation is assists (11.33 aps) and is the maestro to an offense that is No. 1 nationally in three offensive categories – hitting percentage (.442), kills per set (14.21), and assists per set (13.32).
Brother Gage Worsley ranks No. 5 nationally and first in the Big West in digs per set (2.51). Gasman, an honorable mention All-American last season, is No. 2 nationally in blocking (1.42) while also averaging 1.72 kills per set on .465 hitting.
The All-Americans will receive their awards at the NCAA Banquet Wednesday in Long Beach, Calif.