Hawaii’s Van Tilburg named AVCA National Player of the Week

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University of Hawai’i senior outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg capped the final home match of his career with a memorable performance against defending national champion Long Beach State that earned him Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week honors.
 
The Amsterdam, Netherlands native tallied a match-high 25 kills with no attack errors in 46 attempts in the championship match against the 49ers which gave the Rainbow Warriors their first-ever conference championship. In that match, he hit .543 with an ace, two digs and two blocks. 
 
Van Tilburg also tallied nine kills, one ace, and four digs in UH’s semifinal win over UC Irvine. For the weekend, he averaged 4.25 kills per set, hitting .460 with two aces, six digs, and three blocks.
 
The award is the third for a UH player this season, the most of any team. Opposite Rado Parapunov garnered the award twice this season becoming the first Rainbow Warrior to do so since Costas Theocharidis in 2002, which was also the last time UH had three AVCA Player of the Week awards in a single season.
 
The award is also UH’s 24thin program history.
 
Van Tilburg and Rainbow Warriors are the No. 1 seed in next week’s NCAA Tournament. UH earned a bye into the semifinals where they will face either USC or Lewis on Thursday, May 2 at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif.

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