Rainbow Warriors, Beach Earn Weekly Honors
Stijn Van Tilburg and Larry Tuileta of Hawai'i earn their first Big West Athlete of the Week accolades, while Simon Anderson earns his fourth Freshman Athlete of the Week honor.
STIJN VAN TILBURG, HAWAI'I – PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior • Outside Hitter • Amsterdam, Netherlands • Radboud University Nijme
➜ Junior Stijn Van Tilburg led No. 3 Hawai'i in a pair of big matches against No. 5 UC Irvine to earn his first Big West Men's Volleyball Player of the Week honor.
➜ Van Tilburg posted a pair of 20-kill matches, starting on Friday with a 21-kill contest in a 3-1 Rainbow Warriors win.
➜ On Sunday, he tied his career-high with 27 kills on .458 hitting in a four-set loss.
➜ For the week, Van Tilburg notched 48 kills on .418 hitting (10 errors, 91 attempts), averaging 6.00 kills per set and 6.3 points per set.
➜ The junior also added 12 digs, 3 blocks, and an ace on the weekend.
Others nominated (Player): Sam Porter (CSUN), Josh Tuaniga (Long Beach State), Aaron Koubi (UC Irvine), Connor Drake (UC Santa Barbara)
LARRY TUILETA, HAWAI'I – DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior • Libero/Outside Hitter • Honolulu, Hawai'i • USC
➜ Double-figure dig totals in each of two matches against No. 5 UC Irvine take home Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
➜ Tuileta started the weekend off with a season-high 14 digs (3.50 digs per set) in a 3-1 Hawai'i win Friday.
➜ In Sunday's series finale, the senior added 11 more digs (2.75 digs per set) in a 4-set loss.
➜ Tuileta also tallied just 3 reception errors in a total of 81 attempts (96.3%) on the weekend.
Others nominated (Defensive): Bjarne Huus (Long Beach State), Karl Apfelbach (UC Irvine), Connor Drake (UC Santa Barbara)
SIMON ANDERSON, LONG BEACH STATE – FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Middle Blocker • Middlefart, Denmark
➜ Domiance at the net for top-ranked Long Beach State earns Simon Anderson his fourth Big West Men's Volleyball Freshman of the Week honor.
➜ Anderson posted four blocks and nine kills on .500 hitting in a road win at No. 2 UCLA to keep the Beach unbeaten (14-0) on the year.
➜ The four freshman accolades ties Anderson with UC Irvine's Joel Schneidmiller for most in the league thus far.
Others nominated: Maciej Pataszynski (CSUN), Austin Wilmot (UC Irvine)