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Winter Warmup: Hawai'i Men's Volleyball Preview

12/22/2017

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HAWAI‘I RAINBOW WARRIORS


Head Coach: Charlie Wade (9th season)
2017 Overall Record: 27-6
2017 Conference/Conference Record: MPSF/14-4
2017 Final National Ranking: 4th
2017 Postseason Finish: NCAA Tournament Semifinals
2017 Conference Finish: 3rd

National Titles: 1 (2002)*
NCAA Tournament Final Four Appearances: 5 (1995, 1996, 2002, 2015, 2017)
AVCA National Players Of The Year: Yuval Katz (1996-co); Costas Theocharidis (2001, 2003)
AVCA National Newcomers Of The Year: Yuval Katz (1995); Costas Theocharidis (2000); Jonas Umlauft (2010)
AVCA National Coaches of the Year: Mike Wilton (1995, 2002)
Recent AVCA All-Americans: Pedro Azenha (2004-05); Maulia La Barre (2005); Brian Beckwith (2006); Lauri Hakala (2006); Matt Carere (2006); Alfred Reft (2005-06); Jonas Umlauft (2010-11); Joshua Walker (2010); Taylor Averill (2014-15); Brook Sedore (2014-15); Jennings Franciskovic (2015, 2017); Kolby Kanetake (2015-16); Sinisa Zarkovic (2015-16); Stijn van Tilburg (2017); Larry Tuileta (2017); Hendrik Mol (2017)
Olympians: Carlos Briceno (1992, USA); Clay Stanley (2004, 2008, USA)
*later vacated

2018 AVCA Preseason Poll: 5th
2018 Big West Coaches Poll: 2nd

PLAYERS TO WATCH

STIJN VAN TILBURG (Jr., OH/OPP, 6-8)
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• 2017 AVCA First Team All-American

• Recipient of Off The Block’s Bryan Ivie Award, given to nation’s best opposite

• Member of 2017 NCAA Championship all-tournament team

• Ranked No. 3 nationally with 4.25 kills per set and No. 11 in hitting percentage (.370)


LARRY TUILETA (Sr., L/OH, 6-2)
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• Named 2017 AVCA All-America second team

• Selected to the all-MPSF second team

• Ranked No. 14 in the nation in digs per set (2.36)

• Finished with .955 reception percentage

QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH CHARLIE WADE
(On the upcoming season) “We are cautiously optimistic of the 2018 season.  We know we have good players who have worked hard, but a lot of work remains to be done for this group to realize its full potential.  We hope to improve enough to compete for the Big West Championship and get back to the NCAA tournament.”

(On the beginning of Big West men’s volleyball) "I think all of men’s collegiate volleyball is looking forward to seeing how the Big West’s emergence will help grow our sport.  The competitive landscape will have a completely different look to it, most notably a lot more non-conference opportunities for the west coast programs.”

(On potential other benefits of Big West men’s volleyball) “Another exciting by-product of having two smaller west coast leagues will be all of the teams will now get to experience post-season competition.  This should help keep everyone engaged throughout the year and create an even more exciting regular season for all.  More teams playing in the post-season and more teams competing for qualification to the NCAA Championships will make for a more exciting men’s collegiate volleyball season.”
Read The UC San Diego Winter Warmup – Dec. 18, 2017

Read The UC Santa Barbara Winter Warmup – Dec. 19, 2017

Read The CSUN Winter Warmup – Dec. 20, 2017

Read The UC Irvine Winter Warmup – Dec. 21, 2017