Jonathan Bates and Tiff Wells
The best Hawai’i players at their positions during the decade are receiving a college men’s volleyball honor.
Off the Block announced on Thursday the seven players selected to the Hawai’i All-Decade Starting Lineup presented by Off the Block.
The All-Decade Starting Lineup recognizes the best players to compete with a team since 2010. Similar to the starting lineup for a match, the All-Decade honor is comprised of a setter, opposite and libero along with two outside attackers and middle attackers.
The Off the Block staff determined the All-Decade Starting Lineup using a variety of factors including career statistical performance and the team’s overall success when a player was a member of the program.
This is also part of a series from Off the Block to celebrate the end of the decade in college men’s volleyball. Off the Block throughout the rest of 2019 will release an All-Decade Starting Lineup for every NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball team.
Hawai’i made to the NCAA tournament three times this decade – 2015, 2017, and 2019. They won an opening round match in 2017 and advanced to the national championship match in 2019.
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Hawai’i All-Decade Team Presented by Off the Block
Setter: Joe Worsley
Opposite: Jonas Umlauft
Outside attacker: Stijn van Tilburg
Outside attacker: Sinisa Zarkovic
Middle attacker: Taylor Averil
Middle attacker: Patrick Gasman
Libero: Larry “Tui” Tuileta
Bench: Rado Parapunov
Bench: Brook Sedore
Bench: Joshua Walker
Joe Worsley (2016-19)
Awards and honors: 2018 First-Team All-Big West, 2018 Second-Team All American, 2019 First-Team All-Big West, 2019 First-Team All American, 2019 NCAA All-Tournament Team, 2019 Lloy Ball Award
Worsley ranked No. 2 nationally with an 11.02 assists per game average in 2018, while leading the nation in 2019 with an 11.22 assists per game average. Hawai’i’s 0.435 attack percentage and 14.11 kills per game led the nation in 2019. The 0.435 attack percentage set a new record for best attack percentage in NCAA history. The setter finished his career ranked eighth all-time with 2,729 assists.
Jonas Umlauft (2010-11)
Awards and honors: 2010 MPSF Freshman of the Year, 2010 First-Team All American, 2011 First-Team All MPSF, 2011 First-Team All American
In each of his only two seasons in Manoa, the German native led the nation in kills per game; his 5.57 kills per game average in 2011 ranks as the best in program history for most kills per game in a single season during the rally-scoring era. Umlauft also hold the top two marks for most kills in a single match during the rally-scoring era (37 versus UC Irvine in 2010, 36 versus Pepperdine in 2010). Umlauft’s career 5.42 kills per game average ranks as third best in program history.
Stijn van Tilburg (2016-19)
Awards and honors: 2016 All-MPSF Honorable Mention, 2017 First-Team All-MPSF, 2017 First-Team All American, 2018 First-Team All American, 2019 First-Team All-Big West, 2019 First-Team All American, 2019 Big West Tournament Most Valuable Player
The Dutch native is only one of two players in Hawai’i history be named First-Team All-American three times in his career. Due in part to leading the Bows in kills in both the 2017 and 2018 seasons, van Tilburg finished the No. 7 in program history with 1,410 kills. His 0.457 attack percentage ranked No. 2 nationally in 2019. His .933 attack percentage (on 15 errorless attempts) in a match versus King in 2016 set the program record for best attack percentage in a single match. Van Tilburg also is one of two players named the Outrigger Invitational All-Tournament Team in all four seasons he played, with the Costas Theocharidis.
Sinisa Zarkovic (2013-16)
Awards and honors: 2013 All-MPSF Honorable Mention, 2015 First-Team All-MPSF, 2015 All American Honorable Mention, 2016 First-Team All-MPSF, 2016 Second-Team All AmericanZarkovic led the Bows in 2016 with a 0.300 attack percentage, 4.02 kills per game, and 20 aces. Zarkovic’s 1,305 career kills ranks No. 8 in program history, while his 2,944 attacks ranks No. 5. His 63 attacks in a match in 2016 versus Cal Baptist ranks No. 4 during the rally-scoring for most attacks in a single match.
Taylor Averill (2012-15)
Awards and honors: 2013 All-MPSF Honorable Mention, 2014 First-Team All-MPSF, 2014 First-Team All American, 2015 First-Team All-MPSF, 2015 First-Team All American
The middle attacker led the Bows in 2013, 2014, and 2015 in attack percentage, while also leading the team in blocks in 2014 and 2015. Averill has two of the top three single-season marks for most block solos and highest attack percentage in a single season during the rally-scoring era. His career 0.419 attack percentage and 53 career block solos both rank No. 5 in program history. His 13 total block performance in a 2015 match at UC San Diego still ranks No. 2 in program history for most blocks in a single match, while his 0.750 attack percentage in a 2015 match versus Pepperdine still ranks No. 7 in program history for best attack percentage in a single match.
Patrick Gasman (2017-)
Awards and honors: 2017 All-MPSF Freshman Team, 2018 First-Team All-Big West, 2018 All-American Honorable Mention, 2019 First-Team All-Big West, 2019 Second-Team All American
The redshirt-senior led the Bows in total blocks in each of the last two years. Gasman ranked No. 2 nationally with 1.415 blocks per game in 2019. He also helped Hawai’i to lead the nation in 2019 with a 2.62 blocks per game average and a second-best 0.217 opponent attack percentage.
Larry “Tui” Tuileta (2017-18)
Awards and honors: 2017 Second-Team All-MPSF, 2017 Second-Team All American, 2018 First-Team All-Big West, 2018 First-Team All American
Tuileta spent his first two years at USC before transferring back home to Hawai’i. The libero’s career 2.33 digs per game average is good for sixth all-time in program history. He led the Bows in each of the two seasons at Manoa in digs.