Hawai’i setter Thelle leads Norway to upset win at EuroVolley qualifier

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Jakob Thelle didn’t waste any time getting back on the court after winning the NCAA championship.

The Hawai’i setter playing for his home nation helped lead Norway to finish 1-2 at the EuroVolley qualifiers during the weekend.

Thelle guided the offense to a 34 percent offensive efficiency and added four blocks as Norway upset Hungary in four games. In addition, Thelle less than a week after having a match-high four aces in the NCAA Tournament finals added an ace against Hungary.


Thelle started all three matches for Norway during the weekend, including losses to Belarus and Portugal.

Norway concluded the qualifier tied for third place in Pool G and failed to advance to the EuroVolley. Thelle missed the first half of the qualifier event because the matches were taking place at the same time as the NCAA Tournament.

Thelle was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team after helping the Rainbow Warriors hit .381 in their NCAA Tournament finals sweep. The finalist for the Lloy Ball Award ended the season fifth in the nation with a 10.69 assists per game average and a nation-best .360 attack percentage.