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Jakob Thelle and Lilian Turban

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa men’s volleyball player Jakob Thelle and Rainbow Wahine track and field athlete Lilian Turban were named UH Mānoa’s Big West Scholar-Athletes of the Year on August 22 for their outstanding athletic and academic achievements.

The only student-athlete in UH Mānoa history to earn first-team Academic All-America status twice, Thelle finished with a 4.0 GPA and earned his graduate degree in urban and regional planning. The 2023 AVCA National Player of the Year led the Rainbow Warriors to a national runner-up finish after winning back-to-back NCAA titles in 2021 and 2022.

Thelle also earned Big West Player of the Year recognition and was named a first-team AVCA All-American for the second straight year after leading the nation with 10.67 assists per set. The Tonsberg, Norway native finished his time at UH Mānoa as the program’s all-time leader in service aces with 122.

Turban earned All-America status in the high jump after finishing fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, reaching a mark of 1.87m. She is the program’s first All-American since 2010.

The sophomore earned College Sports Communicators Academic All-District recognition and was named to the Big West Spring All-Academic team. Turban also took home the Big West title in the high jump to cap off a perfect outdoor season, winning the event at all six meets she competed in.

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