Penn State setter Edgardo Goas is the January winner of the Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Month.
Goas received 360 votes and 42.81 percent of the total vote out of almost 850 votes cast for this inaugural college men’s volleyball national award.
The Player of the Month award recognizes the best individual performances from NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball players during the month and gives volleyball fans from around the world the chance to determine who was the best player.
Goas is among the EIVA leaders with a 12.56 assists per game average. The senior helped the Nittany Lions offense have more than a .300 attack percentage in three of the their last four matches, including a season-high .391 attack percentage in a victory against Pacific on Saturday.
No. 5 Penn State (4-1, 0-0 EIVA) has defeated four nationally ranked teams in the first month of the season.
Goas defeated runner-up UCLA middle attacker Thomas Amberg by 21.64 percentage points. BYU outside attacker Taylor Sander finished in third-place with 17.24 percent of the vote.
Goas, Amberg and Sander were among seven finalists for Player of the Month. The other finalists included UC Irvine outside attacker Carson Clark, USC outside attacker Tony Ciarelli, Lewis outside attacker Jay Petty and Ohio State outside attacker Shawn Sangrey.
Fans determined the winner of the Player of the Month award through online voting on the Off the Block website. Off the Block received 841 votes during the two-day voting period.
As the January Player of the Month, Goas will also receive an automatic bid to the 65-player Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year Tournament at the end of the season.