Voting now open for Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Month

Off the Block selected the 10 finalists, and now it is up to the fans to determine who should win the Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Month for February.

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.

Fans will determine the winner of the Player of the Month award through online voting on the Off the Block website. The online poll is now open and closes at 11:59 p.m. (EST) Wednesday.


Evan Barry — Stanford, setter
Barry led Stanford’s offense to a MPSF-best .357 attack percentage as the Cardinal finished the month 7-1 and No. 2 in the national coaches poll. The senior also leads the nation with a 12.09 assists per game average this season and had at least 45 assists in all but one match during February.

Jeremy Casebeer — UCLA, outside attacker
Casebeer had double-digit kills in five February matches and finished the month with a team-high 70 combined kills. In addition, the senior led the Bruins in kills in four of their six February matches as UCLA ended the month 6-1 and No. 1 in the national coaches poll.

Tony Ciarelli — USC, outside attacker
Ciarelli had double-digit kills in every match he played in during February, including a season-high 28 kills in an upset victory against then-No. 1 Stanford on Saturday. The senior also had a team-high 76 kills in five February matches to help the Trojans finish the month 5-1 and No. 4 in the national coaches poll.

Nick Goodell — Penn State, outside attacker
Goodell has led the Nittany Lions in kills in their last four matches and had a team-high 70 combined kills during February. The freshman, who was named the EIVA Player of the Week on Monday, also had three February matches with double-digit kills to help Penn State extend its winning streak to 10 matches.

Steven Hunt — Hawai’i, outside attacker
Hunt had a team-high 89 combined kills in six February matches, including a season-high 25 kills in a five-game victory against Pacific. The senior also leads the MPSF this season with a 4.18 kills per game average. Hawai’i went 2-4 in February and is tied for eighth place in the conference.

Cody Kessel — Princeton, outside attacker
Kessel had a team-high 72 kills in six February matches, including a season-high 22 kills in a victory against UC San Diego. The freshman is also in the nation’s top 15 for kills per game average and helped the Tigers end the month in fourth place in the EIVA.

Russell Lavaja — BYU, middle attacker
Lavaja led BYU and was among the nation leaders with 60 combined blocks in eight February matches. The junior also had eight kills and a season-high 11 blocks against UC Santa Barbara on Friday to help BYU end the month 5-3 and No. 5 in the national coaches poll.

Jay Petty — Lewis, outside attacker
Petty led Lewis with 88 combined kills in seven February matches, including a match-high 23 kills in a victory against No. 8 Ohio State on Thursday. The junior also had two February matches with at least 20 kills to help Lewis end the month No. 7 in the national coaches poll.

Shawn Sangrey — Ohio State, outside attacker
Sangrey had a nation-best 110 combined kills in six matches that he appeared in during February. The senior also had at least 20 kills in three matches — including 23 kills in a conference victory against IPFW — as Ohio State ended the month No. 9 in the national coaches poll.

Kevin Tillie — UC Irvine, outside attacker
Tillie had five matches with double-digit kills in February and finished the month with 65 combined kills. The junior also led the Anteaters in kills twice, including a match-high 16 kills in a victory against Long Beach State, as UC Irvine ended February No. 3 in the national coaches poll.

20 thoughts on “Voting now open for Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Month

  1. Very strong young man..and as a freshman Cody has a wonderful future in this crazy sport,which runs deep in his veins..stay thirsty Cody Kessel, for we will all be with you in .best Kim Maran

  2. I LOVE RUSSELL LAVAJA SO FREAKING MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Rusty, you are an amazing volleyball player and i love watching you play. I record every game of BYU just so I can watch you play. I miss and love you so much! WE ALL DO! Best of luck second brother…you mean the world to me(:
    Love always, Chinchila
    Best of luck!!! <3

  4. Rusty, you are an amazing volleyball player!! I love you so much big brother!! I miss you so much, come home soon!!
    Luv ya,
    Natalie

  5. RUSTY LAVAJA IS THE BEST VOLLEYBALL PLAYER! HIS BLOCKS ARE INCREDIBLE! HE IS DANGER-RUSS!

    GO VOTE NOW FOR RUSTY LAVAJA!

  6. I LOVE RUSTY!!! VOTE FOR RUSTY THE LAVAMONSTER!!
    I LOVE RUSTY!!!
    I LOVE RUSTY!!!
    I LOVE RUSTY!!!
    I LOVE RUSTY!!!

  7. RUSTY IS AN INCREDIBLE VOLLEYBALL PLAYER!! I HOPE RUSTY WINS CUZ HIS SKILLE ARE OFF THE HOOK!!!! FOR SHIZZZANG!!!
    VOTE FOR RUSTY LAVAJA!!!

  8. Way to go Cody!!!! You are one of the most amazing young men that I have ever had the privilege to know.

  9. You were crazy good last weekend. Let’s do it again this week vs Pepperdine.
    Squaring off against your club nemesis Matt Pollack.
    3000 screaming fans see you at the field house!!!

  10. RUSTY YOUR ARE AN INCREDIBLE VOLLEYBALL PLAYER! I HOPE YOU WIN CUZ YOUR SKILLS ARE OFF THE HOOK! FOR SHIZZZANG!

    VOTE FOR RUSTY LAVAJA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. This was an unfair poll. In the west and mid west we had less voting time than the east or Princeton! In CA we had until 8 pm and Utah where BYU is we had until 10 pm,but Princeton had until midnight!
    GO RUSTY LAVAJA YOUR MY WINNER!
    Rusty Lavaja is the winner in my opinion. At the very least they should be co-winners because BYU fans were shorted voting time AS WELL AS THE WHOLE WESTERN STATES!!! So not right! AT LEAST HAVE A POLL THAT IS EQUAL!

  12. This was an insane race” it seemed rigged”
    Giving Princeton 2 extra hours ”

    Rusty Lavaja is the fans favorite by far I agree with Karen re do the poll or make the co winners.

    Rusty is the best middle blocker and February he was on fire! You are awesome Russ keep up the good work you deserve player of the month this poll sucked eggs big time just as Cody winning reaked of stinky rotten eggs,

  13. Cody Kessel is an amazing young man on and off the court. He is the consummate team player AND so much fun to watch! Cody is an inspiration to the rest of his team. I look forward to following his career!

  14. Please learn about the way time zones work in the United States. Also, try to understand that because a website is exactly that, a site on the internet, the poll opened and closed at the same time for everyone.

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