Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: Championship

Stanford libero Erik Shoji or Ball State middle attacker Matt Leske will end Thursday winning a national award — and it’s up to the fans to determine the winner.

The Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year recognizes the best individual performances from NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball players during the season and gives volleyball fans the chance decide the winner through online voting in a bracket-style tournament.

The Fan Choice Player of the Year tournament started with 65 players and the seven-round tournament will conclude Thursday with the national championship match.

Online voting for this championship match will end at 11 p.m. (EST) Thursday.


FAN CHOICE PLAYER OF THE YEAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP


No. 3 seed Erik Shoji – Stanford, libero
Shoji, the Stanford career leader in digs, led the MPSF and was third in the nation with a 2.69 digs per game average. The senior also set a record being named a First-Team All-American for four years and helped the Cardinal advance to the MPSF Tournament championship match.
No. 11 seed Matt Leske — Ball State, middle attacker
Leske led the MIVA and was eighth in the nation with a 1.32 blocks per game average. The sophomore also was a Second-Team All-MIVA selection as Ball State finished tied for fourth place in the MIVA and advanced to the MIVA Tournament semifinals.