Off the Block selected and seeded the 65 players in a bracket, but only eight players remain and now it is up to the fans to determine who should win the Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year.
The 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 from around the world the chance decide the winner through online voting.
The seven-round tournament continues Tuesday with with the region finals in the Ryan Millar, Matt Anderson, Reid Priddy and Clay Stanley regions.
No. 1 seed Taylor Sander – BYU, outside attacker
Despite missing a month with a hand injury, Sander ended the season leading the MPSF and second in the nation with a 4.89 kills per game average. The sophomore was a First-Team All-American selection and helped BYU finish tied for second in the MPSF and reach the conference tournament semifinals.
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.
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No. 6 seed Steven Hunt — Hawai’i, outside attacker
Hunt was second in the MPSF and third in the nation with a 4.15 kills per game average. The senior was also named to the Second-Team All-MPSF and was the only Warrior to earn all-conference honors as Hawai’i finished in last place in the MPSF.
No. 16 seed Steven Battaglia – Quincy, middle attacker
Battaglia was among the MIVA leaders and seventh in the nation with a .345 attack percentage while adding a team-high 0.88 blocks per game average. The sophomore was a Second-Team All-MIVA selection as Quincy ended the season in last place in the conference.
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. 12 seed Gonzalo Quiroga — UCLA, outside attacker
Quiroga was among MPSF leaders and in the nation’s top 10 with 47 aces and was second on UCLA with a 2.53 kills per game average. The sophomore also earned Second-Team All-MPSF honors as UCLA finished in fifth place in the MPSF and reached the conference tournament quarterfinals.
No. 3 seed Jay Petty – Lewis, outside attacker
Petty was second in the MIVA and sixth in the nation with a 4.01 kills per game average. The junior and Second-Team All-American selection was also in the nation’s top 15 with a .318 attack percentage as he helped lead Lewis to its first MIVA title and Final Four appearance in eight years.
No. 5 seed BJ Boldog – Lewis, setter
Boldog led the MIVA and was seventh in the nation with a 10.76 assists per game average and guided the Flyers’ offense to a conference-best .321 attack percentage. The sophomore was a Second-Team All-American selection as Lewis won to the MIVA championship and made its first Final Four appearance in eight years.