Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: Region Semifinals

Off the Block selected and seeded the 65 players in a bracket, but only 16 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 Sunday with with the region semifinals in the Ryan Millar, Matt Anderson, Reid Priddy and Clay Stanley regions.

Online voting for these third-round matches will end at 11 p.m. (EST) Sunday. The winners will advance to the region finals on Tuesday.


RYAN MILLAR REGION REGION SEMIFINALS


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. 4 seed Evan Barry – Stanford, setter
Barry led the nation with a 12.04 assists per game average and helped guide the Cardinal offense to a .338 attack percentage — second best in the nation. The senior was named a Second-Team All-American as Stanford finished tied for second place in the MPSF and reached the conference tournament championship match.



No. 2 seed Futi Tavana – BYU, middle attacker
Tavana, an Off the Block Blocker of the Year finalist, was second in the nation with a 1.59 blocks per game average and set the BYU rally scoring record for career blocks. The senior was also named a First-Team All-American as BYU finished tied for second place in the MPSF and reached 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.

MATT ANDERSON REGION SEMIFINALS


No. 2 seed Brad Lawson – Stanford, outside attacker
Lawson was fifth in the nation with a 4.10 kills per game average and in the nation’s top 15 with a .327 attack percentage. The First-Team All-American selection also was one of 10 players in the nation with at least 40 aces and ended his senior season helping Stanford reach the MPSF championship match.
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. 12 seed Taylor Crabb — Long Beach State, outside attacker
Crab was second on Long Beach State and in the nation’s top 50 with a 2.75 digs per game average. Crabb was a Second-Team All-MPSF selection as Long Beach State finished in sixth place in the MPSF and reached the conference tournament quarterfinals.
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.



CLAY STANLEY REGION REGION SEMIFINALS


No. 2 seed Kevin Tillie — UC Irvine, outside attacker
Tillie in his first season in the NCAA after he transferred from a Canadian college was 11th in the nation with a 3.80 kills per game average. The junior First-Team All-American had a match-high 21 kills in a NCAA semifinals victory against Penn State and the Anteaters two days later won the 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. 9 seed Josh Taylor – Pepperdine, outside attacker
Taylor was in the nation’s top 20 with a 3.52 kill per game average. He also was selected to the All-MPSF Freshman Team and helped lead Pepperdine to seventh place in the MPSF and the conference tournament quarterfinals.
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.

REID PRIDDY REGION SEMIFINALS


No. 1 seed Shawn Sangrey — Ohio State, outside attacker
Sangery, the MIVA Player of the Year, led the nation with a 5.03 kills per game average and was the only player to have more than 500 kills. The senior and First-Team All-American selection also had three matches with at least 30 kills, including 31 kills in a five-game loss in the MIVA championship match.
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.


No. 3 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. 10 seed Peter Jasaitis – Loyola, libero
Jasaitis led the MIVA and was second in the nation with a 2.73 digs per game average. The sophomore also was a First-Team All-MIVA selection as the Ramblers finished in third place in the MIVA and reached the conference tournament semifinals.