Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: Second Round

Off the Block selected and seeded the 65 players in a bracket, but only 32 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 Saturday with second-round matches in the Reid Priddy and Clay Stanley regions.

Online voting for these second-round matches will end at 11 p.m. (EST) Saturday. To view the second-round match results from Friday in the Matt Anderson and Ryan Millar regions, click here.



CLAY STANLEY REGION SECOND ROUND


No. 1 seed Tony Ciarelli – USC, outside attacker
Ciarelli, the 2012 National Player of the Year and MPSF Player of the Year, was fourth in the nation with a 4.13 kills per game average. The senior also led the nation with 62 aces as the Trojans won the MPSF regular season championship and reached the Final Four for the second consecutive season.
No. 9 seed Josh Taylor – Pepperdine, setter
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. 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. 7 seed Joe Kauliakamoa – BYU, setter
Kauliakamoa was third in the MPSF and fourth in the nation with an 11.11 assists per game average, while guiding BYU’s offense to the nation’s third best attack percentage at .323. The senior was a Second-Team All-MPSF selection as BYU finished tied for second place in the MPSF and reached the conference tournament semifinals.



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. 6 seed Edgardo Goas — Penn State, setter
Goas led the EIVA and was third in the nation with an 11.38 assists per game average, while guiding the Nittany Lions’ offense to a conference-best .318 attack percentage. The senior also was named to the First-Team All-EIVA as Penn State won the EIVA championship and reached the Final Four for the 14th consecutive year.


No. 4 seed Wes Dunlap – UCLA, middle attacker
Dunlap led the nation with a .461 attack percentage — the only player in the nation to have more than a .400 attack percentage — and was in the nation’s top 30 with a 1.00 blocks per game average. The senior also was a Second-Team All-American selection as UCLA ended the regular season in fifth place and lost in the MPSF 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 SECOND ROUND


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. 8 seed Russell Lavaja – BYU, middle attacker
Lavaja led the nation with 157 total blocks and was ranked sixth in the nation with a 1.42 blocks per game average. The junior earned Second-Team All-MPSF honors as BYU finished tied for second place in the MPSF and reached the conference tournament semifinals.


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. 11 seed Matt West – Pepperdine, setter
West was second in the nation with a 11.38 assists per game average and helped guide Pepperdine’s offense to a .284 attack percentage. The freshman earned All-MPSF Freshman Team honors as Pepperdine ended the season in seventh place in the MPSF and reached the conference tournament quarterfinals.


No. 4 seed Micah Christenson – USC, setter
Christenson, the AVCA National Newcomer of the Year, was among conference leaders and eighth in the nation with a 10.75 assists per game average. The Second-Team All-American freshman also started every match as USC won the MPSF regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament 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. 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.
No. 15 seed Dan McDonnell — UC Irvine, middle attacker
McDonnell was in the nation’s top 20 with a 0.30 aces per game average and 31 aces, including the NCAA championship-winning ace in overtime against USC. The senior also was named to the Second-Team All-MPSF as the Anteaters won their third NCAA championship in the last six years.