Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: First-round voting

Off the Blocked selected and seeded the 65 players in a bracket, 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 six-round tournament continues Thursday with first-round matches in the Jeff Menzel and Erik Shoji regions. Online voting for these first-round matches will end at 11 p.m. (EST) Thursday.

This is the second day of first-round matches in the Fan Choice Player of the Year tournament. Click here to check out the poll results from the first-round matches in the Tony Ciarelli and Max Holt regions.


JEFF MENZEL REGION: FIRST-ROUND MATCHES


No. 1 seed Kevin Tillie, UC Irvine
Tillie finished in the nation’s top 20 with both a 3.73 kills per game average and a 0.32 aces per game average. The senior also was a First-Team All-American selection as he helped lead the Anteaters to their second consecutive national championship.
No. 16 seed Jack Gramache, Quincy
Gramache led Quincy and was among the MIVA leaders with a 2.92 kills per game average and 0.23 aces per game average. Quincy ended the regular season in last place in the MIVA and lost in the conference tournament quarterfinals.



No. 2 seed Dylan Davis, UC Santa Barbara
Davis, the 2013 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year, was third in the nation with a 1.35 blocks per game average. The senior also earned All-American and First-Team All-MPSF honors as the Gauchos reached the postseason for the first time in two years.
No. 15 seed Efrain Negron, Lees-McRae
Negron was among the Conference Carolinas and national leaders with a 2.32 digs per game average. The junior also was named to the Second-Team All-Conference Carolinas as Lees-McRae reached the conference tournament semifinals.


No. 3 seed Gonzalo Quiroga, UCLA
Quiroga led the MPSF with 52 aces and was in the nation’s top 15 with a 3.68 kills per game average. The junior also earned All-American honors and was a finalist for the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year as the Bruins advanced to the MPSF Tournament semifinals.
No. 14 seed Angel Dache, Mount Olive
Dache was among the Conference Carolinas leaders and in the nation’s top 20 with a 3.55 kills per game average. The junior also was a First-Team All-Conference Carolinas selection as he helped the Trojans win the conference regular season title.


No. 4 seed Connor Olbright, Long Beach State
Olbright had a nation-best 1,336 assists and was among the national leaders with a 10.86 assists per game average. The senior also earned Second-Team All-American honors as Long Beach State advanced to the MPSF Tournament championship match.
No. 13 seed Ryan Boyce, BYU
Boyce in his first season as a starting setter was among the national leaders with a 10.27 assists per game average and helped guide BYU to a nation-best .327 attack percentage. The senior also was a Second-Team All-MSPF selection as BYU reached the NCAA championship match.


No. 5 seed Aaron Russell, Penn State
Russell, the 2013 Co-EIVA Player of the Year, led the EIVA with 40 aces and was in the nation’s top 20 averaging 3.59 kills per game. The sophomore also was named to the First-Team All-EIVA as he helped Penn State win its 15th consecutive EIVA championship.
No. 12 seed Jamion Hartley, Ball State
Hartley was second in the MIVA with a 3.69 kills per game average, including a season-high 20 kills in an upset victory against Lewis. The senior also earned First-Team All-MIVA honors as Ball State finished in third place in the MIVA and reached the conference tournament semifinals.


No. 6 seed Spencer Rowe, UCLA
Rowe was among the MPSF and national leaders with a .484 attack percentage and led UCLA with a 0.91 blocks per game average. The junior also was a Second-Team All-American selection as the Bruins advanced to the MPSF Tournament semifinals.
No. 11 seed Colin Hackworth, Lindenwood
Hackworth was among the MIVA leaders with a 3.41 kills per game average, including having a match-high 18 kills in Lindenwood’s regular season upset victory against Lewis. The sophomore also earned Second-Team All-MIVA honors as the Lions ended its inaugural MIVA season in sixth place.


No. 7 seed Pat Schwagler, Princeton
Schwagler was among the EIVA leaders and in the nation’s top 15 with a 3.69 kills per game average. The junior also was named to the First-Team All-EIVA as Princeton made to its second consecutive EIVA Tournament appearance.
No. 10 seed Tommy Rouse, Ball State
Rouse finished second in the MIVA and third in the nation with a 2.92 digs per game. The junior also was a First-Team All-MIVA selection as he helped Ball State ended the regular season in third place and reach the MIVA Tournament semifinals.


No. 8 seed Bennan Anderson, Ohio State
Anderson led the nation with a 3.12 digs per game average and was the only player in the nation to average more than three digs per game. The sophomore also earned First-Team All-MIVA honors as Ohio State reached the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals.
No. 9 seed Brook Sedore, Hawai’i
Sedore was among the national leaders with a 0.38 aces per game average and led Hawai’i averaging 2.96 kills per game. The sophomore also was an All-MPSF honorable mention as the Warriors reached the MPSF Tournament for the first time in two years.


ERIK SHOJI REGION: FIRST-ROUND MATCHES


No. 1 seed Joseph Smalzer, Loyola
Smalzer, the 2013 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year, had a nation-best 74 aces, while leading the MIVA and being in the nation’s top 10 with a 3.81 kills per game average. The junior was an All-American selection as he helped led Loyola to the MIVA championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
No. 16 seed Andrew Miller, Limestone
Miller led the Conference Carolinas with a .351 attack percentage and was among the nation’s top 20 averaging 1.13 blocks per game. The junior also was named to the Second-Team Conference Carolinas and helped Limestone reach the conference tournament championship match.


No. 2 seed Maurice Torres, Pepperdine
Torres led the MPSF and was second in the nation with a 4.21 kills per game average. The senior also earned First-Team All-American honors as he helped Pepperdine finish in fifth place in the MPSF and reach the conference tournament quarterfinals.
No. 15 seed Carl Eberts, UC San Diego
Eberts led UC San Diego with a 2.97 kills per game average and surpassed the 1,000 career kills milestone during his senior season. UC San Diego finished the regular season in last place in the MPSF and did not qualify for the postseason.


No. 3 seed Levi Cabral, Cal Baptist
Cabral was among the MPSF and national leaders with both a 4.16 kills per game average and a 0.52 aces per game average. The senior also was a First-Team All-American selection as he helped Cal Baptist finish its inaugural season in the MPSF in sixth place.
No. 14 seed Jonah Seif, UC Santa Barbara
Seif led all freshmen with 1,097 assists and was among the national leaders with a 10.40 assists per game average. In addition, he was a All-MPSF Freshman Team selection and helped UC Santa Barbara reach the MPSF Tournament for the first time in two years.


No. 4 seed Michael Brinkley, UC Irvine
Brinkley was among the MPSF and national leaders with a 2.46 digs per game average. The sophomore also earned All-American and All-MSPF honors as he helped lead UC Irvine win its second consecutive NCAA championship.
No. 13 seed Matt Leske, Ball State
Leske, the defending Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year champion, was second in the nation with a 1.43 blocks per game average. The junior also was a Second-Team All-MIVA selection and finalist for the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year as he helped Ball State reached the MIVA Tournament semifinals.


No. 5 seed Russ Lavaja, BYU
Lavaja was among the MPSF and national leaders with both a 1.16 blocks per game average and a .427 attack percentage. The senior also was named a Second-Team All-American and helped BYU win the MPSF championship and reach the NCAA championship match.
No. 12 seed Dane Worley, UCLA
Worley was in the nation’s top 20 with a .319 attack percentage and was among the MPSF leaders with a 0.35 aces per game average. The junior also earned Second-Team All-MPSF honors as he helped guide the Bruins to the MPSF Tournament semifinals.


No. 6 seed Steven Irvin, Stanford
Irvin was among the MPSF leaders and in the nation’s top 25 with a 3.31 kills per game average. The junior also was a Second-Team All-American selection as he helped Stanford finish in sixth place and reach the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals.
No. 11 seed Michael Henchy, Ohio State
Henchy was among the MIVA leaders with a 3.34 kills per game average, including having a match-high 17 kills in a non-conference victory against Hawai’i. The sophomore was also named to the First-Team All-MIVA as the Buckeyes finished the MIVA in fourth place.


No. 7 seed Caleb Brophy, Pfeiffer
Brophy, the 2013 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, led the nation with a 4.24 kills per game average and had a school-high 30 kills in the Conference Carolinas championship match. The senior also was a First-Team Conference Carolinas selection as he led Pfeiffer to its second consecutive conference championship.
No. 10 seed Michael Kvidahl, George Mason
Kvidahl was among the EIVA leaders with a 3.26 kills per game average and was in the nation’s top 10 with a 0.38 aces per game average. The senior also earned First-Team All-EIVA honors as he helped George Mason finish in second place and reach the EIVA Tournament.


No. 8 seed Mark Jones, George Mason
Jones, the 2013 Co-EIVA Player of the Year, was among the EIVA leaders with a 3.30 kills per game average. The senior also was named to the First-Team All-EIVA as he helped lead George Mason to a second-place finish and an appearance in the EIVA Tournament.
No. 9 seed DJ White, Harvard
Despite missing part of the season with an injury, White returned to the court and was among EIVA leaders with a 3.19 kills per game average. The sophomore also was a First-Team All-EIVA selection as he helped lead Harvard to the EIVA Tournament championship match.