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 Wednesday with first-round matches in the Tony Ciarelli and Max Holt regions

Online voting for these first-round matches will end at 11 p.m. (EST) Wednesday. In addition, first-round matches for the Jeff Menzel and Erik Shoji regions will begin Thursday.


TONY CIARELLI REGION: FIRST-ROUND MATCHES


No. 1 seed Taylor Crabb, Long Beach State
Crabb, the 2013 AVCA National Player of the Year, was third in the nation averaging 4.18 kills per game and was in the nation’s top 10 with a .353 attack percentage. The junior also earned First-Team All-American honors as Long Beach State advanced to the MPSF Tournament championship match.
No. 16 seed Nolan Albrecht, Belmont Abbey
Albrecht finished among the top 15 in the Conference Carolinas with both a 2.59 kills per game average and a 2.06 digs per game average. The freshman was a Second-Team All-Conference selection as he helped lead Belmont Abbey in its inaugural season to a berth in the Conference Carolinas Tournament.



No. 2 seed Matt West, Pepperdine
West led the nation with an 11.25 assists per game average and helped guide Pepperdine’s offense to finish among the national leaders with a .295 attack percentage. The sophomore also earned First-Team All-American honors as Pepperdine reached the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals.
No. 15 seed Max McFarland, George Mason
McFarland led the EIVA and was fourth in the nation with a 2.74 digs per game average. The senior also was named to the First-Team All-EIVA as George Mason finished the regular in second place and advanced to the EIVA Tournament semifinals.


No. 3 seed Ben Patch, BYU
Patch, the AVCA National Newcomer of the Year, was among national leaders with a 3.60 kills per game average and set a school single-season rally record with 35 kills in a victory against UC Irvine. The freshman was a First-Team All-American selection and helped the Cougars reach the NCAA championship match.
No. 14 seed Dalton Ammerman, Long Beach State
Ammerman was second on the 49ers with a 2.85 kills per game average and was named AVCA National Player of the Week on Feb. 5 after having a career-high 21 kills in an upset victory against then-No. 1 BYU. The junior also was a All-MPSF honorable mention as he helped Long Beach State advanced to the MPSF Tournament championship match.


No. 4 seed BJ Boldog, Lewis
Boldog was among the national leaders with a 10.29 kills per game average. The junior was also a Second-Team All-American selection for the second consecutive year as Lewis won a share of the MIVA regular season title and advanced to the conference tournament championship match.
No. 13 seed Ryan Mather, Grand Canyon
Mather was fourth in the nation with a .381 attack percentage and finished in the nation’s top 25 with a 1.05 blocks per game average. The sophomore also earned Second-Team All-MIVA honors as the Antelopes won their first postseason match in program history and advanced to the MIVA Tournament semifinals.


No. 5 seed Micah Christenson, USC
Playing multiple positions throughout the season, Christenson finished among the conference leaders with a 9.42 assists per game average. The sophomore also was a Second-Team All-MPSF selection as the Trojans ended the regular season in 11th place and missed the postseason.
No. 12 seed Robart Page, UCLA
Page finished among the conference leaders and in the nation’s top 30 with a 3.18 kills per game average. The junior also earned an All-MPSF honorable mention as the Bruins finished the regular season in fourth place and advanced to the MPSF Tournament semifinals.


No. 6 seed Kevin Owens, Ball State
Owens was second in the nation with a .402 attack percentage and was fifth in the nation averaging 1.33 blocks per game. The junior also earned First-Team All-MIVA honors as Ball State finished the regular season in third place and reached the MIVA Tournament semifinals.
No. 11 seed James Shaw, Stanford
Shaw led all freshmen and was among the national leaders with a 10.48 assists per game average. In addition, he was earned MPSF All-Freshman honors as he helped guide Stanford to a sixth-place finish and reach the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals.


No. 7 seed Scott Kevorken, UC Irvine
Kevorken was among the MPSF leaders and in the nation’s top 20 with a 1.10 blocks per game average, including having a match-high 12 blocks in the NCAA championship match. The junior also earned Second-Team All-MPSF honors as the Anteaters won back-to-back national championships.
No. 10 seed Eddie Rivera, IPFW
Rivera led IPFW and was in the nation’s top 30 with a 3.19 kills per game average. The junior also earned First-Team All-MIVA honors as IPFW finished the regular season in seventh place and reached the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals.


No. 8 seed Greg Herceg, Ball State
Herceg finished among the MIVA leaders and in the nation’s top 25 with both a 3.41 kills per game average and a 0.43 aces per game average. The senior was also a First-Team All-MIVA selection as Ball State finished the regular season in third place and reached the MIVA Tournament semifinals.
No. 9 seed Sinisa Zarkovic, Hawai’i
Zarkovic was second on the team with a 2.90 kills per game average and earned National Player of the Week honors on March 12 after leading Hawai’i to two weekend victories against USC. He also was selected to the All-MPSF Freshman Team as Hawai’i reached the postseason for the first time in two years.



MAX HOLT REGION: FIRST-ROUND MATCHES


No. 1 seed Taylor Sander, BYU
Sander, the 2013 MPSF Player of the Year, finished in the nation’s top five with a 3.94 kills per game average while also being in the nation’s top 20 for attack percentage. The junior also was a First-Team All-American selection as he helped lead BYU to the MPSF title and the NCAA championship match.
No. 16 seed Mike Michelau, Erskine
Michelau led all freshman and was tied for ninth in the nation with a 3.74 kills per game average. Michelau also earned First-Team All-Conference Carolinas honors and helped Erskine in its inaugural season reach the conference tournament opening round.


No. 2 seed Brian Cook, Stanford
Cook was fourth in the nation with a 4.01 kills per game average, including a season-high 24 kills in an upset victory against Pepperdine during the regular season. The junior also was a First-Team All-American selection as he helped Stanford finish in sixth place and reach the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals.
No. 15 seed Jordon Tarantino, Grand Canyon
Tarantino was among the MIVA leaders with a 3.25 kills per game average, including have a match-high 18 kills in Grand Canyon’s postseason upset victory against Ohio State. The senior also helped the Antelopes finish in fifth place during the regular season and reach the conference tournament semifinals.


No. 3 seed Geoff Powell, Lewis
Powell was among the MIVA leaders and in the nation’s top 15 with a 3.60 kills per game average. The sophomore was also named a Second-Team All-American as Lewis won a share of the MIVA regular season title and reached the conference tournament championship match.
No. 14 seed Taylor Hammond, Penn State
Hammond led the EIVA and was third in the nation with a 10.97 assists per game average. The freshman also earned Second-Team All-EIVA honors as Penn State won its 15th consecutive EIVA championship and reached the NCAA Tournament.


No. 4 seed Collin Mehring, UC Irvine
Mehring was among the MPSF leaders and in the nation’s top 10 averaging 1.25 blocks per game. The junior also earned All-American and Second-Team All-MPSF honors as he helped led the Anteaters to their second connective NCAA championship.
No. 13 seed Caleb Zimmick, Harvard
Zimmick led the EIVA and was eighth in the nation with a 1.24 blocks per game average, while also finishing sixth in the nation with a .374 attack percentage. In addition, he earned Second-Team All-EIVA honors and helped Harvard advance to the conference tournament championship match.


No. 5 seed Evan Mottram, UCLA
Mottram was among the MPSF leaders and in the nation’s top 30 with a 2.06 digs per game average. The junior also was an All-American selection as he helped the Bruins finish the regular season in fourth place and reach the MPSF Tournament semifinals.
No. 12 seed Logan Patterson, St. Francis
Patterson led the EIVA and was in the nation’s top 10 with a 3.74 kills per game average. The junior also earned First-Team All-EIVA honors as the Red Flashes finished in fifth place in the EIVA and missed the conference tournament.


No. 6 seed Thomas Jaeschke, Loyola
Jaeschke, the MIVA Freshman of the Year, was in the nation’s top 30 averaging 3.19 kills per game and in the nation’s top 15 with a .340 attack percentage. In addition, he was a First-Team All-MIVA selection and helped lead Loyola to the MIVA championship and a NCAA Tournament appearance.
No. 11 seed John Baker, Cal State Northridge
Baker was among the MPSF leaders and in the nation’s top 20 with a 3.57 kills per game average. The senior also earned Second-Team All-MPSF honors as Cal State Northridge finished in ninth place to miss the conference tournament.


No. 7 seed Guilherme Koepp, Cal Baptist
Koepp was among the MPSF and national leaders with a 3.90 kills per game average. The sophomore was also a Second-Team All-MPSF selection and helped guide Cal Baptist to a sixth-place finish in its inaugural season in the MPSF.
No. 10 seed Cody Kessel, Princeton
Despite being injured and missing part of the season, Kessel finished among the EIVA leaders with 2.75 kills per game average. The sophomore also earned First-Team All-EIVA honors and helped lead Princeton to berth in the EIVA Tournament.


No. 8 seed Taylor Hughes, Pacific
Hughes finished in the nation’s top 10 with a 3.79 kills per game average and was named the National Player of the Week on Jan. 29 after helping Pacific upset USC. The Tigers finished the season in 11th place and did not qualify for the postseason.
No. 9 seed Taylor Gregory, Long Beach State
Gregory led the nation with a 1.47 blocks per game average and was a finalist for the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year. He also was selected to the All-MPSF Freshman Team and helped the 49ers reach the MPSF Tournament championship match.