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 seven-round tournament began Tuesday with a six-hour online voting, play-in match between Ball State outside attacker Jamion Hartley and Aaron McCalmont. Online voting for the play-in match will end at 11 p.m. (EST) Tuesday with the winner advance to the 64-player first round on Wednesday.
JEFF MENZEL REGION PLAY-IN MATCH
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. 12 seed Aaron McCalmont, Cal Baptist
McCalmont was third on Cal Baptist with a 2.96 kills per game average and was among the conference’s top 15 with a 25 aces. The senior also was a Second-Team All-MPSF selection and helped Cal Baptist finished the regular season in sixth place.