Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: Second-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 Friday with second-round matches in all four regions — the Tony Ciarelli Region, the Max Holt Region, the Jeff Menzel Region and the Erik Shoji Region. Online voting for these 16 second-round matches will end at 11 p.m. (EST) Friday.

This is the third day of voting for the Fan Choice Player of the Year tournament. Click here to check out the poll results from the first-round matches from Thursday.


TONY CIARELLI REGION: SECOND-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. 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.


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. 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. 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. 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. 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.


MAX HOLT REGION: SECOND-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. 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.


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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.


JEFF MENZEL REGION: SECOND-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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

ERIK SHOJI REGION: SECOND-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. 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.


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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

3 Replies to “Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: Second-round voting”

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