Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: Third-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 Saturday with third-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 eight third-round matches will end at 11 p.m. (EST) Saturday.

This is the third day of voting for the Fan Choice Player of the Year tournament. The winners of the third-round matches will advance to the Regional Finals on Sunday.


TONY CIARELLI REGION: THIRD-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. 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.

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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. 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.


MAX HOLT REGION: THIRD-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. 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. 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. 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.


JEFF MENZEL REGION: THIRD-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. 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. 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. 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.

ERIK SHOJI REGION: THIRD-ROUND MATCHES


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. 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. 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. 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.