Mount Olive libero wins Springbak, Inc. National Freshman of the Week

For the first time this season, a libero is earning one of the nation’s top weekly awards for freshmen.

Off the Block announced Monday that Mount Olive libero Josh Donahue was selected as the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Freshman of the Week.


Donahue had a match-high 16 digs to help the No. 3 seed Mount Olive pull off a four-game road upset against the No. 2 seed Pfeiffer in the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals on Saturday. This was also the seventh time this season that the freshman finished a match with double-digit digs.

With its victory, Mount Olive advances to play the No. 1 seed Erskine in the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship match on Wednesday. The winner of that match will become the first Conference Carolinas school to earn a berth to the NCAA Tournament.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Freshman of the Week is presented to the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball freshman who had the most outstanding performance during the week.

This is the final week of the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Freshman of the Week. Off the Block will also announce the Freshmen All-American Team on Tuesday as part of College Men’s Volleyball Awards Week presented by Springbak, Inc.

Off the Block is a website that started in January 2011 and has become among the national leaders in college men’s volleyball coverage. Springbak, Inc. is the official sponsor of the 2014 Freshmen All-American Team and National Freshman of the Week and produces high performance footwear used by professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB and U.S. Olympic teams and the top college teams in the nation.